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Thursday, December 8,2011

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by Rich Tupica

Holiday sing at Ten Pound Fiddle


Come belt out some songs at the 9th Annual “Holiday Sing”
at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The event is hosted by longtime local
folk-music supporter Sally Potter, who invites one and all to sing
holiday and seasonal selections, no matter what the talent level. Lyric
sheets are provided. Potter said last year’s event drew over 150 people to the Fiddle.“People get together to sing – just for the fun of
singing,” Potter said. “We'll sing a wide variety of songs, including
holiday selections, and songs surrounding solstice, winter and the
changing seasons. This year, I am the song leader, with help from
special guests Doug Berch on the hammered dulcimer and Sue Thomas on
the grand piano.”


Friday, Dec. 9 @ Ten Pound Fiddle — Unitarian
Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing.Tickets are $12
public, $10 members, $5 students, $20 for a family. Box office opens at
7 p.m., gate at 7:30 p.m., sing starts at 8 p.m. www.tenpoundfiddle.org.


Free-n-funky jazz at Dart


The Lansing Community College Performing Arts Department
hosts the LCC Jazz Band Friday at Dart Auditorium. Jon Gewirtz directs
this band of LCC music majors and community members. The group will
perform a variety of classic, funk, be-bop and contemporary jazz.


Friday, Dec. 9 @ Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol, Lansing, FREE, all ages, show at 8 p.m.


Surf-metal General


Local and metal venue Blackened Moon Concert Hall raises
a racket Saturday night with General Bastard, Aside the Ashes and The
Jackpine Snag.


Headliner General Bastard is often accompanied by
burlesque dancers on stage and blends raw punk and metal with classic
surf guitar (think Dick Dale). For those who prefer a bit of humor in
their tunes, the General has been known to bust out stellar covers of
television-show theme songs like “Laverne & Shirley” and
“Gilligan’s Island.” For more information, visit:
www.generalbastard.com. 


Saturday, Dec. 10 @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall, 3208 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, all ages, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.




Uli's thrashes into water


For those who head-bang into the holidays, Uli’s Haus of Rock could be the spot.  On
Saturday, a long roster of metal bands takes the stage. One of those
bands, Past Tense, is a Lansing-based throw-back thrash band with a
knack for nostalgia. According to Past Tenses’ bio, the band’s goal is
to “make you dust off your old cassettes and drag your jean jacket with
the back patch out of the closet. We love metal music and want to
remind everyone in earshot of its power.” Also set to perform are
Ghosts of August, a hard-rockin’ band from the Detroit area, as well as
Distant Decend, Suburban Funeral and Miles Away. 


Saturday, Dec. 10 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. $5, 18 and over, 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.




Skinmask play all ages show


Skinmask, a Los Angeles-based metal band, plays The Loft
Saturday, along with a supporting cast of Lansing rockers, including
Dagon and Medica. Detroit-based Givensix also performs. Following the
concert is a DJ after party. Skinmask is made up of Christophe Liglet
(bass/programming), Laz (lead vocals), Fossface (guitar), Mike T (lead
guitar) and Jimmy Wooten (drums). The members describe the band’s sound
as a “well-oiled, radio-ready sonic machine” that mixes metal, pop,
rock and industrial into one sound. 


Saturday, Dec. 10 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $6 advance, $8 at door, all ages, doors 7 p.m.




Decembersongs at Pump House


After the success of last year’s performance at the Pump
House in East Lansing, Decembersongs returns to the venue to perform
some wintry favorites on Monday. Decembersongs is four
singer/songwriters (from Nashville and Los Angeles), with a couple of
Grammy Award nominations and awards among them. The group, which
features Amy Speace, Dan Navarro, Jon Vezner and Sally Barris, tours
the country annually, singing songs of the winter holiday season. The
group will play "in the round," trading songs, harmonizing and
accompanying each other’s holiday pieces. Fans of folk and true country
music might want to check this out. 


Monday, Dec. 12 @ Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, 7 p.m., $15 suggested donation.




Patient Zero Debut at Mac's Bar


CJ Kjolhede, formerly of the defunct Roll Over Radio, has
a new one-man-band called The Patient Zeros. He describes himself as a
“garage folker.” The Lansing-based songwriter, who plays an all-ages
show Tuesday at Mac’s Bar, also says in his bio that he’s out to “prove
to the world that the ukulele is not a toy, and declare The Beatles are
indeed coverable.” Follow Kjolhede at www.twitter.com/thepatientzeros.
Also taking the stage at Mac’s will be Bluffing the Ghosts
(Lansing-based indie/folk). Opening the show is Joseph Anthony
Camerlengo, a poppy-indie songwriter from Columbus, Ohio 


Tuesday December 13th @ Mac's Bar, $5 at the door, all ages, 6 p.m.

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