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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

Local soul/blues veterans Twyla “Birdsong” Fleming (vocalist) and Mike Skory (keys) perform a free set of classic covers Friday at the Radisson Hotel’s Capitol City Grille in Lansing. The show is a part of “Free Fridays” at the restaurant, where guests can listen to live music and also take advantage of free appetizers and $2 wine and draft beers.

This particular gig showcases songs by Etta James, Koko Taylor, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Fleming and Skory will be joined on stage by a couple of area jazz vocalists, including Satin (performing a Houston song) and Ty Teon Thompson, who will channel Vandross. Fleming’s 9-year-old nephew will also take the stage to play a keyboard version of “Crazy Man Blues.” 

Friday, March 2 @ Radisson Hotel Lansing - Capitol City Grille, 111 N Grand Ave, Lansing, all ages. FREE, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Grammy-winning folk at fiddle

Two-time Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer bring their repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music to the Ten Pound Fiddle on Friday. Billboard Magazine called their sound “as close to flawless folk-bluegrass as it gets,” praising the pair’s superb harmonies and instrumental virtuosity. Fink and Marxer, who are known for their light-hearted children’s albums, are proficient with the guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello-banjo, ukulele — and some witty chit-chat. The duo began performing together in the late 1980s and has since released two Grammy-winning albums: “cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins” and “Bon Appétit!” They’ve also nabbed a few other nominations throughout the years. Visit www.tenpoundfiddle.org for more information.

Friday, March 2 @ Ten Pound Fiddle – Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing, all ages. Box office at 7 p.m., doors 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $15 public, $12 Fiddle members, $5 students.


Bob Baldori previews ´Boogie Stomp!´ at Celebration

Since the early 1960s, Lansing music legend “Boogie” Bob Baldori has been rocking crowds across the country. In 1966 his band, The Woolies, scored a hit single with a cover of “Who Do You Love?” (later issued on the “Nuggets” box set). That same year the band befriended Chuck Berry and began touring and recording albums with the guitar icon. Over the years Baldori has also worked and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Del Shannon, and Bo Diddley. While his past is rich with rock-n-roll and blues, Baldori is still keeping busy. He’s currently playing piano and harmonica in Seeley & Baldori — along with fellow-pianist Bob Seeley, a nationally renowned boogie-woogie and stride pianist. A new 86-minute documentary titled “Boogie Stomp!” stars Seeley & Baldori and documents how the basic elements of boogie-woogie rhythm became the backbone of American music. The film, showing twice on Saturday at Celebration! Cinema, includes live performances and also ties together the relationship between blues, jazz, boogie, swing, stride, rock, R&B and contemporary pop. 

Saturday, March 3 @ Celebration! Cinema Lansing, 200 E. Edgewood Blvd, Lansing, all ages, tickets range from $6.50 to $8.50, showings at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Know Lyfe headlines night of covers at Loft

“A Night Under the Covers” this Saturday at The Loft brings together six Michigan-metal bands, all performing as a popular band they love. The all-ages show was spearheaded by vocalist Alfonso Civile, front-man of Know Lyfe, who will perform as the Deftones — a group that Civile cites as one of his main musical influences. Also taking the stage is Of Virtue (as Hatebreed), Crackjaw (as Alice in Chains), Born (as Chevelle), Dagon (as Metallica) and Devastator (as Slipknot). “It was my idea that I had been mulling over in my head for over a year,” Civile said. “I wanted to do something different and get some of the best local bands to do something fun together and bring some of our favorite influences to life in our own ways.” Know Lyfe is supporting its latest album, “Empire of Wolves.”  

Saturday, March 3 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $10 advance, $12 at door. Doors at 6 p.m.


Celtic-punk rock at mac´s bar

Cutthroat Shamrock, a Knoxville-based Celtic bluegrass-punk band, brings its rowdy sounds to Mac’s Bar Monday. The band melds Irish traditions with Appalachian rhythms and a touch of punk.  The five-piece band features Derek McRotten (vocals, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo), Benjamin Whitehead (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Guido Greaserag (stand-up bass), Suavo (drums) and Johnny Hyena (congas, bongos, washboard). Warming up the stage with some rustic sounds is Devil’s Cut, a local band that’s been gigging around Michigan since 2010. The folk-bluegrass-rock band is releasing its debut CD at the show. Also making some roots ruckus will be Filthy Still (from Providence, R.I.), along with Rickett Pass, an Americana-punk band from Rockwood. Rickett Pass features Ted Whitman (washtub), Joe Vega (mandolin), Mason Damn Tinsley (banjo and lead vocals) and Matt Hicks (guitar).

Monday, March 5 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $8, 9 p.m.


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