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Wednesday, March 28,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

Ten Pound Fiddle hosts Yellow Room Gang

An octet of veteran Michigan-based songwriters who collaborate under the moniker The Yellow Room Gang performs Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The acclaimed assembly includes Emmy-winning composer David Barrett, Irish-American chanteuse Kitty Donohoe, Southeastern folk veteran Matt Watroba, David Tamulevich & Michael Hough (of Mustard’s Retreat), country-folk artist Annie Capps, Great American Song Contest winner Jim Bizer and four-time Detroit Music Award winner Jan Krist. The group will perform songs solo, together, and with the audience. 

Friday, March 30 @Ten Pound Fiddle – Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street, East Lansing, all ages, $15 public, $12 Fiddle members, $5 students, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.


I.R.O.G. mixes pro-wrestling with local music 

The International Ring of Grapplers  is a new pro wrestling company based in Lansing. Its debut event, The Saturday Night Showdown, happens Saturday at The Edge Church in Mason. Along with a long roster of matches and a meet-and-greet with national wrestling star Sabu at 7 p.m. (Sabu is not wrestling), Lansing-based rockers Narc Out the Reds will perform a set of its high-energy tunes. Each I.R.O.G. event will feature an area band. The Saturday Night Showdown will feature wrestlers “Grizzly” House Jones, Dan Strongbow, El Toro, “Gentleman” John Campbell, Super J, Frank Stein, Roderick Street, Terrance Slaughter, Los Conquistadors, and more. The I.R.O.G., which has more events being planned across the state, was co-founded in December 2011 by local wrestling aficionados Rigo Flores and Joseph Diaz. For tickets call (517) 574-8380, or visit facebook.com/theIROG.

Saturday, March 31 @ Edge Church, 1284 N. Cedar St., Mason, all ages. Adult tickets $10, children 12 and under $5, children 5 and under are FREE. The meet-and-greet is at 7 p.m., bell time at 8 p.m.


Dub steppinī in it

Mac’s Bar will be kickin’ the bass Saturday when five Michigan-based DJs spin some bass-heavy electro. Hitting the decks at the event, dubbed “Mac’s Hot Shit,” is DJ C. Phear (from Detroit), POPSH!T (from Kalamazoo), K@dog (from Detroit), iNoV8 (from East Lansing), and Peppstep. Over the past 10 years DJ C. Phear, a.k.a. Casey Phear, has become a fixture in the Detroit electronic music scene and a driving force in the Michigan dubstep and DNB scenes. His sets also include jungle, jump-up, trip hop, liquid DNB, and soul dubs. 

Saturday, March 31 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $5, 9 p.m.


LEAKs DJs takeover the Loft

The Lansing Electronic Artist Kollective hosts nine emerging DJs Saturday at The Loft. The event, “Get Wet,” features live electro sets from Robert Perry, Beat Loaf, Andy Lynch, Roque Ybarra, M.O., Fire Ant, Rob Cortez, Bachelor Machines and Pat Bosman. Over the past couple of years, LEAK, an organization made up of Lansing-based DJs, has helped to revive the electronic music scene in Lansing by hosting shows at clubs and bars across the city. 

Saturday, March 31 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $5 before 10 p.m., $7 after for 21 and over, $10 for 18 and over, doors 9 p.m.


Indie bands  play all-ages show at (SCENE)

(SCENE) Metrospace, an art gallery, music venue and performance space in downtown East Lansing, hosts an all-ages indie show Saturday. The night features live sets from Productive Members of Society, Paper Soul, PK Fire and the folk-pop sounds of The Jet Rodriguez. The members of Productive Members of Society often write tunes about living in a “computer-centric, techy-overloaded society.” The band describes its sound as “pure, melody-riddled rock” with no shortage of hooks.

Saturday, March 31 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing, all ages, doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m. $5.


Rachael Davis  Band plays the Pump House

Local songwriter Rachael Davis, who performs at the Pump House Sunday with her new band, has been playing solo shows for a decade now. In that time she has earned much praise from the acoustic/folk scene. Davis has released four albums, including a collaboration album with the American roots band Steppin’ In It and a live disc that was recorded live in Breman, Germany back in 2004. Opening the show at the Pump House is Steppin’ In It member Joshua Davis. For more information, visit  www.rachaeldavis.com.

Sunday, April 1 @ Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Infected, Jackpine Snag, & Chaz Brackx at Macīs

Since 1993 The Infected, a Lexington-based band, has been playing a “snotty” brand of classic punk, a sound that’s been documented on over 10 releases. The band plays Mac’s Bar April 4, along with locals Chaz Brackx & the Big Bucks and the Jackpine Snag. Brackx, known for his distinctive sound that melds ‘50s and ‘60s style rock-n-roll with primal classic-country western, is also recognized for his oddball originals like “Baby Oil” and “Don’t Do Drugs.” Fans of Hasil Adkins and the Everly Brothers may want to check out Brackx.  

Wednesday, April 4 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $5, 9 p.m.

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