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Wednesday, May 30,2012

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by Rich Tupica

Vaudeville-loving bands at Mac's

Another Roadside Attraction, which plays Mac’s Bar Thursday with The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, is a Virginia-based band with a love for nostalgia and the carnival. The band members not only co-write songs; they also create costumes and band merchandise together. Along with guitars and drums, the band also features fiddle, cello, viola, tenor banjo, kazoo, and ukulele players — plus a bunch of other oddball instruments, such as the spoons and “the clockworks.”

Thursday, May 31 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $10, 9 p.m.


Patchouli pride at Macīs Mitten Jamfest

Break out your hacky sacks! A two-day festival dubbed Mac’s Mitten Jam hosts a long list of jam bands from across the state Friday and Saturday at Mac’s Bar. The opening night brings in North Shore, Burtonīs Garden, Electric Jug Band, Theo Batzer Band and the Tony Lajoye Trio. The second night features Secretary of Space, Sticky Fut, Pleasant Drive, Kung Fu Rodeo and The Full Velvet Band. Aside from Jerry Garcia-inspired tunes, there will be food provided by Aladdin’s of East Lansing, as well as prize raffles, including a chance to win free weekend passes to the Hoodilidoo Music and Peace Festival.

Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $10, 7 p.m. macsbar.com 


Pumphouse hosts 3rd annual pumpstock

Pumpstock, an annual family-friendly American/alt-country music fest, happens Saturday at the Bailey Community Center Park in East Lansing. Hosted by the Pump House Concerts, the third annual event features a long roster of acclaimed artists, including Martine Locke, an Australian singer/songwriter who has self-released four solo albums and four discs with The Velvet Janes, her duo. Passionate about her DIY ethos, Locke has continued to book, manage, promote, produce and perform over 100 shows a year in three countries. She has toured as opening artist for such acts as Ani DiFranco, Cowboy Junkies and Arlo Guthrie. Also performing is the Tommy Womack Band; USA Today called Womack’s songs “insightful, funny, and penetrating.” The Telecaster-toting songwriter is an award-winning Nashville musician who’s developed a loyal following since his early days growing up in Kentucky.

Another out-of-town band taking the stage is Harpeth Rising, a group of young Nashville up-starts that mix the banjo and fiddle with cello and hand drums. Rounding out the list of headliners is Bill Bynum & Company, a Detroit-based band that plays a mix of country and rock, mixed with bluegrass.

Saturday, June 2 @ Pumpstock – Bailey Community Center Park, 300 Bailey Street, East Lansing, all ages, $10 suggested donation (kids free), doors 2 p.m., ends around 8 p.m.

Capital City Chaos III hosts 12 metal bands

Another annual fest happening Saturday is Capital City Chaos III at Blackened Moon Concert Hall; doors open at 1 p.m. The all-day, all-ages event features sets from The Plague Years (2 p.m.), Failed Society (3 p.m.), Society Kills (4 p.m.), Dead Against (5 p.m.), Hillside Barrier (6 p.m.), Dozic (7 p.m.), Hokori (8 p.m.), One Without Reason (9 p.m.), The Devastator (10 p.m.), All Ends Black (11 p.m.), Genocya (midnight) and headliners It Lies Within will close the show around 1 a.m. It Lies Within has a new album, “Chrysalis,” coming soon on Luxor Records. Along with a hefty dose of head-banging, there will also be 50/50 raffles throughout the show, offering prizes from My Little Needle Tattoos and Vivid Ink. 

Saturday, June 2 @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall, 3208 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, $10, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Adored doorman TJ Jackson benefit at Greendoor

Timothy “TJ” Jackson, doorman at the Green Door, was recently admitted to Sparrow Hospital with a blood clot on his left lung. Due to complications he was transferred to the Cardiac Intensive Care Units. Jackson has moved to  the Cardiac Step Down Unit and is facing a month of physical and occupational therapy on the rehab floor before he can return home. The Green Door Blues Bar & Grill has arranged for 10 hours of live entertainment on Sunday to help raise funds for Jackson and his family. Performers include Frog & the Beeftones, Smooth Daddy, Jen Sygit & the Lincoln County Process, Steppin’ In It, The Burnsides, Global Village, Those Delta Rhythm Kings, The Hoopties, Root Doctor and more. The show is family-friendly until 9 p.m. There will also be a silent auction from 3 to 9 p.m., plus periodic merchandise auctions. Organizers are accepting tax-deductible donations, silent auction items and gift certificates. Items may be dropped off at the Green Door, or you can call manager Jennifer Costigan at (517) 482-6376. 

Sunday, June 3 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $10 donation at door.

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