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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

Lansing record & CD show returns

For those interested in flipping through thousands of vinyl records, a good place to start might be the Saturday´s Lansing Record & CD Show at the University Quality Inn in Frandor (next to Spare Time Entertainment Center). The huge show, which opens at 11 a.m., sets up shop every couple of months and features lots of vinyl (45s and LPs), as well as CDs, music DVDs, band posters, t-shirts, vintage magazines and all sorts of music memorabilia. From rock ´n´ roll and soul to jazz, funk and folk, all genres are represented. There’s even some rare garage rock, rockabilly and punk vinyl. The event features 60 tables of merchandise, and dealers also buy record collections from guests. For more information ,visit facebook.com/lansingrecordshow, or e-mail Ken Price at kpwildwood@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, July 14 @ University Quality Inn, 3121 E. Grand River Ave., Frandor. FREE admission. Show runs from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pat Zelenka Project and some pizza

On Saturday, the Pat Zelenka Project, a local blues/rock/funk band, plays Sir Pizza in Old Town. Featuring Zelenka on guitar and vocals, the band is influenced by classic blues and rock acts, including Cream, The Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Rush, James Gang, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. In 2010 Michigan rock legend Dick Wagner said this of Zelenka: “Honest opinion? Spectacular. Pat Zelenka is one of my favorite unsung guitar heroes.” Those who show up to the Sir Pizza gig can expect four hours of blues and guitar-driven originals. Guests will likely hear cuts from the band’s latest albums “Radiosoul” and “Better Days” — plus, you can grab a slice of pizza or a calzone while you listen.

Saturday, July 14 @ Sir Pizza, 201 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing,. All-ages show from 8 p.m. to midnight.


ATL Sludge Trio joins BerT Jackpine Snag

Sons of Tonatiuh (pronounced “Sons of Tahn-ah-tea-ah”) is a three-piece that plays sludge-metal with a large dose of doom and crust punk. The outfit is from the underground of the Atlanta music scene, but on Monday the band plays Mac’s Bar, with Lansing-based heavy-hitters BerT and Jackpine Snag. Sons of Tonatiuh formed in 2008 and has since self-released a 7-inch single and a self-titled 12-inch LP, with the latter album being picked up by Hydro-Phonic Records out of Grand Rapids. The label put out a CD version of the full-length in 2010. Even though the band has been touring non-stop, the trio managed to record the recently released “Parade of Sorrow” LP. The new disc was recorded with help from Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk. Fans of Sourvein, Iron Monkey, Eyehategod and Weedeater may dig Sons of Tonatiuh.
As for BerT, the prolific band dropped the “Spring Fever” EP on Madlantis Records back in April. The five-track collection features tunes like “Trample the Dead,” a nearly 13-minute stoned-out sludge jam, and “Human Bone Xylophone,” a volatile up-tempo track that clocks in under two minutes. BerT’s music is streamed for free at bert.bandcamp.com.

Monday, July 16 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $5, 9 p.m.

Gregg Allman´s son Michael plays the Loft

Michael Allman, the eldest son of southern-rock legend Gregg Allman (of The Allman Brothers), brings his high-energy blues and country-tinged rock to The Loft on July 19. Allman is the lead singer and songwriter for the band and is promoting his 2009 “Hard Labor Creek” LP, released via All-Skinn Music Group, his own label. Known for his wild ways, Allman has an admitted love for Jack Daniels, American Spirit smokes and performing at biker rallies. He also won a battle with testicular cancer in the early 2000s, making a full recovery. Opening the show are Jill Jack (Detroit-based Americana) and The Blue Effect, a psych-jam band from East Lansing.

Thursday, July 19 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $8 advance, $10 at door, doors 7 p.m. 

Occupy Lansing Uli´s

In an effort to help the legal defense of Occupy Lansing, the group is hosting a benefit show July 18 at Uli’s Haus of Rock. Organizers of the event state in the show description: “Proceeds will help legal defense of occupiers being harassed by Bernero’s sneaky anti-occupation policies.” Taking the stage are the Free Radicals (power-political folk), Laura Love (Oakland, Calif. folk-rock), Qest-Ion (instrumental psychedelic-reggae from Flint) and Cheerleader (Flint-based, female-fronted rock). “Each of the 15 citations already written are good for 90 days in jail and/or $500, so we could use a lot of help,” said the organizers in a press release.  

Wednesday, July 18 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, 18 and over, $5 (“or what you can afford”); doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m.


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