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Wednesday, August 15,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica

'No f***ing  egos' allowed

The Jackpine Snag, a Lansing-based grungy-doom blues trio, plays one last show Thursday before taking a hiatus from live gigs. The band is made up of Joe Hart (guitar/ vocals), Greg Lamb (bass) and Todd Karinen (drums). Karinen is also known for the releases on Silver Maple Kill Records, his own local indie label. One of the latest releases from the label was the second installment of “No F***ing Egos: This is Lansing.” The 2012 compilation disc, which is available at Flat, Black & Circular, contains newer tracks from area rockers like Frank and Earnest, Elliot Street Lunatic, The Hat Madder, and The Break-Ups. Headlining the show at Mac’s is Dozic, a local metal/trash/stoner band. Fans of Kyuss, Morbid Angel and Slayer might want to check these guys out. Also taking the stage is local alt-rockers 80 Tons of Mercury and Dead See Kings, a Mt. Pleasant-based stoner rock band.

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


Otep steps into the Loft

Otep, a four-piece female-fronted alt-metal band, formed in Los Angeles back in late 2000 and was soon discovered by Capitol Records and Sharon Osbourne. On Thursday the band plays an all-ages show at The Loft. Otep, which is known for powerful live performances, developed its huge following after performing at multiple Ozzfest tours. To date the band has released five full-length albums and one EP. Since 2009, Otep has been on the Victory Records roster and released “Atavist” last year. Also performing at The Loft are Butcher Babies, One Eyed Doll, Beyond The Fallout, Floodgate, and A Hymn To The Ancients.

Thursday, Aug. 16 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages,  $15 advance, $17 at door, 7 p.m.


Indie space rockers Calliope at (SCENE)

(SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing’s city-funded contemporary art gallery and performance space, hosts Lansing music scene veterans Calliope on Friday, along with Origami Ghosts (from Seattle) and Lac La Belle (from Detroit). Local favorites Calliope have been gigging for over a decade. The band blends spacey-indie rock and psychedelic dream-pop. Meanwhile, Origami Ghosts is the musical project of Seattle native John Paul Scesniak. The group, which recently released the “It Don’t Exist” album, is known for its brand of light and poppy folk-rock. Lac La Belle is a duo comprised of Jennie Knaggs and Nick Shillace. The duo incorporates accordion, mandolin, and banjo into original and traditional tunes. 

Friday, Aug. 17 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. All ages. Doors open at 8 p.m.; music at 9 p.m. $5 at door. 


Big Perm headstone benefit at Mac's

A showcase celebrating the life of the late Lansing rapper Cameron Doyle (a.k.a. Big Perm) happens Saturday at Mac’s Bar. All proceeds go toward providing a headstone for Doyle. The event is hosted by local hip-hop artists Jahshua Smith (formerly known as JYoung the General) and SINcere of Mid Mob. The night will feature performances from the Blat! Pack, Harvey Lee, Jon Connor, Ward Skillz, J Money, Cho City, M.O.E. (of Conn Click), Pope Don King & St8 hood, DJ Carmine, and DJ Enyce. Doyle, who died at Sparrow Hospital June 2 after suffering a stroke, was influenced by legends like Pimp C, Notorious B.I.G. and Big Punisher, and became a pivotal figure in the local hip-hop scene after releasing his first mix tape in 2005. 

Saturday, Aug. 18 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $7 in advance, $10 at door, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Sun Dried Music Festival coming soon

Live music lovers may want to start planning ahead for the third annual Sun Dried Music Festival. The free, two-day event hits downtown Mason August 24-25 and hosts a variety of sounds, including rock, blues, Latin jazz, salsa and country. Last year over 8,000 attendees made the event, which also features children’s activities, merchandise vendors, and an adult beverage tent. This year’s festival features performances from The Twangtown Prophets, a country band that’s opened shows for Loretta Lynn, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, and Willie Nelson. Other acts include Orquesta Ritmo, Root Doctor featuring Freddie Cunningham, Showdown, The Ballinger Family Band, Backwoods Band, Updraft, Smooth Daddy, and the Kathy Ford Band. A second stage will feature local performers in between headlining acts, and a third “Kids Stage” will host child-friendly live music. To volunteer, fill out a contact form at sundriedmusicfestival.com.

Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday Aug. 25 @ Sun Dried Music fest, Downtown Mason, all-ages, FREE, Friday hours: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday: noon to 11 p.m

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