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Wednesday, September 5,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Spartan Remix Expects 1000

Over 1,000 students are expected to fill the field outside of the MSU Auditorium for the annual Spartan Remix. The free, all-ages event features music from DJ Rod P — the official DJ for the Detroit Pistons — Karen Rodriguez, Enrique Rosas Duet and Zain Shamoon and the Blat Pack. Dances will be performed by the ASU African Student Union, FreQuency Dance Crew and the MSU Breakdance Club. Other attractions include drag queen Hershae Chocolatae, a Greek unity march, graffiti artist Freddie Diaz and a visit from Sparty. This year’s theme is “What’s Your Ink?” The evening will cover the art of tattooing, paints, and various mediums of ink while also recognizing cultural diversity and how it’s made up of diverse languages. Plenty of tents, from organizations like the LBGT Coalition, will be on-site with some cultural activities aimed at promoting diversity awareness. The Spartan Remix is hosted by the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions and the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center. There will be free food, T-shirts, and a long board raffle. 

Thursday, Sept. 6 @ MSU Auditorium Field, 542 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing, free, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


City Pulse hosts: Teenage Slumber Party at Mac´s 

The first in a series of upcoming City Pulse-hosted events happens Wednesday at Mac’s Bar when Teenage Slumber Party and Catalina Wine Mixer play an early, all-ages show. Headlining is Teenage Slumber Party, a Grand Ledge-based punk-rock duo made up of Dylan Sowle (guitar/vocals) and Ariel Rogers (drums). The minimal sound is sloppy and poppy, sounding somewhat like a confused mix between The Oblivians, The Gories, Mudhoney and the Moldy Peaches. Opening the show is Catalina Wine Mixer.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages. $6, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


DJ Kenneth Thomas at Lansing Beach party

World-famous DJ Paul Oakenfold once called Kenneth Thomas “one of the most promising young DJs in the electronic scene right now.” Thomas, a Detroit techno superstar, spins his melodic dance music Friday at The Loft. The night is dubbed “Endless Summer,” with those dressed in beach attire saving $2 off the cover charge. Beyond touring the world as a headliner and producing, Thomas is also a talent scout for Perfecto (Oakenfold’s label), promoting the renaissance of the renowned U.K. trance label. Opening the show is a long list of DJs, including Rob Perry, a fixture in the Lansing and Detroit-area electronic music scene. While he first started dabbling in electronic music in high school, it wasn’t until 2008 that Perry performed his first live show at Mac’s Bar and soon become a regular performer. Also performing is Klees, Space, Craig D, Space Camp, host/MC Dean Cue, X Theory, AKDJ, MC Rain, Pep-Step, Mista Mixta and Xaos. Limited $7 pre-sales are available in East Lansing at The Record Lounge or Flat Black and Circular.  

Friday, Sept. 7 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $8 for 18 and over, $7 advance, $12 at door, 9 p.m.


Big Willy drops second album

Local eclectic rock band Big Willy releases its second full-length album, “Out for Trouble,” Sunday at an early Green Door show — doors open at 3 p.m. Opening the show is Bad Gravy. Big Willy is rooted in the blues, rock ‘n’ roll and some classic soul. “This record still has the Big Willy sound that we’ve established, but the lyrics, the music, and the arrangements are on a whole new level,” said front man Will Rideoutt. Since the band formed in 2004, it has shared the stage with the likes of Tab Benoit and Larry McCray. It also recorded an episode of “Backstage Pass,” a documentary-style show aired on PBS. This second album is a follow up to 2009’s “King Without a Crown.” 

Sunday, Sept. 9 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, all ages until 9 p.m., after 9 p.m. it’s 21 and over. 


Free Rev. Deadeye show at Moriarty´s 

The rustic sounds of Reverend Deadeye & His No Man Gospel Band returns to Lansing next Tuesday, Sept. 11, for a free show at Moriarty’s. This Colorado native mixes raw blues, garage-rock and gospel into a primitive blast of sound in the traditional “one man band” set up. According to his website, “Feet fer stompin, hands fer strummin´, mouth fer shoutin´.” A couple of his fan-favorite tunes include “Fuck the Devil” and “Drunk on Jesus.” Opening the show is local roots rock acts Dead Ben Rooster and The Leper Colony. Fans of Tom Waits, Johnny Cash or the King Khan & BBQ show may want to stop by this gig.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 @ Moriarty’s Pub, 802 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, 21 and over, FREE, 9 p.m.

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