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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Record Lounge Hosts Free PUNK show

Sat., Dec. 15, The Record Lounge, 111 Division, East Lansing, all ages, free, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Record Lounge in East Lansing will host three local bands Saturday at a free in-store show. Making some demented ruckus are BerT, Total Hipster Crusher, The Plague Years and American Gothic. The ever busy BerT is continually dropping new sludgy doom records while playing a handful of stoned-out shows. Right now BerT is finishing a full-length album and starting work on an EP. Also Hydro-Phonic Records is doing a 12-inch vinyl release of the trio’s 2011 “Stoner Boner” EP. The other side of the record will be the new “Shithawk” EP – the band expects a spring release date. For more information, visit The Record Lounge on Facebook.


Holiday sing at Ten Pound Fiddle

Fri., Dec. 14, Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. $15 public, $12 members, $5 students, $25 per family, 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The 9th annual “Holiday Sing” at the Ten Pound Fiddle is open to all singers, from the talented to beginner. The event is hosted by folk music supporter and song leader Sally Potter. Lyric sheets are provided. Past events have drawn over 150 people to the Fiddle just for the fun of singing. The crowd will be led through holiday selections and songs surrounding solstice, winter and the changing seasons. Special guests include Doug Berch on hammered dulcimer, Rachel Alexander on cello, Sue Thomas on the grand piano and Ruelaine Stokes presenting seasonal spoken-word pieces.

Cash O'Riley at Mac's

Sat., Dec. 15, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $5, 9 p.m.

For local cats who dig Sun Records-style Americana, jump blues, honkytonk and rockabilly, Cash O’Riley and the Downright Daddies might be worth a shot. O’Riley began doing his own thing on stage in 2000, when a band he was in, The Syko Billie Cadillacs, bailed on a show. O’Riley, a Michigan-based guitar slinger, says his influences range from Ray Charles and The Ramones to Elvis Presley and Glenn Danzig. Since his start, he’s released a couple discs: “Booze, Lust, Lies and Heartache” and “Get Lucky, Break Down or Die.” In the pipeline are two new albums, including a spring release of “Heaven Sent, Hell Bent” and his first concept CD, “Jackson County Jail,” which is being released Jan. 12.

Bluegrass jam at Woldumar

Sun., Dec. 16, Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Road, Lansing, all ages, donation, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Mid-Michigan Bluegrass & Folk Jam has been plucking around Lansing for over 40 years, averaging 100 guests and about 50 pickers at each session. Three years ago, the jam series set up shop at Woldumar Nature Center and has stayed there ever since. Along with the rustic sounds from the main stage in the barn auditorium, there are workshops for beginners, spots for separate jams, and also free snacks and beverages. This particular session features a free beginner guitar workshop from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. This jam series runs the third Sunday each month from October through April. All donations go to Woldumar Nature Center.

Three Men and a Tenor turn 20

Thu., Dec. 20, Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing, $20, 12 years old and under $10, 7:30 p.m.

Three Men and a Tenor has been performing its brand of vocal pop and comedy for two decades, and now the Spartan alumni foursome return to the Wharton Center to celebrate their landmark anniversary with a two-hour concert. The group, which includes Paul Felch, Glenn Williams, Chuck Colby and Mark Stiles, perform vocal-based music from the Temptations, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Bob Marley – along with some quick witted humor. 3MT describes itself as “The Rat Pack meets The Muppets meets The Mills Brothers.” Since 1992, the group has performed across the map over 2,500 times and shared stages with the likes of Chuck Berry, Dionne Warwick and The Beach Boys.

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