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Wednesday, January 9,2013

Turn It Down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Latin Xplosionar at Firm

Fri., Jan. 11, The Firm, 227 S. Washington Square, Lansing, 21 , $5, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

A night Latin entertainment happens Friday at The Firm. The event, dubbed “Latin Xplosionar,” is “a celebration of culture and dance,” according to the organizers. The night will feature two DJs spinning the hottest reggaeton, cumbia, merengue and salsa. Hitting the decks is DJ E-Nyce (a.k.a. Emilio Nyce) and Jeremy “Jaiese” Helton. Nyce is a Lansing-based DJ who has also spent time living in Flint and Detroit. Nyce also spins hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 and pop music. He started his career at house parties, but in 2008 he began taking it more seriously after getting involved with the Mic Club showcases. He’s also become a mainstay at the Capital City DJ Olympics. Locals may have seen him perform at X-Cel, Fahrenheit or Mac’s Bar.


Joe Hertler at Mac´s 

Fri., Jan. 11, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $10 advance, $12 door, 7 p.m.

Joe Hertler and his band the Rainbow Seekers have been increasingly busy these days playing indie-folk shows across the state. Friday, the band plays an all-ages show at Mac’s Bar, along with Detroit-based openers Flint Eastwood and El Dee. Local indie-soul band East Harvest opens the show. Hertler’s latest release, “On Being,” helped create a buzz beyond Michigan and garnered positive reviews and hype across the Midwest. MostlyMidwest.com called Hertler “a bourgeoning Michigan talent bound to be on everyone’s radar soon.” While the band has become a headliner on its own, the Rainbow Seekers have also opened shows for notable acts like the Electric Six, The Civil Wars, Matt Pond PA, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 


Craig Doepker at The Loft

Sat., Jan. 12, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $5 advance, $8 door, 

8 p.m.Owosso native Craig Doepker has become a fixture in the Lansing music scene over the past few years. When he’s not bartending at Mac’s Bar, Doepker is producing electronic tracks and also spinning disco-house music at clubs across the city. Saturday he will perform between bands at the first installment of “Space Zookeeper: Music of Split Genres, Vol. 1,” featuring a roster of five diverse local bands and  “gypsy carnival games.” Opening the show is Cavalcade (weird metal), Pacifier (funk), The Devil’s Cut (folk-punk) and Mr. Denton on Doomsday (progressive-rock). This show will also hold a 50/50 raffle with some of the funds going to benefit Ele´s Place, a local, non-profit healing center for grieving children and families.


True Falsettos at Pump House

Sun., Jan. 13, Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, 7 p.m.

The True Falsettos are a swing duo featuring Joe Wilson (steel guitar, guitar, vocals) and Kevin Gills (bass, vocals). Sunday, they play the Pump House. Locals might recognize Wilson from Steppin´ In It — he’s been with the band for over a decade. Meanwhile Gills performs with Traverse City’s traditional country group, Sister Wilene, along with Wilson. The True Falsettos embrace the hot jazz and swing styles of the ‘30s and ‘40s, playing lively, danceable music. In addition to originals, the pair also covers Nat King Cole, Bob Wills and Louis Jordan.  Wilson has played some of the nation’s top festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wheatland, Blissfest and the Woody Guthrie Festival. Acousic duo Genna & Jesse will also play at this event. 


Great Lakes Collective at (SCENE)

Thu., Jan. 17, (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing, all ages, $5 advance, 8 p.m.

For over two years local music buffs Nick Berry,  Adam Klein and Rich Whitman have been operating the Great Lakes Collective, a local record label and promotion venture. Aside from releasing discs and vinyl from area artists, the indie collective also hosts shows at venues across the city. Thursday, it hosts an all-ages show at (SCENE), featuring Small Town Victory, Skyline and squeezebox. Fans of New Found Glory might dig Small Town Victory, who headline. The Grand Rapids-based band describes itself as an “unapologetic pop punk band.” In December, the band released “I Hope This Kills You,” a five-song collection featuring tracks like “KFC Sucks Anyway.”

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