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Wednesday, April 24,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Seth & May play the Fiddle

Married couple Samuel Seth Bernard and May Erlewine are a respected duo in the growing Michigan folk community. Friday, the pair will perform songs off their latest album, “New Flower,” along with some other fan favorites, at their 5th annual Ten Pound Fiddle concert. Prior to meeting, they both had a strong background in songwriting and performing, between the two they’ve released over 15 albums. They also had a shared love of folk, blues and rock, including mutual influences like Neil Young, Patti Griffin and Woody Guthrie. The pair met in 2003 at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and by early 2006 they had released their first collaborative LP through Earthwork Collective imprint, simply called “Seth Bernard and Daisy May.”

Fri., April 26, Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street East Lansing, all ages. 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $15 public, $12 Fiddle members, $5 students.


Unsigned talent at (SCENE)

Naked Music Productions will stage a performance Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace to honor local unsigned artists. Performers include Jay B (Paul Grettenberger), Super Jones, Keel, Eddie J Donīt Play and Eff the Piano Man. Eddie J Don’t play (real name E.J. Horn) is a Lansing rapper whose influences range from Drake and Ne-Yo to T.I. and Nas. Horn has performed at many local venues, but has also gigged in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. (SCENE) Metrospace is an alternative art and performance space located in downtown East Lansing, founded in 2004 as a response to Gov. Jennifer Granholmīs "Cool Cities" initiative. It hosts a diverse schedule of art exhibits, music, theatrical productions, film screenings, dance, poetry and other forms of expression.

Fri., April 26, (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, East Lansing, all ages, $10, 7 p.m.


Juvenile at Fahrenheit 

New Orleans-based rapper Juvenile, best known for the 1999 hit song, “Back that Thang Up,” that launched Lil Wayne’s career, performs Saturday at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge. Juvenile (born Terius Gray) is a former member of the Hot Boys and the Cash Money Records roster. He also scored hits with 1998’s “Ha” and 2003’s “Juve the Great” album, which spawned the No. 1 hit “Slow Motion.” Last year he released “Rejuvenation,” his 10th studio album. The Fahrenheit concert doubles as a release show for the new issue of Hood Illustrated, a Lansing-based hip-hop magazine. Also performing are Money Boy Inc., Armond the Giant, and Stashouse. Lansing rapper SINcere will also release and perform his new single, “Every Day Is December 31st.” 

Sat., April 27, Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, 6810 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 21 , $20, $30 VIP, 10 p.m


Graham/Bonnette at Macīs

Mac’s Bar takes it down a notch Saturday when Ian Graham (of Cheap Girls) and Sean Bonnette (from Andrew Jackson Jihad) play solo sets. Opening the show are Ben Hassenger (of Frank and Earnest) and Stephen Wisniewski (of Empty Orchestra). Graham, who’s fronted Cheap Girls since 2007 has been on a seemingly nonstop string of tours since the band’s debut release, “Find Me a Drink Home” in 2008. In between tours to Europe and across the U.S., Cheap Girls has released a couple more LPs, including 2012’s “Giant Orange” on Rise Records. Locals fans who want to hear stripped down versions of Graham’s tunes may want to stop out to the Mac’s show. This solo show is a part of a tour Graham and Bonnette are partnering on across the States.

Sat., April 27, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $12, $10 adv., 8 p.m.


Adler & Hearne at Pump House

Since the early ‘80s, Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne have collaborated on mellow, rootsy tunes. The Texas-based duo play the Pump House Sunday. The pair’s lyric book is filled with broad themes and include images of water, bridges, love and life. The two originally met while on solo journeys in Nashville, but later met up in Texas. Adler’s voice is angelic in tone, while Hearne has an aged voice akin to the late John Stewart of The Kingston Trio. Fans of folk, singer-songwriter, and light country music may want to check out this show. The Pump House is a neighborhood-run listening room located in the Bailey Neighborhood in East Lansing. It is a converted water-pumping house built by the WPA in the 1930s.

Sun., April 28, Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, $15 donation, 7 p.m.

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