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Wednesday, May 1,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Dick Andrews memorial

Local radio personality and avid record collector Richard “Dick” Andrews died on March 13 at 71. A memorial service stocked with food and live music will be Sunday at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1039 in Lansing. Performing are the Blue Echoes, the Sea Cruisers, the Jack Clarkson Band, the Van-dells and the Fabulous Oldies But Goodies Band. Andrews started his own radio station (WONE) at age 14 in his parent’s basement in Lansing. He graduated from Sexton High School in 1961 and took positions at WILS and WVIC. He also hosted sock hops at the Lansing Civic Center alongside radio legend Erik O. Furseth.

Sun., May 5, Fraternal Order of Eagles #1039, 4700 N Grand River, Lansing, 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Emma´s Revolution

On May 3, Pete Seeger´s 94th birthday, the harmonizing folk duo Emma´s Revolution will lead a night of Seeger songs at the Ten Pound Fiddle. Attendees are welcome to sing along, with lyric sheets provided. Emma´s Revolution comprises songwriters/activists Pat Humphries and Sandy O., who will also perform some of their own tunes, including “Swimming to the Other Side” and “Peace.” The duo has been described as “Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars,” and is a perfect choice for the event — Seeger himself is a fan. “The powers that be can control the media, but it´s hard to stop a good song ... Pat’s songs will be sung well into the 22nd century," Seeger said on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Fri., May 3, Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. 7:30 p.m. $15, $12 Fiddle members, $5 students, $25 family.


Lansing CD & Vinyl show 

For those who love nothing more than flipping through thousands of vinyl records, the Lansing Record & CD Show at the University Quality Inn in Frandor on Saturday will be right up your alley. The event happens every couple of months and features vinyl (45s and LPs), CDs, DVDs, posters, T-shirts, vintage magazines and other music memorabilia. All genres are represented, from rock ´n´ roll and soul to jazz, funk and folk. There’s even some rare garage rock, rockabilly and punk vinyl. The event, which has been going on for about 20 years, features 35 dealers who also buy record collections from guests. For more information, email rerun45@rocketmail.com, call (734) 604-2540 or go to facebook.com/lansingrecordshow.

Sat., May 4, University Quality Inn, 3121 E. Grand River Ave., Frandor, FREE, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Brody & the Busch Rd Trio

After a series of semi-drunken jam sessions in a musty three-car garage near Frankenmuth, Brody and the Busch Rd. Trio officially formed in July 2009. The four-piece alt-rock band, made up of Eric "Brody" Braeutigam (vocals/rhythm guitar), Derek Burk (lead guitar), Josh Rodammer (bass) and drummer Cody Little, play a mix of covers and originals, taking influence from Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin and Incubus. The band gigs across the state, covering tunes by Nirvana, Kings of Leon and the Rolling Stones. Opening The Loft show is a long roster of bands, including Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Big Brother Smokes, Billiards Music and Pulp Culture. DJ Futurism, DJ Gene and DJ FireAnt will spin music during intermissions.

Sat., May 4, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $5 adv., $7, 9 p.m.


Captured by Robots

Since 1996, Captured by Robots has been weirding-out audiences across the country with its odd lineup: one man and five real robots. The band returns to Mac’s Bar on May 8. Captured by Robots is a manic San Francisco-based outfit led by JBOT (the human), who builds and programs his robot backing musicians to play horns, guitars and percussion. The band has been on over 10 national tours, warming up stages for Public Enemy, Motörhead and Flock of Seagulls. Each tour has a different theme; this time around it’s a psychedelic experience titled: “C!BR is Trippin´ Balls.” The news release promises to take attendees to “a place where up is down” and “Vietnamese sandwiches dance with rabbits.”

Wed., May 8, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages. $15, $12 adv., 7 p.m.

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