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Wednesday, May 22,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Country star at Whiskey Barrel

Drake White, an EMI-signed singer/songwriter based in Nashville, plays the Whiskey Barrel Saloon on May 30. The Alabama native has a rootsy modern country sound, blended with southern gospel vibes. He often lyrically ad-libs during his live shows. According to his bio, White “is a God-fearing river rat/beach bum who loves the outdoors and expresses this love through his soulful lyrical exchanges that breeze through the listener´s ears.” White’s new single, “The Simple Life,” is available on iTunes. Opening is the Kari Lynch Band, a Grand Rapids-based country outfit. Over the last three years, the band has opened big shows for Miranda Lambert and Big and Rich.

Thu., May 30, Whiskey Barrel Saloon, 410 S. Clippert, Lansing, 18 , tickets are $6 to $12.


Mighty Medicine at Waterfront

Mighty Medicine plays a free show Thursday at the Waterfront Bar and Grill at the Lansing City Market. Guitarist Larry Neuhardt and vocalist DeShaun Snead play a laidback mixture of blues, soul, reggae, jazz and classic rock — fans of Tuck & Patti might want to check them out. Mighty Medicine has a varied song list of about 200 covers and a catalog of originals. Mighty Medicine first jammed in Neuhardt’s backyard six years ago. The two played a cover of The Doors’ “People are Strange” and hit it off immediately. Since then, the pair has kept busy as full-time musicians, keeping a full schedule around the state, in places such as Petoskey, Traverse City and Grand Rapids.

Thu., May 23, Waterfront Bar & Grill, 325 City Market Drive, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., FREE, all ages.


Ford Theatre Reunion at Mac´s

Ford Theatre Reunion returns to Lansing Friday for a show at Mac’s Bar. The band plays “circus freak music,” making for an eclectic, vintage sound. The Lexington-based cabaret-punk band consists of Joe Harbison (banjo, guitar, vocals), Luke Harrington (bass), Alex Johns (clarinet, keyboards), Eric Myers (accordion, guitar) and drummer Will Chewning. The band’s Facebook bio says, “Let no one say the clarinet cannot be scary.” Fans of Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello may want to check out the show. Openers include The Webbs, a Detroit-based “bloodgrass” band and The Devil’s Cut, a Lansing-based roots-punk band. Since it formed in 2010, The Devil’s Cut have churned out “angry songs from the rustbelt” and “tunes of love loss and gain.”

Fri., May 24, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $10, 9 p.m.


King Median at The Loft

Kalamazoo-based rockers King Median headline a night of indie rock at The Loft on Sunday. Opening the show are Totally Rad, The Distorted Waltz and Brother Gold. King Median started as a collaboration between Camden Krusec and writer/musician Colin Smith last year. During the following year, percussionist Brian Dalluge and multi-instrumentalist Ken Tsuchiya joined. It wasn’t until January that King Median became a cohesive unit. The band members, who are liberal art students at Kalamazoo College, say they started in the band in hopes of “creating something entirely new,” mixing space rock with indie pop. The band released its first EP, “Carousel,” on March 23. Fans of Grizzly Bear or Stone Roses might want to check them out.

Sun., May 26, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $8, $5 advance, 8 p.m.


Sygit´s Open Mic at Dagwood´s

This long-running weekly event is hosted by local singer/songwriter Jen Sygit and open to seasoned musicians and rookies alike. Depending on the night, you could hear a mish-mash of folk, blues, bluegrass, swing, jazz or folk rock. The event runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., with artists signing up for three songs, or about 15 minutes. People are required to bring their own instruments, but a four-channel sound system, two microphones and one acoustic guitar are supplied. As for the host, Sygit, is steadily busy playing solo shows across the state. Sygit is still collaborating as a duo with fellow local songwriter Sam Corbin as well as gigging with a number of other area groups, including The Lincoln County Process, Stella! and Eight to the Bar.

Tue., May 28, Dagwood’s Tavern & Grill, 2803 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, 21 and over, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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