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Wednesday, May 29,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
LSO´s free ´80s concert

The Lansing Symphony received a grant from the City of Lansing to host a free Summer Pops Concert June 5 at Adado Riverfront Park. This is the 20th Anniversary of the Lansing Parks & Recreation’s “Free Concerts in the Park.” For this show, the symphony left the set list choices up to the public, and “Music of the ‘80s” scored the most votes. Alongside the full Lansing Symphony, the free outdoor concert will feature Broadway veterans Jenny Lee Stern and Michael Seelbach singing Prince, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and more. Attendees are given the opportunity to upgrade and purchase VIP tickets for $30. These tickets include reserved seating, dinner and cash bar, and can be purchased online at lansingsymphony.org. Hosting the evening is radio personality Tim Barron.

Wed., June 5, Adado Riverfront Park, 300 N. Grand Ave, Lansing, all ages, FREE, 7 p.m.


´70s ´legend´ Arthur White

 “Arthur White” is a “legendary” ‘70s-era rock star — think Sixto Rodriguez, except White isn’t real.  A conceptual musical project — “An Evening with Arthur White” — happens Thursday at (SCENE) Metrospace. The conceptual performance is the first of a scheduled series of gigs and recordings that will bring White at least partially into the real world. This storyline and interactive musical was produced by a crew of local musicians. After this inaugural show, the legend will play out across the Internet in a series of webisodes, in various staged, ‘70s-style concerts and culminate with a documentary chronicling White’s fictional ups, downs and triumphant return. 

Thu., May 30, (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, East Lansing, all ages, $5, 8 p.m.


Matt Bliton at (SCENE)

The Matt Bliton Band performs songs from the upcoming CD, “Solid Ground,” Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace. Bliton, an East Lansing-based singer/songwriter, also plays guitar and harmonica and is known for his blend of folk-rock and blues. He draws influence from James Taylor, Paul Simon and Neil Young. Backing up Bliton are Teresa Goforth, Jim Green (guitar), Pat Hudson (bass), Rick Seguin (vocalist), Jon Ritz (guitar) and Nate Bliton (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist). (SCENE) Metrospace is an alternative art and performance space located in downtown East Lansing. It hosts a diverse schedule of art exhibits, music, theatrical productions, film screenings, dance, poetry and other forms of expression.

Fri., May 31, (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, East Lansing, all ages, $5, 8 p.m.


Specktators play farewell show

Lansing-based alt-hip-hop duo The Specktators has built a dedicated fan base in the Lansing area thanks to a string of mixtapes and digital releases. The Specktators formed in 2009, now it’s trying its luck on the West Coast. The brothers, lyricist Patrick “Packi” Duda and producer Matt “Moe-T” Duda, play a farewell show Saturday at The Loft before moving to Los Angeles. “We´ve made a lot of connections out in Cali and we just feel there is a lot more opportunity there,” Matt Duda said. “We actually turned down a record deal from MTV, but they also have some potential opportunities out there for us as well.” Fellow local hip-hop duo Green Skeem will open the show.

Sat., June 1, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $10, 7:30 p.m.


Jucifer at Mac´s Bar

The sludge-metal duo Jucifer returns to Lansing for the umpteenth time June 7, with openers Cavalcade, Shackle the Giant and Dozic. Jucifer has a hardcore tour regimen, with their slogan being, “Always on tour.” After moving into their tour van 12 years ago, the duo has spent every day on the road or touring overseas — and operating Nomadic Fortress, their independent record label. The duo is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Gazelle Amber Valentine and drummer Edgar Livengood. Jucifer formed 20 years ago in Athens, Ga., and has since been hailed as a pioneer of doom-metal two pieces. The band utilizes obnoxious amplification, having a wall of speakers 10 feet high and 15 feet wide.

Fri., June 7, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $10, 9 p.m.

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