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Wednesday, June 5,2013

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
People´s Temple at The Loft

After spending over a month touring the country, Lansing band People’s Temple plays a hometown gig Friday at The Loft. Opening the show are Destroy This Place, Vandalay and Animeaux. The People´s Temple, a rock ‘n’ roll quartet formed in 2007, is made up of two sets of brothers: Alex (guitar) and George Szegedy (drums) and Spencer (bass/vocals) and William Young (guitar/vocals). The band released “More for the Masses,” its latest LP on HoZac Records in October 2012. In February 2013, Jack White’s Third Man Records released the band’s “Never More,” single, a vinyl 7-inch. Destroy This Place is a Detroit-based indie rock band that plays loud, catchy tunes. The band’s sound mixes classic ‘90s alt-rock with ‘70s power-pop and UK shoegaze.

Fri., June 7, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $8, $6 advance, 8 p.m.


Joe Wright at REO Town Pub

 In 2012, Joe Wright, a local country singer, played 120 gigs in the Lansing area, playing hits by the likes of George Strait, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown. His catalog includes over 550 tunes. Wright, who also regularly performs at the Waterfront Tavern and the Tin Can West, has a new gig at the REO Town Pub every other Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. While he plays a lot of country, Wright also mixes in a little ‘70s and ‘80s rock. Wright grew up in Clinton County and by was singing in front of audiences by age 7. For the following three decades, he only dabbled in music, but in 2006 he taught himself how to play guitar and began covering and writing songs. 

Wed., June 5, REO Town Pub, 1145 S. Washington Ave., Lansing, FREE, 21 , 6 p.m.


PumpStock Festival

PumpStock, an outdoor roots-music festival hosted by the Pump House Concerts, returns Saturday to Bailey Park in East Lansing. The annual event features a roster of country and folk songwriters. Performing is Elden Kelly, The Crane Wives, The Potter’s Field, Nathan Bell and Mike Mangione and the Union. The organizers describe the festival as “an afternoon of fun for the family” and recommend bringing lawn chairs and blankets. The second stage hosts local musicians, including The Ukulele Kings, The Fascinators, Cindy McElroy with Harmonica Buzz and Kendall Cassella. In between musical acts there will be jugglers, face-painters and a trained parrot. Bailey Park also features a playground for the kids. 

Sat., June 8, Baily Park, 300 Bailey Street, East Lansing, $10 suggested donation, 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.


Trapt at The Loft

Touring in support of “Reborn,” the band’s fifth LP, Trapt headlines Saturday at The Loft. The band first gained national exposure in 2002 with the hit “Headstrong,” a nu-metal/alternative hard rock single that received ample play on the radio and MTV. On the band’s new album front man Chris Taylor Brown experiments with synthesizers and other digital effects, a new addition to Trapt’s sound. Back in the mid ‘90s, a teenaged Brown was inspired by bands like Korn and Metallica. By 1997, Brown had formed Trapt and was soon opening shows for Papa Roach and other notable bands — while still in high school. In 2001, the band signed to Warner Bros. and has kept busy ever since. Opening at the Loft is Candle Light Red, Silent Lapse and Pacifier.

Sat., June 8, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $20, $15 advance, 7 p.m.


Steppin´ In It at Green Door

Each Monday night, Steppin’ In It, a veteran Lansing roots band, performs hours of classic country, folk and blues at the Green Door. Aside from the basics, the band also incorporates an array of instruments, including a trombone, trumpet, Cajun accordion, dobro, slide guitar, Cajun fiddle and claw-hammer banjo. The band plays both originals and covers, capturing the essence of old-time music with masterful playing and vocal melodies. These days the members of Steppin’ In It are also focusing on an assortment of side projects. For instance, singer/guitarist Joshua Davis has been busy touring and supporting his solo album, “A Miracle of Birds,” released earlier this year on the Earthwork Music label.

Mon., June 10, Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

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