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Wednesday, June 19,2013

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Ivan & Alyosha at Macīs

The Seattle folk-pop band Ivan & Alyosha released its new album “All The Times We Had” earlier this year on Dualtone Records. The full-length debut is a follow up to the well-received 2011 “Fathers Be Kind” EP. Monday, the band headlines an all-ages show at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Neulore and Nathan Alan. While Ivan & Alyosha was formed in 2007 by founding members Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary, it wasn’t until 2010 that it got some national exposure. After a set at that year’s South by Southwest, the band was spotlighted on NPR’s “All Songs Considered,” which offered a glowing review of the band’s “Easy to Love” single. The bandīs new LP was recorded at Avast! Recording in Seattle and was mixed by Jesse Lauter of The Low Anthem.

Mon., June 24, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $12, $10 advance, 7 p.m.


Gold Hope Duo at Macīs Bar

The Gold Hope Duo has a motto: “If you canīt do it, kazoo it.” The country-folk pair is made up of Lara Hope and Matt Goldpaugh. Hope strums the guitar while Goldpaugh slaps the upright bass or picks the banjo. They share percussion duties using their feet. Thursday, the band headlines Mac’s Bar; opening is Looka Looka Looka, a Florida-based “trash-folk” band. Also sharing the bill is local country-punk outfit The Devil’s Cut. This busy Lansing band plays “angry songs from the rustbelt accompanied by tunes of love loss and gain.” The group was formed in 2010 by Max Gaugash (guitar/vocals), Mike Maas (upright bass), Joe Fox (guitar/vocals) and Joel Griffin (accordion). 

Thu., June 20, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, 18 and over, $10, 9 p.m.


Lowdown Brass Band at The Loft

The Lowdown Brass Band plays original compositions with a heavy dose of trumpet, trombone and sax intertwined with tight lead lines, bombastic brass attacks, modern funk, hip-hop reggae and pop — the band calls it “brass/street funk/crunk.” Thursday the 10-piece band plays The Loft with James Gardin and The Living Daylights. Gardin, aka Philthy, is known for his straightforward hip-hop skills, but this show will be a jazzier hip-hop set. Hailing from Chicago, LDB is a horn-driven ensemble mirroring the New Orleans sound and the jazz and blues giants of the past. The band’s shows have a party vibe, with danceable high-energy tunes, and some call-and-response action, as well.

Thu., June 20, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, $12, $8 advance, all ages, 7:30 p.m.


Charlotte Bluegrass Festival

The 41st Annual Charlotte Bluegrass Festival at the Eaton County Fairgrounds Thursday through Saturday. Festival organizers say this is the longest running bluegrass festival in Michigan, and that this year will be bigger than ever. Set to perform is a long list of acts, including the Grammy-nominated group The Grascals (pictured above), which performed on “The Tonight Show” in April and “Marie” last month. Another headliner is 111rd Tyme, who spent seven weeks on the Billboard charts. Also performing is Marty Raybon, formerly of the country group Shenandoah, who has a string of No. 1 hit singles. Raybon has hit the Top 5 in country, bluegrass and contemporary Christian music charts.

June 20-22, Eaton County Fairgrounds, 1025 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte. $20/$65 weekend pass. Noon to 11 p.m.


Bill Heid at P Squared

Bill Heid is a pianist known for his work in soul jazz and hard bop. The Pittsburgh native has worked with Koko Taylor, Henry Johnson and Fenton Robinson. Heid, who performs Friday at P Squared Wine Bar & Bistro, has performed throughout the U.S., and around the world, including a three-year stay in Japan. From 1975 to 1984 he was based in Chicago. He toured with blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, John Lee Hooker, Son Seals and Roy Buchanan. From 1984 through 1999, he lived in Detroit, appearing on numerous records with Detroit blues artists Johnnie Bassett, Joe Weaver, and Alberta Adams. Heid will perform with local group Mr. Harrison at the P Squared gig.

Fri., June 21, P Squared Wine Bar & Bistro, 107 S. Washington, Lansing, 9 p.m.

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