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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical Landscape

by Rich Tupica
Wednesday — Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators The poufy-haired guitar legend has been known for his signature stove-pipe hat and shades since he joined Guns N’ Roses in 1985. Slash (real name: Saul Hudson) gigged around the world with G N’R for 11 years and helped to sell millions of records. The 1987 LP “Appetite For Destruction” spawned classics like “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Slash, 47, left G N’R in 1996; he has also recorded with Slash’s Snakepit and the supergroup Velvet Revolver in addition to releasing two solo albums. Also performing: Sevendust, Monster Truck, Echoes of Pink Floyd, Wilson, Deveraux, Know Lyfe and Red Stone Souls. 

Common Ground, Adado Riverfront Park, 300 N. Grand Ave.,
Lansing, all ages, $35 general admission, 9:30 p.m.


Thursday — Little Big Town
The Nashville-based country quartet Little Big Town was formed by Georgia natives Kimberly Roads and Karen Fairchild. In 1998, Jimi Westbrook and Phil Sweet joined the group and began sharing lead vocal duties, creating a distinct harmony. In 2000, Monument Records, the Dixie Chicks’ label, signed Little Big Town and two years later, the debut single “Don’t Waste My Time” entered the charts. It wasn’t until 2005 that the band hit it big with “The Road to Here” LP, which generated multiple Top 20 singles, including “Bring it on Home.” Also performing: Randy Houser, Kari Lynch Band, Phoenix Stone, von Grey, Julia Sheer, Dean Alexander and Taylor Taylor.

Common Ground, Adado Riverfront Park, 300 N. Grand Ave.,
Lansing, all ages, $35 general admission, 9:30 p.m.


Friday, July 12 — MGMT
The Connecticut neo-psychedelic-pop band, widely known for the radio hit “Time to Pretend,” was formed in 2002 by college buddies Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. The band, signed to Columbia Records, has received praise over the past seven years from the likes of Spin, the BBC and Rolling Stone, who all put the band on various “Artists to Watch” lists. Fans of the Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev might want to check out MGMT. Also performing: AWOLNATION, twenty | one | pilots, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, Foxy Shazam, the Soil and the Sun, Mike Mains & the Branches, Flint Eastwood, Lights & Caves, Silent Disco and Leagues.

Common Ground, Adado Riverfront Park, 300 N. Grand Ave.,
Lansing, all ages, $35 general admission, 9:30 p.m.


Saturday, July 13 —The Avett Brothers
The North Carolina-based indie-roots band recorded its latest album, “The Carpenter,” last year with iconic producer Rick Rubin, which made Rolling Stone’s “Top 50 Albums of 2012” list. The Avett Brothers was formed in 2000 by brothers Scott Avett (banjo), Seth Avett (guitar) and Bob Crawford (double bass). The band combines folk, rock, country and pop, and tours with a drummer and cellist. Fans of Townes Van Zandt or Mumford & Sons might want to check them out. Also performing: Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Frontier Ruckus, Murder by Death, Tokyo Police Club, Goodnight, Texas, Owen, Bennett and American Opera.

Common Ground, Adado Riverfront Park, 300 N. Grand Ave.,
Lansing, all ages, $40 general admission, 9:00 p.m


Sunday, July 14 — Ludacris
After a killer Common Ground performance in 2010, Ludacris returns to close out the week on Sunday. The 35-year-old Dirty South rapper rose to fame in 2000 after signing with Def Jam South. His major label debut “Back for the First Time” garnered the witty lyricist national fame, thanks to the sleazy hit “What’s Your Fantasy” and the raucous “Southern Hospitality.” The following year, his “Word of Mouf” LP produced the hits “Rollout (My Business)” and “Area Codes.” Throughout the years, Luda (real name: Chris Bridges) also spent time acting — including appearances in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “Crash” and “Hustle & Flow” — but managed to stay on the Billboard charts with bouncing singles like “Standup,” “Number One Spot” and “How Low.” Also performing: Jon Connor, Kid Ink, The Blat! Pack, Alex Goot and MVP Miles and 2Dope.

Common Ground, Adado Riverfront Park, 300 N. Grand Ave.,
Lansing, all ages, $35 general admission, 9:15 p.m.


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