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Wednesday, August 28,2013

TURN IT DOWN

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Free outdoor concert at Broad Museum

Broad Museum MSU, 547 E Circle Drive, East Lansing, FREE, all ages, 6 p.m.

MSU’s Broad Art Museum and City Pulse co-host a free concert on the grass outside the museum, at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Collingwood Street. Show starts promptly at 6 p.m. Co-headlining the event are local rock/indie bands The Peopleīs Temple and Wayne Szalinski. The Peopleīs Temple has spent most of 2013 touring the country and releasing 7-inches. The band’s upcoming single on Trouble in Mind Records sounds like a hybrid of Big Star and the Rolling Stones. This free show is sponsored by Fusion Shows, Music Manor, Message Makers, Impact 88.9-FM and The Record Lounge. This concert also marks the opening of an exhibition featuring paintings by designer/artist Hope Gangloff, who will talk with Broad MSU curator Alison Gass.


Wisaal at The Loft

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages. $10, $8 adv. 8 p.m.

Wisaal is a local Mediterranean fusion sextet that formed on the campus of Michigan State University. The band headlines The Loft with openers Karisa Wilson, Kim Vi & The Siblings and Karma Bellydance. Since early 2010, Wisaal’s repertoire has included classical Arabic instrumental pieces, contemporary fusion pieces, original compositions and improvisations. The Arabic word Wisaal means “links, connections, or unities.” Wisaal lives up to the name by mixing the Mediterranean musical heritage with klezmer, Indian and American influences. The band includes Igor Houwat (oud, bandleader), Will Cicola (clarinet), Ben Fuhrman (mandolin), Tim Patterson (bass), and percussionists Ty Forquer and Mike List.


Saliva at Uliīs

Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King, Lansing. 18 , $30, $20 adv., 7 p.m.

Rap rock is still alive, and it’ll be in the Haus — Uli’s Haus of Rock — when Saliva headlines a night of heaviness. Opening the show are Anarchy, Purgatory Grove and Oeno. Saliva is a Gold-selling band known for modern rock hits like “Click Click Boom” and “Always.” The Memphis-based band’s former singer Josey Scott also scored an international hit with “Hero” in 2002. The ballad was a duet with the loved/hated Nickelback vocalist Chad Kroeger and appeared on the “Spider-Man” soundtrack. However, after 15 years with Saliva, Scott left the band in 2011 to pursue a solo Christian music career. Bobby Amaru took over as lead vocalist and appeared on the 2013 Saliva album, “In it to Win It.”


What the Folk Is Folkstep? at Macīs Bar

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 , $5, 9:30 p.m.

Michigan-based songwriter and producer Dave Samano, aka KEEPLOVE?, headlines a night of experimental music at Mac’s Bar. The show is presented by the Detroit Folkstep collective. Samano, the former guitarist for the Detroit-based reggae/metal band Souldub, plays a laid-back mix of dubstep and folk music, a genre he refers to as “folkstep.” Think Bassnectar mixed with Mumford and Sons. His setup is pretty scaled back: “minimal recording equipment, minimal live equipment and minimal guitars,” according to his bio. His new single “OhMyMy” is available on iTunes and Spotify. Warming up the stage at Mac’s are Carthief, Basschoir and Bennydoom. Fans of EDM, folk, or electronic music might want to check out this show.


Ten Pound Fiddle 2013-2014 Opener

Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St. East Lansing. All ages, $15, $5 students, $12 member. 8 p.m.

The Ten Pound Fiddle Concert & Dance Series just announced its 2013-2014 lineup. As always, the series will showcase traditional and contemporary folk, world, blues and bluegrass, humorists and fiddlers. The season launches with a performance by Claudia Schmidt & Dean McGraw. Other upcoming shows include: Birds Of Chicago (Sept. 20), Anne Hills & Michael Smith (Sept. 27), James Keelaghan & Jez Lowe (Oct. 4), Big Bad Gina (Oct. 11), Andy Cohen & Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton (Oct. 18), Joel Mabus (Oct. 25), The Tia Imani Hanna Project (Nov. 1), David Francey (Nov. 15) and Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle (Dec. 6). For the complete schedule, visit: www.tenpoundfiddle.org – The season continues through early May 2014.

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