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Wednesday, January 29,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Tease-O-Rama at Spiral - Thu. Feb 6th

The next Tease-O-Rama, Spiral Video & Dance Bar’s regular burlesque and drag show, happens Thursday, Feb. 6. The Valentine’s Day spectacular is produced by Autumn Luciano and DJ Sammy Courtney and hosted by Ace DeVille. It includes music, drag performances and classic burlesque stripteases. Performing are The Klaw Mark Kittens, a burlesque troupe known for Bettie Page-style wrestling skits. Other perfomers are: Vivacious Miss Audacious, Veronica Scott, Sadie Sparkles, Buttercup Velvedere La'May and Psylis Glitter La'May. “It’s a night of decadence, good humor and naughty, yet classy, fun,” Luciano said. “We’re hoping to grow the event and eventually book huge names in the burlesque and drag communities.”

Thursday, Feb.6 @ Spiral Video & Dance, 1247 Center St., Lansing. 21 is $5, 18 is $10. 9 p.m.


Midtown Beer Co.'s free show - Fri. Jan 31

Midtown Beer Co. has booked a string of free all-ages rock ‘n’ roll and punk shows over the past few months. Friday it hosts some heavy local rock bands: The Jackpine Snag, Nocturnal Aviators in Action and Slumlord Radio. Jackpine Snag is promoting a Kickstarter fundraiser for its second EP. The modest goal is $500 and will be used to press the tunes on vinyl. It will be the follow-up to the band’s debut record, the “Omega Stump” EP (a limited edition of 200 7-inches). A perk of attending a rock show at a brewing company are the custom Michigan beers on tap: Local brewer Brandon Cook releases four new Midtown beers at this show: JackOak Sour Stout, Sadness Pale Stout, Fragile Pale Ale and Nemesis IPA.

Friday, Jan. 31 @ Midtown Beer Co., 402 S. Washington Square, Lansing. FREE, all ages, 9 p.m.


Tom Waits tribute at The Avenue - Thu. Feb 6th

“Blue Valentine: Lansing Loves Tom Waits” is a tribute night to the gravelly-voiced crooner. Set to perform covers are Jen Sygit, Dylan Rogers (Of Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle), Nick Merz, Jason Dawdy, Stephen Cowles and Jonah Whaley. Do you have a Waits cover you’ve mastered? Local songsters with a passion for Waits can sign up for the open-mic portion of the event; signup begins at 8 p.m. So, why Tom Waits? “He was an easy pick,” said organizer Steve King. “We just love the guy. He is the songwriter's songwriter. We thought it would be interesting to do it close to Valentine’s Day and fit it to the theme ‘Blue Valentine’ … he's not exactly the cheeriest of songwriters.”

Friday, Feb. 7 @ The Avenue Caf', 2021 Michigan Ave., Lansing. $5, all ages, 8 p.m.

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