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Wednesday, February 12,2014

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Un-Valentine´s Show at ´The Fiddle´ - Fri. Feb 14

The 8th Annual Un-Valentine’s Day Show, showcasing “songs and tales of un-forgiveness, heartbreak, dysfunction and revenge,” happens Valentine’s Day at the Ten Pound Fiddle. Performing are Jamie-Sue Seal, John Latini and Dave Boutette. The traveling show was conceived in 2006 by Seal as part of her “Jammin´ Round with Jamie-Sue Songwriters Series.” Seal also operates Smokin’ Sleddog Records. “People like to laugh at the content in our songs,” Seal stated in a news release for the gig. “Some of it is absurd in nature, and sometimes it’s about the kind of heartbreak that everyone has experienced … We have had people who come year after year as part of their Valentine’s tradition.”

Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. 8 p.m., Feb. 14, all ages. $15, $12 members, $5 students.




L.U.V.S host V-Day Show at The Loft - Fri. Feb 14

The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, a local 15-piece musical vaudeville act, plays its first 2014 gig on Valentine’s Day at The Loft. This all-ages performance is a special Valentine’s evening variety show, emphasizing “tragic tales of heartbreak and ecstatic affirmations of true love.” L.U.V.S, led by songwriter Dylan Rogers, has traveled the state playing its distinct brand of Americana/Gypsy-Jazz tunes, mirroring influences like Tom Waits and Cab Calloway. Also performing is The Appleseed Collective, an Ann Arbor-based band is signed to Earthwork Music. The low-key band is known for its rustic sound, combining Dixieland, bluegrass, ragtime beat and western swing. Fans of washboards, banjos, and mandolins might want to check out their set.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $12, $9.99 adv., 8 p.m., Feb. 14, all ages.



ABK´s Valentine Tour - Sat. Feb 22

Anybody Killa brings his “Valentine: Ladies’ Night Tour” to Mac’s Bar. “All ladies free on this tour” the poster says. ABK (real name James Lowery) has cultivated a devoted cult following of “juggalos” since the Insane Clown Posse signed the painted-face solo rapper to their label 11 years ago. ABK, a Detroit native, draws lyrical inspiration from his Native American heritage, calling his style “spiritual rap” and branding himself as an “Native American warrior.” Fans can expect to hear songs from his latest LP “Shape Shifter,” released this year on Psychopathic Records. Opening the show are Lady Dice, Bake Lo, Bobby Knucklez and S.O.P.

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $15, 7 p.m., Feb. 22, all ages.
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