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Wednesday, February 26,2014

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A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica

This story was corrected on Feb. 27. An earlier version incorrectly stated the venue of Connie Kaldor's Ten Pound Fiddle concert Friday. She will perform at Unitarian Universalist Church in East Lansing.

Liz Longley at the Pump House - Fri. Feb 28th

According to Liz Longley's bio, John Mayer is a fan, calling her music “simply gorgeous.” Over the past couple years, Longley, a graduate from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, has earned consistent airplay on SiriusXM and won top honors at the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition. She’s also garnered some flattering press: The Washington Post declared she’s “destined for a larger audience.” A Philadelphia native, Longley has since relocated to Nashville where she’s opened for the likes of Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith and Lori McKenna.

The Pump House Concerts, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing. All ages, $15 donation, 7 p.m., Feb. 28.



Roots Fest at The Avenue Cafe - Fri. Feb 28th

The Michigan Global Roots Music Festival is a three-day, all ages set of shows in Lansing, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. The Lansing event inaugurates the series, bringing an assortment of Michigan-based world music ensembles, including AnDro, Wisaal, Badenya and Dunuya Drum & Dance. The eclectic batch of performers' plays music and dance inspired by Ireland, the Middle East and West Africa. Wisaal, the headliner, is a local Mediterranean fusion sextet that formed at Michigan State University. The Arabic word Wisaal means “connections.” Wisaal lives up to the name by mixing the Mediterranean musical heritage with klezmer, Indian and American influences. For those planning to bring the entire family, there is a discounted rate of $10 per family.

The Avenue Caf', 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $5, 8 p.m., Feb. 28.



Connie Kaldor at 'the Fiddle' - Fri. Feb 28th

Connie Kaldor, a three-time Juno Award winner, performs her downhome folk songs at The Ten Pound Fiddle. The Canadian songwriter has taken her blend of raw emotion and genuine wit throughout the world, including India, China and Europe. Over the years she’s shared stages with Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman and The Chieftains. She’s released 14 albums, written three award-winning children’s books and a musical. Kaldor, 60, was born in Saskatchewan and debuted musically in 1981 with the “One Of These Days” LP; that same year she established an independent record label, now called Coyote Entertainment. Her most recent album is 2009’s “Postcards from the Road.”

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church.'Ticket price:$15 Public; $12 Fiddle Members; $5 Students available online or at the door, one hour before concert.'Start time: 8 p.m.

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