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Sunday, August 30,2015

PROTEST. ROCK.

A look at the '70s music scene that shaped a generation in Lansing

by Rich Tupica
The Lansing-area music scene is booming. Venues like Mac’s Bar and The Loft pack in Gen Xers and Millennials weaned on grunge, pop and electronic dance music. But in the ‘60s and ‘70s, local music had a radical, activist edge. Local bands Plain Brown Wrapper, Ormandy, The Dogs and Magic were part of an impassioned collection of groups that played free, outdoor concerts fueled by the discontent of their fan bases, made up mostly of Baby Boomer Vietnam War protesters.
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Sunday, August 30,2015

Beers, bands & brawls: The story of The Brewery

Forty years ago the Silver Dollar opened its doors. But its precursor, the Brewery, has its own wild legacy.

by Rich Tupica
In the early hours of July 3, 1974, an estimated 300 patrons of the Brewery, Lansing’s most notorious rock club, drunkenly flooded East Michigan Avenue in what the city of Lansing later dubbed a “major disturbance.” One police officer was injured. Several police cruisers were damaged. It was a free-for-all. The incident was nothing new to local law enforcement. Since its owners, Paul Kacer, Bruce Wahlin and Rick Becker, launched the show bar in April 1972, it had not only become the place to see up-and-coming national acts, it was also the place to get loose — thanks to the short-lived lowered drinking age of 18.
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Sunday, August 30,2015

The Woolies Celebrate 50 Years

Drummer of legendary East Lansing band reflects on Chuck Berry, 'Who Do You Love' single

by Rich Tupica
In mid-August 1968, the Woolies walked into the Dells, a now demolished music venue in Haslett near Lake Lansing. The shaggyhaired, blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll group was hired for a multiple-day run backing the legendary Chuck Berry.
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Friday, August 28,2015

Historic addition

LCC brings old YMCA pillar to downtown campus

by Ty Forquer
FRIDAY, AUG. 28 — Lansing Community College’s newest piece of public art isn’t so new. It’s over 70 years old. An 18-foot-tall limestone column, dedicated at a public ceremony this morning, was installed this week at the corner of Shiawassee and Seymour streets. And while it is new to this location, the pillar has a long history in Lansing. The structure sat for decades at the northeast corner of the former Lansing YMCA on Lenawee Street.
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Thursday, August 27,2015

Legend of Zynda

Williamston Theatre's building gets a new name

by Helen Murphy
THURSDAY, AUG. 27 — Williamston Theatre founders, staff and supporters — along with members of the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce — gathered Thursday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the new name of the Williamston Theatre building. The home of the group, now christened the Zynda Building, sits at 122 S. Putnam St. in downtown Williamston.
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

'The sun does shine'

Author Bryan Stevenson brings message of equal justice to MSU

by Bill Castanier
  Lawyer Bryan Stevenson has helped make the sun shine again for some 115 men, among them Anthony Ray Hinton of Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson, who founded and directs the Equal Justice Initiative, added Hinton to that number this past April, after he served more than 30 years o...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
  L. Soul album release at the Loft Friday, Aug. 28 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 8 p.m. East Lansing-based rapper L Soul releases his new album Friday at the Loft, openers are Ca$h Nelly, Ishmael, Swavy Nation, Diamond Jones and Tugga....
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Liquor in Lansing

Looking at the city’s biggest spenders

by Ty Forquer
The area’s top three bars, at least in terms of liquor purchases, are in East Lansing — but Lansing isn’t too far behind. The top 10 liquor purchasers in the tri-county area, according to numbers from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, are split evenly between East L...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Live and lively

The Appleseed Collective turns in virtuoso performance on ´Live at the Ark´

by Ty Forquer
  Ann Arbor-based group the Appleseed Collective is certainly a folk band, but it doesn’t take the preservation society approach common to many folk bands. The group specializes in writing new music that sounds old, drawing on a wide variety of American traditions. On its lat...
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Wednesday, August 26,2015

Here be dragons

Sunday, Aug 30

by Helen Murphy
The Grand River will be filled with dragons Sunday. Luckily, none of the dragons will be able to breathe fire. The river will be filled with traditional Chinese dragon boats — paddled longboats elaborately decorated with dragon heads, scales and tails. The boats will compete in th...
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