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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Great Lakes Folk Festival: Extended interviews

by Ty Forquer
The Great Lakes Folk Festival returns to East Lansing this weekend, and City Pulse’s Ty Forquer had a chance to catch up with three of the weekend’s most interesting acts. Check out the links below for the full interviews.
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Block party

ALLEN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER SHAKES UP ITS BLOCK OF KALAMAZOO STREET

by Ty Forquer
The 1600 block of Kalamazoo Street is getting an upgrade. Things may not look much different on the brick exterior of the block’s north side, but a series of renovation projects — spearheaded by the Allen Neighborhood Center — is looking to transform the inside of the block into a hub of neighborhood activity.
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Kickin’ it downtown

Lansing breaks ground on new community soccer field

by Ty Forquer
Downtown Lansing soccer enthusiasts will soon have a new place to work on their skills. A group of city officials and local stakeholders gathered Tuesday at the southeast corner of Ferris Park, near the corner of Shiawassee and Walnut streets, to break ground on Beacon Soccer field. T...
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Capitol guard

Civil War-era guns returning to the Capitol lawn

by Asha Johnson
Michigan’s Capitol looks a little different lately; the building’s dome is surrounded by scaffolding as crews work to restore the historic structure. And while the dome is being restored to its former glory, a bipartisan team of senators is working to restore a piece of history...
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Wednesday, August 5,2015

Making it happen

Saturday, Aug 8

by Asha Johnson
Creativity and homegrown inventions take center stage this weekend as the Holt Community Arts Council presents its first Maker Expo. The maker movement is a loosely defined phenomenon, but the main thrust of the movement celebrates making things by hand.
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Tuesday, August 4,2015

‘Every moment is sacred’

Q&A with saxophonist Marcus Elliot

by Lawrence Cosentino
At 26, Detroit-based artist Marcus Elliot has developed a subtly complex, passionate, heartfelt voice on tenor saxophone that has gotten the attention of national critics like The New York Times’ Ben Ratliff. His two CDs, “When the City Meets the Sky” and “Looking Forward,” exude a quiet humanity and curiosity that rewards both casual and close listening. In a phone interview last week, Elliot was generous and open about a range of subjects, from his philosophy of life to his experience (solid but limited) studying jazz at MSU.
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Tuesday, August 4,2015

Two sides of a cumulating icosahedron

Q&A with guitarist Fareed Haque

by Lawrence Cosentino
It’s impossible to summarize, let alone list, guitarist Fareed Haque’s incredible range of achievements and interests. Haque, 53, is a cumulating icosahedron of a guitarist, with solid cred in the classical, jazz, rock, south Indian, Latin, grunge and electronic music worlds — and he’s adding more sides all the time.
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Tuesday, August 4,2015

'It really kicks'

Q&A with organist Tony Monaco

by Lawrence Cosentino
Tony Monaco’s ebullient organ style is a living link to the bubbling, flowing eruptions of his mentor, legendary organ master Jimmy Smith. The 40-year veteran headlines Lansing JazzFest Friday with a classic organ-guitar-drums trio also featuring guitarist Fareed Haque and drummer Randy Gelispie.
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Tuesday, August 4,2015

Fighting the forces of disco

Q&A with Eli Smith of the Down Hill Strugglers

by Ty Forquer
At just 33 years old, Eli Smith is a relative young buck in the world of folk music. This weekend he brings his old-time band, the Down Hill Strugglers, to the Great Lakes Folk Festival. City Pulse caught up with the artist by phone from his New York home.
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Tuesday, August 4,2015

Western swing, Hinduism and steak dinners

Q&A with Elana James of Hot Club of Cowtown

by Ty Forquer
The Hot Club of Cowtown plays Western swing, a unique style of music created when the cowboy songs of eastern Texas rubbed up against the jazz-soaked culture of Louisiana. City Pulse caught up with Elana James, singer and fiddler for the band, in between tour stops in Los Angeles.
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