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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.