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Wednesday, September 7,2011

Tejano/Latino festival celebrates the legacy of Chavez

The Saturday event in Old Town features musical acts, dancing, a car show, food and a bit of history as well

by Eric Gallippo
Guerrero, of Lansing, is a member of Lansing for César E. Chávez, a volunteer organization first formed with a mission of “preserving the legacy of César E. Chávez through education, commemoration, service and self-determination.” The group formed in early 2010 to support the efforts to rename Grand River Avenue in Old Town for Chavez.
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Friday, October 22,2010

Capital offense

Lansing is central to a new Detroit hardcore history book

by Eric Gallippo
Freelance music writer Tony Rettman was a kid in suburban New Jersey when hardcore punk hit in the early ‘80s. His older brother was a college radio program director who brought home the freshest singles from then-new imprints, like Dischord, SST and, of course, Touch and Go.“Being 11 or 12, I really connected with Touch and Go records more than the others,” Rettman said during a phone interview from his home in New York. “The guys weren’t that much older than I was, and I thought that was pretty cool. There were kids in high school putting out records and touring the country.”
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Wednesday, October 20,2010

Dylan's devotees: 'That music just spoke to me'

For some Lansing fans, the singer-songwriter never goes out of style

by Eric Gallippo
The first time Chris Faulkner heard The Byrds’ version of “Mr. Tambourine Man,” it needed to be louder.“Still to this day, I clearly see my hand reaching out to that old radio dial and cranking it up to hear it,” Faulkner says. “I was just electrified.”It was the mid-‘60s, Faulkner was 10 and riding shotgun, and the Bob Dylan-penned chart-topper was blaring from the speakers of his mother’s 1950 Plymouth. “I kind of knew right then I actually loved, you know, rock music.”
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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Not another strip show

Exhibit celebrates comics made in Michigan

by Eric Gallippo
If you still reside in this state, chances are you have a healthy sense of humor (or maybe an unhealthy capacity for escapism).
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Friday, June 25,2010

More than one way to rock

Land of Nod promises a 'grassroots music and arts festival unlike any other'

by Eric Gallippo
As the young Rothbury Festival takes 2010 off, and early Common Ground announcements point to another sweaty week of big-name summer fare, Michigan music fans seem faced with another year of more (or even less) of the same. Enter the Land of Nod Experiment.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Alive and kicking

Pioneering punk band D.O.A. is still at work, 32 years after forming

by Eric Gallippo
While many of his peers in the original ‘80s hardcore punk scene have hung it up, moved on or since reunited, Joe “Shithead” Keithley, front man and founder of Vancouver’s D.O.A., has continued to write, record and crisscross the globe to spread the gospel of “be your own boss, think for yourself and try to affect some positive change in the world.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Alive and kicking

Pioneering punk band D.O.A. is still at work, 32 years later

by Eric Gallippo
While many of his peers in the original ‘80s hardcore punk scene have hung it up, moved on or since reunited, Joe “Shithead” Keithley, front man and founder of Vancouver’s D.O.A., has continued to write, record and crisscross the globe to spread the gospel of “Be your own boss, think for yourself and try to affect some positive change in the world.”
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