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Wednesday, July 11,2012

'We were different: We were kind of rockabilly'

After 55 years and hundreds of shows, The Blue Echoes — Lansing's first rock band — keeps on rolling

by Rich Tupica
The band's love of country-tinged rock shined through on cuts like "It's Witchcraft," a primitive and menacing hillbilly-rock track that could've easily been released on the Sun Records label. (A copy of the single was available earlier this week on eBay — for a cool $249.)
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Wednesday, July 11,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those interested in flipping through thousands of vinyl records, a good place to start might be the Saturday's Lansing Record & CD Show at the University Quality Inn in Frandor (next to Spare Time Entertainment Center). The huge show, which opens at 11 a.
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Thursday, July 5,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
For those who still dig big hair and poppy synthesizers, Friday night at Lou and Harry's may be the spot to be, for a free show by Starfarm. The flashy area cover band plays a "totally awesome collection of '80s songs."
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Wednesday, June 27,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Lansing Parks & Rec Rocks Lansing Parks and Recreation is hosting its free summer-long "Concerts in the Park" series at parks across the city. On Wednesday, The Hoopties play Quentin Park on the south side. The band dabbles in blues, country, zydeco, reggae and old soul. The Hoopties' debut CD, "It Ain't Never Been Easy," dropped last September. The band includes veteran vocalist Twyla Birdsong, Jason Strotheide (bass), Aaron Holland (guitar), Andy Callis (piano, organ, accordion, sax), Eric Payne (drums) and James "Mocha" Waller (sax, harmonica, percussion). Organizers of the concert series encourage guests to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. All concerts are held Wednesday evenings. A couple of the other upcoming park shows include the Lansing Concert Band at Riverfront Park on July 4, and The Sea Cruisers at the Turner Dodge on July 18. For more information visit lansingmi.gov/parks.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Moon and sun rise in Old Town Festivalgoers who prefer specialty beers and tasty food along with live music may want to check out the Festival of the Moon (6 to 11 p.m. Friday) and Festival of the Sun (2 to 11 p.m. Saturday) in Old Town. As for the music, Moon headliners include Tony Lucca of NBC’s “The Voice,” along with locals Billiards Music and Ben Keeler & the 500 Club. On the following day the Sun stage hosts headliners Frontier Ruckus, along with Those Willows, Sabertooth Fiancee, Empty Orchestra and Elliot Street Lunatic.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Fire on water

DragonHeart Racing brings an ancient Chinese sport to Lansing

by Rich Tupica
Labor Day weekend saw the first Capital City Dragon Boat Race, which introduced the sport to mid-Michigan and also inspired some of its novice racers, particularly Team DragonHeart. The members were hooked on the feeling of breezing down the water with a crew of 20 focused mates working in unison.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Taking radio on the road

Lansing Community College’s WLNZ gives audiences the chance to see a live audio theater production

by Rich Tupica
It's been nearly 74 years since Orson Welles captivated listeners with the “War of the Worlds” radio show. The delivery was so convincing that some believed a violent Martian invasion was actually in progress.
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Wednesday, June 13,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
The Great Lakes Collective, a Lansing-based music collective, has a large roster of local talent, including Vanity, Oh Vanity, which plays (SCENE) Metrospace on Thursday. The keyboard-driven, “vintage indie rock” band (that credits Woody Allen as a primary influence) features Kelly Tabor (vocals and keyboards), Jake Simmons (guitar and vocals), Joel Hornbeck (bass) and Greg Thompson (drums). Also performing is songwriter Ryan Kralik (from Kent, Ohio), plus locals Kyle Nelson Pentecost and Frances Bennigan.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Buttermilk pours it on

Three-day festival features 40 musical acts

by Rich Tupica
However, during the 1940s and '50s, some of those hard-living songwriters traveled north to Michigan, often in search of work. One of those legendary bluesmen was Mississippi-born Big Bill Broonzy, who landed in Delton at the Circle Pines Center, a summer camp and retreat and host of the upcoming Second Annual Buttermilk Jamboree music fest.
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Wednesday, June 6,2012

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
R.I.P. to Lansing rapper Big Perm The Lansing hip-hop scene suffered a tragic loss when rapper and promoter Cameron Doyle, a.k.a. Big Perm, passed away at Sparrow Hospital on June 2 after suffering a stroke. Doyle, who was influenced by legends like Pimp C, Notorious B.I.G. and Big Punisher, released his first mixtape in 2005 and soon became a pivotal figure in the local hip-hop scene, although he’d often play shows in Jackson and as far away as Florida. He operated his own company, Street Dream Entertainment, organized the State of the Union rap showcases at area venues, and played Common Ground Musical Festival multiple times, including opening for Ludacris and Three Six Mafia.
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