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Wednesday, October 5,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Bluegrass at the Loft Greensky Bluegrass, a Kalamazoo-based bluegrass band,takes the stage at The Loft tonight. The band keeps busy, playingnearly 175 shows per year of what they call “poignant rural balladsabout real people.” This gig is the CD release show for “Handgu...
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Wednesday, September 28,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Jerry Fels and the Jerry Fels ' yes, that’s the name ' is a catchy one-man band that’s goofy and unpretentious with a smart, ironic edge. The Massachusetts-based songwriter plays keys, guitar and a kick-drum while singing. Fels, who headlines an all-ages show at (SCENE) Metrospace Thursday, has been steadily gigging across the country since 2003.
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Wednesday, September 21,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Meatmen’s Tesco Vee will be belting out some offbeat lyrics Sunday night. The Meatmen makes its only Lansing appearance in 2011 on Sunday at The Loft, when the band plays an early, all-ages show. Fronted by Lansing punk legend Tesco Vee, The Meatmen have been playing obnoxious and offensive music since the band formed in Lansing in 1979.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

BluesFest takes over Old Town

Lansing musicians featured alongside regional blues players

by Rich Tupica
“I’m a professional musician, I play a lot of different styles, but the blues is really the foundation of all the styles,” Wilson said. “Any good jazz player has a lot of blues in their playing. I’d say the same for a rock‘n’roll player, even folk music.
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Wednesday, September 14,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Dan Unkefer will perform a set of free music Saturday at Coffee & Friends Café in Central Park Plaza in Okemos. Unkefer established the group Free Rein in 1993, though he’s been playing guitar and performing honest, heartfelt tunes since the 1970s. For booking information call Aimee West at 517-347-0962 or visit www.
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Wednesday, September 7,2011

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Marsalis is headed to Wharton Center Sept. 22. He will perform with the prestigious Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The (London, England) Daily Telegraph called the group “the finest big band in the world today.” Drawing from an extensive selection of songs, the set includes some of Marsalis’ original compositions.
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Wednesday, August 31,2011

Putting it all together

Bands, Dragon Boat races, food, a bit of union history — they’re all part of the Mosaic Music Festival

by Rich Tupica
The Labor Day weekend outdoor event, now in its second year, features everything from live music and ethnic dancing to Dragon Boat races and fireworks. Mayor Virg Bernero hosts the Mayor’s Labor Walk at 2 p.m. Saturday, which starts at the pedestrian bridge in Adado Riverfront Park.
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Wednesday, August 31,2011

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
For those who are actually co-op residents, there is no cover charge and they can bring a “plus-one” guest. Also, residents and their guest will have a “line bypass” as well, so there’s no waiting outside, no matter what time they show up. There is a $4 cover for non-co-op residents.
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Wednesday, August 24,2011

Turn it down

by Rich Tupica
Also taking the stage is Billiards Music, a Lansing band specializing in acoustic-dub music. The band has a West Coast, reggae-rock sound similar to Sublime. Billiards Music started as a solo project featuring songwriter Brandon Jo (guitar/lead vocals).
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Wednesday, August 17,2011

Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
This Friday features a performance by local bluegrassfolkies Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, playing Americana tunes with a vocal style that sometimes reflects old-school jazz vocalists. There is free parking at Lake Lansing, and for the kids there’s free entry to play on a moonwalk and a giant slide.
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