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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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Wednesday, August 10,2011

From rocker to writer

Former Fix vocalist turns to true-crime chronicles

by Rich Tupica
“Girl, Wanted” chronicles Pender’s' manipulative ways: The prosecutor in the case called her “the female Charles Manson.” Pender managed to stay on the run for months, thanks to a cleverly designed network of friends, disposable cell phones and the support of a wealthy sex addict.
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Wednesday, August 10,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
Performers include Frank and Earnest, The Plurals, The Playback and the punk sounds of Fisherking. While it’s distributed throughout the United States and 20 other countries, Razorcake often covers and reviews Lansing bands. A recent issue featured The Cheap Girls (a Lansing rock band) on the cover.
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Wednesday, August 3,2011

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

by Rich Tupica
The band plays Mac’s Bar Saturday. Opening the show is a roster of locals, including The Devil’s Cut (folk/bluegrass), and Chaz Brackx & the Tight Teens (rockabilly). Also performing is the Klaw Mark Kittens, a local “burlesque wrestling” troupe that features women wrestling in vintage lingerie ' as in the risqué 1950s films by Irving Klaw.
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Wednesday, July 27,2011

Strength in numbers

WKAR documentary chronicles Lansing’s ‘community sings’

by Rich Tupica
The frequent singing events are held locally at the Unitarian Universalist Church and annually at the Hannah' Community Center for the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, which packs the house with hundreds of people ready to tackle the Great American Songbook, folk standards and spirituals.
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