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Saturday, June 9 @ Bailey Park, 300 Bailey St, East Lansing. All ages, $10 suggested donation, children are free.
The 9th annual Pumpstock, a day of Americana and roots music hosted by the Pump House concert series, returns June 9 to East Lansing’s Bailey Park. Organizers encourage guests to bring chairs or blankets. The outdoor concert features nine bands, spread across two stages. This year’s bill includes headliners Root Doctor (playing a 6:45 p.m. set), the Crane Wives (5:30 p.m.), the Rough and Tumble (4:25 p.m.), the Matchsellers (3 p.m.) and the Alex Mendenall Band (2 p.m.). Meanwhile, the second stage showcases more local talent, like the Stump Brothers (2:40 p.m.), Two Faced Wilson (3:45 p.m.) and more. Aside from live entertainment, other attractions include local food vendors, face painting by Rogo the Clown, a playground, and a children’s art activity hosted by the MSU Broad Art Museum. A “ukulele petting zoo” will also be on hand.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 7 p.m.
Inter Arma, a Virginia-based metal band signed to Relapse Records, headlines a night of heavy music Saturday at Mac’s Bar—opening the all-ages show is Earthling, a fellow Virginia-based outfit. Inter Arma (Latin for “in times of war”), was founded in Richmond in 2006, and by 2010 released its acclaimed debut LP, “Sundown,” via Forcefield Records. Relapse Records signed the band in 2012 and soon after the band unleashed the monolithic “Sky Burial” LP, a doomy, hour-long excursion through unpredictable textures and timbres. Also sharing the Mac’s Bar bill is Cavalcade, a local group known for its bizarre brand of sludgy, psych-metal. It’s been months since Cavalcade’s last local show, and that’s because the band has been busy completing an upcoming studio album. Visit facebook.com/CavalcadeMI for album teasers and release-date updates.
Friday, June 1 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, free before 10 p.m., $5 after, 8 p.m.
Back in April, Beyoncé’s made her dynamic return to Coachella. Her loyal fans branded the A-list music festival as “Beychella” as floods of #beychella2 Tweets covered Twitter. NBC news called the two-hour set “an unprecedented celebration of black cultural influence in America.” Friday, Lansing’s “Beyhive” revives that excitement with a tribute night dubbed “Feeling Myself!” — a nod to the 2014 hit single. Organizers said this is not only tribute to her buzzworthy Beychella set (which will be screened in full), but also “a tribute to all things Beyonce and high femmes.” For those ready to dance, on the decks for the night is Problematicblackhottie (Detroit) and V (Ann Arbor). Both DJs will spin an array of sounds, from Whitney to Kelela. The event, hosted by DJ Etta, is co-hosted by the Sometimes Art House— an “MSU-based art collective built to empower women, POC, LGBTQ and artists.”