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Bootleg of Dayton Family at hurricane benefit
Sunday, Sept. 24 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10 Donation. 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Beats Bangin Entertainment, a Lansing-based promotion company, hosts Lansing 4 Houston, a Hurricane Harvey benefit concert stacked with rap artists from across the state. Helping to raise funds are raffles for gift cards, dinners and more. All proceeds benefit two funds, We Are One and the Houston Relief Fund. Headlining the early show (start time is 4 p.m.) is Bootleg of the Dayton Family. Bootleg, real name Ira Dorsey, joined up with fellow Flint-based rappers Shoestring and Matt Hinkle in 1993, and two years later the trio had released its gritty, Flintinspired debut LP, “What’s on My Mind?” One year later came the gold-selling “F.B.I.” Both records became stonecold underground classics. Also performing the benefit are: Skwynts, Tugga the Rapper, J Chase, Ichiban Cy, Myke Aikens, Flint Po, J-Mo, Struk Eze, Trax A Trillion, Twodifrnt, Nutso E. Money, Mo Vatalii and the Real Prophecy.
The Rough & Tumble at Old Town General Store
Thursday, Sept. 21 @ Old Town General Store, 408 E. Grand River, Lansing. All ages, $15, $9 student. 7:30 p.m.
The Old Town General Store’s outdoor live-music series, Concerts in the Courtyard, held in the flower-lined area behind the store, hosts the Rough & Tumble. While Nashville is their roots, in 2015 the Americana group’s co-founders Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, hawked their belongings and hit the road on a never-ending national tour. Now the pair lives out of a 16-foot camper, modestly shared with Butter – their 97-pound dog. With its close harmonies and versatile instrumentation, the Rough & Tumble’s eclectic setlist ranges from haunting and solemn to and quirky and spritely. Those sounds can be heard on “Pieces and Pieces,” a seven-song EP issued in early 2016.
Scott Ainslie at the Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Sept. 22 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. All ages, $20, $18 members, $5 students, 7:30 p.m.
The Ten Pound Fiddle hosts acoustic-bluesman and historian Scott Ainslie Friday at the MSU Community Music School – fans of classic Delta blues icons like Robert Johnson might want to check out this show. Ainslie, who will be celebrating his 65th birthday, is a multi-instrumentalist who comes equipped with vintage guitars, a fretless-gourd banjo, and a one-string and homemade diddley bow – AKA a cigarbox guitar. Aside from expert playing, Ainslie also supplies carefully chosen banter, including historical anecdotes of his encounters with elder roots musicians from across the South. From old-time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes, to black-gospel and blues traditions, his setlist is diverse and powerful. Coming up, Ainslie graduated with honors from Washington & Lee University during the Civil Rights era, and has since studied history and intriguing facts to pair with his rustic live performances and songwriting workshops.