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2nd Annual ‘Mint by Midwest: Barnaroo’ music fest in St. Johns

Saturday, Aug. 5 @ Uncle John’s Cider Mill, 8614 N. US-127, St.

John’s. All ages, FREE, Noon.

Created last year by two local musicians, Aidan Pope and Brendan Seyka, the Mint by Midwest music festival returns for its second year. Held in St. Johns at Uncle John’s Cider Mill on August 5, the free concert features artists from across the state and spans indie-rock and alt-country to emo and pop-punk. This year’s lineup comprises Detroit’s the American Automobile, Get Rich Quick Kids, Former Critics, Ghost the Garden, Cheap Emotion, Great Lakes Feather Company, as well as Lansing’s Joshua Barton and Rent Strike. Also taking the stage is Lucy, a local indie-rock band. Over the summer, the band released “Love Myself to Sleep,” a stellar follow-up to its 2014 debut, “Yard Bones.” In addition to live music, cider and snacks, The Record Lounge – which recently relocated its storefront to REO Town – hosts an on-site pop-up vinyl record shop. For updates, follow facebook.com/mxmwfest.

Vandalay at Mac's Bar

Thursday, Aug. 3 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 7 p.m.

Vandalay formed as a hard-rock quartet in 2012 and has since evolved into a stripped-down duo with a big, danceable sound. The Lansing-based duo of Ben Warner (guitar/vocals) and Jake Greenwood (drums/keys/vocals) released its debut EP, “Starting Over,” in the summer of 2015. The pair followed that up with a full-length record, 2016’s “Flicker” LP. Both releases are streamed at vandalaymusic.bandcamp. com. Thursday the Vandalay headlines an all-ages show at Mac’s Bar – openers are Young Pioneer and Molehill. Also performing is Sierra Denae, a local alt-rock singer/songwriter who debuted in July 2014 with her self-produced “I Still Exist” EP. Since then, she’s recorded a video for her track “Beautiful Mask” and opened for Rise Against at the 2016 Common Ground Music Festival.

David Shelby at Tequila Cowboy

Friday, July 28-Saturday, July 29 @ Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill, 5660 W. Saginaw, Lansing. FREE, 21kknd, 8 p.m.

Detroit native David Shelby brings his brand of buoyant modern-country to Tequila Cowboy Bar and Grill inside the Lansing Mall this weekend. Shelby, who performs free shows both Friday and Saturday, dubbed his sound as “Rust Belt country,” a mixture of his Michigan roots and classic Nashville songwriting – a style documented on his 2013 debut, the “Rust Belt Cowboy” EP. One year later, Shelby dropped his second disc, 2014’s “Oh Yeah” EP, a six-song collection featuring fan favorites like “Southern Drawl” and “Podunk.” His latest EP, issued on Highway South Records in October 2016, is the “Boy Wonder” EP. Along with the disc, Shelby released a music video for the single “Back to Us.” For more, visit davidshelbymusic.com.


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