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Where Can I Find: Live Music


As part of the Newcomers Issue, City Pulse compiled several lists under the title “Where Can I Find…” These lists are meant as a brief guide for people unfamiliar with Lansing.

As Lansing melts into a Big Ten college town, it comes as no surprise that there’s a robust and deep local music scene. If you tire of major label acts and overpriced stadium shows, there is a healthy underground of both Lansing-native bands and touring acts ready for you to spelunk.

Even if you venture outside of the realm of rock ‘n’ roll, you’ll have a diverse palate of high-class jazz, folk and classical music served to you regularly by institutions such as the MSU College of Music, Ten Pound Fiddle or the Wharton Center. These venues are the staples of Lansing concertgoers.

Mac’s Bar

2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

3 p.m.– 2 a.m., daily


(517) 484-6795

A bar with a seedy, yet still somehow homey, aesthetic that makes it a mecca for Lansing punk, metal and rock gigs.

The Avenue Café

2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

3 p.m.– 2 a.m., daily


(517) 492-7403

While hosting a wide variety of live music, the Avenue also specializes in karaoke, dance parties and the occasional burlesque show. The Avenue is also home to a delicious ramen vendor, Ruckus Ramen.

Green Door

2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

Mon. 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Tues.– Fri. 3 p.m.– 2 a.m.

Sat. 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Closed Sunday

If you want classic rock and blues, this is your place. The Green Door is a Lansing staple for hosting a wide array of gigs on a monthly basis.

The Loft

414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing


(517) 913-0103

Many popular touring acts come through this mid-size venue. Situated between several bars and restaurants, it’s a great destination to add live music to your night out.


802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

Mon.– Fri. 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.

Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Sun. 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.


Moriarty’s stalwart jazz Tuesdays are famous in Lansing. A great place to enjoy great drinks and even better music.

Urban Beat

1213 Turner St., Lansing


(517) 331-8440

A classy Old Town venue that hosts many jazz and blues-rock shows.

Wharton Center

750 E. Shaw Ln., East Lansing


(517) 432-2000

The Wharton Center, while primarily focusing on touring Broadway plays and musicals, also hosts fantastic classical music. Its performance hall is top class and a great place to see a symphony.

Ten Pound Fiddle


(517) 337-7744

Ten Pound Fiddle itself is not a venue, but a concert series that comprises several performance venues. Check their website for a sprawling schedule of folk concerts.

The Robin Theatre

1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing


(989) 878-1810

The Robin Theatre in Lansing’s REO Town neighborhood puts on an eclectic range of performances. You can see a play one week, a noise rock group the next and then finish with a classical guitarist.

MSU College of Music

333 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing


(517) 353-5340

Primarily holding shows at the historic Fairchild Auditorium on MSU’s campus, the MSU College of Music provides the town with excellent classical and jazz music. Check their website for a schedule.


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