Sept. 16 2015 01:48 PM

Ten Pound Fiddle opens with Barbara Bailey Hutchison

Friday, Sept. 18 @ Ten Pound Fiddle – Community Music School, 4930 Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. $18, $15, $5 students, 7:30 p.m.

The Ten Pound Fiddle opens its 41st season of concerts with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Barbara Bailey Hutchison. The artist has performed her melodic, lyrically-driven songs in almost every state and around the world globe, and she has appeared at the White House three times. Hutchison grew up in Detroit, but she didn’t begin performing until she attended Michigan State University. Before long she was touring and performing at other college campuses and even landed some commercial work, singing on hundreds of advertisements for McDonald's, Hallmark Cards, Heinz and other national accounts. Since then, she’s released a string of acclaimed albums. In 1996 she nabbed a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Recording for Children.”

Lansing Area Songwriter's Group at Elderly

Saturday, Sept. 19 @ Lansing Area Songwriter’s Group – Elderly Instruments, 1100 N. Washington Ave., Lansing. FREE, 4 p.m.

On the third Saturday of each month, the Lansing Area Songwriter’s Group meets at Elderly Instruments in the store’s downstairs workshop room. The group, hosted by local singer/songwriter Tania Hayward, focuses on the craft of songwriting through relaxed discussions and constructive feedback. The gathering is free and leans toward the interests of “intermediate to experienced songwriters,” but artists of any level are welcome. According to the organizers, the group is perfect for those who “often feel stuck with songwriter’s block” or “stuck in the same old patterns.” The gathering also gives songwriters a chance to share songs or ideas-in-progress. So if you’re aiming to develop new approaches to your writing, this Lansing group could be for you. To register for the event, visit Lansing-Area-Songwriters-Group.

Trapt at the Loft

Thursday, Sept. 17 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $20, $15 adv., 7 p.m.

Trapt first gained national exposure in 2002 with its angsty, modern-rock hit, “Headstrong.” The numetal/alternative hard-rock single received ample play on the radio and MTV. Thursday, the band headlines an all-ages show at the Loft; opening are Sons of Texas, Deveraux, CYK Cylinder and Coldville. On the Trapt’s latest album, 2013’s “Reborn,” the band expands from its heavy, nu-metal roots and experiments with synthesizers and other digital effects. “Reborn” is the band’s fifth LP. Back in the mid ‘90s, Trapt lead singer Chris Taylor Brown was inspired by bands like Korn and Metallica. By 1997, while still in high school, Brown had formed Trapt and was soon opening shows for Papa Roach and other notable bands. In 2001, the band signed to Warner Bros. and has kept busy touring and recording since.

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