Friday, Sept. 25 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
All ages, $15, $13 adv., 7 p.m.
The Goddamn Gallows’ roots might be in Lansing, but the five-piece outfit, known for its potent mélange of punk, bluegrass and metal, has fans across the globe and spends much of its time on the road. This year, the band ventured even further from home. “We spent most of the year out of the country for the first time as a band, going to Brazil and Europe,” said drummer Uriah “Baby Genius” Baker. “Our goal this year is to destroy all U.S. foreign relations — so far so good.” Friday, the band headlines Mac’s Bar, openers are the Devils Cut and Wormfoot. In addition to Baker, the Goddamn Gallows comprises Mikey Classic (guitar/vocals), Fishgutzzz (bass), TV's Avery (washboard/accordion) and Joe Perreze (banjo). Through October, the band is on a coast-to-coast U.S. tour supporting its fifth studio LP, “The Maker,” released via Farmageddon Records.
Deacon Earl and Rev. Robert B. Jones at 'The Fiddle'
Friday, Sept. 25 @ Ten Pound Fiddle – Allen Market Place, 1629 East Kalamazoo St., Lansing. All ages, $20, 7:30 p.m.
The Ten Pound Fiddle, which just kicked off its 41st season, hosts “Carry It On!: Rebuild the Churches” Friday at the Allen Market Place. The event features the Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. and Deacon Earl & The Congregation. Tickets are $20, with $10 of each ticket going to the Rebuild the Churches fund to aid black churches destroyed by arson. The evening combines storytelling with traditional folk, rock ‘n’ roll and more. “I’m playing a mixture of country-blues and American roots music blended with gospel and honky-tonk,” said Earl, a Lansing-based vocalist/guitarist. Earl’s backing band, the Congregation, debuted at the 2014 Michigan BluesFest in Old Town and comprises Roger Gentry (harmonica/vocals) and Ben Godoshian, filling in for Tyler Jenson (drums/bass). As for Detroit native Rev. Robert Jones, Sr., for over 25 years the bluesman/storyteller has combined contemporary activism with timeless stories and songs.
Twyla Birdsong Band at Moriarty's Pub
Sunday, Sept. 27 @ Moriarty’s Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+ , FREE, 7 p.m.
Back in May, the Twyla Birdsong Band won the Capital Area Blues Society’s 13th Annual Blues Brawl competition, which landed the band a slot at the upcoming 31st annual International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tenn. The four-day blues challenge runs Jan. 20-24. The Twyla Birdsong Band plays Sunday at Moriarty’s Pub. The show is free, but donations to help fund the Lansing-based band’s Memphis trip are welcome. Birdsong is known for her soulful and captivating vocal style, a dynamic fusion of blues, jazz, R&B, gospel and rock ’n’ roll. Fans of Billie Holiday, Joss Stone, Aretha Franklin or Etta James may want to check out this show. After two years of production and recording sessions, Birdsong is wrapping up work on her upcoming album, “Don’t Waste Time.”