GTG Fest 8 at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, Oct. 9-Saturday, Oct. 10 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing. 7 p.m., $5-$10.
GTG Records hosts its annual GTG Fest this weekend at the Avenue Café. The Lansing-based record label kicks things off Friday with a stacked bill featuring the Hat Madder, Small Parks, Narc Out the Reds, Frank and Earnest, MPV, Dreadpool Parker and Mr. Hipster. The event continues Saturday with the Plurals, Honah Lee, Red Teeth, the Lippies, Hunky Newcomers, the Free Life and Carm. Aside from two nights at the Avenue, GTG Fest hosts two other nights of music (Thursday and Sunday) at DIY spaces — for more information visit facebook.com/gtgrecords. GTG Records co-founder Tommy McCord said the fest has grown steadily over the years. “What started as an excuse for the core people involved in the label to spend a day playing music and hanging out with friends has evolved into a multi-day and multi-venue celebration of independent music both local and national,” McCord said.
Ray Bonneville at the Robin Theatre
Friday, Oct. 9 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. All ages, $18, $15 members, $5 students. 7:30 p.m.
The Ten Pound Fiddle hosts Ray Bonneville, a Juno Award-winning guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player. The Austin-based songwriter and bluesman is known for his distinct, New Orleans-influenced sound, often drawing comparisons to J.J. Cale and Daniel Lanois. In April 2014, Bonneville released his fourth LP on Red House Records. The critically acclaimed 10-song disc, “Easy Gone,” is stocked with original roots music — and a funky cover of Hank Williams’ “So Lonesome I Could Cry.” While he’s lived everywhere from the Pacific Northwest to France, the songwriter’s roots are in Quebec, where he lived until he was 12. At 17, just before the start of the Vietnam War, he joined the Marines. Soon after he discovered the raw blues sounds of Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Butterfield and James Cotton and was inspired to learn harmonica. He’s never looked back.
Tyrant plays Fallout Fest at the Loft
Sunday, October 11 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 4 p.m.
Grow the Scene, a local group dedicated to expanding the music scene, hosts Fallout Fest on Sunday at the Loft. The all-ages event boasts a long roster of area metal and rock acts, featuring Hyporium, Monument 6, Break the Edge, Convenient Trash, Tidal, Sumarah, the Revenant and Burn On Re-Entry. Also on the bill is Tyrant, a Lansing-based thrash-metal trio comprising brothers Philip (guitars/vocals) and Andrew Winters (drums) and bassist Anderson Creager. The group formed in 2011, and in February 2012 it released the “Jaws of Agony” demo. Last year the band dropped the “Purge” EP. Tyrant has become known for paring lightning fast guitar solos alongside heavy, ambient breakdowns. The trio spent 2015 gigging across the state and beyond and is now prepping for a 2016 EP release. Fans of early Metallica, Slayer or Megadeath might want to check out Tyrant.