Neon Halloween Party at Mac's Bar
Tuesday, Oct. 27 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $5, 9 p.m.
For EDM fans looking to get a head start on Halloween celebrations, the Neon Halloween Party at Mac’s Bar might be the ticket. Performing are Marshall Applewhite, the Friend, DJ Ruckus, Lame Duck Sessions and Matt Dolinar. Steve Swart, aka DJ Ruckus, specializes in techno, house and bass music. “I’m probably playing an acidhouse set,” Swart said. “The vibe for the night is supposed to be kind of dark. In general, the techno vibe will be strong on this night, and that’s rare in Lansing these days.” Swart said he’s eager to check out one particular set. “Marshall Applewhite is the guy I'm most excited to see,” Swart said. “He is at the forefront of this Detroit sludge scene, which a lot of people around the world are very excited about. It's slower, grimy techno.”
Jessica Lee Wilkes at the Avenue Cafe
Sunday, Oct. 25 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $7, 7 p.m.
For the past five years, vocalist/bassist Jessica Lee Wilkes has toured the world with JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers, a Kentucky-based rockabilly band, sharing songwriting and lead vocal duties. Over the summer, Wilkes stepped fully into the spotlight with the release of her solo debut, “Lone Wolf,” on Free Dirt Records. She describes the five-song EP as “raw rhythm and blues-tinged rock ‘n’ roll.” The disc features an all-star studio band, comprising Jason Smay (JD McPherson) on drums, Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets) on guitar and Kellie Everett (the Hooten Hallers) on saxophone. Since July, Wilkes has been touring the country and has dates booked through December. Sunday she headlines the Avenue Café; backing her up are drummer Preston Corn and guitarist Wyatt Maxwell. Opening the show is local songwriter Joe Fox of the Devil’s Cut.
Foreveratlast at the Loft
Tuesday, Oct. 27 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 6:30 p.m.
Indianapolis-based band Foreveratlast are on the road supporting its new album, “Ghosts Again.” Tuesday, the band headlines the Loft. Openers are Hail Your Highness, Sleep Waker and I'm William Cutting. The new Foreveratlast LP, released last week via Victory Records, features the new single, “Bad Blood,” and is stocked with the band’s signature mix of anthemic modern Christian rock and post-hardcore. The group, comprising Brittany Paris (vocals), Jordan Vickers (guitar) and Jared Paris (drums), was selected as one of the “100 Bands You Need To Know 2015” by Alternative Press, which praised “Ghosts Again” for its “soaring choruses and irresistible hooks.” The current Foreveratlast lineup has been in place since 2010, but the group originated in 2005. Prior to signing with Victory Records late last year, the band sold thousands of albums independently — a success the band credits to its “DIY Midwestern work ethic.”