Big K.R.I.T. at the Loft Tuesday, Nov. 3 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
All ages, $25, $22 adv., 8 p.m.
Lansing gets a dose of major-label hip hop when Def Jam recording artist Big K.R.I.T. headlines Tuesday at the Loft. Openers are BJ the Chicago Kid and Jahshua Smith and the Race Card. Fans of classic Southern rap acts like UGK, Outkast or Scarface might want to check out Big K.R.I.T.’s latest full length LP, 2014’s “Cadillactica.” Big K.R.I.T., real name Justin Scott, is a 29-year-old Mississippi native who’s appeared on tracks with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Future. His groundbreaking 2010 solo debut, “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here,” was quickly followed up by his critically acclaimed self-produced mixtape, “Return of 4Eva.” The release featured Bun B, Chamillionaire and David Banner, among others. Earlier this month, he dropped a surprise 14-track mixtape, “It’s Better This Way.” The release features Warren G, Ludacris, K Camp and more.
Mark Battles and Derek Luh at Mac's Bar
Sunday, Nov. 1 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, $12 adv., 8 p.m.
Emerging Los Angeles-based rapper Derek Luh (pronounced “Lou”) headlines an all-ages show Sunday at Mac’s Bar with fellow emcee Mark Battles. Opening the show are Ollie Joseph, Bizzair, Downright Kris & Galaxy X and Keonte Payton. Luh is on the road promoting his latest single, “It’s Luh,” off his new seven-song EP, “Hollywood Blvd.” The album is a follow-up to his 2015 mixtape, “The Second Coming.” Both were released via Battles’ record label, Fly America. Luh, 21, tours year round and has been featured on collaborations with artists such as Wale, Dizzy Wright and French Montana. Luh first caught some buzz with the release of his debut mixtape, “LA Confidential.” Released in late 2013 via Fly America, the disc included the indie hit “Blow It Out”— the music video has over 340,000 YouTube views.
David Broza at Wharton Center
Thursday, Oct. 29 @ Wharton Center, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing. $15, $12 seniors and youth, $5 MSU students, 7 p.m.
Israeli superstar David Broza released his debut album back in 1977 and has since been compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen and Gordon Lightfoot. Thursday he brings his distinct sound to Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre. Broza’s captivating and lively songs are a fusion of the places he’s lived: Israel, Spain and England. His eclectic guitar style ranges from flamenco and rapid finger picking to straightforward pop and rock 'n' roll techniques. Aside from being hailed as the “Stevie Ray Vaughan of folk rock,” Broza is also highly regarded for his commitment to humanitarian causes, especially the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His hit song “Yihye Tov” has become an anthem for the peace movement, and “Together” was the official theme song for UNICEF’s 50th anniversary celebration. His latest album is 2014’s “East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem.”