Wally Pleasant at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, Nov. 27 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing. 21+, $5, 9 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Wally Pleasant entered the local music scene while attending Michigan State University, and his first early-‘90s demo sold 5,000 copies. After the release of his 1992 debut, “Songs About Stuff,” Pleasant became a fixture in the East Lansing music scene. Soon after, he toured the country and his proper albums hit CMJ’s Top 20. His quirky, stripped-down acoustic tunes like “Small Time Drug Dealer” and “Denny’s at 4 a.m.” fused witty lyricism with a blasé, Jonathan Richman-style delivery. Through the ‘90s, Pleasant released a string of albums on the Miranda Music imprint. His latest release is 2004’s “Music For Nerds & Perverts.” Pleasant has been featured on national shows like “Acoustic Café” and “The Dr. Demento Show,” and has scored press in Billboard and the Wall Street Journal. Friday, Pleasant plays the Avenue Café; sharing the bill are Icy/Dicey, Hawks & Snakes, the Deans and the Tiny Murderers.
Tequila Cowboy opens Dec. 3
Thursday, Dec 3 @ Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill, 5660 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing.
For Lansing folks who stay faithfully tuned into WITL and CMT, a new local hangout will surely get your spurs jinglin’ and janglin’. The country music-themed Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill, located in the Lansing Mall, hosts its grand opening Dec. 3. The Lansing bar is the chain’s third location. Tequila Cowboy’s flagship bar opened on Broadway Avenue in downtown Nashville in early 2012, and it opened its second bar in Columbus, Ohio, in 2014. Aside from drinks, dancing and dining, the bar plans to host national and regional country acts. The 18,000-square-foot venue fills the space formerly set aside for the never-opened Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, which was evicted over the summer after it failed to finish construction or pay rent.
Anybody Killa at Mac's Bar
Saturday, Nov. 28 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, $12 adv., 8 p.m.
Anybody Killa, real name James Lowery, has been a stalwart on the Insane Clown Posse’s Psychopathic Records roster since his 2003 LP, “Hatchet Warrior.” The horror-core rap disc peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart. Last month, the 43-year-old masked rapper dropped his sixth album, “Shapeshifter,” the Detroit-based artist’s first proper full-length since 2010’s “Medicine Bag.” Since Lowery’s 1995 debut, his gritty, gangster-rap storylines have combined dark humor with imagery from his Native American heritage —with many shout-outs to Detroit, marijuana and Faygo soda along the way. Saturday he returns to Mac’s Bar; openers at the all-ages show are Big Hoodoo, the Havknotts and Bigg Hugg & Grimm. Fans of Esham or the Geto Boys might want to check out this show.