Jason Alarm Reunion at Mac's Bar
Saturday, Dec. 5 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 8 p.m.
Grand Ledge-based “power-new wave” band Jason Alarm reunites Saturday at Mac’s Bar; openers are the Plurals, Mr. Fox and the Hounds and Dead Hour Noise. Jason Alarm was born in 2007 after vocalist/ guitarist Matt Waterman and his soon-to-be bandmates witnessed a live show featuring now-defunct local bands like the Van Ermans and Shoelace. Jason Alarm, which also includes drummer Kirk Mason, guitarist Alex Rosendall, keyboarist David Birdsall and bassist Pat Hogan, developed a solid local following. The band disbanded in 2011 after the members “graduated from high school and some of us moved to different cities for college,” Waterman said. The band is getting back together for this show, but they have not ruled out a full-fledged return. “We’ve decided to at least play one more show, but I think we're going to become an active band again,” Waterman said. Proceeds from the reunion show go to the Fledge, a Grand Ledge recording studio and small business incubator.
UnKalled 4 Christmas Show at Mac's Bar
Friday, Dec. 4 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, 5 p.m
Local rapper Jimi Kanklez, a Roach Records artist, hosts his seventh annual UnKalled 4 Christmas Show Friday at Mac’s Bar. Kanklez said the all-ages event has “a dash of Christmas and a dash of Halloween” and features performances from A.I., Jayson Starks, PBG, Knowledge, RC and Kanklez. But the music doesn’t stop there; an 18-andover after-party, also hosted by Mac’s Bar, showcases JackSin & Body Rot, Ed Money 2.0, MBK, CAP 1 and Jaqadeliq. Spinning throughout the evening is DJ E Nyce. Fans of Twiztid or Esham might want to check out this stacked hiphop lineup. As for Kanklez? “I’m working on my upcoming full length, ‘Alien Muzik,’ and some side projects,” he said. “I’m also getting my side label E.T. Ent. up and running and working on some new music videos.”
Joel Mabus at the Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday Dec. 4 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. All ages, $18, $15 members, $5 students. 7:30 p.m.
Michigan folk fixture Joel Mabus, a staple at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series, returns Friday for a show at the MSU Community Music School. The award-winning singer/songwriter and instrumentalist debuted on a small Michigan-based label in 1977. By 1986, he’d formed his own indie folk label, Fossil Records. In the years since, Mabus has flown under the mainstream radar while still playing notable folk clubs and festivals across the country. Mabus’ 24th album, 2015’s “A Bird in this World,” is a bluesy roots-based collection of original tunes. For a prime example of his talent, head over to Youtube and look for Mabus performing “Cluck Old Hen” at the Midwest Banjo Camp.