David Dondero in St. Johns
Friday, Jan. 29 @ The Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W.
Cass St., St. Johns. $7. 6:30 p.m.
Who knew a live music scene was bubbling up in St. Johns? The Wilson Center Auditorium hosts a Friday evening concert with acclaimed singer/songwriter David Dondero. Warming up the stage are the American Automobile and Lucy. In 2006, Dondero was hailed by NPR as one of “the best living songwriters.” The busy troubadour is a Duluth native who got his start in the ‘90s as a drummer in various bands, including Clemson and This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb. By 1998, Dondero had abandoned the drum stool to focus on his solo material. Since then he’s released seven records and toured with Against Me!, the Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes and Spoon. The Wilson Center Auditorium is located in downtown St. Johns, just south of the Clinton County Courthouse. Visit wilsoncenterauditorium.org for more information.
Roach Records hosts Charity Showcase
Thursday, Feb. 4 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, FREE with charitable donation, 6 p.m.
Roach Records, a Lansing-based record label, hosts a night of live hip hop for a good cause at its inaugural Lansing Charity Showcase. Admission is free with a charitable donation to the Homeless Angels, Animal Placement Bureau or the Flint water crisis. Performing at the event are Smokehouse Junkiez, JR BadInfluence, OS7 and Fisty Cuffs. One of the evening’s organizers is Adam Waldofsky, aka Dubb Sicc, who is half of Smokehouse Junkiez and co-founder of Roach Records. “This is the first time Roach Records and the Smokehouse Junkiez have put something like this together,” Waldofsky said. “Although our initial focus was local, we would also accept bottled water donations for the city of Flint.” Since the duo’s inception in 2005, Smokehouse Junkiez has played a series of high profile gigs, including numerous Gathering of the Juggalos festivals.
Desmond Jones at Mac's Bar
Saturday, Jan. 30 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10/$7 adv., 8 p.m.
Desmond Jones, a Grand Rapids-based funk/jazz/rock fusion band, headlines Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Opening the all-ages show are Speakeasy and Earphorik. Originally based out of East Lansing, Desmond Jones is known for its ability to pair harmonious guitar riffs and smooth bass lines with funk-inspired beats and saxophone. The highenergy five piece outfit formed in 2012 and has since shared stages with the Verve Pipe, the Werks and Bad Fish. The group has never played the same set twice, rearranging each song on the spot every night. Desmond Jones will spend the entire month of February touring the country, including stops in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. Fans of Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Phish or the Band might want to check out this show.