Off the Ledge album release at the Loft
Thursday, Feb. 11 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 7 p.m.
Off the Ledge, a Lansing-based rock band, releases its newly remastered album, “Wherever We Land,” Thursday at the Loft. Opening the all-ages show are the Native Howl, Jellyfish Arcade and the Social Bandits. The 11-song album was recorded with Ryan Wert at Elm Street Studios in Reo Town, and local producer Jason Roedell assisted on a couple tracks. Off the Ledge, which formed in 2012, comprises lead vocalist/guitar Matt Shannon, guitarist Tab Wakley, drummer Eric Brandes, and bassist Luke Dahlstrom. The band’s signature sound is a blend of ‘90s alt-rock melodies and funky blues riffs. Think Dave Matthews Band mixed with a touch of the White Stripes.
Music of the Roaring Twenties at Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Feb. 12 @ MSU’s Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road , East Lansing. $15, $12 members, $5 students, 7 p.m.
The Ten Pound Fiddle looks back at the Prohibition era with the help of four Michigan-based Americana groups. The event, Music from The Roaring Twenties, showcases throwback tunes performed by Stella!, the Springtails, Mighty Medicine and the Fabulous Heftones. DeShaun Sparkle Snead, vocalist/keyboardist of Mighty Medicine, said the band dug deep for this gig. “We are going to play some early blues tunes popularized by Bessie Smith and pieces from the early 1920s like ‘Second Hand Rose,’” she said. “We’re also including rarely heard songs that really pleased our ears when we researched material for this show.” Rounding out Mighty Medicine — a three piece known for its distinctive fusion of soulful blues, jazz and folk — is guitarist Larry Neuhardt and percussionist John Esser.
Eazy Money at Mac's Bar
Wednesday, Feb 17 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $12, $10 adv., 8 p.m.
Erich Walton, aka Eazy Money, spent three years in prison before he started to take rapping seriously. Since his 2011 release, Walton has toured the county opening for underground legends and big-name rhymers. He’s warmed up stages for the likes of Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Too Short, B.o.B and Big Boi. Walton also launched his own indie label, GMDS (Get Motivated & Do Something), while also landing a deal with the Universal Music Group. The latest Eazy Money release, the “Time is Money” EP, dropped in June 2014. Since then, he’s released videos featuring Bizarre from D12, Rick Ross, Cory Gunz, Young Dro, Bizzy Bone and more. The Hip Hop Society described the disc as “money getting/hustle music” and praised Walton for his “catchy hooks and killer punchlines.”