Scarface at Fahrenheit
Saturday, March 12 @ Fahrenheit Concert Venue, 6810 S. Cedar St., Lansing. 18+, $20, 8 p.m.
Legendary dirty-south rap pioneer Scarface (real name Brad Jordan) headlines Saturday at Fahrenheit Concert Venue. Known for both his acclaimed solo discography and his stint in the iconic group Geto Boys, the Houston native started his career on Rap-A-Lot Records in the mid-‘80s. After his debut on the Geto Boys’ classic 1989 “Grip It! On That Other Level” LP, Scarface and his mates earned an international following — thanks in part to their controversially grim and shocking lyrics. One of the group’s best known songs, “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta,” even received prominent placement in the 1999 cult film “Office Space.” Last year, Scarface dropped his 12th solo LP, “Deeply Rooted.” It features guest spots from Rick Ross, John Legend and Cee Lo Green, among others. Openers at the Fahrenheit show are Eddie J Don’t Play, Sceezy, Prime Suspects, Struk Eze and Da Golden Child.
Punks vs. Pokes 11 at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, March 11 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $8, 9 p.m.
The 11th annual Punks vs. Pokes concert returns to Lansing Friday with a mixed lineup of twangy alt-country outfits and raucous punk bands. This year’s roster features Jason Dawdy, Flatfoot, the Jonestown Crows, City Mouse, the Devil’s Cut and Paul Dubya and the Oak River Bridge Boys Band. Aaron Bales, Flatfoot’s guitarist/vocalist, organizes the Lansing-based concert each year — though the roots of the show sprouted elsewhere. “The name ‘Punks vs. Pokes’ actually came from Rick Pniewski of the Fightin' Hellfish,” Bales said. “He came up with it for a show we did with them and the Ingham County Regulars at the Elbow Room in Ypsilanti. It had such a good ring to it and was such a fun show, I decided it was a good excuse to bring together a bunch of my favorite bands in Lansing. They just seem to fit together.”
St. patty's day massacre at the Avenue Cafe
Thursday, March 17 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $7, 8 p.m.
Lansing’s own Hat Madder is on the road touring the country this month, making stops in New York, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wisconsin, to name only a few. The synth-heavy alt-rock band makes a pit stop back home on St. Patrick’s Day at the Avenue Café. The band comprises Isaac Vander Schuur (vocals/guitars/keys), Nick Merz (keys, guitar), Jared Talcott (bass), Chris Baratono (guitar, keys) and drummer John Miller. The Hat Madder’s last studio album, “Orgy Opposite,” was released in late 2012 via GTG Records. Last year, the band released a live album, “Live in St. Tropez.” Opening the Avenue Café show are Red Teeth (which is releasing its new “Light Bender” 7-inch vinyl at the show), When Particles Collide, the Shanks, Ian Graham (of Cheap Girls) and Trigger.