Man vs Wild presents Todd Osborn
Saturday, April 30 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $7/$5 adv., 9:30 p.m.
Ghostly International artist Todd Osborn headlines a night of electronic music Saturday at Mac’s Bar. The Ypsilanti-based DJ and producer’s eclectic brand of acid house, techno and electronic pop has been championed by everyone from Gilles Peterson to Aphex Twin. The event, which also includes sets from North Lake, Ruckus and Andy Lynch, is presented by a new collective with local roots. “Man vs Wild is a techno project I started, but now has a handful of people involved from Lansing, Detroit and Brooklyn,” said Steve “Ruckus” Swart, co-founder of Man vs Wild. The group, which also includes Lynch and North Lake, is a mash-up of an independent record label and booking agency. “The project highlights what we think is the best of classic house, techno and bass music — and newer cutting edge versions of the same,” Swart said.
Small Parks release 'Honest Light' at Mac's Bar
Saturday, April 30 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12/$10 adv., 6 p.m.
Local emo-punk band Small Parks releases its debut LP, “Honest Light,” Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Paid admission to the all-ages gig includes a digital copy of the record. According to the group, the album’s lyrical content centers on the band’s life and how they’re “navigating through their late 20s, while struggling with identity, actions and their consequences.” The website 36vultures.net praised the album, calling it a “collection of earnest, roaring songs that will instantly grip any fans of earlier Hotelier or later Saves the Day material.” The first single off the full-length, “Oakland,” can be streamed at smallparksband.bandcamp.com. The Triple Deke Records band formed in 2012 and comprises bassist/ vocalist Danny Petrilli, James Radick (vocals/guitar), Dave Shilakes (drums) and guitarist Josh Talo. Opening the show are Mover Shaker, girlband and Midnight Manifesto.
Special Consensus at the Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, April 29 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. $18/$15 members/$5 students. 7:30 p.m.
Spirited bluegrass group Special Consensus performs Friday at the MSU Community Music School as a part of the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series. The Grammy-nominated group formed in Chicago in 1975, and by 1979 it had released an album and began touring. Since then, the foursome has played across the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America. To date, the band has released 17 albums featuring its signature sound: old-fashioned yet fresh bluegrass. Its repertoire includes originals, bluegrass staples and a smattering of tunes from other genres performed in bluegrass style. Greg Cahill, the band’s leader and banjo player, is a former president of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association and a 2011 recipient of the esteemed IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award.