Everyday Junior at the Loft
Saturday, May 7 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $10/$7 adv., 18+, 8:30 p.m.
Michigan-based jazzy funk/rock band Everyday Junior headlines Saturday at the Loft; opening the show is Liquid Monk. Since forming in East Lansing in 2013, Everyday Junior has honed its high-energy jam-band fusion of funk, jazz, psych-rock, blues and electronic music. The dance-friendly band comprises guitarist/vocalist Eric Stallcup, Pat Rademacher (guitar/vocals), Michael McCaffery (keys/ vocals), Kevin McKay (bass) and drummer Justin Thimmig. The band’s debut single, “Man On Fire,” was released in early 2015. It was described by Sound and Silence as “Chic meets Umphrey’s meets early Daft Punk on steroids.” Last fall, the band released its “Yaga” EP. Fans of Phish, the String Cheese Incident or George Clinton might want to check out this show.
David G. Smith at the Pump House
Friday, May 6 @ Pump House Concerts, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing. $15 suggested donation, 6:30 p.m.
Raised in a musical family in the hills of northeastern Iowa’s Mississippi Valley, singer/songwriter David G. Smith dropped out of college to form the band Clay Mills with his brother. After returning to college and graduating, Smith — then living in Denver — joined Robin Banks, a group managed by the late Ed Cassidy of Spirit. The band toured the Rockies, even opening a show for the legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. The following years saw Smith raising a family in Iowa while making jaunts to Nashville for songwriting inspiration. Since 2011, Smith has released a string of solo albums, including 2016’s “My First Love” LP. In addition to his headlining show at the Pump House, Smith also performs a free show at the Broad Museum's Acoustic Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Comedian Brian Posehn at the Loft
Thursday, May 12 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $25/$20 adv., 8 p.m.
Brian Posehn is arguably the king of nerd comedy — with an honorable mention going to Patton Oswalt, of course. Posehn, 49, has been a distinct voice in stand-up since the mid-‘90s, and he continues to pack houses with his toilet humor and passion for heavy metal. Over the years, he’s also starred on television shows like “Just Shoot Me!” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” Posehn was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif., and began his stand-up career in the 1994. In 1995, he landed a reoccurring spot on HBO’s cult sketch-comedy program, “Mr. Show.” His debut in major motion pictures came in 1998 with a part in “The Wedding Singer.” But he’s never stopped doing standup and has released a series of comedy albums, including: “Live In: Nerd Rage” (2006),“Fart and Wiener Jokes”(2010) and 2013’s “The Fartist.”