We’ve got jazz, folk and blues festivals in Greater Lansing — and starting this year we finally have rock!

June 10 and 11 brings the first-ever City Pulse River rock Concert, starring the little local band that could: Verve Pipe. They’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of their platinum CD “Villains” by performing it straight through live for the first time. Their best-known song, “The Freshman,” is from that album.

Joining Verve Pipe on Friday night, June 10, are local favorite Wally Pleasant and ‘80s cover band Triple Lindy.

Saturday is a double delight: Four great local bands PLUS the City Pulse/Fox News47 Top of the Town Party saluting the winners of this year’s contest. A dozen local establishments will provide delicious food treats.

It all takes place along the Grand River at Adado Riverfront Park.

Check out prices at riverrockconcert.com – remember, it’s all $10 more at the door, so buy in advance.

Here’s the lowdown from our Facebook post:

Michigan-based rock band Verve Pipe will headline the first-ever City Pulse River Rock Concert, which comes to Adado Riverfront Park on June 10 and 11.

Were very happy to get Verve Pipe for this concert, said Rich Tupica, City Pulse Turn it Down columnist. Its been 20 years since the release of the classic, platinum-selling album, Villains.

To mark the anniversary, Verve Pipe will do something it has never done before: perform Villains live, cover-to-cover. The album includes the bands breakthrough hit, The Freshmen, as well as singles like Photograph and Cup of Tea. Those songs are without a doubt some of the biggest radio hits this citys ever produced, Tupica said. Celebrating a landmark anniversary of the album theyre on just makes sense.

The two-day festival, hosted by City Pulse and Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art, includes two days of live music, as well as a June 11 party to recognize the winners of the City Pulse/Fox 47 News Top of the Town Contest. The Top of the Town Party will feature live music by local bands and special food offerings from over a dozen local restaurants. The festival is a fundraiser for MICA, which also sponsors Lansing JazzFest and Michigan BluesFest.

Verve Pipe, which formed in Lansing in 1992, cut its teeth in the mid-Michigan rock scene. Verve Pipes Lansing roots are still strong in the area, Tupica said. Back in the 90s, they went from local guys playing the Small Planet to being on MTV and getting international airplay.

While Verve Pipe was never able to recreate the commercial success of Villains, it has continued to perform and record albums, including two popular childrens albums. Its most recent album, Overboard, was released in 2014. For locals looking to go back in time to 1996, this is the perfect concert, Tupica said. Ive been told the band is re-learning songs they havent played in years. It will be a special night for Verve Pipe fans.

East Lansing's most radical 80's tribute band, Triple Lindy will open Friday's show. Then Wally Pleasant performs his 1992 "Songs About Stuff" LP. Our Saturday night line up is James Gardin, great positive hip-hop/soul with a live band. He's also in the 'Final Five' of his category in the Top of the Town right now! Also on Saturday is Stefanie Haapalaa! Plus we have a punchy punk rock band know by the name of City Mouse and to close out the night is Elliot Street Lunatic, an atmospheric pop-rock quartet from Lansing.


Friday Show Times:

5 pm: Gates Open

6:30 - 7:30pm Triple Lindy

8:00 - 8:50pm Wally Pleasant

9:20 -10:45pm Verve Pipe


Saturday Show Times:

3:30 pm: Gates open

4:30-6:00: James Gardin

6:30-7:30: Stefanie Haapla

8:00-9:00:City Mouse

9:30-10:30: Elliot Street Lunatic

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