The Stick Arounds at the Avenue Cafe

Friday, June 10 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $5, 8 p.m.

Lansing-based power-pop band the Stick Arounds headline a stacked bill Friday at the Avenue Café. Opening are Welfare Beer League (Chicago-based pop punk), Scary Women (Lansing-based rock ‘n’ roll), Running Upstairs (a local solo project featuring Jared Talcott of Mudwest) and Miski Dee. Formed in 2009, the Stick Arounds is made up of former and current members of Calliope, the Pantones and The Gentleman Callers. The band comprises lead guitarist/vocalist Jason Lantrip, Matthew Carlson (12-string guitar/ vocals), Jeffery Gower (guitar/vocals), Tammy Cook (bass) and drummer Joel Kuiper. The group is promoting its upcoming live album, “Mystery Garage,” which is tentatively set for a late September release and will be issued on vinyl and digital download. Three preview tracks from the record are available at

Colt Ford headlines Tequila Cowboy

Thursday, June 9 @ Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill (Lansing Mall), 5660 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. $20, $15 adv., 7:30 p.m.

Supporting his latest album, “Answer To No One: The Colt Ford Classics,” country performer and songwriter Colt Ford headlines Thursday at Tequila Cowboy. Ford started his career penning songs for fellow country artists. In 2012, he wrote two No. 1 hit singles, Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” and Brantley Gilbert’s “Country Must Be Country Wide.” His own rap-tinged country LPs have also garnered success. Ford’s “Declaration of Independence” (2012) and “Thanks For Listening” (2014) hit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on Billboard’s top country albums chart. Ford, a former professional golfer, grew up listening to country and rap music. In the 2000s, he merged the two styles into his own brand of “hick-hop.” Aside from recording tracks and touring, Ford manages his own record label, Average Joes Entertainment.

Wayland at the Loft

Thursday, June 9 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 6 p.m.

Since 2010, Wayland has been churning out slick modern rock with a heavy dose of working-class, classicrock grit. The four-piece band comprises vocalist Mitch Arnold, Phillip Vilenski (guitar), Dean Pizzazz (bass) and drummer Tyler Coburn. The outfit, named after Vilenski’s hometown of Wayland, Mich., has been touring the country virtually nonstop since 2012, averaging 200 to 300 high-energy shows each year. In that time, the road warriors have shared bills with Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie, Sammy Hagar, Seether, Buckcherry, Slash and Alice Cooper, among others. The hard work paid off when the group was signed to a deal by Mighty Loud Entertainment, a label and management company owned by Jesse James Dupree (lead vocalist of Jackyl). Thursday, the band headlines an all-ages show at the Loft; openers are Harlow, Nagazi and One Without Reason.

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