Eric Hutchinson at the Loft
Wednesday, July 6 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $23/$20 adv., 7 p.m.
Alternative-rock-tinged pop singer Eric Hutchinson headlines an allages show July 6 at the Loft. Opening the show are Nick Howard and Stefanie Haapala. In August, Hutchinson releases his seventh record, “Easy Street,” a follow-up to 2014’s “Pure Fiction” LP. Hutchinson, 35, was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland and started performing while attending Emerson College in Boston. After self-releasing his debut LP, “That Could’ve Gone Better,” the soulful pop singer/songwriter — who’s also known for his stylish, colorful suits — gained a dedicated fan base. Since then, he’s scored airplay with a series of singles, including “OK, It's Alright With Me,” “Rock and Roll” and “Watching You Watch Him.” Hutchinson tours incessantly and has gigged across North America, Australia and Europe. When he’s not headlining, he’s warming up stages for the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz and OneRepublic, among others.
Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys at Tequila Cowboy
Thursday, June 30 @ Tequila Cowboy (inside Lansing Mall), 5660 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. $15/$10 adv., 7:30 p.m.
West Michigan-based Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, fronted by singer/guitarist Gunnar Nyblad, cranks out a high-energy brand of modern country rock. The group, which headlines June 30 at Tequila Cowboy, is best known for its poppy, ‘Murican-themed songs like “Standard American,” “Pedal to the Floor” and “Country Boy Tan Lines.” The band, which debuted in 2010 with its “Homegrown” LP, has been keeping busy for the past six years, gigging alongside artists like Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and Kid Rock, among others. In 2013, Gunnar and the boys released their most recent disc, the “North Country” EP, and played the Live Nation-hosted Faster Horses Festival — by 2015, the band was on the main stage. Earlier this month, the band dropped its new digital single, “Forever Sounds Good to Me.”
Lake Lansing South Concerts hosts Meridian Community Band
Friday, July 1 @ Lake Lansing Park South, 1621 Pike St., Haslett. FREE, all ages, 7 p.m.
For those looking for a mellow night of music under the open sky, the Lake Lansing South Concerts series presents free Friday night performances at the park’s band shell now through August. All performances begin at 7 p.m.; admission and parking is free. For the kids, there’s free entry to play on a bounce house and giant inflatable slide. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. Friday, the series hosts the Meridian Community Band. The Okemos-based traditional concert band is comprised of approximately 85 musicians from the Greater Lansing area. After 26 years, this will be the final season under the direction of conductor Carolyn Sherrill. The band was formed in 1977 and became a nonprofit in 1983. The Meridian Community Band typically performs 12 to 15 concerts each year.