Kathleen & the Bridge Street Band at Summer Concert Series Saturday, July 16 @ Ann Street Plaza, Albert and M.A.C. avenues, East Lansing. All ages, FREE, 7 p.m.
Led by blues vocalist Kathleen Walters, Kathleen & the Bridge Street Band plays “all things blues, soul and R&B.” The Lansing-based band’s set includes classics from Elmore James, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, to name just a few. Saturday, the band plays East Lansing’s Summer Concert Series. The free event happens on corner of Albert & M.A.C. avenues; bringing a lawn chair or blanket is suggested. Walters, who got started in the late ‘90s with her first band, Blues Xpress, has shared stages with the likes of Larry McCray and the Daddy Mack Blues Band. In 2006, she spent time fronting the Blues Junkies, with guitarist Steve Dely and Jon Herrmann (formerly of Steppin’ In It) on bass.
Joe Buck Yourself at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, July 15 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $5, 8 p.m.
Known for a snarling mix of punk and rockabilly, one-man-band Joe Buck Yourself has developed a cult following across the U.S. The Kentucky native’s first serious project was a mid-‘90s band called Gringo. The group released a self-titled record in 1995 on Pravda Records. 1997’s “Combine” LP saw Buck experimenting further with country and “newgrass” music. By the late ‘90s, Buck joined up with the Legendary Shack Shakers. On the band’s 2003 debut record, “Cockadoodledon't,” Buck recorded most of the rhythm section tracks himself. In the following years, Buck also played as sideman and upright bassist for Hank Williams III, but has recently focused on his solo career. The Avenue Café gig also features Cash O'Riley, Jason Dawdy, Blind Merle & His Traveling Band and Clem Barron.
Matt Williams at Tequila Cowboy
Thursday, July 14 @ Tequila Cowboy (Lansing Mall), 5660 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. $5, 8:30 p.m.
In promotion of his new single, “Southern Man,” contemporary-country artist Matt Williams headlines Thursday at Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill. The Alabama native debuted last year his first solo disc, “You’ll Make Her Cry,” a 12-song record funded via a Kickstarter campaign. Williams’ interest in music goes back to youth. At 18 months old he was given a drum set and later learned piano. In 2004, Williams enlisted in the Army. In 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, Williams’ squad was attacked and two of his close friends were killed. After completing his military service, Williams suffered from PTSD and depression and turned to music to help deal with his issues. “Coping was something that seemed impossible,” his bio states. “I directed my life at what I knew best, and that is music.”