Rookie of the Year 'Unplugged' at Mac's Bar
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ Mac’s Bar, 2600 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, 5 p.m., $10, $8 adv.
Rookie of the Year frontman Ryan Dunson (guitar/vocals) performs a solo acoustic show July 26 at Mac’s Bar. Opening the all-ages show are Valley Girl, Point Blank Society, Sierra Denae, Danger Scene and Odds Fish. Rookie of the Year is rolling through a United States tour until mid-August, with Dunson – the band’s chief songwriter – playing stripped-down versions of his indie-pop tunes. The North Carolina-based outfit has seen many lineup changes since its formation 12 years ago, but Dunson has been a constant. Over the years, the emo-tinged outfit has released a string of albums via One Eleven Records, along with some self-released efforts. The hard work has led to some Billboard Chart action, and many tours, including spots on Van’s Warped Tour.
Cari Ray at The Avenue Cafe
Sunday, July 24 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $5, 7 p.m.
Americana singer/songwriter Cari Ray headlines Sunday at the Avenue Café. The Nashville-based songster, who was raised in rural Indiana, is known for her warm voice and rustic instrumentation that mixes a little folk-rock with some blues, bluegrass and old-time country. She debuted in 2009 with her “Always On” LP, and in 2014 dropped her third record, “Swagger,” released on the Pikeville Entertainment imprint. The disc was produced by Reverend Peyton, of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Last year she released a single, “It’s About Me,” winning the 2015 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival songwriting competition. Fans of Lucinda Williams or Patty Griffin might want to check out Ray. Opening the gig at The Avenue are local troubadours Jen Sygit and Westrin & Mowry.
Medium Rare at Lansing City Market
Wednesday, July 27 @ Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Dr., Lansing. All ages, FREE, 6 p.m.
Lansing-based band Medium Rare performs a free, outdoor concert at the Lansing City Market’s Jazz and Blues Concert Series July 27. Organizers encourage attendees to bring a lawn chair, but to “leave the food at home.” Food and drinks are available from Waterfront Bar & Grill, along with treats from Nom Nom Cupcakes and barbec ue from Red's Smokehouse. Other select merchants will be open throughout the event. Medium Rare formed in 2013, mixing jazz with hints of R&B and other upbeat genres. The instrumental cover band comprises Marlon Miller (keyboard), Reggie Page (lead saxophonist, vocalist), Aaron Carter (bass), Rodney Page (violin, piano, DJ), and Eric Majied (drums/percussion).