Twista at the Loft
Friday, Aug. 12 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $25, $20 adv., 8 p.m.
Best known for his distinct rapid-fire lyrical delivery, Twista has been a force in the hip-hop world since guesting on Do or Die’s 1996 hit single “Po Pimp.” But it was his breakout 2004 LP, “Kamikaze,” that catapulted the Chicago native into the mainstream. The record hit the top of the U.S. Billboard charts, propelled by the single “Slow Jamz,” which featured Kanye West and Jaime Foxx. The track, a tribute to legendary R&B vocalists, was nominated for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Grammy Award. Before signing a record deal, Twista received another honor: Guinness World Records’ fastest rapper in the world. He earned that title in 1992 by pronouncing 598 syllables in 55 seconds. Friday, Twista headlines an all-ages show at the Loft; opening is the Lansing-based DJ Enyce.
Corn Roast features Frog & the Beeftones, Twyla Birdsong
Aug. 12-14 @ St. Casimir Catholic Parish, 815 Sparrow Ave., Lansing. All ages, FREE.
The St. Casimir Catholic Parish hosts it 40th annual Corn Roast Friday through Sunday. The three day event, held in the church’s parking lot, features live music, dancing, raffle prizes and, of course, corn on the cob. Depending on the day, there will also be hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, nachos, pulled pork, pasta, Polish kielbasa and sauerkraut. Friday, Lansing blues-rock veterans Frog and the Beeftones perform from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Saturday, Twyla Birdsong and her band perform from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. DJ Ronnie Knapp will also be on hand to spin records both days. A children's area will be open 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday. A blood drive happens Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and blood donors receive 20 food tickets. For more information visit stcas.org/corn-roast.
ESSO at the Robin Theatre
Sunday, Aug. 14 @ The Robin Theater, 1105 S Washington Ave. $10, 7 p.m.
Since it formed in 2013, ESSO has made a name for itself as Chicago’s emerging “Afrojam funkbeat” band. The band members describe the sound as “urban poetry” blended with “driving polyrhythmic grooves, combining " biting twang guitar” and the “strength of brass horns.” The group, now on a summer tour across the country, was recently named “Best New Band” and “Best International/World Music Act” by the Chicago Reader. The jazzy, high-energy funk/soul outfit has steadily gained a following and started booking bigger clubs and festivals. In 2014, the band released its self-titled debut LP and toured from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico and back. ESSO, which headlines Sunday at the Robin Theatre, is set to release a remix album, “Pueblo Unido,” via Sonic Octopus Recordings Aug. 16.