Shoto at Mac's Bar
Friday, Aug. 26 @ Mac’s Bar, 2600 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $8, 9 p.m.
Since Shoto formed in the summer of 2013, the experimental sludge/doom band has steadily honed its psychedelicnoise sound. The Kalamazoo-based trio, which headlines Mac’s Bar Friday, comprises bassist Brok Leshman, drummer Mark Warm and guitarist Josh Miller. The guys have put out a string of digital releasese, including the five-song “Cosmic Tortoise” EP, which dropped in April. The tracks were recorded earlier this year with Mike Schuur at Sun Spot Recording in Kalamazoo. Opening the show is Mike Mare, aka Mike Manteca. The New York based producers is part of industrial-metal rap group dälek. Local heavy hitters Hordes and Cavalcade also share the bill.
The Trouble With Nick at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, Aug. 26 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $5 suggested donation, 8 p.m.
Lansing-based acoustic-rock band The Trouble With Nick performs Friday at the Avenue Café. The trio is led by singer/songwriter Nick Krzywonos (guitar/vocals), who’s backed by drummer Tyler Jenson and bassist Joey Lindstrom. According to Krzywonos’ bio, his polished Americana sound is “hopeful, mournful, realistic, even whimsical but always brimming with emotion.” The Trouble With Nick’s poppy indie-folk sound is showcased on its single, “Casualties.” The nearly-five-minute track is streamed at thetroublewithnick.com. Fans of The Goo Goo Dolls might want to check it out. Also performing on the acoustic-heavy show at are Chesaning-based folk acts Zachary James and the Rupple Brothers & Company. Rounding out the evening is Lansing-based folk outfit Clem & Alex and the Owosso-based blues-punk band Green River Company.
Allan Craig at Tequila Cowboy
Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 @ Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. FREE.
Nashville-based country singer Allan Craig headlines Friday and Saturday at Tequila Cowboy, on the north side of the Lansing Mall. Craig, who’s released summer-time anthems like “Let’s Get Gone,” has toured all over America, performing in more than 40 states. The seasoned touring artist has been singing since he performed Ronnie Milsap’s “Happy Birthday Baby” in front of his second-grade classmates during show-and-tell. Since launching his country music career, the Indiana native has shared bills with big names like Randy Travis, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and the Zac Brown Band. Craig also opened for the late George Jones on the iconic vocalist’s final tour.