Pierce Fest at the Avenue Cafe
Thursday, Oct. 27 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. FREE, 18+, 4 p.m.
The fifth annual Pierce Fest, which started as an annual outdoor house concert/music festival, has expanded and moved into the Avenue Café. “It was just getting too big, cops were being called and bands weren't able to play,” said local musician and festival organizer Pierce Rogers. The free one-day festival showcases a diverse batch of talent from the greater Lansing area, from indie rock and doom metal to punk and hip hop. The roster features Patrick Flynn (4 p.m.), Nathan & the Dating Simulator (4:30 p.m.), MC Foucalt (5 p.m.), Running Upstairs (5:30 p.m.), Omri Reid (6 p.m.), Rhode Island Sluts (6:35 p.m.), Dasterds (7:15 p.m.), Amoeba Boys (8 p.m.), Tidal (8:45 p.m.), Luxury Flux (9:30 p.m.), Blaine & His Keyboard (10:15 p.m.), Raisins of Acquired Taste (11:05 p.m.), Mr. Fox & the Hounds (11:55 p.m.) and Cosmic Priest (12:45 a.m.).
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker at the Fiddle
Friday, Oct. 28 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. $18/$15 members/$5 students, 7:30 pm Husband-and-wife songwriter duo Sparky and Rhonda Rucker have toured the world spreading their love of American folk, blues, Appalachian music, spirituals and ballads. Friday, they headline the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series at the MSU Community Music School. Sparky Rucker, known for his fingerpicking and bottleneck guitar playing, has been gigging for over 40 years, building a reputation not only as a musician but also as a folklorist, historian and storyteller. Meanwhile, Rhonda Rucker has found success as a children’s author and storyteller. Musically, she is known for her blues-style harmonica and throwback banjo playing. The pair presents and evening of traditional tunes, humorous banter and tall tales that also touches on sensitive topics like war and slavery.
Ryan Shadbolt and the Weathermen EP release at the Robin Theatre
Friday, Nov. 4 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington, Lansing. All ages, $10, 7:30 p.m.
Ryan Shadbolt and the Weathermen releases its new EP, “Michigandering,” Nov. 4 at the Robin Theatre in REO Town. Admission includes one CD copy of the album. The local Americana band’s bio lists songwriters like Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Leonard Cohen as key influences, along with “countless others who came before.” Earlier this month, the group debuted "Backache Blues," a single from the new record features backing vocals by an assortment of local songwriters, including Benjamin Richard Hall, Roger Gentry and Deacon Earl, who also opens the show. The new disc was recorded with Lansing engineer Ryan Wert at Elm Street Recording and is streamed at ryanshadbolt.bandcamp.com.