Tell Yo Mama album release at the Avenue Cafe
Saturday, Nov. 12 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $5, 8 p.m.
Formed two years ago, soulful funk-rock band Tell Yo Mama releases its first proper full-length LP, “Good Thang,” Saturday at the Avenue Café. The seven-piece local band comprises Eric Kloeckner (keys, vocoder, harmonica), Jacque Baldori (vocals), Lucas Holliday (vocals, percussion), Michael Loomis (guitar), Adrian Bryant (bass guitar), Marty McClean (saxophone, keys, vocals) and Ray Crane (drums, vocals). Baldori, who describes the band as a “high octane, relentlessly funky jam machine” and a “spectacle of jam goodness,” said the group frequents the Green Door but also plays cover sets in Lansing and across the state. “We have a ton of influences,” Baldori said. “A lot of older, soulful, funky music like Rick James, Parliament, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Prince, Michael Jackson — the list goes on.” Opening the release show are Speak Easy, Off the Ledge and Bigfoot Buffalo.
Face to Face at the Loft
Friday, Nov. 11 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $25/$22 adv., 7 p.m.
Southern California-based punk band Face to Face is on the road promoting its latest album, “Protection.” The disc, released on Fat Wreck Chords, is the group’s ninth LP. The tour stops at the Loft Friday for an all-ages show; openers are City Mouse and Head. Formed in 1991, Face to Face is led by vocalist Trever Keith and features bassist Scott Shiflett, guitarist Chad Yaro and drummer Danny Thompson. In 1995, the band gained national exposure after it scored a hit with “Disconnected.” The track appeared on soundtracks for “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip” and “Tank Girl.” Starting in 2004, the band went on a four year hiatus. During that time, the members spent time in other bands, including Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, the Offspring and Saves the Day.
Mary Gauthier at the Pump House
Sunday, Nov. 13 @ Pump House Concerts, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, $20 suggested donation, 7 p.m.
Americana songwriter Mary Gauthier makes a rare Michigan appearance Sunday at the Pump House Concerts series. The Nashville-based troubadour has earned critical praise since her folk career took off back in the ‘90s. The Wall Street Journal called her “one of Americana music’s most admired artists,” and Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “Every tune is a rough gem of melody, misery and economy,” adding: “Gauthier excavates romantic wreckage like an archaeologist telling the story of a fossilized love.” Gauthier, 54, is a New Orleans native with 10 albums under her belt, including 1999’s “Drag Queens in Limousines,” which garnered international attention and press. Her latest is 2014’s “Trouble and Love.” Fans of Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams or John Prine might want to check out this intimate show.