Davey O. and Jen Sygit at the Robin Theatre
Thursday, Nov. 17 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, 7 p.m.
New York-based singer/songwriter Davey O. headlines an evening of contemporary Americana at the Robin Theatre Thursday.
Opening is local troubadour Jen Sygit. Davey O., a Buffalo native, is known for writing rustic tunes based on blue collar American life — or, as he puts it, “songs of labor, love, laughter, sorrow, life and death.” His recordings and concerts are equal parts songwriting and storytelling, a vibe he describes as “like a conversation with your neighbor.” His two LPs have garnered acclaim and reached many critics’ “best of” lists, and the singer/songwriter plays more than 120 shows across the country each year. In 2013, Davey O. was a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. His music is available for streaming at daveyo.com.
The Falcon, comedian Kyle Kinane at the Loft
Sunday, Nov. 20 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $20/$16 adv., 7 p.m.
The Falcon, a Chicago-based punk rock super-group, features guitarist/vocalist Brendan Kelly and drummer Neil Hennessy of the Lawrence Arms and Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano on vocals and bass. The band, which headlines Sunday at the Loft, has been jamming since 2004 and released its latest LP, “Gather Up the Chaps,” back in March. The disc was released via Red Scare Industries, which also pressed the band’s debut 2004 EP, the epically titled: “God Don't Make No Trash or Up Your Ass with Broken Glass.” Kelly, the creative force behind the band, played with Andriano from 1993 to 1996 in Slapstick, a ska-punk band. Opening the Mac’s Bar show is stand-up comedian Kyle Kinane and Lansing-based pop-punks Frank and Earnest.
Union Guns at Tequila Cowboy
Nov. 18-19 @ Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. Free, 8 p.m.
High-energy modern country outfit Union Guns formed in the winter of 2008, bought some Miller Lite and recorded a seven-song demo within weeks. Shortly after, the group’s first gig was opening for Jamey Johnson, and a string of high-profile shows followed. The band’s inspiration pulls from everyone from Waylon Jennings and Tim McGraw to AC/DC and Ryan Adams. Over the years, Union Guns — which plays two shows this weekend at Tequila Cowboy — has shared stages with the likes of Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town, just to name a few. Prior to Union Guns’ formation, Timmy Lee (vocals/guitar) and Frank Pop (bass) fronted the band Branded for several years. The defunct group put out nine original songs on its debut 2007 record, “Fifty Turns.”