Holiday Sing at the Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Dec. 2 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. $15/$12 members/$5 students/$35 family, 7:30 pm
Hosted by singer/song leader Sally Potter, the Ten Pound Fiddle’s Holiday Sing invites the public — from seasoned singers to shower divas — to get in the wintry holiday spirit and “sing wonderful, seasonal songs with your community” at the MSU Community Music School. Lyric books are provided. Potter, who books performers for Ten Pound Fiddle’s concert series, also founded the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, an annual event drawing hundreds of participants each January. Her local folk roots go back to the 1980s, when she was a part of the Americana trio Second Opinion. The group broke up in 2001. Potter has also released her own albums, including 2005’s “It’s About Time,” a collaborative LP recorded with fellow Second Opinion alum Pat Madden. Last month, Potter received the 2016 Folk Tradition in the Midwest Lifetime Award, presented by the Folk Alliance Region Midwest.
Sam Corbin album release show at Robin Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 26 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, 7:30 p.m.
After a nearly eight-year gap, Americana songwriter Sam Corbin releases his new album, “Let the Fire Burn Strong,” Saturday at the Robin Theatre. The LP, his third solo release, is a follow up to his 2009 record, “Michigan’s Waltz.” At the show, the Ypsilanti-based artist will be backed by a full band, featuring Billy Harrington, Mike Lynch, Jen Sygit, Jason Dennie and Michael Smalley. Corbin, a member of the Earthwork Music Collective, started playing guitar at 16 and hit the coffee-shop folk circuit while still in high school. Over the years, he has toured the country and played many shows as a duo with Jen Sygit and with their band, the Lincoln County Process.
We Got the Keys to the Streets Part 2 at Mac's Bar
Saturday, Nov. 26 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $10, 9 p.m.
A stacked roster of area rappers perform Saturday at the We Got the Keys to the Streets hip-hop showcase at Mac’s Bar. The event features 16 emcees, including Sincere, Jahshua Smith, James Gardin, Sinna tha Savage and Ahmad Da God. Chicago-born Ahmad “Da God” Taylor was raised in Lansing and has released a series of mixtapes and music videos over the years. He also produced a locally-made feature film, “Northerndope’s Bout 2 Blow: The Movie” — a sequel is in the works. Taylor also has a new mixtape, “Ahmad Da God: Get 2 Know Me,” and the new “None of My Business” single. Also performing at the Mac’s Bar showcase are Maddog McGraw, Haze, T-Dawg, Keesekid, D-Hall, Problem Boy, Vic Rawson & Thoro Muzik Ent., Pank Dezal, Kamwood, D-Sutton, Hugh Blow and Darryl Calhoun aka DJ DC.