A Very Krampus Xmas at the Avenue Cafe
Friday, Dec. 30 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $10, 8 p.m.
Lansing-based roots-punk band the Devil’s Cut, along with a full slate of edgy Americana-rock outfits, perform Friday at the Avenue Café. The event, dubbed A Very Krampus Xmas, benefits the relief fund to aid residents affected by the wildfires in Tennessee. In addition to the music, the show features an auction of art donated by local artists and “disturbing comedy” from Kerry McCabe. Sharing the bill are Call Me Bronco, a Louisville-based rock ‘n’ roll/psychobilly band. The group describes its sound as “American folk poetry” that’s suitable for moshing. Saint Christopher Webster, a country-bluespunk artist from Nebraska, Lansing’s own Piss Poor Players and the Grand Rapids-based solo act Dead Eye Zack round out the bill. For more information on the show, visit the Avenue Café on Facebook at facebook.com/avenuecafe2021.
Do or Die at the Loft
Saturday, Jan. 7 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $20/$15 adv., 8 p.m.
Do or Die formed on the west side of Chicago in 1995. A year later, the gangsta-rap group’s multiplatinum single, “Po Pimp,” reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group’s debut LP, “Picture This,” reached gold status. Following this success, the trio, comprising emcees AK, Belo Zero and N.A.R.D., signed to Houston’s Rap-A-Lot Records and continued to release LPs through 2006. In 2015, the group released its first proper full-length album in nearly a decade, the “Picture This 2” LP, along with the “Withdrawal” EP, which featured Twista. Over the years, Do or Die has also recorded tracks with the likes of Kanye West, Bun B and R. Kelly. Booked by area promoters Lionheart Ent. and C.E.P., the hip-hop trio headlines an 18-and-over concert Jan. 7 at the Loft. DJ E-NYCE will also perform.
Tell Yo Mama at Mac's Bar
Thursday, Dec. 29 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $8/$7 adv., 8 p.m.
Back in November, local vocalist Lucas Holliday made national news after a video of him singing went viral. The video, shot while he was working as a Dollar General cashier, racked up hundreds of thousands of views. Holliday, a member of local soul-funk group Tell Yo Mama, was belting out a cover of “Ascension,” a Maxwell single. Soon after, he appeared on “Good Morning America” and was invited to perform the song live on stage with Maxwell at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The story was picked up by major news outlets across the country, include ABC News and People magazine. Thursday, his band performs at Mac’s Bar. Opening the show are Fried Egg Nebula and Chemical Edge.