Oigs Fest at Mac's Bar
Saturday, Jan. 14 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 4 p.m. $12/$10 adv.
The first big metal show of the year hits Mac’s Bar Saturday. The first ever Oigs Fest is an all-day show featuring 10 heavy bands, including the Lurking Corpses, Dagon, Cavalcade and the Revenant. Headliner the Lurking Corpses, formed in 2001 in Fort Wayne, is known for its classic horror film imagery and cryptic sounds. Signed to Hells Headbangers Records, the band blends Misfits-style punk and old-school trash metal with hints of doo-wop, rockabilly and other throwback genres. Lyrically, the Lurking Corpses lean toward the gory, violent side of the spectrum while still including plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor and dark sarcasm. The band’s latest fulllength LP, 2014’s “Workin’ For the Devil,” features the single “The Leech and The Worm” – the video is streamed on YouTube.
Desmond Jones at the Avenue Cafe
Saturday, Jan. 14 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $10, 8 p.m.
Jazzy funk-rock quintet Desmond Jones returns to Lansing Saturday for a gig at the Avenue Café. The band, formed in East Lansing in 2012, is based out of Grand Rapids. Desmond Jones has opened shows for the Werks, Kung Fu, Tauk, the Verve Pipe and Here Come the Mummies. The improvisational fusion band, known for its high-energy live performances, cites jammy, experimental influences like Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Phish, Charles Mingus, Led Zeppelin and the Band. Sample some of Desmond Jones’ tunes, including its 2014 LP, “Thick Cuts,” at desmondjones.bandcamp.com. Opening the Avenue Café show is the Change, a soulful Grand Rapids-based blues-rock band.
C.E.O. Carter headlines hip-hop show at Mac's Bar
Friday, Jan. 13 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $10, 9 p.m.
Local hip-hop takes over Mac’s Bar Friday for a late night “House of Flowing Daggerz” showcase. Taking the stage are Stay True Red, Mista Flintastic, P.O.P.E. Don King, Keesekid, Kam, Kayne YSMG, Maddog McGraw and DJ Leeky. Headlining the event is C.E.O. Carter, a Lansing native now living in Atlanta. Born Sherrod Miguel Carter, the Sexton High School alum has shared stages with the likes of Yo Gotti, Mystikal, Bubba Sparks, Future and the Chi-Lites. Over the years, he’s dropped a number of records, including the “Gemini" and “Sweet16” mixtapes and his “#1Up” EP. His latest releases include the 2016 “iCeo” EP and his brand new collection, “Cookin Up,” which features DJ Enyce. Carter became enamored with hip hop after hearing Heavy D as a child. By 2011, he was playing shows, including his first big gig at the Legends Weekend in Gary, Ind., a concert honoring Michael Jackson.