Irish duo Tim O'Shea & Philip Crickard at the Robin Theater
Saturday, March 4 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, 6:30 p.m.
The Irish duo of Tim O’Shea (guitar/vocals) and Philip Crickard (fiddle/mandolin) performs Saturday at the Robin Theatre in REO Town. The pair, now on tour across the United States in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, performs both traditional and contemporary Celtic songs. O’Shea, of Killarney, Ireland, performs a repertoire that echoes Irish and Scottish performers like Jimmy MacCarthy, Paul Brady and Dick Gaughan. O’Shea has been touring the globe for 26 years, including stops in India, Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe, especially Germany. He has six albums in his catalog, beginning with 1995’s “Monks of the Screw” LP, and a new disc is due out this year. Crickard, a Carrickfergus native, is known across the southwest of Ireland for his fiery fiddle style.
Bubba Sparxxx at The Loft
Friday, March 3 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $20/$16 adv., 8 p.m.
Warren Mathis, aka Bubba Sparxxx, is known for chart-topping southern-rap hits like “Deliverance,” “Ugly” and “Ms. New Booty.” Friday, the Georgia native headlines the Loft on the Overdose Awareness Tour. Opening the show are Bobble, Jenna Nichole, Joe Nester, Gambo, Strizzo and Slumerican. The latest Sparxxx full-length album, 2014’s “Made on McCosh Mill Road,” is his fifth LP and features guest spots from Danny Boone and Denum Jones. In 2016, he dropped “The Bubba Mathis EP,” a five-track collection featuring the single “Ghost.” In a review of the EP, HipHopDX said, “Bubba’s country roots are well watered on this succinct project.” As a teen, Sparxxx was introduced to hip hop through the music of N.W.A., Too Short and OutKast. In 2001, Sparxxx achieved international fame with the “Dark Days, Bright Nights” LP, made with help from legendary producer Timbaland.
Flux Capacitor performs free concert at the Avenue cafe
Thursday, March 9 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, FREE, 8 p.m.
Philadelphia-based jam band Flux Capacitor performs a free show March 9 at The Avenue Café. The highenergy neo-psychedelic rock group’s live performances include scorching guitar improvisations over buoyant, synth-driven electronica sounds and syncopated drum beats. Flux Capacitor’s fan base has steadily grown since the band’s genesis in 2007. Following the release of the band’s debut record, 2009’s “They Know We Know,” the group has continued to record and tour the United States, Canada and Europe. Along the way, the group has warmed up stages for the likes of Umphrey’s McGee, Rusted Root and Ozomatli. In 2011, the band recorded its sophomore release, “Monolith,” in Seattle with notable engineer Jack Endino – best known for his work on Nirvana’s “Bleach” LP. Flux’s latest full-length, “Cycle 9,” is available on most digital music outlets.