Genocya plays farewell show at Mac's Bar
Saturday, April 1 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
18+, $5, 8 p.m.
After a year-and-a-half hiatus, Genocya returns to Mac’s Bar one last time for its farewell show. During its run, the Lansing-based metal band, which formed in 2002, recorded two demos and one full-length album, 2011’s “Ever Descent.” The group, which has had several lineup changes over the years, comprises vocalist Dane Brown, drummer Tim Sever, bassist Jim Albrecht and guitarists Brad van Staveren and Matt Cunningham. As for the disbandment, Albrecht said it was time for its members to put their “families and careers first.” Looking back, Albrecht said some of the band’s top moments happened at Mac’s Bar — especially Ogrefest, the annual metal showcase — and the now-defunct Blackened Moon concert hall. “Our ride may be over, but we’re still best friends,” Albrecht said. Opening the farewell show are Blind Haven, From Blue to Gray and Locust Point.
Viking Moses at the Robin Theater
Monday, April 3 @ The Robin Theater, 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing. FREE, 7 p.m.
Soulful indie-folk songwriter Brendon Massei, aka Viking Moses, performs Monday at the Robin Theater; openers are Hamish Hawk, Disassociate Me and R.I.P JAZZ. Massei, a Baltimore-based vocalist/guitarist, has been performing for over 20 years, earning praise along the way for his strong lyrics and intimate performances. MTV said, “If the DIY house show circuit has a pied piper, his name is Brendon Massei.” Meanwhile, The Guardian UK declared Massei “the most uniquely talented musician since Kurt Cobain.” 2013 saw the release of “Werewolves Across America,” a documentary by Pulse Films about Massei’s nomadic, outsider lifestyle and his work as a touring musician. Since then, he’s toured the United States, Europe and China. His latest LP, 2014’s “Jahiliyah,” is available on “ox blood”-colored vinyl. Massei’s show at the Robin Theatre is free, but donations are encouraged.
The Ragbirds at Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, March 31 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn, East Lansing.
$18/$15 members/$5 students, 7:30 pm Progressive folk band The Ragbirds have performed in at least 45 states, averaging over 150 shows a year. Friday the band performs a Ten Pound Fiddle show at the MSU Community Music School. Since its 2005 genesis, the Ragbirds has become known for its eclectic blend of folk, rock, blues and assorted world music, as well as its progressive touring habits, including using a tour bus that runs on recycled vegetable oil waste. Led by vocalist and multi-instumentalist Erin Zindle, the group has performed at massive festivals like Electric Forest and the Ann Arbor Folk Festival while continuing to record a series of LPs. The band’s most recent record, 2016’s “The Threshold & the Hearth,” was applauded by All Music for its “warm, lusty folk-pop” and its “wide array of international folk influences.”