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TEJANO SOUND BAND AT THE LOFT
Friday, Sept. 1 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, $20, $15 adv., 9 p.m.
Tejano Sound Band’s co-founders, Johnny Vasquez (accordion) and Richard Vasquez (guitar/banjo), have played Tejano music across Mid-Michigan for decades. The brothers' roots go back to their first band, Los Hermanos Vasquez, made up of their siblings. By 1994, after their older brothers retired from music, the pair formed the Tejano Sound Band. Known for its progressive Tejano tunes, the band incorporates hints of jazz, Norteño and Cumbia into what their bio calls a “Texas sound with a Midwestern twist.” Friday, the six-piece outfit headlines The Loft – DJ E-NYCE shares the bill. Over the last 23 years, the Tejano Sound Band has released a series of albums, including “Ahora,” “Yo Te Amare” and “Cierra Los Ojos.” Today, after a few lineup changes, along with the Vasquez brothers, the group includes Bobby Gonzalez (drums), Lupe Moreno (lead vocals), AJ Garcia (bass) and keyboardist Rolando Revilla.
SILVER DOLLAR SALOON TRIBUTE EVENT
Saturday, Sept. 23 @ Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
From 1975 to 1995, Rick Becker owned and operated the now-demolished Silver Dollar Saloon, 3411 E. Michigan Ave. Hovering on the border of Lansing and East Lansing, the beer-soaked night club and concert venue was a haunt for both college students and music fans. On Sept. 23, Becker launches the first ever Silver Dollar Saloon Tribute Event. The nostalgic shindig will be hosted at Tequila Cowboy in the Lansing Mall. While during its heyday, big names played the Silver Dollar – such as Kansas, REO Speedwagon, Tommy James & the Shondells, Rush, Del Shannon, Patti Smith, Alice in Chains and Blue Oyster Cult – this night is all about the venue’s past house bands. Performing hours of local, live music are Northwind, Rich Kidz, Full House, Brat, Carrera, Showdown and Raggidy Ann. Tickets are available at lansingsilverdollarsaloontribute.eventbrite.com.
TWIZTID AT THE LOFT
Thursday, Sept. 7 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $30, $27 adv., 7 p.m.
Since the mid-‘90s, Twiztid has been a fixture in Detroit’s notorious horrorcore-rap scene. The duo has released 11 full-length albums and 10 EPs — many released via the Insane Clown Posse’s Psychopathic Records imprint and their own label, Majik Ninja Entertainment. Twiztid, which comprises Jamie Madrox and Monoxide, debuted in 1997 with its “Mostasteless” LP on Psychopathic. Two years later, when ICP signed to Island Records, Twiztid was also roped into a major-label deal, and the record was re-issued on Island and hit the Billboard charts. Since then, Twiztid has amassed a cult following and continues to tour. The pair’s latest LP, “The Continuous Evilution of Life’s ?’s,” hit stores in January. Twiztid headlines Friday at the Loft; openers are Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Whitney Payton, My Brothers Keeper, Smokehouse Junkiez, Michigan Misfits, Knowledge Da MC and Prozak.