Luke Winslow-King at Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Sept. 15 @ Allen Market Place, 1611 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. All ages, $18, $15 Fiddle Members, $5 students, 7:30 p.m.
Bloodshot Records recording artist Luke Winslow-King performs a solo show Sept. 15 at the Allen Market Place. The show, which features openers the Dangling Participles, is a part of the Ten Pound Fiddle, an East Lansing-based folk-music concert series that’s been in operation since 1975. Winslow-King, a dapper New Orleans-based singer/ songwriter is best known for his smoky voice, masterful slide-guitar work and affinity for pre-war blues, traditional jazz and soulful Americana. King also echoes old-timey gospel and ragtime music. The Brooklyn Vegan music site praised his genuineness, writing: “Luke, with a strong knack for slide guitar, sounds authentic without coming off too dated, and he does it well.” American Songwriter Magazine agreed, calling him “staunchly original.” Originally from Cadillac, Michigan, Winslow-King began performing at age 14 and later earned a diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy, where he majored in jazz guitar.
Nathan Bell at Broad's 'Acoustic Lunch'
Sunday, Sept. 24 @ The MSU Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Dr., East Lansing, All ages, FREE, 12:30 p.m.
Bring your lunch to the MSU Broad Art Museum’s “Acoustic Lunch,” a series of free, lunch-time concerts offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts, an East Lansing-based folk concert series. Next on the calendar is American-roots singer/songwriter Nathan Bell. Over the years, Bell has shared bills with legends like Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris and Taj Mahal. Bell’s musical journey started in 1972, at 12 years old, when he learned blues licks by Lightnin’ Hopkins and Brownie McGee. By the ‘80s, he’d gained acclaim in Nashville in the folk duo Bell & Shore. After a 15-year hiatus from music starting in 1993, Bell returned with a couple of well-received, bluecollar Americana albums, including 2015’s “I Don’t Do This for Love, I Do This for Love.” Fans of Steve Earle or Merle Haggard might want to check out Bell.
Starfarm at E.L.'s Summer Concert Series
Friday, Sept. 8 @Ann Street Plaza, Albert & M.A.C. avenues, East Lansing. All ages, FREE, 7 p.m.
The last installment of the City of East Lansing’s 2017 Summer Concert Series, concludes Friday with a performance from Starfarm, a high-energy ’80s cover band. Each year, the city hosts seven weekends of free, live music held outdoors at the Ann Street Plaza — on the corner of Albert & M.A.C. avenues. Organizers encourage attendees to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Starfarm, which plays a self-described “totally awesome collection of ’80s songs,” famously dresses in old-school Adidas tracksuits, legwarmers, headbands and British Knights shoes. Since its formation in late 2001, it has stayed busy, performing every week at venues and special events across the state. The outfit features co-lead vocalists, Whitney Spotts and Dan Malnar, allowing the band to play a broader spectrum of rad tunes — including cuts from Madonna, Prince, Loverboy, Duran Duran, A-ha and more.