The Electric Six at the Loft
Saturday, Oct 14 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $14, $12 adv., 8 p.m.
The Detroit-based band Electric Six earned an international cult following in 2003 with the “Danger! High Voltage” single, a high-energy, disco-rock song that featured backing vocals from Jack White of the White Stripes and the Dead Weather. The track hit No. 2 on the British charts. Saturday, the band returns to Lansing for an all-ages show at The Loft; openers are Groves and Luxury Flux. Since the mid-‘90s, the group has mixed glam and garage-rock with synth-pop and dance-beats – often with some tongue-in-cheek snootiness. That confident style comes from lead singer and songwriter Tyler Spencer, better known as Dick Valentine, whose flamboyant influences include Queen and KISS. Last month, Electric Six released its thirteenth studio album, “You’re Welcome!” The double LP, issued via Metropolis Records, was a follow up to 2016’s “Fresh Blood for Tired Vampyres.”
Trevor Noah at Wharton Center
Sunday, Nov. 12 @ Wharton Center for Performing Arts, 750 E. Shaw Ln., East Lansing $20, 7 p.m.
The Wharton Center for Performing Arts may be bestknown for hosting Broadway productions, symphonies and big-name music acts, but it also books some A-list comedians. Next month, funnyman Trevor Noah brings his act to Wharton’s Cobb Great Hall – tickets are on sale now. In 2014, the South African comic joined the cast of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” By September 2015 – amidst a Trump media frenzy – he took over as host for the Emmy- Award winning news-satire program. After cutting his teeth in the comedy clubs of South Africa, Noah debuted with his first comedy special in 2009, “The Daywalker.” By 2011, he’d moved to the United States and promptly became the first South African comedian to perform on “The Tonight Show.” After a string of successful television appearances – including a buzzed-about 2013 special, “African American” – he joined “The Daily Show” and has since juggled his TV duties and stand-up comedy.
Archie Fisher at Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Oct. 13 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 Hagadorn Rd, East Lansing.
$20, $18 members, $5 students. 7:30 p.m.
Longstanding folk publication “Sing Out!” has called Archie Fisher “one of Britain's finest song interpreters,” comparing the 78-year-old to the likes of Martin Carthy and Dick Gaughan. Friday, the Scottish songster performs a Ten Pound Fiddle concert at the MSU Community Music School. As a Red House Records recording artist, Fisher has continued his long career with 2008’s “Windward Way” and 2015’s “A Silent Song.” His earliest recordings were cut with the Fisher Family – a group made up of his equally gifted siblings. The group released two LPs starting in 1965 before he embarked on a solo career in 1968. From there, he’d engage in the British folk scene, appearing on the BBC’s “Hootenanny” program. After focusing heavily on radiowork on BBC Radio Scotland throughout the ‘80s, Fisher returned in 1996 with the acclaimed “Sunsets I’ve Galloped Into” LP and hasn’t looked back.