May Erlewine album release at Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Oct. 20 @ MSU Community Music School, $20, $18 members, $5 students. All ages, 7:30 p.m Michigan-Americana mainstay May Erlewine celebrates the release of her new album, “Mother Lion,” Friday at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The disc, which Erlewine calls “an album born from deep change,” was financially supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $40,000 in a few weeks. At the show, Erlewine is backed by a soulful band, including drummer Julian Allen, Tyler Duncan (keys), Max Lockwood (bass), Anand Nayak (guitar) and violinist Katie Van Dusen. For almost two decades, Erlewine has been a staple in the Midwest folk scene and beyond thanks, in part, to exposure on “A Prairie Home Companion,” NBC’s “The Voice” and coverage in Rolling Stone. Fans of warm, uplifting songwriting might want to check out this Ten Pound Fiddle concert. To buy her new album, visit mayerlewine.com.
Tom Petty tribute at Tequila Cowboy
Saturday, Oct. 21 @ Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing. 21+, $10, 8 p.m.
Following the sudden death of Tom Petty on Oct. 2, fans of the iconic rocker are no longer able to see the “Refugee” and “American Girl” songwriter in concert – but his dedicated tribute acts are keeping the music alive. One of those Michigan-based acts, Teddy Petty & the Refugees, headlines Saturday at Tequila Cowboy, located inside the Lansing Mall. The five piece band, led by Ted VanDerMaas (who performs as Petty), was founded in 2011. “We have always had large audiences,” VanDerMaas said. “However, since his untimely death, we are playing to sold-out crowds and getting calls from across the country to perform.” The group performs 40-plus Petty songs – “for sure all of his top hits,” VanDerMaas added. On the setlist: “Wildflowers,” “I Need to Know,” “Breakdown,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “Learning to Fly” and more.
Tyrant at Mac’s Bar
Saturday, Oct. 21 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 7 p.m.
Lansing-based thrash-metal band Tyrant returns Saturday to Mac’s Bar with a charity event benefitting the Salvadorian Women’s Education Foundation (SWEF). Also performing are Hyporium, Fate of Misery and All Outta Bubblegum. At the show, Tyrant will debut a new, limited-edition Halloweenthemed T-shirt, in support of SWEF. Since it formed in 2011, Tyrant has played venues across the Midwest and recorded a couple discs, including a 2012 demo, “Jaws of Agony,” and 2014’s “Purge” EP. Early last year, the group dropped its latest disc, the four-song “Black Hand” EP. The band, which is headed back into the studio this fall to record a new single, comprises vocalist/guitarist Philip Winters, Andrew Winters (drums), Cory McLain (bass) and guitarist Tony Garza. Fans of early Metallica, Sepultura, Lamb of God or Megadeth might want to check out this emerging Capital City band.