Wednesday, June 27 @ William E Tennant Performance Shell, 805 W. Park St., St. Johns. All ages, FREE. 7 p.m.
Ben Daniels, the son of actor/musician Jeff Daniels, brings his band and headlines a free outdoor show at the William E. Tennant Performance Shell at St. John’s park. His sound, which spans Americana, blues, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, has been heard around the country on multiple tours—including frequent stops across Michigan. With Tommy Reifel on bass, George Merkel and Josh Silas on guitar, Wesley Fritzemeier on drums and singer/ songwriter Amanda Daniels on vocals, the Ben Daniels Band never fails to deliver a unique view of traditional blues. Concerts are held each Wednesday evening at the band shell—rain or shine. The St. Johns Lions and Lioness Club staff a concession stand offering light refreshments. For more on the live-music series, visit clintoncountyarts. org or visit the St. Johns City Park Performance Shell page on Facebook.
Thursday, June 28 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, FREE, 9 p.m.
Timmy Rodriguez, formerly of the defunct Lansing-based alt-rock band the Breakups, performs his solo pop project Thursday at the Avenue Café. Also taking the stage are the Dead Lennies (acoustic punk rock) and the Psychic Hearts (folky alternative). Sleeping Timmy is the summation of years of Rodriguez’s extensive collection of mid-2000s bedroom recordings. By 2010, he named the project (after the Beatles’ track “I’m Only Sleeping") and hasn’t looked back. After various lo-fi Eps, in Feburary, he issued his first ever full-length, “Sleeping Timmy and The Blackhole Sound.” The album, now available on iTunes and Spotify, was self-produced, but mastered by Isaac Richmond Vander Schuur of the Hat Madder. The 10-track LP also features a performance from Michael Boyes, of the Lansing band Drinking Mercury. To stream the entire album, visit sleepingtimmy.bandcamp.com.
Saturday, July 14 @ Tequila Cowboy (Lansing Mall), 5660 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. FREE, 8 p.m.
To promote his new EP, “Back to Me EP,” out July 4 via Spotify, contemporary-country artist Matt Williams headlines July 14 at Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill. The Alabama native debuted in 2015 first solo disc, “You’ll Make Her Cry,” a 12-song record funded via a Kickstarter campaign and has since gained steam with singles like “Southern Man.” Williams’ interest in music goes back to youth. At 18 months old he was given a drum set and later learned piano. In 2004, Williams enlisted in the Army. In 2010, after serving in Afghanistan, Williams later suffered from PTSD and depression. He turned to music to help deal with his issues. “Coping was something that seemed impossible,” his bio states. “I directed my life at what I knew best, and that is music.”