Aug. 17 2009 12:00 AM

Nature rock


The modern-day Woodstock of Lansing music is set to kick off Saturday, Aug. 1, at Lansings Woldumar Nature Center, where the first ever Woldumar Music Fest will take place from noon to midnight.

The outdoor, donation-only event will feature 30 bands on four stages, a variety of games, vegetarian food and a beautiful background of trees, trails and sunshine.

Stephaney Guild, spokeswoman for Woldumar, said she hopes the concert will introduce the forested trails to new people. She said the center, which does not receive city or state funding, has “felt the challenges of current economic pressures.”

“Woldumar certainly hopes to receive greater community awareness because of the music festival,” Guild said. “We hope that the festival will bring in people who havent been acquainted with the nature center yet.”

Local musician and artist Nathaniel "Stoneface" Kermiet, 18, organized the fest, and he hopes to introduce Lansing to the variety of area bands and a new environment.

“I want everyone to realize how much you can learn from walking aimlessly through the woods when you have nothing better to do,” Kermiet said. “But mostly, I felt like Lansing needed a festival that ventured into the depths of various music styles, a festival that offers something for everyone free of cost.”

Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Road, Lansing, FREE. All ages.

For more information visit: http://woldumarmusicfestival.blogspot.com/

Roll Over Beethoven

On Friday, July 31, fans of Wilco and the Dave Matthews Band may want to swing by The Small Planet for the Roll Over Radio CD release show.

The Laingsburg band will release “Glass Feet,” which is a self described “angry, laid back, ballad fest.”

The horn-heavy album was self-recorded by Roll Over Radio in (bassist/vocalist) Jason Marr’s basement.

“We learned a lot about recording techniques from trying random mic placement and sound experiments, and reading about the Beatles,” said CJ Kjolhede, 21, the band’s guitarist and vocalist.

The band, which features members of another local band, Elliot Street Lunatic, prefer to write songs as a group.

“Every song has been collaborative,” Kjolhede said. “Songs come into practice as shells, and by the time we have a finished product, everyone has signed their name to it.”

Kjolhede said the band’s live show differs drastically from the album, making for an interesting set. “There was a much wider variety of instrumentation on the CD, so at the live show we are all counting on each other to make up for that sound void.”

Sharing the bill is Iconic Potter, Simien the Whale and Commodore Cosmos.

Check out the band online at: www. myspace.com/rolloverradio

16800 Chandler Road, East Lansing, 6 p.m., $5, all-ages

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