Sept. 21 2011 12:00 AM

Tesco Vee brings Meat to The Loft
The Meatmen make its only Lansing appearance in 2011 Sunday at
The Loft, when the band plays an early, all ages show. Fronted by
Lansing punk legend Tesco Vee, The Meatmen has been playing obnoxious
and offensive music since it formed in Lansing in 1979. With songs like
“Crippled Children Suck,” the band has been known to ruffle feathers
thanks to Vee’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Warming up the stage is the
Detroit-based “surf-core” band The Amino Acids. Opening the show is the
punk sounds of Against the Grain, also from Detroit. Advance sale
tickets are available at The Golden Harvest, F.B.C, and The Loft. The
event was booked by Divide & Conquer Booking, a company operated by
Dane Vee (Tesco’s son).
Sunday, Sept. 25 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing,  $10 advance, $12 at door, all ages, doors 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dulcimer Fest celebrates Appalachian folk instrument

The Ten Pound Fiddle continually hosts unique folk shows – this
week is no exception. The second annual Dulcimer Festival will showcase
performers who specialize in the stringed folk instrument. The day-long
happening will feature dulcimer (hammered and lap dulcimer) songwriting
and technique workshops hosted by area musicians Sally Rogers, Kendra
Ward, Bob Bence, Doug Berch, and Wanda Degen. It will also feature two
mini-concerts by Degen and Berch. Workshops from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15
p.m., mini concerts start at 3:30 p.m., and a dulcimer jam will run 2
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For musicians of all levels looking for a new
instrument, this may be worth checking out. For more information,
Saturday, Sept. 24 @ Central United Methodist Church, 215. N.
Capitol Ave., Lansing. $20 adult wristband covers all daytime
activities. $10 for all students. Available on line or at the door.
Fest runs 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Folk favorite Sally Rogers close Dulcimer Fest
Fiddle veteran and former East Lansing resident Sally
Rogers, preceded by the duo of Kendra Ward and Bob Bence, conclude the
Second Annual East Lansing Dulcimer Festival with a Saturday Evening
concert. Rogers, a Michigan native now living in Connecticut, has
managed to find success in not only the folk world but also the
children’s music genre. Known for her crystal-clear alto and skilled
songwriting Rogers has managed to keep busy for decades. 
Saturday, Sept. 24@ Central United Methodist Church, 215. N.
Capitol Ave., Lansing, starts at 7 p.m. $18 public; $15 Fiddle members
wristband holders; $5 students. Afternoon wristbands: $20; $10

New Zealand Outsiders at Mac’s Bar
Outsiders released its debut EP at its first show in July
2008. In the three years since the Wellington, New Zealand-based band
has toured across the United States, Europe, The United Kingdom,
Australia and New Zealand constantly. Monday the band plays Mac’s Bar.
Since starting its rigorous touring schedule, The Outsiders have opened
for the likes of NOFX, Megadeath, Alkaline Trio, Lagwagon, and The
Flatliners, to name a few. The band’s latest album “Shallow Graves” is
a focused and progressive approach to melodic punk rock, with sounds
similar to bands like Jawbreaker, The Replacements and early Against
Me! Opening the show at Mac’s is local rockers Nocturnal Aviators In
Monday, Sept. 26 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over. $5, 9 p.m.

Blues Harmonica blast with Tomas Esparza
LeRoy’s Classic Bar & Grill will host a special show
featuring Grand Rapids harmonica ace Tomas Esparza, along with Lansing
guitarist Harry Oman. Esparza plays a powerfully authentic harp, in the
style of the Chicago greats, with a touch of Latin flavor. Also taking
part in this jam session is Jim Alfredson (organ), and Randy Marsh on
drums. For more information, visit:
Saturday, Sept. 24 @ LeRoy’s Classic Bar & Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 21 and over, $5, 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Green Door hosts Hoopties’ CD release party

The Hoopties is an American roots band that plays some original
material while also paying homage to the member’s favorite musical
heroes with a few choice covers. The Lansing-based group dabbles in
blues, country, zydeco, reggae, even some old soul. The band, which won
the 2011 Capital Area Blues Brawl, will release its debut CD “It Ain’t
Never Been Easy” Thursday at The Green Door. The band features Twyla
Birdsong (lead vocals), Jason Strotheide (bass, vocals), Aaron Holland
(guitar, vocals), James “Mocha” Waller (saxophone, harmonica) and Eric
Payne (drums, vocals). Opening the show is Blastica.
Thursday, Sept. 22 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Coffee, friends, live music

Jonathon Ferris will perform some Americana, folk and rock songs
at Coffee and Friends Café Saturday. For those who enjoy the
songwriting styles of Tom Petty and John Prine, this might be worth
checking out. Coffee and Friends is always looking for performers – for
booking information call 517-347-0962 or visit:
Saturday, Sept. 24 @ Coffee and Friends Café, 5100 Marsh Rd. (Central Park Place), Okemos, all ages, FREE. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.