Trashy Motor City Rockers Play Uli’s

Glitter Trash was started in 2010 by lead singer “Jena
Talia,” a pre-op transsexual who refuses to accept boy/girl labeling
and prefers to be called a “hybrid.” The Detroit-based band plays
mid-1970s-inspired punk and is known for wild stage shows. On Friday
the band plays Uli’s Haus of Rock. Glitter Trash, which also features
Sin Der Ella (bass), Homeless (guitar), and Danny Allen (drums),
released its debut album “Wreckage” in August.

Also performing at Uli’s is a roster of hard rockers,
including Grog, Disposable Society, 8 Ball Death, Dumpster Dive Alley
and Menophobia.  

Friday, Oct. 14 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock,
4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing. $5 pre-sale tickets. 18 and
over, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.  

Canadian trio plays the fiddle on Friday

Finest Kind plays traditional, three-part British
Isle-influenced folk music. This folk trio from Ottawa, Canada bring a
fresh sense of excitement and discovery to the performance of old
songs. The live shows, which often have some easygoing humor, have won
the group fans all across North America.

Finest Kind plays the Ten Pound Fiddle on Friday. The
group, which formed in 1991, has released five albums that blend
British, American, Irish, and Canadian traditional ballads, with no
shortage of gospel rousers, drinking songs, sea chanteys and pop
oldies. The timeless works of the Carter Family, the Copper Family,
Rudyard Kipling and Hank Williams mingle with originals. For folk fans
that prefer traditional-style tunes with a curiously modern edge, this
show might be worth checking out.

Friday, Oct. 14 @ Ten Pound Fiddle –
Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street, East Lansing. Tickets
are $15 public, $12 Fiddle members, $5 for students. Box office opens
at 7 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. 

Detroit blues singer Thornetta Davis at Leroy’s

Thornetta Davis has opened for legendary blues and
R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson,
Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks,
Johnnie Johnson and many more. She’s also recorded back-up vocals for
the likes of Bob Seger and Kid Rock. On Saturday she plays LeRoy’s
Classic Bar & Grill, which is hosting a Detroit Blues Series

history is extensive and her performances are memorable, like the time
she opened for Bonnie Raitt at Michigan’s Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz
festival in 1992, Raitt asked Davis to join her for an encore song,
which received a standing ovation. Davis’ song “Cry” was featured on
HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

After becoming a fixture in the Detroit rock and blues
scene in the late ‘80s, Davis steadily built up her résumé. Today, she
performs over 200 shows a year.

She first gained attention in 1987 when she became a backup singer for the Detroit soul band Lamont Zodiac and the Love Signs.  Shortly afterward, the lead singer left the band and the name changed to The Chisel Brothers featuring Thornetta Davis. 

In 1996 Davis recorded her debut solo album “Sunday
Morning Music” on Sub Pop, a notable Seattle-based alt-rock record
label. By 2001 Davis was inducted into the Detroit Music Hall of Fame.

Saturday, Oct. 15 @ LeRoy’s Classic Bar & Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 21 and over, $8, 9:30 p.m. 

Hip-Hop pop invades the  Loft

College hip-hop returns to The Loft when four rap acts
with a pop edge take the stage Monday night. Lansing’s own The
Specktators, who combine poppy electronic beats with hip-hop lyrics,
are set to perform.

The duo is made up of brothers Moe-T (Matt Duda), who
records and produces, and Packi (Patrick Duda), who supplies lyrics and
vocals. The Specktators’ first complete mix-tape project, “Familiar
with Floss,” will be available for free download Oct. 28 and features
the new singles “Neon Lights,” “That Thang feat. MirImage” and “EL
Girls.” The headliners at The Loft are OnCue, an alternative hip-hop
group from Connecticut. Rounding out the lineup is Stryve (from
Lansing), and Flint-based rapper Gilbere Forte.

Monday, Oct. 17 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $10 advance, $12 at door, all ages, doors 7 p.m.

Jazz makes the (SCENE)

Looking for some live jazz in East Lansing? (SCENE)
Metrospace has it on Oct. 19. Taking the stage is the Kamora Quartet,
along with special guests the Marcus Elliot Trio.

The Kamora Quartet is a Boston-based group composed of
four young improvisers that each graduated from the Berklee College of
Music. It features Ryan Dragon on trombone, Chris Weller on saxophone,
Aaron Darrell on bass and drummer Devin Drobka. 

Wednesday, Oct. 19 @ (SCENE)
Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. Tickets are $5, special $3
tickets for students, all ages, doors at 7 p.m.; music at 7:30 p.m.