Thursday, Aug. 1 — The hard-pounding sounds of nu metal, ‘90s-nostalgic pop punk and a new age vaudeville show all convene in Lansing over the weekend. This week’s Gig Report tracks down shows at Uli’s Haus of Rock, Mac’s Bar and The Loft featuring several out-of-state and local bands.
Also check out this week’s edition of Turn It Down, which features more concerts in the area including rapper Coolio, Izzy Cox’s brand of “barroom blues” and the jazz of the Peter Nelson Quartet. The annual Lansing JazzFest also is in Old Town this weekend.
Nu metal comes to Uli’s Haus of Rock
Miami-based band Endo, which has opened for acts like Megadeth, Foo Fighters and Static-X in the 1990’s, are in town tonight. The group, which reunited in 2012 after disbanding in 2007, released two major label albums — “Evolve” and “Songs for the Restless” — on DV8/Columbia Records in 2001 and 2003, respectively. The group straddles the line between nu metal and post grunge throughout its releases, employing the rapping found in nu metal while emphasizing straight hard rock sounds. Opening the show will be Lansing’s Know Lyfe (who recently performed at the Common Ground Music Festival) and Eyes on Fire.
Thursday, Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. 18 or w/ adult. $5. 8 p.m.
Pop punk album release at Mac’s Bar
Inspired by established pop-punk bands like The Wonder Years, New Found Glory and Blink 182, East Lansing band Priorities will release their first full-length album, “Blind Ages, Stellar Centuries.” Having opened for bands like Transit and Such Gold, the band recently completed an east coast tour with Chase This City, hitting out-of-state cities New York City and Buffalo, N.Y. and Michigan towns like Jackson and Port Huron. Opening the album release show is Los Angeles-based band In Her Own Words, San Francisco melodic hardcore outfit Worthwhile, Lansing band Hometeam and Livingston County’s Hung Up.
Sunday, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All Ages. $8 in advance and $10 day of show. 6:30 p.m.
Variety show comes to the Loft
The Lil’ Darlins Vaudeville Show brings comedy, fire eating performers, belly dancers, hula hoop artists, comedic acts and more to the Loft on Saturday. Having performed several shows in Lansing, the group is organized by Ben and Kate Orr. Forming in 2008 in Lansing, the troupe also performs around the state and elsewhere. The group prides itself on creating a more modern vaudeville show rather than a nostalgic show.
Saturday, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All Ages. $10. 8 p.m.