Aug. 16 2013 12:00 AM

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape


Tyler Hilton & Ryan Cabrera

Poppy, MTV-approved singer/songwriters Tyler Hilton and Ryan Cabrera co-headline a night of acoustic music Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Hilton, 29, moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and self-released his debut album. He also got an acting gig on “One Tree Hill” and starred as Elvis Presley in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.” Hilton’s 2004 disc, “The Tracks of Tyler Hilton,” earned him international fame. His latest, “Forget the Storm,” was released last year. Meanwhile Cabrera, a Platinum-selling artist, is promoting his new single, “I See Love.” Cabrera, 31, started writing tunes at 16. By 21 he was recording his debut, “Take It All Away,” with his mentor Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls.

Saturday, Aug. 17 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $17, $15 advance, 6 p.m.

Poor Young Things The Loft

Poor Young Things, a Toronto-based poppy rock ’n’ roll band, play Friday at The Loft. The band, which is touring the U.S., has a growing fan base and recently snagged a record deal and a Sirius XM Emerging Artist of the Year award. The group describes its debut, “The Heart. The Head. The End,” as “equal parts grit and groove, fun and fury.” Co-headlining the gig is Damn Van Cannibals, a local alt-rock band returning from a four-year hiatus that lists Tool and Red Hot Chili Peppers as two of its primary influences. The band includes Justin Deason (guitar), Jordan Kimmey (drums) and lead vocalist Rian Mohre (yup, no bassist).

Friday, Aug. 16 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 and over. $8, $5 advance, $10 under 21.  8 p.m.

Bottom of the Hill Blues Fest

Laingsburg hosts Bottom of the Hill Blues Fest on Saturday, a one-day concert event designed to elevate the image of the small Lansing satellite city. The fest features the Lansing blues vets Root Doctor, who play from 9 p.m. to midnight. Also performing are Fragment of Soul (1 p.m.), the Ari Ceital Band (3:30 p.m.), Late Edition (5:30 p.m.) and Generation Clay (7 p.m.). The festival happens at both The Burg Bar & Grill, 104 E. Grand River Ave., and Twilliger´s Tavern, 116 E. Grand River Ave. The owners of the two Laingsburg bars say they’re trying to give their town a shot in the arm. “A lot of people don’t know Laingsburg, but it´s only 20 minutes from Lansing,” Twilliger´s owner Mike Putnam said. “If we bring the blues bands, it might generate more traffic to the city.”

Saturday, Aug. 17 @ Burg Bar & Twilliger´s Tavern , Laingsburg, 18 and over, 1 p.m. to midnight.

EVOLVE at The Loft

Evolve, a series of dance-music events, returns Saturday to The Loft for its third event of the summer.  The night, presented by Fort Nox Entertainment, features pumping dance music coupled with an extravagant light show. Headlining is Marcutio, an emerging Kalamazoo-based DJ/producer who spins a mix of space rock and dreamstep. He began releasing original work in 2010. His influences include Ill Gates, Mimosa and Ooah, but his live instrumentation and vocals create a distinct, melodic and bass-heavy sound. Also spinning are Lansing-based DJs AKDJ, DJ SIZL and Fort Nox founder Jay Arthur, who describes Evolve as “monthly installments of dope electronic beats.”

Saturday, Aug. 17 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18 and over. $5 for 21 , $7 for 18 . 9 p.m.

Nachzehrer at Mac’s Bar

For those looking for some frostbitten black-thrash metal, Sunday at Mac’s Bar might be the place to be. The show features a heavy lineup, including Nachzehrer, a Boston-based band. Also performing are Haethen and Dark Psychosis. Nachzehrer plays raw black metal mixed with black thrash and speed. In 2010, they released a four-song demo, “Black Thrash Ritual,” as a limited tape release on the Massachusetts-based label, Reaper´s Grave. “Pestilence Hungers in the Shadows” followed in 2011. An upcoming full-length LP, “The Path of the Impure," is scheduled for release in the fall; it’ll be a split release from Graveless Slumber and Pagan Pride Records. Fans of Destroyer 666 or Enthroned might want to check them out.

Sunday, Aug. 18 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $6, 9 p.m.