Tiempo Libre returns to mid-Michigan for a Thursday evening show at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. The three-time Grammy-nominated group mixes classical, jazz and Cuban music. The Miami-based band’s fusion sound has taken them across the globe, including gigs in Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia and Israel. Earlier this year they performed at the Wharton Center for the third time. Since 2004, Tiempo Libre has released six albums, the latest being 2011’s “My Secret Radio.” The record reflects on when the musicians were studying at the National School of Art in Cuba and could only listen to American music in stealthy locations, because listening to American music was forbidden by the government.
Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Charlotte. 7:30 p.m. $30, $5 students.
Somo - Thu. Oct 10
Since late 2011, pop/R&B/hip-hop singer SoMo has racked up over 30 million YouTube views. Thursday the Internet sensation’s 30-city tour (“The Ride Tour”) stops at The Loft, Kid Slim opens the all-ages show. SoMo records medleys, renditions, covers, and pens some original music. In early 2013 the Denison, Texas, native released the highly anticipated music video for his original single “Ride,” a track from “My Life,” his 2012 debut mixtape. The video has been viewed over 1.2 million times. Throughout the year SoMo has been performing to sold-out rooms across the country. His singles “Kings & Queens (Throw It Up),” “Ride” and “Touch the Sky” are available on iTunes.
The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, $13 adv., 8 p.m.
The Appleseed Collective - Thu. Oct 10
The Appleseed Collective, an Ann Arborbased group, brings its combination of Dixieland, bluegrass, ragtime beat and western swing to Mac’s Bar on Thursday. Opening are The True Falsettos and The Whiskey Pickers. The Appleseed Collective is known for its rustic low-key sound. The “Americana jazz folk” five-piece formed in late 2010 and then cut their teeth at house shows and DIY fests, like the Earthwork Harvest Gathering in Missaukee County, Mich. The band has shared stages with Steppin’ In It, Seth Bernard & Daisy May and Frontier Ruckus. Last year the band released its debut, “Baby to Beast.” Now its preparing for the release of its upcoming CD/ vinyl LP, “Young Love.
Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 8 p.m.
Dryvel - Fri. Oct 11
Lake Orion-based post-hardcore band Dryvel returns to Mac’s Bar for its annual Michigan State University homecoming weekend party. Fans of Rise Against, My Chemical Romance or Thursday might want to catch this Fusion Shows-hosted event. Opening the all-ages gig are The Skylit Letter, Vandalay, Combat Corduroy and Overdrive Orchestra. Dryvel completed its latest album, “Eleven Ounces,” with producer Chuck Alkazian, known for his work with Pop Evil, Filter and Trust Company. The record is the band’s fourth disc in three years. The band describes the record, which was recorded at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, Mich., as “tighter, faster, and heavier” than its past efforts.
Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 7 p.m.
Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy - Sun. Oct 13
Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy returns Sunday to The Avenue Café. The Wichita-based bluegrass outfit plays “inebriated Americana show tunes.” The non-traditional five-piece band features an odd assortment of instruments, including bedsprings, slush pump and washboard. The highenergy, acoustic brass ´n´ grass group has been described as a “stagecoach in overdrive.” The blaring trombones melt into breakneck banjo solos. The group has brought its blend of punk, bluegrass, Dixieland and circus tunes to packed bars, basements, and festivals across the country since 2007. Opening the show are Suckle, The Devil’s Cut and Littlest Bird. This show also serves as a birthday party for the promoter, Steve King – a veteran local punk/roots promoter.
The Avenue, 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, $5, 8:30 p.m.