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Wednesday, July 1,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Abbey Hoffman plays free Avenue Cafe show, Thursday, July 9 Since 2012, singer/songwriter Abbey Hoffman has gigged around Lansing playing her fervent folk tunes. She plays a free show July 9 at The Avenue Café, opener is M Mackay. In late 2014, Hoffman released “This Too Shall Pas...
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Sunday, June 28,2015

Beers, bands & brawls: The story of The Brewery

Forty years ago the Silver Dollar opened its doors. But its precursor, the Brewery, has its own wild legacy.

by Rich Tupica
In the early hours of July 3, 1974, an estimated 300 patrons of the Brewery, Lansing’s most notorious rock club, drunkenly flooded East Michigan Avenue in what the city of Lansing later dubbed a “major disturbance.” One police officer was injured. Several police cruisers were damaged. It was a free-for-all. The incident was nothing new to local law enforcement. Since its owners, Paul Kacer, Bruce Wahlin and Rick Becker, launched the show bar in April 1972, it had not only become the place to see up-and-coming national acts, it was also the place to get loose — thanks to the short-lived lowered drinking age of 18.
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Sunday, June 28,2015

The Woolies Celebrate 50 Years

Drummer of legendary East Lansing band reflects on Chuck Berry, 'Who Do You Love' single

by Rich Tupica
In mid-August 1968, the Woolies walked into the Dells, a now demolished music venue in Haslett near Lake Lansing. The shaggyhaired, blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll group was hired for a multiple-day run backing the legendary Chuck Berry.
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Wednesday, June 24,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Hayley Kiyoko at Macīs Bar, Wednesday, July 1 Vocalist/actress Hayley Kiyoko headlines July 1 at Mac’s Bar, with opener Alex Mendenall and Faithy Halick. Aside from her modernpop tunes, Kiyoko is known for playing Velma Dinkley in three liveaction “Scooby-Doo” movi...
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Wednesday, June 17,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Elliot Street Lunatic return to Macīs Bar, June 19 Lansing-based indie-rock band Elliot Street Lunatic (ESL) returns to Mac’s Bar Friday for its first show in nearly two years. Openers are Off The Ledge, Watching For Foxes, Mudwest and Gravity Lens. ESL is fronted by songwriter J...
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
James Gardin & the Full Respect at Macīs Bar, Thursday, June 18 Formerly known as P.H.I.L.T.H.Y., Lansing-based hip-hop artist James Gardin headlines June 18 at Mac’s Bar along with Jabee, Rafaīel and Miles Young. “My current sound is a mix of funk, rap and gospel,&rdqu...
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Friday, June 5,2015

Fight for your right

Wilson rises up with new LP

by Rich Tupica
With a debut 2013 album titled “Full Blast Fuckery,” one could guess that Wilson delivers fist-pumping hard-rock tunes. Known for its colossal, riff-driven sound, the Detroit based band comprises vocalist Chad Nicefield, guitarists Jason Spencer and Kyle Landry, bassist James Lascu and drummer Matthew Puhy. This year the band inked a deal with Razor & Tie Records and recorded its hook-filled sophomore album, “Right to Rise,” in Atlanta. The upcoming disc is due out June 30.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Laura Stevenson at Macīs Bar, Thursday, June 4 Brooklyn-based indie-folk-rock songwriter Laura Stevenson headlines an all-ages show Thursday at Mac’s Bar. Openers are Tidal, Cardboard Swords and Stefanie Haapala. Stevenson’s latest LP, “Wheel,” was released in 2...
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
E-40 at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, Sunday, May 31 Bay Area rap legend E-40 headlines Sunday at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, with Stevie Stone opening the show. E-40, who comes to Lansing on his “Choices Tour 2015,” debuted in 1990 when his group, the Click, released the “...
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Wednesday, May 20,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
Jimi Kanklez opens for Lil Wyte and JellyRoll, Friday, May 22 Opening Friday’s Lil Wyte and JellyRoll concert at Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge is Lansing-based rapper Jimi Kanklez, among others. The concert is the only Michigan date of the “Pour Another Tour.” Kanklez, a Ro...
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