Turn it Down: A survey of Lansing’s musical landscape
|By Rich Tupica|
Josh David & the Dream Jeans drop debut
Since forming in July 2009, Josh David & the Dreams Jeans has been honing its wild, experimental punk sound.
After being featured on a local Bermuda Mohawk Productions compilation, the band will release its first full-length Friday at Mac’s. “Can You Believe We Landed on the Moon?” was recorded and released by Lansing label GTG Records. For those who dig Black Flag and noisy guitars, this show should be worth checking out.
Another highlight of the night will be the release of a local 7-inch split (on GTG) featuring The Plurals and Frank and Earnest. Also taking the stage is The Hat Madder (from Lansing), a synth-heavy indie band fronted by vocalist/ guitarist/keyboardist Isaac Vander Schuur. Out-of-town acts include Destroy Nate Allen, a Portland, Ore. duo known for its sing-along folk-punk, and The Infernal Names (a punk act from Toledo).
Friday, June 24 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $5, 9 p.m.
Lansing jam band plays radio concert
The Elevator Conspiracy, an East Lansing-based jam band, will go on-air at 9:30 a.m. Friday for an interview on Coffee Break, a radio program on WLNZ-FM (89.7), the Lansing Community College station. Later that day the band heads to the Lansing City Market to play a free live show from noon to 1 p.m., which will be broadcast live on WLNZ’s “Grand River Radio Diner Live from City Market.” Mighty Medicine performs afterward.
More information and music downloads are available at www.theelevatorconspiracy.com
Friday, June 24 @ Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Dr., Lansing, all ages, FREE, noon to 1 p.m.
Newly signed bluesman Nagy plays Leroy’s Guitarist/singer Greg Nagy, formerly with Root Doctor, began to turn heads in his own right in 2009 with the release of his debut solo album, “Walk That Fine Thin Line.” The Flint-based musician recently released a second soulful blues album, “Fell Toward None,” and signed with major blues label Vizztone Records. Nagy, who plays at LeRoy’s on Saturday, has earned a prestigious Best New Artist nomination from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, as well as favorable reviews from Blues Revue and DownBeat.
Saturday, June 25 @ LeRoy’s Classic Bar & Grill, 1526 S. Cedar St., Lansing, 21 and over, $5, 9:30 p.m.
Cartridge Family headlines skate park benefit
In an effort to raise funds to build a new skate park in Grand Ledge, the MiSk8 Park Club hosts its 3rd Annual Skate Park Benefit concert. The all-day event at Myja’s Gray Wolf Inn in downtown Grand Ledge showcases local bands and skating demonstrations. An art show, featuring locals, takes place during the event at Piece of Mine Pottery (202 S. Bridge St.). Featured bands include Mr. Denton on Doomsday, Supermoon, Na Style Jaa, Reserver, Inflatable Best Friend, Clear Blue Ska, Teenage Slumber Party, Frank and Earnest, Catalina Wine Mixer, Night Thoughts, CBJ, Ailat, People’s Temple, Jason Alarm and headliners The Cartridge Family.
Saturday, June 25 @ Myja’s Gray Wolf Inn, 219 N. Bridge Street, Grand Ledge, $7, noon to 10 p.m.
The Loft hosts Mr. Denton, People’s Temple
Progressive hard-rock band Mr. Denton on Doomsday headlines at The Loft Wednesday. Also performing will be The People’s Temple, a lo-fi Lansing pysch-punk band. Opening the show is Mouth Sown Shut (industrial metal from Brighton) and Supermoon, a two-piece indie band from Lansing.
Wednesday, June 29 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $5 for 21 , $8 for 18 , 8 p.m.
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