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|By Rich Tupica|
‘The Fiddle’ serves up St. Patty’s food and tunes
For those looking to start St. Patrick’s Day celebrations a day early, the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series is offering up authentic homemade food and genuine Irish tunes by Detroit’s Finvarra’s Wren on Friday. The Fiddle is serving up two hearty homemade chowders, fresh cornbread, rolls and desserts, beginning at 6:30 p.m.; an hour later, Finvarra’s Wren will play two sets of Celtic tunes. Finvarra’s Wren is an acclaimed Irish quartet that makes “the kind of music you’d only hear on the west coast of Ireland.” The group’s concerts are stocked with musical tradition and no lack of performance energy. Friday March 16 @ Ten Pound Fiddle — Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner St., Lansing, all ages, doors at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., $25 for ticket combo, limited tickets.
Twangy St. Patty’s Day at Mac’s
Who says St. Patrick’s Day has to be all about Irish music? This Saturday Mac’s Bar is all about rugged American-style rocking. Black Jake & the Carnies, an Ypsilanti-based band, headlines the night, delivering ferocious murder ballads and foreboding tales to the beat of an old-time string band. The septet’s blend of Americana, bluegrass and punk (dubbed “crabgrass”) sets a disorderly pace for original songs about evil creatures and banjo-pickin´ demoniacs. The band features Black Jake (banjo, vocals), Joe Cooter (bass), Gus (fiddle), Zach Pollock (mandolin), Billy LaLonde (drums/washboard), and JC Miller (accordion). Warming up the stage are two Lansing-based roots-rock bands Flatfoot and The Leper Colony. Word is Flatfoot is completing work on a new studio album due out sometime this year on Bermuda Mohawk Productions. Saturday, March 17 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 and over, $5 door, 9 p.m.
DJ Robert Perry spins on St. Patty’s
For those who prefer some bangin’ beats along with their green beer, The Loft may be the spot on Saturday. Area DJs will spin throughout the night, including Robert Perry, iNoV8, Cognac Pee Machine, DJ Sizl, Scoops Houdini, Team Tyrant and more. The night, dubbed “St. Patrick’s Day Rage,” includes specials on both green beer and Jameson. Saturday, March 17 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $8 for 18 to 20, $6 for 21 and over, Doors 6 p.m.
St. Patty’s Day Metal Massacre
Since opening, Blackened Moon Concert Hall has stuck pretty close to its metal roots, and this St. Patrick’s Day is no different. On Saturday, the venue/metal merchandise store has a huge roster of devil-horn-ready metal in store. Taking the stage are All Ends Black, Hillside Barrier, Cat Tongue Grip, Hokori, Dead Against, As Empires Decay, The Severed Process and Blacken the Skyline. All Ends Black is a Lansing metal band that’s been rocking since 2007. The five-piece group features Adam Ray (vocals), Doug Horstman (guitar), Chris Doerr (drums), Josh Knechtges (guitar) and Andy Taylor (bass). Fans of Pantera or Lamb of God-style metal may want to check the band out at www.reverbnation.com/allendsblack. Saturday, March 17 @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall, 3208 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, 18 and over, $7 at door, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ at Spiral
Shakin’ your groove thang won’t be a hard feat Saturday at Spiral’s “Kiss Me I’m Irish” event, thanks to DJ John Cruz, who will be spinning the hottest tracks. For those who are feeling lucky on St. Patty’s Day, look no further than the “Shake It For the Green” contest at midnight for a chance to win prizes. Saturday, March 17 @ Spiral Dance Bar, 1247 Center St., Lansing, 18 and over welcome, 21 and over FREE before 11 p.m. Event runs 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Detroit/Nashville double-bill at Pump House
For those looking to recover from the dreaded green-beer hangover (or those who simply want to enjoy some quality alt-country music), check out the Pump House in East Lansing on Sunday evening. A Detroit/Nashville double-bill features Doop and the Inside Outlaws, along with Ned Van Go. The working-class roots of Michigan-based singer/songwriter Don “Doop” Duprie are evident in his rockin’ country tunes. Meanwhile, Nashville’s Ned Van Go rocks with simple, blue-collar energy while telling stories of factory work, racism and love. Sunday, March 18 @ Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Songwriters Viking Moses, Joshua Barton at (SCENE)
(SCENE) Metrospace hosts an evening of music March 21. It features two touring singer/songwriters, Viking Moses and Mother McKenzie. Also performing a solo-acoustic set is local musician Joshua Barton (member of Fields of Industry).
Brendon Massei (a.k.a. Viking Moses), has received press from MTV for being an integral part of the emerging DIY house-show circuit and his relentless touring ethics. Wyatt McKenzie (a.k.a. Mother McKenzie) is a Las Vegas songwriter who has drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Elliot Smith. Wednesday, March 21 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. All ages. $6 cover, doors open at 7 p.m.; music at 8 p.m.