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|By Rich Tupica|
Get bombed at Mac's Bar
Bomb the Music Industry! (BtMI), a New York-based DIY musical collective led by songwriter and producer Jeff Rosenstock, returns to Mac’s Bar Wednesday for an early, all-ages concert hosted by Fusion Shows. Opening the show are Decades, Take A Hint, CBJ and Inflatable Best Friends. BtMI is out promoting its 2011 album, “Vacation.” The band, which has toured with Mustard Plug and Anti-Flag, plays catchy punk-pop mixed with some ska and synth-pop elements, but it also lists Harvey Danger and Neutral Milk Hotel as influences. BtMI also releases all its music for free online and burns fans free CDs. However the band asks fans pay a suggested donation. The collective/band releases these records via its own imprint, Quote Unquote Records. For more information, visit: bombthemusicindustry.tumblr.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 8 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $10, 5 p.m.
World fusion at Lake Lansing Band Shell
With a hard-to-define blend of African, Celtic, Latin and jazz, it’s easier to just call Thom Jayne and the Nomads a “world fusion” band. The East Lansing-based six-piece, which plays the Lake Lansing Community Band Shell in Haslett on Friday, first gained recognition back in 2002 when it received an award-winning recognition at the John Lennon Songwriters Contest. The group features Jayne (vocals, guitar, didgeridoo), Jon Weber (percussion), Greg Howe (lead guitar), Greg Sauceda (drums), Heather Kulaga (bass), Todd Gaffke (saxophone), and Nate Bliton (keyboards/viola). Now a professor at MSU, Jayne travels four times a year to places such as Ethiopia, Kenya and Zambia, further influencing the band’s eclectic style of music.
Friday, Aug. 10 @ Lake Lansing Community Band Shell, 1621 Pike St., Haslett, all ages, FREE, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Skate park benefit hosts 16 local bands
Mi Sk8 Park Club’s 4th Annual Skate Park Benefit Concert happens Friday at Myja’s Gray Wolf Inn in downtown Grand Ledge. The all-ages show will host a long roster of local punk, rock, and alternative bands from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Children 6 years old and younger get in free. Mi Sk8 Park Club formed in March 2009 as an effort to rally skaters to build an easily maintainable outdoor cement skate spot that will withstand daily skating and Michigan weather. The club’s organizer said it formed after the Eaton County Parks Department demolished the town’s original wooden skate park at Fitzgerald Park due to disrepair. Headlining the show is Decades, a Grand Ledge-based power-pop/pop-punk band led by Matt Waterman (guitar, vocals), the former leader of Jason Alarm. The band is working on material for John Krohn’s Lower Peninsula Records. For those on a time crunch, here’s each band’s time slot at the benefit show: Sunrise Revolt (1 p.m.), Headz (1:30 p.m.), The Tumors (2 p.m.), Rhode Island Sluts (2:30 p.m.), Hat Madder (3 p.m.), Adaru (3:30 p.m.), Paul Dubya & The Oak River Bridge Boys (4 p.m.), Doctor Jones (4:30 p.m.), Mr. Fox & The Hounds (5 p.m.), Teenage Slumber Party (5:30 p.m.), Frank & Earnest (6 p.m.), Inflatable Best Friend (6:30 p.m.), Ailat (7 p.m.), The Plurals (7:30 p.m.), Catalina Wine Mixer (8 p.m.), and Decades (8:35 p.m.).
Saturday, Aug. 11 @ Myja’s Gray Wolf Inn, 219 N. Bridge St., Grand Ledge, all ages, $7,
1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Michaela Anne, Those Willows, Small Houses at (SCENE)
Brooklyn-based Americana songwriter Michaela Anne credits her transient childhood for some of her musical inspiration. Growing up in a military family she would travel the world, picking up tidbits of influence along the way. Saturday she brings that country/folk/blues sound to (SCENE) Metrospace. Anne’s 2011 debut album, “To Know Where,” features nine honest and emotional tunes, as well as her powerful voice. Also performing at (SCENE) is local indie-folks Those Willows and Small Houses.
Saturday, Aug. 11 @ (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing. All ages. Doors open at 7 p.m.; music at 8 p.m. $5.
GDP brings demented raps to Mac´s
Underground New Jersey-based rapper GDP will bring his experimental brand of East Coast hip hop to Mac’s Bar Sunday. Drug abuse and other roguish activities are often a focal point in his shrewd rhymes (you can check out GDP’s “Gonzo Journalism” video on YouTube). Fans of early Eminem and Esham albums might appreciate GDP’s wit and hasty wordplay. Over the years he has been on an endless tour while recording non-stop. In that time, he’s shared the stage with Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Prez, Tame One, Rah Digga, Masta Ace, Skeletonwitch, Suburban Scum, Product Of Waste, and Dead to Me. GDP was set to drop the “Tunnel Buddies” EP digitally on Tuesday and on cassette via Ride The Fury Records Aug. 21. This fall he will also release the “Holla” EP, a project with The Wrong Address. Opening the show at Mac’s is Apocalypse Inc., Red Pill and Adaru. For more information on GDP visit g6d6p6.tumblr.com.
Sunday, Aug. 12 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing $8, all ages, 5:30 p.m.