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|By Rich Tupica|
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeFunDubMentals at Marley Bash
Over the past three years The FunDubMentals have been
playing its hybrid of reggae/dub/ska/roots music across the state. In
2010, they were voted “Best New Band” in the Northern Express Magazine.
Friday, the band headlines a Bob Marley Birthday Bash at The Loft.
Opening the show are Skee Town Stylee, a Muskegon-based reggae/hip-hop
band, and the Lansing-based salsa group, Salsa Verde. The FunDubMentals,
a Traverse City-based four piece, have also played a list of summer
festivals, including slots at the Kalamazoo Islandfest, Earthwork
Harvest Festival, Rootenany, and the Beaver Island Music Festival. A
couple of other high points were opening for Sierra Leon Refugee All
Stars at the Traverse City Opera House and warming up the stage for The
Wailers at the Rave Eagles Club in Wisconsin.
Fri., Feb. 8, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $6 adv., $8 door, 9 p.m.
Glitter Magik at Mac´s
Hitting the decks at Ginger Fest at Mac’s Bar are some of the area’s busiest DJs, one of whom is Glitter Magik, a Red Invasion Records artist. The self-proclaimed “King of Glamour” has been spinning at Lansing clubs for five years. In that time he’s performed at major events like Shuto Con and Electric Forest. While his wild stage antics (he “makes it rain with glitter”) has gained him attention in the local electronic scene, he’s also gained recognition beyond Lansing for his house remixes that are played on Detroit area radio stations. Sharing the Ginger Fest bill is Craig Doepker, who will bang out some disco and house. Also making some noise are DJ eKlipx , EL ES Dreams, Young Anakin, Illustrated and Nic Bouldin.
Wed., Feb. 6, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $3, 9 p.m.
Thrall returns to Lansing
Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles record label has released stacks of great albums from the likes of the Dead Kennedys (Biafra´s band), The Butthole Surfers, The Dicks, The Melvins — even Noam Chomsky. Another band on that impressive roster, Thrall, returns Thursday to Mac’s Bar, along with local openers Jack Pine Snag, Mindguards, and Dennis Quaid & The Fat Boys. Thrall, a Detroit-area band, is led by vocalist Mike Hard, a wild and strange front man who’s also known for his previous work in God Bullies and Hand Over Head. God Bullies formed in the mid-‘80s and released records with Alternative Tentacles, Sympathy for the Record Industry and Amphetamine Reptile. Since 1995 Hard has primarily focused on Thrall, but has also played some God Bullies reunions and solo gigs along the way.
Thu., Feb. 7, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 . $7, 9 p.m.
Sister Wilene at The Fiddle
The Traverse City-based, old-time country sextet Sister Wilene makes its Ten Pound Fiddle debut Friday. Sister Wilene plays tunes from the old days when country music was dominated by heartfelt ballads and great swing songs. Fans of Patsy Cline and Bob Wills-style songs may want to check out this show for an evening of earnest tearjerkers and danceable ditties. Lead vocalist Mary Sue Wilkinson is known for her previous work in bands like Iowa Rose and The Pets, bands that drew some regional and national attention. Her vocal duets with guitarist Roger Brown are soulful and reminiscent of George Jones & Tammy Wynette or Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner. The band also features Steppin’ In It member Joe Wilson on steel guitar.
Fri., Feb. 8, Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing. $15 public, $12 members, $5 students. 8 p.m.
Flatfoot at The Avenue
Fresh off the release of their latest vinyl LP, “Blue Water,” Flatfoot plays an all-ages show Saturday at The Avenue Café. The Lansing/Ann Arbor-based alt-country/rock ’n’ roll five piece often reflects honkytonk originators like Buck Owens and Johnny Cash, while also touching on some Big Star and Pogues vibes. As for the new record, guitarist/vocalist Aaron Bales said the band amped up the soul. “There are several songs that have big, almost Motown soul vibes to them,” Bales said. “We spread out more on this than any other record we’ve done. There’s still some country in there, but it’s pretty broad sonically. There’s piano organ on just about everything, there are horn parts in a bunch of spots — that is totally new for us.”
Sat., Feb. 9, Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $5, children free, 8 p.m.