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|By Rich Tupica|
A survey of Lansing's musical landscapeJammin´ Round turns 10
Jammin’ Round with Jamie-Sue Songwriters Series turns 10 years old at its season commencement concert Saturday in Dewitt. Among the diverse batch of performers are organizer Jamie-Sue Seal, Elden Kelly, Jason Dennie, and Greg Jenkinson & John Latini. The event is perhaps the only traditional in-the-round set-up in the Midwest. Meanwhile, Seal, — who releases solo records on her Smokin’ Sleddog Records label — is an active member in the local folk community and handles publicity for the Ten Pound Fiddle. Seal and Latini tour the country as a duo, performing roots and cabaret shows. Latini has been awarded songwriting honors in three states and is a two-time Detroit blues champion. Kelly is known for his virtuoso guitar skills, including an 11-string fretless guitar.
Sat., May 18, Christ United Church, 1000 W. Webb Road, all ages, $15, 8 p.m.
Ogre fest VII at Mac´s
Lansing-area metal parishioners have one go-to festival each year: Ogrefest at Mac’s Bar. In its seventh year, the 12-hour event — which starts at 2 p.m. Saturday — once again showcases a heavy roster of metal bands. The event is organized by David Peterman, vocalist/guitarist of Satyrasis, a local thrash/death metal band performing at the event. Sharing the festival bill are Failed, Dark Psychosis, Writhing, Konkeror, Flood The Desert, American Gothic, Wülfhook, Hedorah, Steely Dad, Dozic, Mourning Wolf, Scorned Deity, Organism and Genocya. This show is a special one for Genocya — it’s the last show with veteran drummer Tim Sever. This year, the festival continues to spotlight a diverse batch of heavy Michigan acts.
Sat., May 18, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $15, 2 p.m.
Joe Hertler at The Loft
Joe Hertler and his band the Rainbow Seekers have a busy summer ahead of them, playing wispy, indie-folk shows across the state. On Friday, the band plays an all-ages gig at The Loft, along with Chelsie Holmes, Lights & Caves, The Dockside Fever and Hut Two Hike. Hertler’s latest release, “On Being,” helped create a buzz beyond Michigan. Mostlymidwest.com called Hertler “a bourgeoning Michigan talent bound to be on everyone’s radar soon.” While the band has become a headliner on its own, the Rainbow Seekers has also opened shows for notable acts like the Electric Six, The Civil Wars, Matt Pond PA, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Earlier this year, Hertler was a finalist in “Singer-Songwriter 2,” a national contest hosted by Guitar Center that drew over 17,000 submissions.
Sat., May 18, The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages , $12, $10 adv., 7 p.m.
Laura Stevenson at Mac´s
Laura Stevenson headlines Mac’s Bar on Sunday with her band, the Cans. She may be known for her polished indie-pop, but her family roots dig back to another era. Stevenson, a Long Island native, was born into a family of mariners and music makers. Her grandfather, Harry Simeone, was the composer and choral arranger responsible for “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Stevenson, 29, moved to Brooklyn in her early 20s and by 2010 debuted with “A Record.” The next year she released “Sit Resist.” Those two albums and ample touring earned Stevenson a dedicated fan base. Her latest record, “Wheel,” showcases her dynamic pop sensibility and careful twine of prose and humor. Opening the gig is Field Mouse and The Bard Owls.
Sun., May 19, Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $12, $10 advance, 2 p.m.
Delicious Bass at Art Festival
Local roots-rock band Delicious Bass released its new CD last week at Midtown Beer Co. The album, “Songs from the Pond,” features originals songs by band members Ryan Shadbolt (resonator guitar, harmonica, vocals) Ed Lutz (lead guitar, vocals) and Will Jurkiewicz (percussion). The newest addition to the band is bassist Nathan Smathers. Sunday the band plays a free “unplugged” show at the East Lansing Art Festival. Copies of the new disc will be available for $10. The performance happens in the park at the northeast corner of Abbot Road and Albert Avenue. Fans of Mark Knopfler, Tom Waits, Neil Young or Ray LaMontagne may want to check out this performance. Then on June 6, the band plays another gig at Bad Brewing Co. in Mason.
Sun., May 19, East Lansing Art Festival, all ages, noon, FREE.