A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Nora Jane Struthers at Pump House
Nora Jane Struthers is a Nashville-based Americana songwriter.
Thursday she headlines a show at the Pump House concert series. Backing
her are vocalist/guitarist P. J. George (bass), Joe Overton (clawhammer
banjo), Drew Lawhorn (drums) and Aaron Jonah Lewis (fiddle).
Virginia-born Struthers earned a degree from New York University’s
Steinhart School of Education and taught at a charter school in Brooklyn
while gigging at gritty New York clubs like CBGBs and the Cutting Room.
Her 2010 solo debut album received positive reviews. Bluegrass
publications have praised the album as “mesmerizing,” “haunting” and “a
marvel that combines brilliant song craft, a sultry yet honey-hued
voice, and an inspired sense of personal musical style.”
Thursday, July 25 @ Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing, all ages, $15 donation, kids are free, 7 p.m.
Spork at Uli’s
Spork (formerly known as Silverspork) has been gigging and
recording original music since 1999. The band has been featured on FUSE
TV and opened shows for the likes of Godsmack, Anthrax and Alice Cooper.
Friday, the band headlines at Uli’s Haus of Rock. Opening the heavy
show are Serving the Need and Purgatory Grove. Spork lost its original
lead singer almost two years ago, but the Saginaw-based band has kept
busy with its current front man Patrick Brennan. The band also includes
drummer Mario Sacedo, guitarist Carl Abila and bassist Jay Burk. Fans of
‘90s alt-metal like Tool, Faith No More, System of a Down or Helmet
might want to check
out this show.
Friday, July 26 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lansing, $5, 18 and over, $15, 8 p.m.
Big Willy at Green Door
Michigan blues-rocker band Big Willy plays Thursday at the Green
Door Blues Bar & Grill. Big Willy plays a high-energy blend of
growling vocals, lightning-fast guitar licks and saxophone. The band,
led by songwriter and vocalist Will Rideoutt, has opened for the likes
of Tab Benoit, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and B’nois King, the Deadstring
Brothers and Larry McCray. Big Willy has performed at festivals around
the state, as well as at local events like Festival on the Grand and the
Old Town Blues Festival. The band’s 2009 debut album, “King Without a
Crown,” was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Glenn Brown. In
September 2012, Big Willy released its second full-length album, “Out for Trouble.”
Friday, July 26 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, 21 and over, 9:30 p.m.
Chavis Chandler at Mac’s Bar
Verbal Vomit recording artist Chavis Chandler is a 22-year-old
rap artist known for his soulful hip-hop singing style, hard grinding
lyrics and energetic performances. The Motor City emcee performs an
all-ages show Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Backing Chandler is the Verbal
Vomit Enterprise. Hailing from Conant Gardens on Detroit’s east side,
Chavis was raised on old-school soul and began performing by age 8.
Chandler was featured on MTV’s “Get in the Game” in March 2012, where he
debuted the video for his single “OFTLOA (Only For The Love of Art),”
from the “Breath of Fresh Air II” mix tape. Opening the Mac’s Show are
Cesic, Phourthelove & CyRus, Tay Rhodes and Showtyme.
Saturday, July 27 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, all ages, $8, $6 advance, 6:30 p.m.
Twin Cats at The Loft
The Indianapolis-based funk and jazz band Twin Cats is
touring in support of its latest album, “Thick,” released via the Owl
Studios record label. The progressive-rock unit is known for its
experimental synth-driven trance tunes that are often mixed with
traditional funk roots. The five-piece outfit, which includes Seth
Catron (guitar/vocals), Adam Catron (drums), Cameron Reel (bass), Phil
Geyer (keys) and Nick Gerlach (saxophone), has kept busy steadily
touring the eastern half of the country since it formed in 2004. Warming
up the stage are Goat Machine and The Fried Egg Nebula, a high-energy Lansing-based “jam/psychedelic/southern rock/rockabilly” band.
Thursday, Aug. 1 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, 18 , $8, $5 advance, 9 p.m.