A survey of Lansing's musical landscape
Diana Krall at Wharton
Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall has had eight albums debut at
the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and has sold more than 15
million albums worldwide. The two time Grammy winner’s world tour stops
at the Wharton Center on Sept. 28. Krall’s new album, “Glad Rag Doll,”
was called “one of her freshest, most satisfying albums” by the Seattle
Times. Krall, 48, has nine Gold albums, three Platinum and seven
multi-Platinum LPs. Since her debut in 1990, she has released 12 studio
albums, a live album, and three concert DVDs. In December 2009,
Billboard Magazine named Krall one of the best-selling jazz artists of
Saturday, Sept. 28 @ Wharton Center. Tickets: $37, $67, $77. 8 p.m.
Stonecutters at Mac’s Bar
Stonecutters, a Kentucky-based heavy metal band, headlines Friday
at Mac’s Bar. Opening the show are Death Valley Dragline, Cavalcade and
Jackpine Snag. Stonecutters is made up of Louisville metal scene
veterans. The band is led by vocalist/guitarist Brian Omer, who
previously spent time recording and touring the world with My Own
Victim. The band describes its sound as “punishing, brutal, beautiful,
soothing and primal music.” Stonecutters’ primary influences include
Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and early Metallica. The band has
issued three full-length albums, including a self-titled LP in 2007 and
“Christhammer” in 2009. The band’s new album, “Creatio Ex Nihil,” was
released earlier this year.
Friday, Aug. 9 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $5, 18 , 9 p.m.
Boldy James at The Loft
Boldy James (real name James Clay Jones III), a
Detroit-based MC, got his first big break in 2009 after he was included
on The Cool Kids and Don Cannon mixtape “Merry Christmas,” featured on
the tracks “BBQ Wings” and “Tires.” That was followed up by his record
“Gettin Flicked” and his spot on The Cool Kids’ 2010 “Tacklebox.” Also
in 2010 he was featured on the “Fat Raps” remix alongside Big Sean and
Asher Roth. His “Trappers Alley Pros and Cons” album was named “One of
2011’s Most Overlooked Projects” by Pitchfork Media. Last year his
“Consignment: Favor for a Favor” release received praise from The Source
and Stereogum. Saturday, Boldy James performs at The Loft. Also
performing are Willie the Kid, Ill Natured, L Soul, D Fraze and Rafael
de la Ghetto.
Saturday, Aug. 10 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $12, $10 adv., all ages, 7:30 p.m.
Cyanide Sunrise at Uli’s Haus of Rock
Cyanide Sunrise, a high-energy hard-rock/metal band from
Pennsylvania, headlines a night of metal Thursday at Uli’s Haus of Rock.
Sharing the bill is Distant Decend. Cyanide Sunrise was formed in 2005
by Andy Strausser (bass/vocals), Jason Zaharick (guitar/vocals),
Kev-e-Twosocks (guitar/vocals), Dave Cantwell (drums) and lead vocalist
Jason Dembinsky. The band has shared the stage with over 50 national
touring bands, including The Misfits, Trivium and 12 Stones. Over the
last eight years, the band has toured across the Midwest and East Coast.
For the last three years Cyanide Sunrise has played the main stage at
Rockapalooza in Jackson. The band is completing a full-length album, due
out this fall.
Thursday, Aug. 15 @ Uli’s Haus of Rock, 18 and over, 8 p.m.
Steppin’ In It at the Green Door
Even though the band’s members have been dedicating ample time to
musical side projects, the weekly Green Door tradition continues for
the American stylings of Steppin’ In It. For
years, the band performed each Monday at the blues bar, playing a
rustic blend of legit Americana and roots rock. Steppin’ In It has
become known for its top-notch playing skills. The band members expertly
throw down on some trombone, trumpet, Cajun accordion, dobro, slide
guitar, Cajun fiddle and clawhammer banjo, along with other more
traditional instruments. As for the side projects, one of them was a new
solo disc, “A Miracle of Birds,” from songwriter Joshua Davis
(guitar/vocals). It was released in February.
Monday, Aug. 12 @ Green Door, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21 , 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.