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By Rich Tupica

City Pulse hosts rock concert at MSU's art museum

In 1994, East Lansing was exploding with live rock music. Rising bands such as Weezer, the Verve Pipe and Kid Rock made the college town a staple on their national tours. But by 2000, the last of the rock-themed bars had closed, and the music scene was turned over to dance music DJs and occasional cover bands.

As a rock ‘n’ roll fan and someone who used to regularly attend those live shows in East Lansing, I missed that scene and wanted to do something to recreate that vibe.

And so if you’re walking near campus on Friday night and hear a howling guitar solo echoing across Grand River Avenue, that’s not your iPod acting up. That’s the first-ever Back to School Show, hosted by City Pulse and the Broad Art Museum.

The free event will feature two emerging local indie acts with strong followings:

The People’s Temple and Wayne Szalinski. Although both bands have played sold-out shows on some of the area’s largest stages, it will be nothing compared to rocking out the front lawn of the new $40 million art museum on the campus of Michigan State University.

East Lansing hasn´t seen something like this in a long time. Welcome back.

Back to School Show

Featuring The People’s Temple and Wayne Szalinski 6 p.m. Friday Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive, East Lansing FREE