By Rich Tupica

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

Music with a Mission Fiesta - Sept 19, 20 & 23

A lengthy list of area musicians are booked for the Music with a Mission Fiesta on the State Capitol lawn. The festival, co-sponsored by the Lansing Peace Education Center, is a food and donation drive for the Volunteers of America on Larch Street. Needed are winter wear, towels, blankets, hygiene items, backpacks, fresh produce and non-perishable food items. Some of the performers include Magdalen Fossum, Drew Howard, Mighty Medicine, Drew Nelson, Twyla Birdsong, Deacon Earl, Joshua Davis, Jen Sygit & Geoff Lewis. Also appearing are local mural artists Brian Snyder, Erica Majors and Robert Shelburg. There will also be local artists, drum circles, dance, yoga, open mics, children´s activities and speakers.

State Capitol lawn, FREE. 12:45-9:30 p.m. Sept. 19; 9 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20; 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

K. Flay - Fri. Sept 13th

K. Flay (real name: Kristine Flaherty) is a Chicago native living in San Francisco. The 28-yearold indie rapper has shared stages with Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and Passion Pit. She headlines Friday at The Loft; openers include Sirah and Quinn. Flaherty’s bio says her music combines indie hip hop and electronics. The emerging emcee is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a double major in psychology and sociology. It was during her time at college that she wrote her first rap, “Blingity Blang Blang.” Since then she’s released two EPs and two mix tapes. Her “We Hate Everyone” and “Less Than Zero” videos have each received over 200,000 views on YouTube.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages. $12, $10 advance, 8 p.m.

Wayne Szalinkski - Sat. Sept 14th

Fresh off their free City Pulse-hosted gig at the Broad Art Museum, local indie-pop band Wayne Szalinski plays a show Saturday at Mac’s Bar. Openers include The Bard Owls, Decades and Dizzy Dearest. Named for the eccentric protagonist of the 1989 Disney film “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” Wayne Szalinski mixes influences as diverse as The Smiths and This Town Needs Guns with the whole lineage of mathy Midwestern ‘90s emo outfits. The band members are natives of the Detroit area, but relocated to East Lansing to attend Michigan State University. The band is Andy Milad (guitar, vocals), Andrew Adams (guitar), Ian Siporin (bass) and Nick Galli (drums).

Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. $5, 18 .
9 p.m.

Matt Bliton - Sat. Sept 14th

Local singer/songwriter Matt Bliton releases his new disc, “Solid Ground, Endless Sky,” Saturday at the Creole Gallery in Old Town. The album features original folk-rock tunes like “Bus Called America” and “Solid Ground” — think Neil Young or the late Gene Clark’s Americana-tinged solo work. Bliton will be joined by a massive backing band of local musicians, including Steve Springer (drums), Jim Green (electric guitar, vocals,) Jon Ritz (bass, percussion) and Nate Bliton (viola, accordion, keyboard, vocals). Also sitting in are guitarist Ray Kamalay and vocalists Linda Abar and Corrina Van Hamlin. Advance tickets for the show are available at Elderly Instruments.

Creole Gallery, 1218 Turner Street, Lansing. All ages, $10, $5 students. 7 p.m.

Airborne Toxic Event - Mon. Sept 16th

Los Angeles-based alt-rockers Airborne Toxic Event headline an all-ages show Monday at The Loft; opening is American Authors. Airborne Toxic Event was formed in 2006 by songwriter/novelist Mikel Jollett, mixing indie rock and literary credibility. The band was initially a duo, but grew into a full band, adding a violinist and keyboardist along the way. Not long after its debut gig, it released an EP that received acclaim from Rolling Stone magazine. It scored a Top 10 modern rock hit with “Sometime Around Midnight,” after which Island Records took notice of the band and released its second LP, “All at Once.” Airborne Toxic Event’s latest effort is “Such Hot Blood,” released earlier this year.

The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages. $12, $9 adv., 7 p.m.