Out On the Town

By City Pulse Staff


Rock louder, dirtier and faster at The Loft. Four Michigan bands will cover a variety of rock genres, including Celtic, Americana, punk and folk. Headlining the show is Bill Grogan’s Goats, a band of five Detroit locals who fuse their personal musical styles together to put a new spin on Celtic rock. Opening the show are The Lash, Hex Bombs and Crooked Little Reasons, a metamorphosed version of Dirt Road Logic, a defunct local roots-rock band. The Lash mixes classic folk instruments with bass and drums; it describes its style as “Celtic mayhem.” Hex Bombs is a punk band from Kalamazoo that sings about the life of working folks. Crowd participation is, of course, encouraged. 8 p.m. doors, 18-up. $10 advance/$12 door.


Three Michigan singer/songwriters — Matt Dmits, Josh Rose and Drew Howard — will share their music in the round. Dmits, a member of the Detroit band Inside Outlaws, is part of Detroit’s root rock scene. Rose is a folk/pop singer songwriter, while Howard plays a variety of instruments: pedal and lap steel guitar, drobo, Telecaster, Stratocaster, mandolin, banjo and electric bass. He also received the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Instrumentalist in 2010. Suggested donation: $15. 7 p.m. The Pump House, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing.

SATURDAY, JAN. 4 >> ´Downton Abbey´ Party

The Delta Township District Library hosts a viewing of the season 3 finale. There will be door prizes, complimentary high tea, snacks, a trivia contest and more. Dress up with a “Downton Abbey” flair and have your picture taken with masks that will be provided by the library. Delta Township District Library, 5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing. Noon-2 p.m. 18-up. (517) 321-4014.

MONDAY, JAN. 6 & WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 >> MSU College of Music

On Monday, faculty member Richard Fracker will perform at the Fairchild Theatre in the MSU Auditorium. Before becoming an associate professor at MSU, Fracker’s tenor voice reverberated through opera houses and concert halls across the world. Then on Wednesday, faculty members Richard Sherman and Ralph Votapek will perform at the Cook Recital Hall in MSU’s Music Building. Sherman will play the flute with Votapek on piano. Both shows: 7:30 p.m. $10/$8 seniors/FREE for students and under 18. Fairchild Theatre, 542 Auditorium Road, MSU Campus, East Lansing. Cook Recital Hall, 333 W. Circle Drive, MSU Campus, East Lansing. music.msu.edu/event-listing.

THURSDAY, JAN. 9 >> Moscow Festival Ballet’s ´The Sleeping Beauty´

Never again will you be so careless with your fingertips around spindles. If there’s a lesson to be learned in “The Sleeping Beauty,” performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet, it’s “store your sewing machine wisely.” If you know your Tchaikovsky (or at least your Disney movies), you know the story: Princess is cursed to die on her 16th birthday, but a slight tweaking of the curse puts her in a deep sleep where she must wait for a magic kiss to wake her. Obviously, there didn’t used to be a lot of overlap between classical music and women’s lib. 7:30 p.m., Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, 750 W. Shaw Lane, MSU campus, East Lansing. $42-$15. (800) WHARTON, whartoncenter.com.