LANSING x DETROIT (night one) at Mac's Bar
Friday, Jan 22 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., $15 two-night combo (available online only). 7 p.m.
The capital city and the Motor City come together at Mac’s Bar this weekend for LANSING x DETROIT, a two-night celebration of Lansing and Detroit music and art. The Friday evening show features headliners Kim Vi and the Siblings and openers Stefanie Haapala, Nigel & the Dropout, Lucy and DL Rossi. Fusion Shows owner Nate Dorough spearheaded the two-night showcase. “I’m really impressed by what’s going on in Detroit, and obviously (Fusion Shows has) been so ingrained in the Lansing music community for so long,” Dorough said. “I’ve had this thought, for the past six or eight months, of doing something to build a bridge between two strong but totally different music scenes.” Attendees can expect a diverse batch of sounds. Or, as Dorough puts it, “Genres be damned.”
LANSING x DETROIT (night two) at Mac's Bar
Saturday, Jan. 23 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., $15 two-night combo (available online only). 7 p.m.
The second night of LANSING x DETROIT features a heavy dose of Michigan hip-hop with performances from BLAT! Pack artists Jahshua Smith & the Race Card and James Gardin & the Full Respect. Rounding out the all-ages bill are Valley Hush (experimental pop from Detroit) and Convenient Trash (Lansing-based rock ‘n’ roll). As for the name of the two-day concert, Dorough said Fusion Shows wanted to give it a harmonious title. “Instead of it being billed as something versus something else, it’s kind of like showing that one city multiplied by another could be something much greater than just the sum of the parts,” he said. “So let’s build that bridge, throw two big shows and have a killer weekend together.”
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin at Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Jan. 22 @ Ten Pound Fiddle – Allen Market Place, 1629 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. $15, $12 members, $5 students. 7:30 p.m.
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, a folk fusion outfit from Prince Edward Island, Canada, specializes in blending traditional Acadian, Irish and French folk tunes with contemporary and world rhythms and textures. The trio of early-20 somethings, known for its fiery live show, has toured the U.S., Canada and Europe. Friday, the bilingual group performs originals and classics (sung in both English and French) at the Allen Market Place. The show is presented by local folk promoter Ten Pound Fiddle. The trio, which formed in 2010 and debuted with its 2011 “Tri” LP, was praised by The Guardian as “a seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse.” The band’s latest album, 2013’s “Corbeau,” is available on iTunes.