Friday, April 27, @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21+, FREE, 9 p.m.
Three Michigan bands perform a free show Friday at The Avenue Café—the diverse bill includes sets from Jackpine Snag (a local heavy-blues power trio) and Dirty Deville (a Ypsilanti-based prog band). Drinking Mercury, a sometimesinactive atmospheric alt-rock outfit with Ionia and Lansing roots, also makes a rare appearance. When Drinking Mercury formed in 2000, the band was simply a duo and comprised guitarist Tommy McCord (of the Plurals) and drummer Kevin Adams. By the spring of 2002, after the addition of guitarist/ vocalist Michael Boyes, the group expanded into a trio. With all members sharing songwriting duties, Drinking Mercury debuted in 2004 with “The Virgin” EP and followed that with the “Way” EP. In 2008, Timmy Rodriguez (formerly of the Break-Ups) was added on bass and vocals. In 2011, via GTG Records, the band issued its “Words” EP and the moody “Orcades” LP— its only full-length album.
Friday, April 27, @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 Hagadorn Road, East Lansing. All ages,$18, $15 members, $5 students, 7:30 p.m.
Known internationally for her haunting yet strikingly clear voice, singer-songwriter Diana Jones has been praised by the likes of Steve Earle, who hailed her “one of the best songwriters I’ve heard in a long, long time.” Folk icon Janis Ian said Jones’ songwriting and deep vocals are “completely her own—a rarity in this world.” Friday, Jones brings that distinct sound to a Ten Pound Fiddlehosted show at the MSU Community Music School.
The New York and Nashville based troubadour has five albums to her name, including 2006’s “My Remembrance of You,” her breakthrough debut LP. From there, she earned a nomination as “Best Emerging Artist” at the Folk Alliance Awards and has had legends cover her material, including Joan Baez’s take on “Henry Russell’s Last Words.” In 2016, she issued her latest record, “Live in Concert.”
Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. @ Pump House Concerts, 368 Orchard St., East Lansing. $20 suggested donation.
Accomplished bassist and vocalist Missy Raines, along with her all-acoustic ensemble the New Hip, headline Saturday at the Pump House. Raines, a West Virginia native known for her rootsy hybrid of jazz, folk and bluegrass, has been named “Bass Player of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association seven times over. Her past endeavors include fruitful stints in the Cloud Valley, the Claire Lynch Band, the Brother Boys and time as a smokyvoiced solo artist. The New York Music Daily praised Raines as “not only a superb bassist, but also an excellent singer with a matter-of-fact, low-key delivery that’s sometimes hushed, sometimes seductive, sometimes channeling a simmering unease.” And while her sound remains rooted in old-fashioned bluegrass, Missy Raines and the New Hip delivers the sonic energy of contemporary folk-rock and newgrass outfits like the Avett Brothers and Churchill.