Wednesday, Aug. 8, @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $10, $8 adv., 8 p.m.
Ford Theatre Reunion returns to mid-Michigan for a headlining show Aug. 8 at Mac’s Bar. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the forever-touring group of road warriors, formed in 2008, has kept busy playing across the country in bars, theatres, even basements. With a blend of soulful vocals, melodic clarinet and experimental guitars, the band is known for its eclectic, oddball sound that mixes punk, metal and jazz into what the group calls “sludgepunk-circus funk.” The band comprises Joe Harbison (banjo, guitar and vocals), Luke Harrington (bass), Alex Johns (clarinet, keyboards and vocals), Eric Myers (accordion and vocals) and percussionist Will Chewning. To sample the band’s punk-banjo and progressive accordion sounds, stream the band’s latest LP, 2017’s “We Have Only Left Earth,” at www.fordtheatrereunion. bandcamp.com. Sharing the bill at Mac’s Bar are Jason Dawdy, Paper Lanterns, Maggie May and Mad Moon.
Saturday, Aug. 11, @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, $25, 9 p.m.
Inspired by the 1991 film “House Party 2: The Pajama Jam,” the second annual “Pajama Jammy Jam” returns Aug. 11 to Lansing. The event, held at The Loft, features host Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan, best known as the host of BET’s “Rap City” and “106 & Park.” Beyond having a dress code (pajamas, of course), this is also a 30-and-over event. Supplying the sounds are both DJ Infamous and DJ Cutt Nice—but also the hitmaking rapper Twista. Known for his distinct rapid-fire lyrical delivery, Twista has been a force in the hip-hop world since the ’90s, but it was his breakout 2004 LP, “Kamikaze,” that catapulted the Chicago-native into fame. More Billboard success, and a Grammy nod, followed with the single “Slow Jamz,” a track featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx.
Thursday, Aug. 2, @ The Fledge, 1300 Eureka St., Lansing. All ages, FREE, 7 p.m.
Over the summer, The Fledge relocated from Grand Ledge to a renovated church in Lansing near Sparrow Hospital, and has since hosted a busy calendar of events—including an intimate performance last week from Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow. The 9,700-square-foot structure—formerly the Church of the Nazarene, is also now host to a diverse, “kid friendly” open mic. The inaugural event’s description reads: “Bring your kazoo or whatever you need (except drums) and be ready to go onstage for up to three songs or 10 minutes max. One-song wonder? That’s cool too.” The two-hour affair, which also welcomes comedians and poets, allows for patrons to bring their own food and drink. The order of the roster is first come first served, with sign up starting 30 minutes before showtime. Organizers ask attendees to park across the street.