Friday, Nov. 16 @ Tequila Cowboy, 5660 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing. 21+, $15, $12 adv., 8 p.m.
Rising country songster Lindsay Ell has scored some recent Billboard success, thanks to her poppy singles “Criminal” and “Waiting On You.” The guitarist/vocalist has traveled the world with The Band Perry and Luke Bryan, was showcased as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, and just traded guitar solos with Brad Paisley on his 2017 Weekend Warrior World Tour. November 16, she headlines at Tequila Cowboy. Ell released her latest album, “The Project,” in September 2017 to favorable reviews. Sounds Like Nashville praised the diverse batch of tunes, stating: “They are so unique from one another but still work cohesively.” Produced by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, “The Project” LP tells of Ell’s childhood in Calgary through her current life, on the road opening shows for the likes of blues legend Buddy Guy. Her record label, Stoney Creek, calls the album “funky, bluesy, and full of pop-country sweetness.”
Friday, Nov. 9 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18+, $10, $8 adv., 9 p.m.
Once hailing from East Lansing, Mason’s Case has blended hard rock, acoustic folk, punk and blues since its debut LP, 2005’s “What is Greatest in Life.” Since then, the alt-rock band has relocated to Chicago and continued releasing albums — all are available via iTunes. Friday the band returns to The Loft alongside local openers Day Sleeper and Jenn’s Apartment. In 2016, Mason’s Case released its latest LP, “Looking for Escapes,” a disc led by frontman Matthew Alfano, who is known for both his dynamic rock vocals and wailing guitar riffs, via his Gibson SG. The band also comprises drummer David E. Smith, bassist Aaron “AC” Coleman and guitarist Mike Vinopal. Back in September, in support of National Suicide Prevention Month, the quartet contributed a track to the “It’s OK Not To Be OK” compilation. The album, released by First Step Records, supports the nonprofit Hope for the Day.
Sunday, Nov. 11 @ UrbanBeat Event Center, 1213 Turner St., Lansing. 1:30 p.m., $25, $20 adv., $15 JAMM members.
The Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM) held its first meeting back in September 2009, and has since explored ideas for preserving and promoting live jazz in Mid-Michigan. By 2010, the local nonprofit group was hosting events and raising awareness for local talent across the region through annual events, mixers and parties — like its popular International Jazz Day Party. Another fixture is JAMM’s Sandy Izenson Scholarship, which awards local high school musicians and showcases their talents in the JAMM Scholarship Quintet. Sunday, JAMM hosts its 10th Annual JAMM Tribute Concert at UrbanBeat in Old Town. This year, the event — running from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. — honors local jazz drummer Jeff Shoup, who will perform as a trio with Ian LeVine and Mike Daniels. Also taking the stage are: Bill Heid, Randy Gelispie, and Paul Keller — as a trio — and, another trio, comprising Jim Alfredson, Trent Harris and Shoup, will also perform.