Dangling Participles

    5 to 6:30 p.m.
    Allen Farmers Market
    1611 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing

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    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16 — Folk, Americana and slinky jazz will reverberate the walls of the Allen Farmers Market as shoppers sift through local fresh produce and vendor goods.


    Guitarist/vocalist Austin Kaufman and vocalist/ukulele player Tamiko Rothorn plan a set of classic and obscure covers and new album originals for this evening’s show.


    “One of the things I’ve really come to appreciate about playing at the farmers market is we get to know the vendors very well,” Kaufman said. “We don’t get to interact with too many people, so they often come up and eat up there on the balcony as we are serenading people from above.”


    Kaufman, an English instructor at MSU, uses books as a source of inspiration in his songwriting.

    “One of the songs on the album is called Isabelle and is a four-minute summary of Henry James novel ‘Portrait of a Lady.’”


    Growing up in the Mennonite tradition, music was always a part of life, Kaufman said.


    “I grew up in a very musical family and took instrument lessons for what seems like forever,” he said.

    Kaufman’s musical roots took him into higher education, but it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, he said.


    “I started out as a music education major in college. I loved music so much as a hobby, I was worried that if I taught it, I would lose the passion for creating music. Now, I love I can moonlight as a musician.”


    Covers include classics like “Moondance,” by Van Morrison, “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” by Nat King Cole and a mashup of Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and Jason Mraz’s “Lucky.” The group will also perform “Shallow” from the film “A Star is Born.”


    “As an Americana band, we sing in a variety of style, but the focus is on telling a good story.”


    The Dangling Participles’ 12 track album “Quarter Till June” dropped last April. Copies will be for sale.


    For more information, visit thedanglingparticiples.com


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