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Saturday, May 26 @ The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave. Lansing. All ages, $16, 8 p.m.
The above dates/times reflect the show's rescheduling. Nessa, a boisterous Celtic world-music fusion group, re-imagines the ballads and dances of Europe, while mixing in an assortment of worldly elements. From classical and folk, to jazz and funk, Nessa creates traditional yet lively, contemporary sounds. Thursday, the group performs at The Robin Theatre in REO Town. Fans of old-school groups like Skyedance, or global fusion acts like Pentangle and Eilleen Ivers, might want to check out this show. Led by multiinstrumentalist/vocalist Kelly McDermott, who is known for her masterful flute playing and soulful voice, the group is based out of Ann Arbor and also features co-founder/ multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier. Nessa’s hybrid songbook comprises funky reels, “barn burner” jigs and plenty of buoyant instrumentals. Nessa also has a mystical, dreamy side akin to the music of Loreena McKennitt, but pairs it with spirited tones similar to Solas or Steeleye Span.
Tuesday, May 22 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $15, 7 p.m.
Metal Blade Records recording artists Goatwhore headlines a heavy night of metal Tuesday at Mac’s Bar. The all-ages bill also features Exploding Zombies, Recorruptor and Throne. Known for its fierce brand of southern-tinged blackened death metal, Goatwhore was founded in 1997 by guitarist Sammy Duet, formerly of Acid Bath. Soon after, he recruited former Soilent Green lead vocalist L. Ben Falgoust II. Following the release of one demo, “Serenades to the Tides of Blood,” in early 2000 Goatwhore dropped its debut, “The Eclipse of Ages into Black” LP. In 2006, the band switched to Metal Blade Records for its “A Haunting Curse” LP—a prime example of the Goatwhore’s dedication to early black metal and its punk and thrash roots. Last year, the band released its seventh album, “Vengeful Ascension.” A special “Spell Book” edition of the record includes a 40-page hardcover companion book.
Friday, May 18 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. All ages, $12, $10 adv., 7 p.m.
Chicago-based rapper Neak (real name Dominic Kelly) headlines Friday at Mac’s Bar. Opening the showcase — dubbed “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop” — are fellow emcees James Gardin, K. Lake, Illy Maine and Essbe. Neak’s brand of classic, heartfelt hip-hop is reminiscent of renowned old-school Rawkus Records’ emcees like Talib Kweli and Mos Def. The rapper’s love of music started at an early age — his father Robert Kelly was in the R&B/gospel group the Kelly Brothers, which performed alongside the likes of James Brown and Sam Cooke. After more than five years of performing, Neak has released four full-length LPs and toured all over the country. His latest record, 2015’s “Paura/Amore,” is a 13-track, synth-heavy hip-hop album with heavy doses of EDM and soul music vibes. In January, he released his latest single, “Future is Now,” which features R.O.E. and Karlton Sellers.