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'SWISH' LP RELEASE AT THE AVENUE
Sunday, Aug. 20 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18kknd, $35, 7 p.m.
Since 1990, Doug Stanhope has been making people laugh with his vulgar, brutally honest brand of stand-up comedy that ranges from graphic perversion to hotblooded social bits. Stanhope, who has sold-out shows across the country, performs an 18-and-over show at The Loft. Since starting his career on smoky Las Vegas stages, the comic has ventured into the mainstream through a series of television spots, including being the host of “The Man Show.” Fans might have also heard him as a guest on “The Howard Stern Show” or seen his 2008 Showtime special, “No Refunds.” Critically, Stanhope is a two-time winner of Time Out New York’s “Best Comedy Performance of the Year” contest and was picked by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter as one of the “Top Ten Comics to Watch.”
Bubba Sparxxx at The Loft
Thursday, Aug. 24 @ The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18kknd, $18/$15 adv., 9 p.m.
Warren Mathis, aka Bubba Sparxxx, is known for charttopping southern-rap hits like “Deliverance,” “Ugly” and “Ms. New Booty.” Thursday, the Georgia native returns to The Loft for a headlining show. Openers are Blake Wilson, Trax A Trillion, Sway Boi, Terminally Skilled, Kelsey Lynn, Joe G, Mo Vatalii, Dem Silent Boyz and Gwalla Gang. The latest Sparxxx full-length album, 2014’s “Made on McCosh Mill Road,” is his fifth LP and features guest spots from Danny Boone and Denum Jones. In 2016, he dropped “The Bubba Mathis EP,” a five-track collection featuring the single “Ghost.” In a review of the EP, HipHopDX said, “Bubba’s country roots are well watered on this succinct project.” In 2001, Sparxxx achieved international fame with the “Dark Days, Bright Nights” LP, made with help from legendary producer Timbaland.
Scott Ainslie at Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday, Sept. 22 @ MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing. All ages, $20, $18 members, $5 students, 7:30 p.m.
The Ten Pound Fiddle hosts acoustic-bluesman and historian Scott Ainslie Friday at the MSU Community Music School – fans of classic Delta blues icons like Robert Johnson might want to check out this show. Ainslie, who will be celebrating his 65th birthday, is a multi-instrumentalist, who comes equipped with vintage guitars, a fretless-gourd banjo, a one-string and homemade diddley bow – AKA a cigarbox guitar. Aside from expert playing, Ainslie also supplies carefully chosen banter, including historical anecdotes of his encounters with elder roots musicians from across the South. From old-time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes, to black-gospel and blues traditions, his setlist is diverse and powerful. Coming up, Ainslie graduated with honors from Washington & Lee University during the Civil Rights era, and has since studied history and intriguing facts to pair with his rustic live performances and songwriting workshops.