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PUMPSTOCK RETURNS FOR EIGHTH YEAR
Saturday, June 3 @ Pump House, 300 Bailey St., East Lansing.
All ages, $10 suggested donation/children FREE. 2-8 p.m.
The Pump House Concerts annual outdoor festival returns with another stacked lineup of accomplished Americana songwriters from across the country and Canada. Along with hours of live music, an assortment of vendors will also be on site offering food (pizza and hotdogs), T-shirts, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. This year’s family-friendly lineup includes Phil Lee who closes the fest out with a 6:45 p.m. set. Lee just wrapped up production on his new LP, “Phil Lee and the Horse He Rode In On.” The disc features Ralph Molina and Billy Talbot of Crazy Horse, Neil Young’s long-time band. Also taking the stage are Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line (5:30 p.m.), Jon Brooks (4:15 p.m.) and the Annie & Rod Capps Band (3 p.m.). The Springtails open the fest with a 2 p.m. performance. Visit facebook.com/pumpstock for details on second stage performers.
HIP-HOP SHOWCASE AT MAC’S BAR
Friday, May 26 @ Mac’s Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 18kknd, $10/$7 adv., 9 p.m.
The Mic Club returns Friday to Mac’s Bar for another rap showcase featuring a roster of local emcees, including Ahmad Da God and L-Soul. The event, dubbed “House of Flowing Daggerz Pt. 2,” is hosted by Sincere and Ichiban Cy and also features Hustle Baby, Staytrue Red P.O.P.E., Don King, Kamrin, Naps King and 16 the Icon. Headliner Ahmad “Da God” Taylor, a Lansing native, has released a series of mixtapes and music videos over the years, his latest being the “Get to Know Me” LP. Taylor has also produced a locally-made feature film, “Northerndope’s Bout 2 Blow: The Movie.” Meanwhile, co-headliner L-Soul has kept busy with his own releases, including 2015’s “From Lansing With Love,” as well as his own T-shirt company, Cloud7Productions. Fans of Mos Def or Wiz Khalifa may want to check out L-Soul.
ONE-MAN BANDS TAKE OVER AVENUE CAFE
Friday, May 26 @ The Avenue Café, 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. 21kknd, $3, 10 p.m.
The genre of one-man-band rock is spotlighted Friday at the Avenue Café’s Attack!! Of the One Man Bands!! event. The diverse bill includes the stripped-down tunes of Cash O’Riley, Stovepipe Stover and Scotty Karate. O’Riley has been a busy solo artist in the Michigan roots-rock scene since 2000, when he left the Syko Billie Cadillacs and ventured out on his own. Over the years, he’s performed his with own group, the Downright Daddies, and released a number of albums, including “Booze, Lust, Lies and Heartache,” “Get Lucky, Break Down or Die” and his concept album, “Jackson County Jail.” A limited deluxe edition of O’Riley’s new LP, “Stewed & Screwed Hellbilly Blues Vol.1 — Music for Sirens & Sinners” will be available at the show and is also at his site, cashoriley.net.