This is Our Environment Tour with Joseph Herbst Sextet
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

This is Our Environment Tour with Joseph Herbst Sextet

“This is Our Environment” brings together original music, spoken word, and environmental justice in order to challenge our understanding of the environment to push us towards a more just and equitable society founded on a sense of community.

This performance at UrbanBeat Event Center is part of the debut tour of “This is Our Environment,” featuring myself and five of my great friends and musicians in the Joseph Herbst Sextet. Following the tour, we will record these pieces for our first album. This night, we will be performing all of the selections from the album, as well as jazz standards by fellow NC artists such as Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane and originals by members of the band.

My compositions draw influence from musicians such as Brian Blade, Ambrose Akinmusire, Alan Ferber, and Maria Schneider, while pulling on my classical background. Altogether, the music is highlighted by lyrical melodies interjected with bursts of energy and chaos to create stories that I hope will bring you, the listener, along for the journey.

I hope will join us in this event and conversation as we make our way across Michigan!

We will be joined by local spoken word artists, who will be announced in the near future.

Tickets are $10 at
https://josephherbstsextet.bpt.me


Musicians:
Evan Taylor, Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Joseph M Herbst, Saxophones and Compositions
Liany Mateo, Bass
Luther S. Allison, Piano
Peter Martin, Guitar
Zachary Mckinney, Drums

BAND BIO (in 3rd person now)
Coming from Asheville, North Carolina, saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Joseph Herbst is paving his way as an avid composer and arranger in the jazz world, combining his years of classical saxophone studies under internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Joe Lulloff, with his active involvement in traditional and modern jazz. Joseph has studied composition and arranging under Etienne Charles and Diego Rivera while at Michigan State University and has had his arrangements performed by musicians such as Rodney Whitaker, Mark Whitfield, and Harvey Mason.

The Joseph Herbst Sextet features fellow students and alumni of Michigan State - Evan Taylor on trumpet, Peter Martin on guitar, Luther Allison on piano, Zach McKinney on drums, and Liany Mateo on bass. Collectively, members of the band of performed and toured with artists such as Rodney Whitaker, Etienne Charles, and Michael Dease, worked as clinicians at camps across the country, and performed at notable venues such as Smalls Jazz Club in New York City, among many other accomplishments.

To learn more about the project and tour, visit here: http://bit.ly/TIOE-Tour

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Fareed Haque
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Fareed Haque

Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.

Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed’s extensive travels and especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different musics from a very early age. While this natural eclecticism has become a hallmark of Haque’s music, it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque a grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz traditions. The 1981 recipient of North Texas State University’s Jazz Guitar Scholarship, Haque spent a year studying with renowned jazz guitarist and pedagogue Jack Peterson. Fareed’s growing interest in the classical guitar led him to transfer to Northwestern University, where he completed his studies in classical guitar under David Buch, John Holmquist and Anne Waller.

Soon after his transfer to NU, Haque came to the attention of multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy and joined his latin-fusion group Chevere. Thru Levy Haque was introduced to Paquito D’Rivera and began a long and fruitful relationship with the Cuban NEA Jazz Master. Numerous world tours and recordings including Manhattan Burn, Celebration, Havana Cafe, Tico Tico, Live at the MCG were to follow. Especially notable is the classic and award winning Reunion featuring Haque along with Arturo Sandoval, Danilo Perez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mark Walker, and David Fink.

Thru D’Rivera, Haque was brought to the attention of Sting, who had just begun his record label Pangaea. Sting invited Haque to join the label and he released 2 critically acclaimed recordings Voices Rising and Manresa. Haque toured briefly with Sting, including notable appearances at The Montreux Jazz Festival as well as NBC’s Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn, but his own career demands led Haque in other directions.

Haque has been featured on WTTW’s ArtBeat and Chicago Tonight, Ben Sidran’s New Visions, Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn on NBC, his own Lonesome Pines special for PBS, and on BET cable jazz channel. Fareed has twice been selected as Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Downbeat Magazine. In 1989 Haque also joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University as professor of jazz and classical guitar. He continues to teach at NIU to this day.

After a short stint at Warner bros. recording Majestad (unreleased and featuring John Patitucci, Michael Landau, Russel Ferrante, Grazinha, Lenny Castro and Carlos Vega!) Bruce Lundvall signed Haque to the legendary Bluenote records. While at Bluenote Haque recorded three albums as a leader: Sacred Addiction, Opaque and Déjà vu. Haque toured and recorded extensively with other artists including tours and 3 CDs with Javon Jackson: A Look within, For One Who Knows and Good People. In addition sideman credits include tours and recordings with Joe Henderson, Herbie Mann, Bob James, Richie Cole, Joey Calderazzo, Kahil El Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and nemerous Bluenote recordings for producer/arranger Bob Belden alongside Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Paul Motian and many others. Numerous classical recitals as well as appearances with the Vermeer Quartet and many symphonies across the US and abroad added to an incredible diversity of performances during this period.

Thru Belden, Haque was invited to join forces with Joe Zawinul as part of his Zawinul Syndicate. The group proved to be one of Joe’s best and most eclectic. Included were percussionist and vocalist Arto Tuncboyacian, drummer Paco Sery, bassist Mathew Garrison along with Haque on Guistar and Electric Guitar. A year of extensive touring brought Haque closer to his Jazz/Rock roots.

In 2001 Haque’s interest in jam bands and the jam scene led him to co-found the jam super-group Garaj Mahal featuring Kai Eckhardt, Eric Levy and Alan Hertz. This began 10 years of extensive touring across the US, performing in excess of 200 shows per year.Haque also joined George brooks’ group Summit, featuring Zakir Hussain and Steve Smith. Haque was voted ‘Most Valuable Player’ at the 2002 High Sierra Music Festival. Haque and Garaj Mahal released 3 Live CDs as well as 5 studio CDs: Mondo Garaj, Blueberry Cave, w00t, More Mr. Nice Guy and Discovery, which featured Haque’s debut of the Moog Guitar.

In 2004, Fareed premiered his Lahara Double Concerto for Sitar/Guitar and Tabla with The Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in Chicago, under the baton of maestro Paul Freeman, featuring tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain, to whom the work is dedicated.

In 2006, Fareed was commissioned to compose a classical guitar concerto for the Fulcrum Point Ensemble. His Gamelan Concerto was premiered in May of ’06 at The Harris theatre in Millenium Park.
In 2007, Garaj Mahal won an Independent Music Award.

In 2009 Haque was voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine’s Readers’ poll. His acclaimed 2009 release Flat Planet was twice #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts.

After 10 years of over 2000 dates with Garaj Mahal, Haque’s interest in electronic music and the Moog Guitar spurred him to leave Garaj Mahal and form Fareed Haque’s MathGames featuring bassist Alex Austin, drummer Greg Fundis.

Notable during this time include Haque performing and assistant directing the first Jazz Festival en la Patagonia in Frutillar, Chile under his mentor and friend Paquito D’Rivera, and appearances with his own groups at JavaJazz, The Chicago Jazz Jestival, The Twents Guitar Festival, The Indy Jazz Fest, Coleman Hawkins Jazz Fest, Jazz in June, The Lafayette and South Bend Jazz Festivals, Sophia Jazz Fest, Bulgaria and many others around the world. Haque also performed both the Aranjuez and Villa-lobos guitar concertos (in one concert!) with The Chicago Philharmonic, under the baton of Lucia Matos at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Since 2011 Haque has returned to his first loves, jazz guitar and classical guitar. He been busy performing and recording with his trio featuring legendary B3 virtuoso Tony Monaco, his own trio and jazz quartet, as well as his larger world music group the Flat Earth Ensemble.

Recent releases include the critically acclaimed Out of Nowhere featuring drummer Billy Hart and bassist George Mraz, The Flat Earth Ensemble's latest release Trance Hypothesis, and The Tony Monaco/Fareed Haque release Furry Slippers that reached the top 10 in Jazz Radio Airplay.

IN addition, Fareed has performed at the Chicago, Detroit and Java Jazz festivals and was featured as part of the Made in Chicago Series performing with his numerous groups at Millenium Park's Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago. He also performed and arranged numerous classical programs as 2013 artist-in-residence for The Chicago Latin Music Festival, was featured on WBEZ as well as WFMT's Fiesta! radio programs, and has recorded his arrangement of Piazzolla's 5 Tango Sensations, El Alevin by Eduardo Angulo Leo Brouwer's Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet with the critically acclaimed Kaia String Quartet. Haque continues to tour and record extensively along with documenting his unique teaching methods in a series of best selling interactive video courses through TrueFire.

IN 2016, Haque was invited to perform at the Indianapolis Jazz Festival Tribute to Wes Montgomery along with Peter Bernstein, Bobby Broom, Henry Johnson, Will Mathews, Russell Malone, Pat Martino and Dave Stryker. He was also a visiting scholar at Western Michigan University.
Recent projects include artistic directorship of numerous jazz festivals, performances with Tony Monaco, Paquito D'Rivera, Vijay Iyer, pundit Vikku Vinacrayam, long-anticipated reunion concerts with Garaj Mahal, concerts in India, a return to Java Jazz and concerts and teaching in China.

In 2017 Mr. Haque released The Bridge with virtuoso Chilean bassist Christian Galvez and renowned Indian percussionist Selva Ganesh. Haque has also rekindled his duo with Goran Ivanovic. Performances include Canadian Guitar Festival, Winters Jazz Fest NYC, Lotus Music Fest and many others. Upcoming tours in China and Europe are slated for 2018. Haque has been commissioned to arrange Chinese Opera for traditional jazz combo and traditional Chinese ensemble in 2018.

Haque has also joined drum legend Billy Cobham as a member of his Crosswinds Ensemble featuring Haque on guitars, Ernie Watts on saxes. Extensive touring and recording are slated for 2018.

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Margherita Fava Trio
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Margherita Fava Trio

$5 cover

Born in the hometown of your favorite sparkling wine, Prosecco, Margherita spent her teenage years playing in bars around Italy for inebriated crowds of all ages. After a wild gig played on the night of her 20th birthday, Margherita couldn’t sleep all night. She started the next day with a horrible headache and a clear thought in her mind: she had enough of that. So she packed her keyboard and moved to Michigan to find a new audience and learn how to swing as only Detroit musicians can.

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Michael J. Reed
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Michael J. Reed

Michael J. Reed is a jazz drummer currently based in East Lansing, Mi. Michael maintains an active performing career throughout the Midwest, performing throughout Northwest Ohio and Detroit with artists such as Rodney Whitaker, Ramona Collins, Gene and Ray Parker, Steve Davis, Mark Whitfield, Melissa Aldana, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and The Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra in Orlando, Fl. He also leads his own group, Reedify Trio, which has performed at Cliff Bell’s, the Ohio Theatre, the Toledo Museum of Art and the former Degage Jazz Café. Michael released his first album as a bandleader and composer, entitled A Walk of Perspective, in 2017 and has recorded with other artists such as Chloe and the Steel Strings, and the Gazebo. He is also the drummer of the Gathering Orchestra, under the leadership of bassist, Rodney Whitaker.

 

Michael attended the Toledo School for the Arts, studying classical, Afro-Caribbean, Steel Pan, and Jazz percussion. He received his bachelor’s degree, in Instrumental Jazz, at The University of Toledo and is pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. During his time at UT, he has performed with the Jazz Ensemble, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Vocalstra, and Percussion Ensemble. Michael was a recipient of the Art Tatum Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships from UT.

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Grady Hall and the Disciples of Funk
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Grady Hall and the Disciples of Funk

This band delivers a live performance that will make you move. Featuring original compositions, a tribute to Carlos Santana as well as renditions from other artists such as Sly & The Family Stone, War, Average White Band, Bobby Blue Bland, the Allman Brothers Band and many more of everyone's favorites.

$10 in advance or Bring a friend special 2 for $15
$15 at the door

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Skyward Fusion ft James Williams
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Skyward Fusion ft James Williams

$5 cover

Skyward Fusion is the culmination of over 160 years of combined musical talent and skill finding expression in the synthesis that is fusion. This band has R&B and funk of the South hitting it with jazz and rock of the North.

James Williams began playing drums in 1960, bass in 1968.  He held the bottom in Sunquest in the 70’s and he has owned the groove in Root Doctor for 30 years.  He brings his musical brothers Boonie Dottery on drums, Tim Stark on keyboards, and Jim Adams on guitar, to lay down the power of their soulful sound.  

 

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Abbey Road 2.0
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Abbey Road 2.0

Not your father's tribute band. Abbey Road 2.0 performs powerful, fun, soulful, and sincere renditions of post 1966 Beatles classics. Abbey returns to Old Town Lansing. with new tunes, new arrangements, and more medley. Even the drummer somehow got better looking. Come on out!

Starring:
Greg Nagy,
Nicholas Tabarias,
Michael Smalley,
Mike Skory and Glenn Giordano!!!

10 dollars in advance, 15 at the door:

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Tomas Esparza Blues Band
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Tomas Esparza Blues Band

$5 online $10 at the door

Tomas Esparza was born in Mexico City in 1962. His father was known as a good singer, and the music of Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, and the guitar trio Los Panchos made an impression on young Tomas, along with the sounds of the streets and markets of Colonia San Rafel in Mexico city. He first heard blues music when B.B. King and John Mayall appeared on Mexican television. Relocating to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1985, Tomas saw harmonica great William Clarke play live, an event which proved to be a watershed moment for Tomas. "I knew at that moment that I had to do that", says Tomas. Years of practice and study of Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Rod Piazza and others, set him on his way. Receiving tips and advice from Junior Wells, Steve Guyger, and George "Wild Child" Butler, among others, Tomas began making his mark as one of the most energetic and exciting harmonica players, both working with local bands, and with his own band. Tomas has opened shows for Charlie Musselwhite, James Harman, and Harmonica Shah, and his band has served as a backing band for ex-Fleetwood Mac guitar great Jeremy Spencer. He performed at Bluesfest International in Windsor, Ontario, and at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, as well as at some of the most prominent blues clubs in Michigan. Tomas has succeeded at the rare task of creating something original, using the building blocks of the traditional harmonica greats of the 1950s, all the while being true to himself and incorporating the music he heard as a child in Mexico City. His passion for Chicago Blues, and his electrifying energy, have opened many listener's ears and eyes to the power of the Blues. Working his own band, the Tomas Esparza Blues Experience, or fronting Detroit area band the Boa Constrictors, few harmonica players can channel the energy and feeling of the greats, yet combine their own soul to create something so deep and individual. Tomas is a man who feels has found his true calling: "I really think I was born to play the Blues".

David Ludington has been playing Drums for over 50 years, He is an Institution in the city of Lansing and Beyond, David was part of The Now Legendary Uptown Band... David brings a smooth and solid rhythm to the band

Andy Callis has been playing B3 Hammond, Piano & Accordion Blues, Jazz, Zydeco for over 30 years ,performing with several band in the Lansing area and now he has join Tomas Esparza Blues Band adding the complementary sound of the of the 1950's Chicago Sound

Bob Arbogast Raised in The New England Area, Working as a Minister In Ohio and Michigan has not stopping from playing guitar whether is classic rock jazz and blues, Bob have a tremendous tone and a play style very unique helping Tomas Esparza Blues Band have a strong guitar presence

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Greg Nagy Band
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Greg Nagy Band

Buy tickets:

https://gregnagy.bpt.me/

$5 cover, pay online or at the door

A multi-faceted artist in the most classic sense, his songwriting, singing, and guitar playing beautifully reveal Greg’s personalized music refreshingly and honestly infused with elements of soul, r&b, rock, and gospel. So unique and impressive was Greg’s debut release that it earned him a prestigious Best New Artist debut nomination from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, as well as favorable reviews from hard-to-please critics at top media outlets like Down Beat, All About jazz, Blues Revue, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Living Blues, Hitting The Note, Elmore and more. DJs throughout North America, Europe, and Australia responded enthusiastically to Greg’s music, with Walk That Fine Thin Line debuting on the National Living Blues Radio charts at number fourteen, and peaking at number three on XM satellite radio, no small achievement.

Following up to the debut of Walk That Fine Thin Line, Greg raised his own bar several notches with the dynamic Fell Toward None. Ken Bay's of Rollingstone.com called the release one of the best of 2011. Nagy also received high praise from such notables as Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records, Sing Out Magazine, About.com, and much more. Greg released a record that further carved out his place in the upper echelon of contemporary blues inspired artists. Fell Toward None also charted at number three on XM radio, again, no small achievement.

On the heels of his impressive sophomore record, Greg was given the honor of performing at BB Kings in Memphis the following year for the Blues Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony; with icons the likes of Buddy Guy and Alan Touisannt present, his star continuing to rise. 

Greg Nagy's third record "Stranded" released in Feb 2015 received four stars from Soul Bag, DownBeat, and received great reviews from Vintage Guitar, Blues in Britain, and more. Stranded also spent fourteen weeks at number one and presently going on seven months in the top ten on the Root Music Soul/R&B charts. It also debuted in the top ten for the National Living Blues charts. In heavy rotation on XM/Sirius and spinning on hundreds of stations around the globe, Stranded is a recording that continues to win attention and acclaim...


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Kellie Duggan – YOU: Your Best Advantage Creating Personal Brand through Image Management Development
Jun
12
11:45 AM11:45

Kellie Duggan – YOU: Your Best Advantage Creating Personal Brand through Image Management Development

Kellie Duggan – YOU: Your Best Advantage
Creating Personal Brand through Image Management Development
YOU: Your Best Advantage
Creating Personal Brand through Image Management Development
Kelly Duggan, AICI CIC

Kelly will be sharing how to create a personal brand as a strategy to growing an influential impression, creating the opportunity to attract more prospects, gain rapport and achieve more professionally and personally.


This program will introduce you to:

Creating positive lasting impressions
The ‘Image Management Formula,’ with a personal perspective of using personal brand to grow
a career/business
Head to toe’ professional appearance standards tips to implement immediately
A plan of action to create your professional advantage

Kelly Duggan is an executive presence consultant and personal brand strategist. Her certified company is
an award-winning member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).
www.kellyduggan.com

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The Icy Waters Band with special guest Justin Deason
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

The Icy Waters Band with special guest Justin Deason

Tickets are only $5
https://icywaters.bpt.me

Deacon Earl presents The Icy Waters Band, as they make their debut performance. bringing you blues, reggae, R & B, Rock & Roll and much, much more.... Special guest Justin Deason will open the show at 6pm. The band will take over at 7:15. $5 entry.

Trained under local guitar legend "Frog", Justin Deason, guitarist and songwriter from Lansing, MI has been a prominent member of the local music scene. The two-time people's choice award winner of the C.A.B.S Bluesbrawl, Justin's soulful guitar sound spans blues, rock and country. Justin has opened for national acts such as Alien Ant Farm, Easton Corbin, Kentucky HeadHunters, Larry McCray, Quiet Riot, Saving Able, Sponge, Taproot, Zach Meyers, and many more! New music from his bluesy rock band Dedfoot will be available later this year!

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The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey

Tickets on sale now! https://fatboyjiveturkey.brownpapertickets.com/

THE BRAINCHILD OF BENJAMIN HALL, A CENTRAL MICHIGAN BASED MUSICIAN, whose voice is said to be the illegitimate lovechild of Jeff Buckley & Nina Simone. Ben comes to the stage readily equipped with a high-voltage stage presence, a searingly vigilant voice and a harmonica hell-bent on inflicting pain on your soul. The group is rounded out with a dynamic and eclectic group of local and regional musicians, that are sure to provide music lovers with a fresh interpretation of the roots of blues, country, and jazz paired perfectly with exciting original tunes.

With over a decade of performances under their belt, FBJT has performed at clubs, bars, festivals and other events throughout Central, East and West Michigan. (Old Town Blues Festival, East Lansing Art Festival, Cliff Bells, Cadieux Café, U of M Flint, Blues Brews & BBQ, Arcadia Brew Pub)

They have had the opportunity to share the stage with Ruf Records artist Mike Zito, New Orleans musician Terrance Simien, and the Motor City's own Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis.

After a desperate plea from the powers that should be...a direct result of an overabundance of pre-programmed electronic hype currently referred to as music, the JiveTurkey, and his faithful sidekick Fatboy return to the chaos of the musical world. Offering up a heaping helping of an eclectic, raw, bayou- bitten, Workcamp-worn, Jukejoint-ready, bluesy good time.

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Chalk of the Town
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Chalk of the Town

Chalk of the Town

Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/01/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Get ready for a day of vibrant art and fun in the street of Old Town! Come down during Be a Tourist in Your Own Town Day for Old Town’s own, Chalk of the Town. Beginning in the morning, artists will take to the streets creating masterpieces on their assigned piece of sidewalk using chalk only. The creations will be completed by the afternoon when the judging will commence. Visitors will be allowed to vote for the People’s Choice winner all day. Families are also welcome to participate in the kid’s sidewalk art area.


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Lady Champagne & the Motor City Blues Crew
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Lady Champagne & the Motor City Blues Crew

Purchase tickets here: https://ladychampagne.brownpapertickets.com

$5 online and $10 at the door

Lady Champagne has been singing blues over 38 years. She has been known for over 14 years keeping the Blues Live going strong every Saturday night at Bert's Market Place in the Eastern Market District. She also performing live with the legendary Motown recording artist and former member of the funk brothers Dennis Coffey every third and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Northern Lights Lounge. Lady Champagne shared the stage with a lot of great artist. In 2006 she performed on stage with some of the latest and the greatest blues singers from KoKo Taylor, Johnny Bassett, Alberta Adams, Blues man Chick Willis, writter of Mustang Sally the Blues man Sir Mack Rice, Blues man Larry McCray, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Blues man Billy Davis. Lady Champagne and her band had the honor and pleasure of opening and warming  the stage for the Legend of the Blues concert featuring Mr. Bobby Blue Bland, Theodis Earley, Clearance Carter, Latimore. 

 

In 2010, 2013 and 2014  she was nominated for Best Blues singer from the Detroit Black Music Awards Association. March 2014 she received an outstanding award for being inducted into the Detroit Blues Hall Of Fame for Best Blues artist. August 3, 2014  winner for Best Blues Singer of the year from the Detroit Black Music Award Association. 2015 Life Time Achievement Award.  Sept 2017 the Diamond award for Best Blues singer of the year from the City Of Pineville Louisiana. Dec 16th 2017 MVMA Midwest Video Music Award for best blues performance.


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Debut Performance of Skyward Fusion ft James Williams
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Debut Performance of Skyward Fusion ft James Williams

No Cover

Skyward Fusion is the culmination of over 160 years of combined musical talent and skill finding expression in the synthesis that is fusion. This band has R&B and funk of the South hitting it with jazz and rock of the North.

James Williams began playing drums in 1960, bass in 1968.  He held the bottom in Sunquest in the 70’s and he has owned the groove in Root Doctor for 30 years.  He brings his musical brothers Boonie Dottery on drums, Tim Stark on keyboards, and Jim Adams on guitar, to lay down the power of their soulful sound.  

 

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New horizons Jazz Band
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

New horizons Jazz Band

MSU Community Music School New Horizons Jazz Band is made up of community members who are passionate about jazz. We will be presenting classic big band music as well as modern arrangements of old favorites.

Set List:
Basie Straight Ahead
In a Sentimental Mood
Manteca
Shiny Stockings
Stompin' at the Savoy
My One and Only Love
Hobo Flats
Afro Blue

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Camertone: International Chamber Soloists Concert Series
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Camertone: International Chamber Soloists Concert Series

                                                                                                  W.A. Mozart 

Sonata in E-minor for piano and violin

 Allegro 
Tempo de Menuetto

Anna Khalikova, violin 
Elene Kobulashvilli, piano.

  

“Swanee” from Songbook                                                        George Gershwin 

                                                                                                      

Etude No.2 from Seven Virtuoso Etudes                                 George Gershwin

“Somebody Loves Me”                                                                   Arr. Earl Wild 

                                                                                                         

 “The Man I Love” form Songbook                                           George Gershwin

                                                                                                  Arr. Percy Grainger

                                                                                                          

“I Got Rhythm” from Songbook                                                George Gershwin 

Yalan Piao, piano

                                                                                              Saint-Saens, Camille

 Violin Sonata NO.1 Op.75

Allegro agitato

Adagio

Allegretto

Allegro molto

 

Yung-Hsuan Lo, violin

Yalan Piao, piano

 
International Chamber Soloists are a unique group of extraordinary young string players from all over the world. They are musicians from Russia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Venezuela, Brazil, and US. What brings them together is love and dedication to music.

It all started in the United States when prominent violinist Dmitri Berlinsky moved from Russia to New York as a winner of Young Concert Artists and other most important International Competitions such as Paganini in Genova, Montreal in Canada, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, and Queen Elizabeth in Brussels.  


Since then he has been performing as a soloist with major orchestras in US, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. Throughout all those years it was his dream to find an environment to establish a chamber orchestra where his colleague-friends could find an inspiration and joy of playing together and with their support, he would be able to achieve his highest artistic vision.  

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Orquesta RITMO
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Orquesta RITMO

First official performance since New Year's Eve as well as the devastating fire that Dennis experienced. As in the past, they will have dance lessons around 8 PM and the band will start at 9 PM.
There is a $10.00 cover at the door, and $5.00 with Student ID's. D.J. Alonso will be playing during the breaks.
Thank you all for your support, and we're looking to get our Salsa on this Saturday. see you there.

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Margherita Fava Trio wsg Randy Napoleone
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Margherita Fava Trio wsg Randy Napoleone

$5 cover

A special treat for May 8, joining the Margarita Fava Trio we have a master of the guitar, worldwide famous musician and grammy nominated artist: Randolfo “Randy” Napoleone.
His incredible technique is based on countless days and nights he spent on the shores of his hometown, Naples, to entertain tourists and make a little cash. I don’t need to tell you what happened next: between all the tourists passing by randolfo and his guitar, one day a big name in the jazz world that was there on vacation heard him. He was so impressed by the kid’s skills that he wanted him in the band right away.

Born in the hometown of your favorite sparkling wine, Prosecco, Margherita spent her teenage years playing in bars around Italy for inebriated crowds of all ages. After a wild gig played on the night of her 20th birthday, Margherita couldn’t sleep all night. She started the next day with a horrible headache and a clear thought in her mind: she had enough of that. So she packed her keyboard and moved to Michigan to find a new audience and learn how to swing as only Detroit musicians can.

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The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey
May
5
4:30 PM16:30

The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey

Tickets are $5 online https://fatboy.bpt.me or at the door

THE BRAINCHILD OF BENJAMIN HALL, A CENTRAL MICHIGAN BASED MUSICIAN, whose voice is said to be the illegitimate lovechild of Jeff Buckley & Nina Simone. Ben comes to the stage readily equipped with a high-voltage stage presence, a searingly vigilant voice and a harmonica hell-bent on inflicting pain on your soul. The group is rounded out with a dynamic and eclectic group of local and regional musicians, that are sure to provide music lovers with a fresh interpretation of the roots of blues, country, and jazz paired perfectly with exciting original tunes.

With over a decade of performances under their belt, FBJT has performed at clubs, bars, festivals and other events throughout Central, East and West Michigan. (Old Town Blues Festival, East Lansing Art Festival, Cliff Bells, Cadieux Café, U of M Flint, Blues Brews & BBQ, Arcadia Brew Pub)

They have had the opportunity to share the stage with Ruf Records artist Mike Zito, New Orleans musician Terrance Simien, and the Motor City's own Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis.

After a desperate plea from the powers that should be...a direct result of an overabundance of pre-programmed electronic hype currently referred to as music, the JiveTurkey, and his faithful sidekick Fatboy return to the chaos of the musical world. Offering up a heaping helping of an eclectic, raw, bayou- bitten, Workcamp-worn, Jukejoint-ready, bluesy good time.

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Mike Morgan And The Crawl wsg Hank Mowery And The Hawktones
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Mike Morgan And The Crawl wsg Hank Mowery And The Hawktones

Doors @ 5:30 / Performance @ 7:00pm

Dallas-based blues sensations Mike Morgan and The Crawl first arrived on the blues scene ten years ago, word-of-mouth about their blistering Texas blues spread like wildfire. A decade later, they rank among the blues touring circuits' greatest success stories.

Since forming in the late 1980s, The Crawl's fiery, unforgettable live performances and Morgan's searing guitar playing have earned them rave reviews from critics and a devoted audience worldwide. As displayed on their highly acclaimed albums for Black Top Records, the band's innovative blend of hard-driving Texas blues, sweet Southern soul and aggressive roots rock has placed them at the forefront of the contemporary blues scene.

Now, Mike Morgan and The Crawl revisit the rough-and-tumble Texas roadhouse sound of their roots on their new Black Top recording, I Like The Way You Work It. I Like The Way You Work It is Mike Morgan and The Crawl's most straightforward blues album yet. Produced by Morgan and Black Top founder Hammond Scott, the album showcases Morgan's incendiary, gutbucket guitar riffs and Lee McBee's Little Waiter-style harp and raspy, soul-drenched vocals. I Like The Way You Work It contains fourteen original songs, eleven of which were written by Morgan. In addition to the rock-solid backing of Crawl bassist Johnny Bradley, the album also features a supporting cast of the Crawl's favorite musicians, including Cannonball record artist Shawn Pittman, bassist Willie Campbell (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), drummer Richard Innes.


Hank Mowery raced onto the local and regional blues scene in the Mid 90's with his band The Hawktones. As General Manager of The Rhythm Kitchen Cafe, Mowery honed his skills jamming nightly with the local and national blues acts that happened through The Kitchen.

In 1996 & 1998 Mowery had the opportunity to tour with Blacktop recording artist Mike Morgan & The Crawl. Mike Morgan comments "I was amazed that Hank could step in on a national level like he did. He is a cool harmonica player and singer with old school feel, like Little Walter and Big Walter Horton...two minutes into our first show we knew he wasn't a replacement, he was part of the band!"

Over the years Mowery has had the pleasure of playing with Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling, Greg "Fingers" Taylor, Frank Krakowski, George Bedard, Steve Nardella, Rusty Zinn, Ronnie James Webber, Mark Hummel, Bill Lupkin, Joe Filisko, Jim Liban, Nick Moss, Kate Moss, Pinetop Perkins, John Brim and the legendary Gary Primich.

With the release of his new CD ACCOUNT TO ME on Old Pal Records and now EXCUSES PLENTY on BLUE BELLA RECORDS, Mowery leaps onto the international scene and is causing a buzz around the roots community. The fresh sound of the recording, different textures in the music and strong musicianship are causing people to stop and take note of the formidable blues/roots outfit.

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The Jackalope Experience
Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

The Jackalope Experience

The Jackalope Experience
Come out for Taste and Tour of Old Town on Saturday, April 27, 12:00-5:00 pm. Then...accompany your most eclectic local band, Jackalope, for live original music and choice covers, singalongs, hand-dancing contest, t-shirt giveaways, Jackalope Bingo, UrbanBeat libations and other whimsical hospitality. Show starts starts at 4:00!

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Salsa Capital - Salsa Verde Live Band Edition
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Salsa Capital - Salsa Verde Live Band Edition

Join us for our 6 Year Reunion Salsa Party, with MSU’s Salsa Verde & special music from cofounder DJ Alonso! We will have some cake to share and maybe some photos of our dancing & dancers over the years. Beginner / Intermediate Lessons included. If it's your first time, they you've picked a great night to join!

Singles and partners are welcome! Lessons included, at the beginning of the evening.

*8:15 pm - Beginner / Intermediate Salsa Lesson
9:00 pm - Open Dancing
Cost - $10.00
$5.00 Students
Where - Urban Beats

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Margherita Fava and special guests
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Margherita Fava and special guests

$5 cover

Margherita Fava, piano

Born in the hometown of your favorite sparkling wine, Prosecco, Margherita spent her teenage years playing in bars around Italy for inebriated crowds of all ages. After a wild gig played on the night of her 20th birthday, Margherita couldn’t sleep all night. She started the next day with a horrible headache and a clear thought in her mind: she had enough of that. So she packed her keyboard and moved to Michigan to find a new audience and learn how to swing as only Detroit musicians can.

Guglielmo Crandelli, drums

The Crandelli’s family has been for decades a big name in the Venetian glass industry keeping its lineage for 3 generations. However, Guglielmo’s heart has always been somewhere else far, far away: he spent most of his time as a child listening to music of John Coltrane and began to hit the drum at age 11. At age 17 he was ready to become a professional and play with the big “cats”. He hasn’t stopped since (even if his family still secretly hopes he’ll change his mind on Venetian glass).

Lucàs LaFave, bass

Born and bred in the wilderness de la Bourgogne, Lucàs one day got his hands on some Charlie Parker old records in an old dusty French thrift shop and knew right away that wasn’t coincidental found. “I’ve listened to those live sessions over and over again till I couldn’t hear anything but the scratches on the vinyl. They are completely unusable now. I still have them tho” he says. LaFave spent his adolescent years playing bass in a local swing band, allowing him to cultivate the punchy sound and driving time that can be heard in his work with the Margherita Fava Trio.

Band bio:

Straight outta Europe, Margherita Fava trio combines the elegance of Italian aesthetics and the swang of American jazz and blues tradition. The sound of these 3 bohemiennes will take you on a journey all the way from the Venetian canals to the cornfields of the Midwest.

Join us for a formidàble night of music a la Americana!

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Camertone: International Chamber Soloists Concert Series
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Camertone: International Chamber Soloists Concert Series

Ysaye, Eugène

Caprice d’après L’Etude en Forme de Valse op. 52, No. 6 de C. Saint-Saëns

Anna Khalikova, violin 

Elene Qobulashvili, piano

Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca

“Fábulas” for octave violin, flute and piano 

Levchenko Sofia, violin

Felipe Villas Boas, flute

Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca, piano

Brahms Sonata No. 2

Daniela Diaz, violin

Qian Zhao, piano


International Chamber Soloists are a unique group of extraordinary young string players from all over the world. They are musicians from Russia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Venezuela, Brazil, and US. What brings them together is love and dedication to music.

It all started in the United States when prominent violinist Dmitri Berlinsky moved from Russia to New York as a winner of Young Concert Artists and other most important International Competitions such as Paganini in Genova, Montreal in Canada, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, and Queen Elizabeth in Brussels.  


Since then he has been performing as a soloist with major orchestras in US, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. Throughout all those years it was his dream to find an environment to establish a chamber orchestra where his colleague-friends could find an inspiration and joy of playing together and with their support, he would be able to achieve his highest artistic vision.  

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Bringing back CARE in healthcare
Apr
10
11:45 AM11:45

Bringing back CARE in healthcare

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bringing-back-care-in-healthcare-tickets-59206126117?aff=mcivte

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Join us for lunch as Dr. Adriana Raus, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, shares the passion and the love of being a doctor for the entire family from cradle to cane. She believes that the patient-physician relationship has been affected and marginalized by modern medicine and increasing administrative demands. She will be walking us through bringing CARE back into healthcare.

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Camertone: International Chamber Soloists Concert Series
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Camertone: International Chamber Soloists Concert Series

Get Discounted tickets here: https://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-international-chamber-soloists-concert-series-lansing-march-2019

Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364

Anna Khalikova, violin

Yi-Pei Lin, viola

Elene Qobulashvili, piano

Mozart, Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K. 219

 Sofia Levchenko, violin

Dmitri Kristalinsky, piano

Come Down Heavy! by Evan Chambers

I. Steel Drivin' Man

II. I Gave My Love a Cherry

III. Oh, Lovely Appearance of Death

IV. Drill Ye Terriers

Jeffrey Leung, Saxophone

Kayla Green, Violin

Yalan Piao, Piano


International Chamber Soloists are a unique group of extraordinary young string players from all over the world. They are musicians from Russia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Venezuela, Brazil, and US. What brings them together is love and dedication to music.

It all started in the United States when prominent violinist Dmitri Berlinsky moved from Russia to New York as a winner of Young Concert Artists and other most important International Competitions such as Paganini in Genova, Montreal in Canada, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, and Queen Elizabeth in Brussels.  


Since then he has been performing as a soloist with major orchestras in US, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. Throughout all those years it was his dream to find an environment to establish a chamber orchestra where his colleague-friends could find an inspiration and joy of playing together and with their support, he would be able to achieve his highest artistic vision.  

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Red Bell Blues Band
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Red Bell Blues Band

Red BellsThis is the rebirth of the band so popular around the turn of the millennium. Organized to mine the deep veins of classic horn-driven bar bands over the decades, the Red Bell Blues Band is bound to please. With four vocalists among them, the players bring experience with the top bands of the Lansing club scene. 


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Grady Hall and the Disciples of Funk
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Grady Hall and the Disciples of Funk

This band delivers a live performance that will make you move. Featuring original compositions, a tribute to Carlos Santana as well as renditions from other artists such as Sly & The Family Stone, War, Average White Band, Bobby Blue Bland, the Allman Brothers Band and many more of everyone's favorites.

$10 in advance or Bring a friend special 2 for $15

Buy tickets here: https://gradyhall.bpt.me

$15 at the door

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Circuit Band
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Circuit Band

All the way from Saginaw, bringing a high-energy mix of blues with soul, funk and R&B to every performance. Come dance to the funky blues at UrbanBeat with Circuit Band!

Coreyon Ingram 27-year-old bass player Saginaw, MI. Performed with Larry McCray, Michel’le Toussaint, Clark sisters, Marvin Sapp, Marvin Winans

Tony Purifoy has performed with several premier soul and funk bands which have opened for The Commodores and KC and the Sunshine Band. He brings a high-energy style of soul, funk, and R&B to every performance.

Steve McCray - Drummer: 49 years young, been performing for well over 30 years, performed in almost every state in America, been halfway around the world and recorded on at least 10 professional CDs.

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 Kathleen & the Bridge St Band wsg/ Angelo Santelli
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Kathleen & the Bridge St Band wsg/ Angelo Santelli

We're excited to be bringing Angelo Santelli back to Michigan for a short stay and great night of music! They'll be showcasing tunes from their new cd set to release this summer!

Purchase ticket in advance for $5 at https://kbas.brownpapertickets.com/

$8 at the door

"Lansing's own Queen of the Blues", Kathleen Bolthouse has been captivating audiences in and around Lansing, Michigan since the late 1990s. Queen Kathleen has performed with Lansing guitar legend Frog (Frog & the Beeftones), and bass player Randy Bird Burgdoff (Rare Earth). She has opened for national bands including Mark Hummel, and Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers, and shared the stage with national blues artists Larry McCray, Mike Morgan and the Crawl, and San Francisco's Tommy Castro Band.

Angelo Santelli is a guitarist best known for his slide guitar and Dobro work with artists like Bobby Whitlock, Michael Allman, Adam Wakefield and Harper.

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