Skyward Fusion Band
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Skyward Fusion Band

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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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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The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

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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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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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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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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Arts Night Out
Mar
1
5:00 PM17:00

Arts Night Out

Sponsored by AKA Sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha)

Musicians:

Charlie Richardson (of Jackalope band) with Lyn Sawicki

Sam i Am & Friends
Sam Warren, Dave Snell, J.D Detwiler. Detail, Zander Beal, Zach Clark

Visual Artists :

Brian Whitfield
Julian Van Dyke
Bryan Snyder

Spoken Word:

Natalie Anwar
Nyshell Lawrence


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

Camertone: International Chamber Soloists Concert Series

“Russian Night”

Prokofiev Sonata No.2

Violin: Sofia Levchenko

Piano: Dmitri Kristalinsky

Daniela Diaz

Prokofiev Concerto No. 1

 Sae Qyeol Yi

 Tchaikovsky Valse- Scherzo
Arensky Trio

Piano: Minhae Lee

Cello:Geunsun Han

Violin:Namjoo Oh

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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Salsa Verde!
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Salsa Verde!

$10 at the door $5 students with Student ID

In 2008, David Wullaert and Jon Weber founded the Michigan State University Salsa Band as a means for College of Music students to practice and perform Afro-Cuban music. Over the past three years, this salsa band has played concerts, dances, recitals, benefits, cultural events, and outreach in Michigan. Salsa Verde performs songs by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Gloria Estefan, Wayne Gorbea, Poncho Sanchez, Roberto Rohena, Sonora Carruseles, Fruko y Sus Tesos, and others, with many of the works original arrangements by Salsa Verde. The members of Salsa Verde are students or faculty of the MSU College of Music. Members of Salsa Verde have played with groups such as Orquesta Ritmo, Aye, Sobroso, Mariachi Kora, Groupo Varidad Folkrorico, Thom Jayne and the Nomads, and H2. 

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Larry McCray, Steve McCray and David Winans II
Feb
17
5:30 PM17:30

Larry McCray, Steve McCray and David Winans II

***SOLD OUT SHOW***

Buy tickets here: https://lsdshow.brownpapertickets.com/

Don’t miss this very unique, intimate (limited to 150 seats) show featuring Larry McCray, Steve McCray, and David Winans II for an evening of Jimi Hendrix tunes, and other great music, all in honor of Black History Month. These three renowned musicians are going to show just how true that ole saying is (“The Blues had a baby and they called it Rock n’ Roll.”).

Besides performing a lot more of the Bluesy side of Jimi Hendrix, “LSD” will perform tunes like ZZ Top, Stones, Zeppelin, Neil Young, Clapton, and Freddie King - and some brand new Larry McCray songs. (You might even hear some Motown this evening - for all those ‘Valentines’ in the house.)

Opening this show will be one of Michigan’s finest young talented guitarists, Elden Kelly. You’ll get to hear some acoustic versions of Jimi and possibly some Motown before LSD fires up their amps.

This show will also include some mighty fine young aspiring musicians: Jacque Baldori and Lucas Holliday (lead singers of Tell Yo Mama) and MSU students Jeremiah Shackleford and Lowell Wolfe. These featured musicians have played the Blues before audiences all over the world and look forward to opportunities to educate folks about - as well as entertain them with - the Blues. This show will be one of those opportunities.

Larry, Steve, and David will be helping pass this important part of the African American experience - Blues (which had a baby they call ‘Rock n Roll’) on from one generation to another generation or two. No doubt this show will be highly entertaining, but it’s also intended to be highly memorable especially for all of the young musicians who’ll be sitting in on some songs now and then.

(Although Larry and Steve McCray don’t need much of an introduction as they are so well-known and well-loved by folks who appreciate and enjoy Blues music) here is a bit of background info about the featured artists Larry McCray, Steve Mc- Cray, and David Winans II, tonight’s special guest Elden Kelly, and each of the other young talented musicians on the program:

“The musical powerhouse known as Larry McCray has stood on the frontlines of the contemporary American Blues scene for nearly three decades now. Possessing an unmistakably biting and simultaneously distinct and cascading tone to his fluid guitar playing and an expressive and full baritone voice, (in 2014) McCray has performed at over 56 Blues festivals throughout the world and is constantly expanding his formidable reputation to wider international acclaim.” The Review (Bay City)

“Steve McCray has been the backbone of the Larry McCray Band from the beginning. Larry believes Steve is the most talented musician in the family. He plays drums, guitar, and is an excellent vocalist." Delta College’s “Mid-Michigan Remembers Stories About Us”

David Winans II brings his high-energy bass playing and vocals to Lansing from the Motown itself, Detroit. He comes to us by way of one of the finest musical families in all of Mid-Michigan, the famed Gospel family, the Winans. David grew up in Detroit during the 60s when African-American music migrated from churches into the mainstream.

“We weren’t allowed to bring rock ‘n roll records into the house, so I got a job as an usher at Cobo Arena,” said Winans. He got to see Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, and Gentle Giant perform live which helped influenced his career as a progressive, multi-talented musician and vocalist. Of all the many various styles of music David performs, his favorites are probably ‘Prog-Rock’ and straight-ahead ‘Classic Rock’.

David has won seven Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Songwriter, Outstanding Instrumentalists and Outstanding Performance. He teaches voice as well as works with many young folks as he helps them develop their singing talents. One magazine describes David’s musicianship as follows: “From progressive musical sonatas to strains of haunting melodies, enigmatic time signatures and humorous riffs, all melded with an intrinsic waft of gospel and R&B and flavorful bits of jazz, Detroit based rocker David Winans II has effervescent energy that ensnares ears”. We’re so glad David is here with us as a very special guest performer.

Elden Kelly is one of the finest skilled solo guitarists in Michigan as well as being a seasoned jazz improviser, bandleader, composer, and songwriter. He also is an in-demand recording artist, entertainer, and an active educator.

Elden often uniquely mixes classical, world music and jazz. He performs in an amazing ensemble of musicians (right here at UrbanBeat several times) who perform incredible “world music” and are known as “Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet Featuring Elden Kelly”.

We’ll have a very rare opportunity to enjoy Elden Kelly’s creative and distinctive guitar playing as he opens this evening’s show with a brief set of some acoustic renditions of Jimi Hendrix and maybe even a little bit of Motown.

Jacque Baldori studied music at Valparaiso University and Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts for Jazz Studies where she learned to refine her craft in Jazz and Blues and found her true love in commercial music. She is a percussionist as well as a vocalist. She is a major part of the talented and spirited “Tell Yo Mama” and contributes original songs to the group’s repertoire. Like many of the musicians on today’s program, Jacque comes from a family of musicians.

Lucas Holliday’s vocal influences include legendary soul singers such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and James Brown. His musical influences also include an eclectic mixture of big band, British Invasion, Motown, and funk. “Luke” was a popular 2017 contestant on NBC's reality show "The Voice”. Drawing from many styles of music, Lucas has formed his own testament to rhythm and blues, glimpses of which he reveals on-stage amidst the powerhouse of Tell Yo Mama. When paired with the silken melodies and harmonic dexterity of Jacque Baldori, the effect leads to a captivating array of songs.

Jeremiah Shackleford is a sophomore at Michigan State University studying Communications. Jeremiah, born and raised in Detroit, attended school at the Marvin L. Winans Academy for Performing Arts in Detroit. Jeremiah has worked with Larry and Steve McCray a half dozen times already and is well-liked and respected by them and looks forward to performing with “LSD” (and all the other fine musicians) for this special show. He started playing guitar in the 6th grade. He’s performed on the same stage as renowned Gospel artists Lee Williams, Joe Ligon (Mighty Clouds of Joy), and Tim Rogers.

Lowell Wolfe is also a sophomore at Michigan State University where is enrolled in the acclaimed Jazz Studies program. Like all the musicians on today’s program, Lowell performs many various styles of music.

Lowell has seen Bob Dylan (often with his dad) 25 times. Look for him at the next “Nicky Z Productions” show when he’ll perform with the “Jerry” McCray Band when the Larry McCray Band performs an evening of lots of Jerry Garcia Band and Grateful Dead music. Look for that one in the springtime.

Corey Ingraham is the bass player for the Larry McCray Band and the musical director for this show. We’re looking forward to him sitting in on a song or two. He’s been a great addition to the band and brings so much professionalism, creativity, and great ideas. This young man is also an active and highly sought-after church musician.

UrbanBeat is a small intimate venue which showcases all sorts of unique and eclectic styles of live music. It provides one with a cool opportunity to experience live music in a comfortable and relaxing setting.

We hope you’ll come to enjoy a very unique and memorable evening of live music featuring some of Michigan’s finest musicians as they continue to pass this distinctly African-American expression of music from one generation to the next generation of talented aspiring Blues/Rock/R&B/everything musicians.

The promoter-facilitator of this event is Nick Zabrodsky who enjoys advancing the kingdom of God ‘one party at a time’. He does what he does out of his love for God and for his fellow man. Oh yeah, and also out of his love for music.

“Too much of everything is just enough!” (Grateful Dead)

“The Blues had a baby and they called it ‘Rock and Roll’.” (Muddy Waters)

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Slaying the Demanding Dragons - NACW Luncheon
Feb
13
11:45 AM11:45

Slaying the Demanding Dragons - NACW Luncheon

Slaying the Demanding Dragons - How to Wow, Woo,Win Over, and even LOVE the Hard-to-Please Client, Boss, and Coworker

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As a career professional, you work with many different types of stakeholders. Some can be delightful and even a dream to work with, making your job that much more enjoyable. On the flip side....there are some that are difficult. Join us in welcoming author and speaker  Mimi Brown as she delivers an energetic and interactive presentation, where you will discover The 7 types of difficult people and how to work with them Client centric communication skills to diffuse any tense situation Find positive resolutions for client complaints and end on a positive note Tips on how to manage job related stress with ease

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Burning Desires an afternoon of love poetry - erotic & otherwise
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Burning Desires an afternoon of love poetry - erotic & otherwise

In hopes that poetry and song can loosen the ice fingers of winter around the human heart, local poets are conspiring to kindle the flames of love and romance—just in time for Valentine’s Day. It is rumored that Cupid will make an appearance.

On Sunday, February 10, at 2 PM, the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) will present Burning Desires: An Afternoon of Love Poetry Erotic & Otherwise at Urban Beat in Old Town, 1213 Turner St. Doors open at 1 PM. 

Since 1993, first Otherwise Gallery and now MICA has hosted a Valentine-themed event in celebration of the many aspects of love—comic, profound, tragic, erotic, neurotic and more. It is a perfect event for lovers young and old, happy and sad, ecstatic or in despair.

Emcees Dylan Rogers and Grace Carras will host poets Susan Harris, Jay Artemis Hull, Tim Lane, Isabella Mansfield, Kimberly Priest, Anita Skeen, Ruelaine Stokes and more—in an attempt to revive love’s eternal promise and transcend the typically cold and dark Michigan winter. 

In the Open Mic following the 1st set, up to 14 participants are invited to sign up to read “a love poem” (either original or by a favorite poet). Those wishing to read can throw their names in the basket by the door.

For more information, contact Terry Terry at terry@messagemakers.com or Ruelaine Stokes at ruestokes@gmail.com or 517-267-0410

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JACKALOPE
Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

JACKALOPE

Seasoned songwriter Charlie Richardson weaves an eclectic tapestry of upbeat, artfully-clever Americana tunes into his original shows, storytelling with musical twists from jazz-swing to country-blues, guaranteeing variety for everyone.  It’s fitting that the name Charlie chose for his genre-bending band, “Jackalope”, describes a whimsically mixed-up animal that’s part jack rabbit and part antelope.   Just like a number of Jackalope songs, sometimes you’re just not quite sure what your eyes and ears are telling you.  Mike Lawrence on bass/vocals and David Stowe on drums/saxophone join Charlie’s guitar/lead vocals to round out this trio that has delighted local Lansing pubs, restaurants, farmer’s markets and special event audiences for the past five years. 

Join Jackalope for a fun evening of “Rhythm ’N Twang” originals and covers that will surprise you, inspire you and keep your foot tapping into next week.  


2014 Album “I Herd Songs”  www.charlierichardsonjackalope.bandcamp.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/jackalopeband

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jackalopers

YouTube channels: Search “YouTube” plus “JackalopeJazz” and “Covering My Tracks”

Email:  jackalopejazz@gmail.com

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