07/28/2014

Weekday Gigs: The Sidekicks, Ill Nino, the Spragues and East Lansing's Open Mic

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Who says weekends should have all the fun when it comes to live music? This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday offer a few choice opportunities to get out and take in some weekday gigs.

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07/20/2014

Mayhem Chat: Korn's James ‘Munky’ Shaffer Says Brian 'Head' Welch is Like Family

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Korn last week rolled through DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston on the seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, performing alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Asking Alexandria and more.

A few hours before the band's set, Korn guitarist "Munky" spoke with the Lansing State Journal about why the group, who would pretty much play any tour at this point, wanted to be a part of Mayhem.

"We did it about four years ago, in 2010, and we had a really good time and it was a really positive experience," Munky said. "I think we reached and gained some new fans, so, it's always good to play festivals because you’re playing in front of the fans that wouldn't normally come see your band. I think that was the opportunity here."

Korn recently reunited with its original guitarist, Brian Head Welch, for the new album, 2013’s "The Paradigm Shift." Welch had left the band and started to pursue a Christian music career, but now does double duty between Korn and his Christian metal group, Love and Death.

Munky said having Welch back with Korn is akin to seeing a family member again.

"You know, a lot of fans have said, 'It's so great to have him back,' and every time I say that, I always think, 'It's not as great as it is for me,' because he's my brother," Munky said. "So, having him back… it's a family member. It's like you haven't seen your brother in so long, and now he's back with the family, and I think the band really needed him for a long time. So, now, to create that powerhouse Korn is supposed to sound like a wall of guitars is so pleasing to not only the fans but us when we’re in the studio coming up and riffing and creatively, so it's a lot of fun. It's fun again!"

07/11/2014

LSJ Ultimate Common Ground Selfie Contest: Win Common Ground Passes for 2015

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If you're going to be at Common Ground this year and want to get hooked up with week-long passes for next year's event, the LSJ has a contest happening all week that's just for you.

We're picking the Ulitmate Common Ground Selfie, and the winner will score two week-long Common Ground passes for 2015.

Here's how to enter:

Upload a selfie of yourself at Common Ground to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #CGMFselfie and be automatically entered to win.

The deadline to enter is July 13, the final day of Common Ground 2014!

Good luck. ;)

07/04/2014

COMMON GROUND GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Fitz & the Tantrums!

Blog 2Alternative pop group Fitz & the Tantrums have been spun all over the radio with upbeat, dance-able songs "Out of My League" and "More Than Just a Dream." Now, the band is set to headline Lansing's Common Ground Music Festival on July 12.

In addition to Fitz & the Tantrums, Dr. Dog, Jukebox The Ghost, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, The Orwells, X Ambassadors, Royal Teeth, Chappo and the People's Temple are also on the bill.

And, your chance to win tickets is right here, thanks to Common Ground! Simply enter for tickets below.

Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) in the email, and please follow me on Twitter, so I can DM you (@AnneErickson). Don’t worry—I’ll follow you back!

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Deadline to enter is July 9 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To purchase tickets, visit Common Ground's official website.

Click here to send us an email. Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) for a chance to win.

07/02/2014

COMMON GROUND GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See 311, the Violent Femmes, the Wailers and More!

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Alternative rocker 311 has been going strong for 25 years, and they guys are showing no signs of slowing. The Omaha, Neb.-based band recently released a new studio album, "Stereolithic," and is touring much of the year. The group headlines the July 9 Common Ground Music Festival bill in Lansing, with support from Violent Femmes, the Wailers, Flobots, OPM, The4ontheFloor, Radical Something, The Weeks, Squirrel Shaped Fish and Ben Kenney.

And, thanks to the fine folks at Common Ground, I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the show right here! Simply enter for tickets below.

Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) in the email, and please follow me on Twitter, so I can DM you (@AnneErickson). Don’t worry—I'll follow you back!

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Deadline to enter is July 2 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To purchase tickets, visit Common Ground's official website.

Click here to send us an email. Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) for a chance to win.

DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival Launch $20 Summer Ticket Blitz

Under the sun tour imageSummer is here, and if you have yet to make it out to an outdoor concert, don't fret. DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival have kicked off their popular $20 Summer Ticket Blitz, where tickets will be available for just $20 (including parking for DTE shows and service fees for both venues) for a variety of concerts and events at both venues Tuesday (July 1) through Sunday (July 6) at 11:59 p.m., while supplies last.

These deals are available online online via www.Palacenet.com.

The $20 Summer Ticket Blitz is available for select shows, including the Under the Sun 2014 Tour )featuring Uncle Kracker, Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth), Aretha Franklin, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn and more) and many more. For the full list, visit www.Palacenet.com.

The $20 Summer Ticket Blitz and the Concert Series at DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival is presented by Belle Tire.

06/27/2014

COMMON GROUND GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Brand New, Say Anything, the Hold Steady and More!

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Perhaps no Common Ground night this year is more anticipated than the July 8 bill featuring Brand New, Say Anything, the Hold Steady and Circa Survive.

The night more pre-sale tickets than any other Common Ground tickets this year, according to Jenna Meyer, marketing director for Meridian Entertainment Group, the company that puts on the festival.

This is Brand New's only Michigan date, so expect to see people from all over Michigan (and further) at the festival that night. Also performing are So So Glos, the Front Bottoms, Dinosaur Pile Up, You Blew It, Braid and Seahaven, among others.

And, thanks to Common Ground, I'm giving away a pair of tickets right here! Simply enter for tickets to the show below.

Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) in the email, and please follow me on Twitter so I can DM you (@AnneErickson). Don't worry-- I'll follow you back!

You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Deadline to enter is July 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

To purchase tickets, visit Common Ground's official website.

Click here to send us an email. Please include your name, birth date, phone number, city and Twitter (if you have one) for a chance to win.

 

06/22/2014

Lansing's Mr Denton on Doomsday Releasing New CD, 'Origami Trail'

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Something I really love about Mr Denton on Doomsday is how the band has been very involved with charity shows for Homeless Angels. Now, the Lansing-based experimental rock band is getting ready to release a new album. 

"Origami Trail," out June 26, is not only the group's first new album in nearly five years but also the first to feature new vocalist Josie Taylor. The release features eight tracks with colorful titles such as "Zombies on the Boardwalk," "Rome," "Neon Towers" and "Golden."

"We've tried to expand on each sound from our previous albums," guitarist Brian Alspaugh told the Local Music Beat. "It's heavier and weirder but also with moments of clarity."

The song "Golden," Alspaugh said, is personal. “It’s directly about the death of a great friend caused by asthma, a condition both Jo and I suffer from,” he said. “‘Golden’ was actually the first song written with Josie in the band. The subject matter poses the question of government involvement in all facets of life, addiction and mass consumerism. With references from Kurt Vonnegut to Super Mario, I feel like we have covered a wide spectrum.”

The band is taking those new songs on the road this summer with an East Coast tour. But before the guys, and gal, hit the road, Mr Denton on Doomsday - which includes Alspaugh (guitars/vocals), Taylor (vocals), Matt Bush (bass), Benjamin Walnut (drums) and Ben Sawyer (keys) – will play a CD release show Thursday (June 26) at The Loft in Lansing. Project Mercury and Damn van Cannibals open.

For more on the CD release show, visit the event's official Facebook page.

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06/19/2014

Weekend Riff: Marshall Music Kicks Off Free Music Series, 'Jazz Lunch Fridays'

Untitled Marshall Music Co. has launched a weekly jazz event that takes place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. outside the store every Friday. Each week, the event, called "Jazz Lunch Fridays," will bring different local and national jazz performers to the Marshall stage, as well as students from the Marshall Music School of Music.

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06/18/2014

Weekend Playlist: IAMDYNAMITE and Lights & Caves at Festival of the Sun and Moon

10380892_687777614628556_6378983647492460872_nThe Festivals of the Sun and Moon are always among June's coolest festivals in mid-Michigan. This Friday and Saturday, the festivals are back for a 15th year, offering outdoor live music and a long list of beer and wine to sample.

Performers this year include IAMDYNAMITE and Lights & Caves, Way to Fall, Mark Warner, Taylor Taylor, Ben Hassenger and Mark Grinnel. Meanwhile, handcrafted brews will come from Bells (Oberon, Lager, Pale, Amber, Kalamazoo, Porter, Cherry Stout and many more) and food options will include local vendors such as Grand Grillin, Trailer Park’d, Whipped Bakery and Mark’s Gourmet Dogs.

According to Lousie Gradwohl, executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA), and Grace Guerra, OTCA festival director, this year's entertainment was heavy on the alternative, thanks to a partnership with Fusion Shows.

"Sun has been a sampling event with relaxed and folk style music in the evening. This year we have changed both festivals to have a high saturation of alternative rock bands both days," said Gradwohl.

Read more about the festival in this week's What's On.

Here's a Spotify playlist featuring tunes from IAMDYNAMITE, Lights & Caves,  both playing the festivals this year.

 

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