Weekend Riff: Jane's Addiction, The Ataris and More
-Friday: Ready to get funky? Good, because Funktion headlines the Loft in Lansing Friday. The group is out in support of their current release, “Step Into It,” which mixes high-energy, dance-happy rhythms and grooves with a sprinkling of hip-hop and jazz. Billiards Music and the Blue Effect open.
-Friday: Punk-pop statesmen the Ataris play a show at Mac’s Bar Friday, alongside the Queers, Far From Finished and Frank and Earnest. Tickets are $13 in advance via the Fusion Shows website and $15 at the door.
-Friday: Those who are planning to head to see “Memphis” at the Wharton Center in March can get a sneak peek of the show on WKAR-TV's Great Performances at 9 p.m. this Friday. "Memphis" runs from March 27 through April 1, and for ticket information, please visit the Wharton Center’s official website.
-Friday: Catch three-time Juno-award winner David Francey at the Ten Pound Fiddle Friday, alongside multi-instrumentalist Mark Westberg. The show starts at 8 p.m., and find ticket information on the Ten Pound Fiddle’s official website.
-Saturday: Michigan metal rules Mac’s in Lansing on Saturday, with the Devastator leading a bill of homegrown talent, including Arm the Prisoners, From the Ropes and Raise Your Hand If You're Dead. Expect straight up thick metal tracks with dense guitars and fierce vocals. Tickets are $5 at the door.
-Saturday: Flatpicking guitar guru “Deacon” Dan Crary stops by Elderly Instruments in Old Town Saturday to perform a live set in the store, followed by a workshop in “Flatpick Guitar” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The in-store performance is free, while the workshop runs $40. Find more information in the Lansing State Journal this week.
-Sunday: Oklahoma rock quartet Taddy Porter brings an infectious, bluesy hard rock sound that recalls the best of Bad Company and Free. Catch the guys — guitarists Andy Brewer and Joe Selby, bassist Kevin Jones and drummer Doug Jones — Sunday at the Loft. Find more details in this week's Lansing State Journal Local Music Beat.
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