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Weekend Riff: Elderly Instruments Film Premiere, Capital City Film Festival Rocks, Ogrefest and More


This is one of the biggest weekends of entertainment in Mid-Michigan all year, featuring everything from performers at the Capital City Film Festival to Metal at Mac's

All weekend: The Capital City Film Festival is on this weekend! Check out plenty of live entertainment over the weekend, as the Loft hosts live every night Thursday through Sunday. Thursday it’s Greensky Bluegrass (right, by Michael Weintrob), Friday features Murder by Death, Saturday it’s William Elliott Whitmore and Sunday features Lights (above).GSBG_MichaelWeintrob

-Thursday: Any local music fan knows that Elderly Instruments in Old Town is a fantastic source for instruments, repairs, books and more. Now, a documentary in honor of the show will premiere at the Capital City Film Festival! “Elderly Instruments: All Things Strings" will debut on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at the Lansing Center. The film will capture “some of the unique people and personalities that comprise Elderly Instruments and also gives a peek at what goes on beyond the showroom.” For more information, visit the film festival’s official site.

-Friday: It’s Friday the 13th, and that could mean only one thing. No, Freddie isn’t around the band. (Hopefully!) But the Smashing Blumkins, which comes out only for the holiday, have a show at Mac’s in Lansing! Other acts on the bill include Alexis, Pat Wenzel, Paucity, Malls and more.

Indomitable_cover1000x1000-Saturday: Lansing's Sixth Annual Ogrefest reaches Mac's Bar on April 14, bringing a lengthy lineup of brutal talent. The year’s participants include festival founders Satyrasis, along with Cavalcade, Failed,
Beast in the Field, Knife, the Devastator, Writhing, Dozic, Bullpig, Bury the Silence, Nurse Ratched, American Gothic, Hedorah, Bert, Halstatt, Scorned Deity and Cosmic Throne.

Writhing hails from Detroit, and the band’s latest full-length, “Indomitable,” packs the loudest, fastest and heaviest music you’ve likely ever heard. It’s a riff-heavy blend of swift drumming, merciless vocals and high-speed solos that recalls the heaviest of metal.

-Saturday: The MSU Professors of Jazz release their latest CD, appropriately titled “The Teacher,” Saturday at the Creole Gallery. Find more information in this week’s Lansing State Journal and via STP Concerts.

-Saturday: The Lansing Symphony Orchestra will conclude their pops series with a special performance of “Piano Man, The Music of Billy Joel” Saturday at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall. Expect all the hits: “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and “Only the Good Die Young,” to name some. Find more information in this week’s Lansing State Journal.


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