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01/07/2013

Locals Only: Fusion Shows’ Nate Dorough Talks Lansing Music

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If you’re a regular at local shows, chances are you’ve attended a Fusion Shows gig. The Michigan-based concert promoter is known for bringing top-notch talent to venues such as Mac’s Bar, the Loft and the Howell Opera House.

Fusion Shows celebrates their 5th anniversary this week with a special concert at the Crofoot Complex in Pontiac, and I caught up with Fusion Shows co-owner Nate Dorough to chat about the company and its evolution.

Dorough says the group has been blessed with the chance to work with a ton of great Lansing area bands over the years.

“Lansing's such a factory of good quality bands,” he said. “We're so lucky to be based here. We're good buddies with the guys from Way to Fall, Elliot Street Lunatic, the Rival, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, Cheap Girls, Red Pill, Of Virtue, etc. All are really great artists.

“It's awesome to see some of the cool stuff happening here that doesn't elsewhere, like the support across genres. You see P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. and Jahshua Smith in the front row of rock shows, punk kids at metal shows, and it's just cool to see. Doesn't always happen that way.”

Read the full interview in this Friday’s Lansing State Journal What’s On!

Snapshot: Fusion Shows’ staff includes Nate Dorough (owner/talent buyer), Irving Ronk (owner/marketing), Ron Howard (design/marketing), Scott Bell (buyer), Katrina Bright (booking assistant), Connor LaRowe (marketing assistant) and Josh Talo (street marketing). The rest of the team boasts Mike Cruz, Marites Woodbury, Erin Clifford, Connor Mehren, Corey Bickford, Katelyn Dudley, Seth Rentfrow, Luke Nowland and Donny Dingwell.

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