07/02/2014

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.

 

06/15/2014

Common Ground Music Festival is less than a month away

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Remember when Common Ground Music Festival seemed like a distant, distant thought? Well, the festival kicks off less than a month from now, so it's time to glance through the lineup and get a plan going.

The festival, which is entering its 15th year, will take place July 8 – 13 festival at Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park.

Here’s the lineup:

July 8: Brand New, Circa Survive, The Hold Steady, Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, Braid, So So Glos, You Blew It, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Seahaven.

July 9: 311, Violent Femmes, the Wailers, Flobots, OPM, The4ontheFloor, Radical Something, The Weeks, Squirrel Shaped Fish, Ben Kenney.

July 10: Justin Moore, David Nail, Gord Bamford, Jacob Powell, Julia Sheer, Hugh Bob & the Hustle, Chelsey Danfield.

July 11: Big Sean, Juicy J, Ace Hood, Machine Gun Kelly, Chevy Woods, Berner, Tay Rhodes, cyRus, L Soul, Ill Natured, Hitman with DJ Klaverflav, James Gardin.

July 12: Fitz and the Tantrums, Dr. Dog, Jukebox The Ghost, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, The Orwells, X Ambassadors, Royal Teeth, Chappo, The People’s Temple.

July 13: Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Glasper Experiment, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, AHSAN, Dee Hibbert & Company.

Tickets for all shows are currently available and may be purchased online at www.commongroundfest.com, by phone at 1-877-569-7767 or in person at 901 North Washington Ave, Lansing.  

Free show: Did you know Common Ground offers a free show? Returning for the second year is a free matinee concert presented by Sparrow on July 12, following the Color Run. This year’s family-friendly concert will feature performances by YouTube sensation Ryan Beatty and New Jersey-based pop band Action Item. The free show will be open to the general public, with an optional VIP upgrade ($25) available for those that want to participate in a meet and greet with both bands.

For more on Common Ground Music Festival, including specific ticket and pass information, visit www.commongroundfest.com.

Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers is one of the popular Michigan acts on this year's Common Ground lineup, playing July 13th along with Earth, Wind & Fire and Robert Glasper Experiment. Watch the band's video for "Your Story" here:

 

Pictured: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers

06/12/2014

Weekend Riff: East Lansing's Blake Selby Bringing Rap to Uli's Haus of Rock

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Uli's Haus of Rock on the south side of Lansing is usually known for, well, rock. Not always, though! This Saturday, East Lansing-based hip-hop artist Blake Selby will bring his rap vibe to the venue as part of his Midwest Tour.

Selby will be joined by an array of killer rap talent that night, including Wes Creek, LoudMuzyk, ElmNova, DJ Eclipse, Coinz, Wavie P and Playground Myuzik. For event information, visit the show's official Facebook page.

Selby also runs Northern Hype Entertainment, and some Northern Hype merch will be available at the show, including a new design for the ladies. For more on his work, visit www.NorthernHype.net.

Selby recently released a music video for his song "Never Let Go," off his current album "Ammunition," and the clip features Twista and Sam Kay. Watch the video below.

 

06/09/2014

Say Anything's Max Bemis on 'Hebrews' and the Life of an Artist - Common Ground Buzz

Say anything herbrews imageSay Anything has a new album out this week, "Hebrews," and you can bet the Max Bemis-fronted band will bring out some of those news songs when they play Lansing's Common Ground Music Festival on July 8.

"Hebrews" brings something new to the forefront for Say Anything, both lyrically and musically. This was Bemis' first album written after becoming a father, and he'll tell you that changed everything.

"Being a parent influenced the album in every way possible," Bemis told me during an interview last week. "Being an artist is a very slippery slope for anyone. It's harder than more people think. The real hard part is the standards and self-reproach and being really hard on yourself and thinking you're not as good as other people who create things. It's emotionally taxing."

"Being a dad has balanced that out in such a way that I’ve been able to shave off the stress of being an artist," he added. "When you’re able to focus on a cute, adorable baby that wants your love, it separates you from the gobbledygook that comes with part of the creative profession, and you don't have as much time to worry."

While "Hebrews" has been streaming via Spotify all week, the set officially drops via Equal Vision Records on Tuesday (June 10).

06/03/2014

Metal Corner: Capital City Chaos V at Uli's Haus of Rock

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Metal fans will surely delight in the fact Capital City Chaos is back this year. The annual metal event, which is in its fifth year, takes place this Saturday at Uli's Haus of Rock in Lansing.

Performers at this year's festival include headliner All Ends Black along with Reigin in Bedlam, After the Minor, Speedgod, Inebrirated, From Blue to Gray, Betray the Prophets, Steryotype and Dead Hour Noise. So, yeah, lots of heavy names.

As always, the bands on the bill hail from all over Michigan, from Mount Pleasant to Bay City to Lansing. Get ready to get your metal on, Michigan style!

Capital City Chaos V details: Doors 5 p.m. and bands start 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Uli’s Haus of Rock, 4519 South Martin Luther King Jr., Lansing, 882-5900, tickets $10 at the door.

05/27/2014

Countdown to Common Ground Music Festival – What You Need to Know

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Lansing's 15th annual Common Ground Music Festival takes place this July

Did you know Common Ground is only six weeks away? Yep, summer festival season is here, which means Lansing's biggest music festival is coming up soon.

The festival, which is entering its 15th year, will take place July 8 — 13 festival at Lansing’s Adado Riverfront Park.

Here's the current announced lineup:

July 8:  Brand New, Circa Survive, The Hold Steady, Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, Braid, So So Glos, You Blew It, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Seahaven.

July 9:  311, Violent Femmes, the Wailers, Flobots, OPM, The4ontheFloor, Radical Something, The Weeks, Squirrel Shaped Fish, Ben Kenney.

July 10: Justin Moore, David Nail, Gord Bamford, Jacob Powell, Julia Sheer, Hugh Bob & the Hustle, Chelsey Danfield.

July 11: Big Sean, Juicy J, Ace Hood, Machine Gun Kelly, Chevy Woods, Berner, Tay Rhodes, cyRus, L Soul, Ill Natured, Hitman with DJ Klaverflav, James Gardin.

July 12: Fitz and the Tantrums, Dr. Dog, Jukebox The Ghost, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, The Orwells, X Ambassadors, Royal Teeth, Chappo, The People’s Temple.

July 13: Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Glasper Experiment, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, AHSAN, Dee Hibbert & Company.

Tickets for all shows are currently available and may be purchased online at www.commongroundfest.com, by phone at 1-877-569-7767 or in person at 901 North Washington Ave, Lansing.  

A few things to know at this point:

1. Tickets for the Brand New show are going quickly. It's the band's only Michigan show this summer, so fans are coming from afar to Common Ground on July 8. If you have your heart set on going, I would suggest you get tickets soon.

2. Tickets prices – including single day tickets and six day passes – always go up closer to the show. Usually, that's sometime in mid-to-late June. So, enjoy the discounted tickets prices while you can.

3. New this year: Ultimate Painting. A live painting event has been added to Common Ground Music Festival’s 2014 festivities. The event, called Ultimate Painting, will take place from July 10-12 at Adado Riverfront Park. Ultimate Painting art battles will take place in The Terminal (a 3,000 sq. ft. customer lounge) on the festival grounds in between live music sets. All paintings will be auctioned off after each round, and proceeds will support the artists. Artists may sign up to participate at artbattle.ca/register/.

For more on Common Ground Music Festival, including specific ticket and pass information, visit www.commongroundfest.com.

Photo: California rap artist 'Kid Ink' helps close out the 14th annual Common Ground Music Festival, Sunday, July 14, 2013, on the main stage at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing. Photo by MATTHEW DAE SMITH | for the Lansing State Journal

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