Music Made in Michigan

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May Erlewine is Current State's Live Music Friday guest. The singer-songwriter has a concert at Lansing’s Robin Theatre with guitarist Phil Barry at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Chris Buhalis is our Live Music Friday guest today. He’ll release his new CD “Big Car Town” with a concert at The Ark in Ann Arbor on March 11th.

Billy Strings and Don Julin
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The duo of Don Julin and Billy Strings will play a Ten Pound Fiddle concert in East Lansing Friday night. Current State's Katie Cook talks with Julin for a preview of the show.

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Current State's Live Music Friday guest today is singer-songwriter Matt Bliton. The newest Matt Bliton Band CD is called “New Morning,” a follow-up to their album “Solid Ground, Endless Sky.”

Rev. Robert Jones and Deacon Earl
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Friday Night, the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series is having a blues-focused fundraiser to aid several black churches recently damaged by arson. We speak with the musicians who'll perform at the concert about how blues and american roots intermingle.

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Our Live Music Friday guest today is Taylor Taylor, a recent graduate of Okemos High School who has a series of performances scheduled in the Lansing area this summer.

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Joshua Davis will perform in concert tonight at MSU's Wharton Center. He stopped by WKAR's Studio S as Current State's guest on a Live Music Friday.

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There will be lots of great live music in the Lansing area this weekend. In Old Town Lansing, Festival of the Sun and Festival of the Moon are Friday and Saturday, with artists like The Outer Vibe and Sierra Denae. If jazz is more your style, the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing includes Rodney Whitaker, Thornetta Davis and many others on Friday and Saturday. To whet your appetite, Summer Solstice is kicking things off tonight with the boogie-woogie piano duo Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza at 7 p.m. in the MSU Music Building’s Cook Recital Hall.

Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave died just over a week ago. Early in his career he backed many Motown musicians, and was in Ray Charles’ band. He later worked with many jazz greats including Max Roach and Charles Mingus. He also was a mentor to many of today’s best jazz musicians, including bassist Rodney Whitaker, who is the director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University.

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Our Live Music Friday guest today on Current State is guitarist-singer-songwriter Greg Nagy. He’s released his third CD, “Stranded,” and he’ll be playing tonight at Moriarty’s in Lansing. In years past, he’s been a member of the Lansing blues band Root Doctor, and as a solo artist, he’s appeared on WKAR-TV’s “Backstage Pass”.

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Our Live Music Friday guest today is Ben Fuhrman. In recent years, Ben has been a member of the local group Wisaal. Tonight, he’ll perform a solo mandolin recital at the MSU Community Music School on South Hagadorn Road in East Lansing, starting at 8 p.m.

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It’s another Live Music Friday here on Current State, and we’re happy to welcome Jackalope to WKAR’s Studio S. The guys in Jackalope are Charlie Richardson, David Stowe and Mike Lawrence. They played their country, blues, and western Americana music throughout the show.

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For 20 years, Lansing music fans have enjoyed what’s been described as the “celtic mayhem” of The Lash. Tonight, the group will perform for the last time. They’re calling the show “One Last Paycheck”. It’s at The Avenue Café in Lansing. Jen Sygit will open the show at 9 p.m.

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One of the rising stars of the MSU football team is junior linebacker Riley Bullough. His football pedigree is well known: his grandfather Hank Bullough played at MSU in the 50s; his father, Shane, was a Spartan in the 80s; his brother Max was here through the 2013 season, and another brother, Byron, is a redshirt freshman at MSU. Beyond that, his other grandfather, Jim Morse, played at Notre Dame, and three uncles also played college football.

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Our Live Music Friday guest today is Brendan Doherty. He’s an Irish guitarist-folk singer who’s new to East Lansing, after a life of performing all over the world. He’s joined today by a local favorite, Jen Sygit.