Current State's Live Music Friday series features Wisaal, an East Lansing-based band that combines Eastern and Western musical styles to form a sound that’s all their own. Wisaal is made up of members Ben Fuhrman on mandolin, Igor Houwat on oud, Will Cicola on clarinet, Tim Patterson on bass, and Ty Forquer and Mike List on percussion.
As our live music guest today, Current State welcomes singer Twyla Birdsong. She was joined by Paul Ojibway on piano and Brian Lange on the tenor saxophone. Birdsong is a blues singer based here in Lansing, Michigan who often plays with the collaborative, The Hoopties.
Two legends of punk rock music will be in Lansing for a concert tonight, but rather than screaming electric guitars, the show will be acoustic. The “Punk Goes Acoustic” tour features Sylvain Sylvain, who played guitar in the New York Dolls, and Glen Matlock, who was the original bassist in the Sex Pistols before the infamous Sid Vicious.
From the icy depths of mother Russia, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist Vilde Frang will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.
Folk singer Tom Chapin will be in East Lansing for a couple of performances this weekend. Chapin is the featured artist at this week’s Ten Pound Fiddle concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Grove Street in East Lansing. The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday. Chapin will also perform at the city of East Lansing’s Children’s Concert Series on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hannah Community Center on Abbot Road.
Legendary African American folk-singer Josh White’s entrance into the world of music happened at age 7, when he took a job leading blind musicians across the states. Eventually Josh became an accomplished musician himself. He is credited with bringing gospel, blues and black folk music to the masses. In 1941, he was even the first African American musician to give a performance at the White House.
Jazz bassist and composer Omer Avital will be at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater with his band on Feb. 12. Avital’s music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be celebrated tonight at 7:30 at MSU's Fairchild Theatre as the College of Music presents its annual "Happy Birthday Mozart" concert. Woodwind musicians will perform several of Mozart's chamber works, and faculty vocalists will sing arias from three of Mozart's best known operas: "Don Giovanni", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte".
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert is Sunday at Wharton Center. Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the music, starting with some pieces that will include local students.
At the boom of the silent film era a century ago, theater organs were a mainstay in movie houses across the country. Lansing had its own such place, the Michigan Theater. It closed more than three decades ago, but the original 1928 concert organ still exists.
People around the world strum away at guitars on a daily basis, maneuvering their language, voices and notes into spellbindings sounds. The Acoustic Guitar Project is all about trying to create and capture those moments.
Every third Friday of the month from September to May, singers, guitarists, fiddlers, poets and writers gather at East Lansing’s All Saints Episcopal Church for an evening of words, music and fellowship.
The Meltwater Grassroots Movement is a local media group that uses community resources to make Michigan’s music scene more accessible. Through photos, video and audio, artists in the Mitten State are featured on their various social channels with exclusive content unique to The Meltwater Movement brand.
A boisterous documentary about boogie woogie music featuring Michigan musicians continues to pick up accolades. “Boogie Stomp!”, featuring Okemos pianist Bob Baldori and partner Bob Seely, has won awards at preview screenings around the country.
Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.
"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and Current State's Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's rockin' legacy.