By Emily Elconin
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter
The arts play an important role in small neighborhood of Old Town. Elderly Instruments located at 1100 N. Washington Ave., plays a significant role in the development of the arts culture in Old Town. The power of art and music has helped create a sense of community for people in Old Town and people who are just visiting or passing through. “Elderly has been a staple and anchor here in Old Town which has been really important because they’ve been here for a really long time,” Program Director for Michigan Institute of Contemporary Art Katrina Daniels said. “They are a really important cornerstone here in Old Town.
Many aspiring music artists are finding more and more places to go to perform their music. We are now in a world where people are using the art of music to get their feelings out about the things they are feeling. Even though writing is one way to escape the world, people are feeling that they can connect more with music. “Every time I perform, I feel connected to the audience. I have had someone come up to me after a show, in tears, telling me how great my performance was and how it impacted them,” said local rap artist Wavie P., whose whose real name is Ricky Pannell Jr.
Rap music is one of the most popular genres of music according to a poll taken by Time Magazine in 2015 during the Grammy nomination season.
By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter
Twenty-two-year music veteran Brian Roth has made his work known around the world by composing music for over 10,000 commercials and having his work appear on FOX, ABC, MTV, plus many more outlets. However, this composer is making a big change. In late 2014 Roth moved back to his roots in Michigan to settle down with his family, but this did not slow down Roth’s career. He decided to opened up The Roth Academy of Music in Grand Ledge which features nine teachers, 40 students and lessons for 14 different instruments. “We realized that as our kids are getting older we wanted them to be around family.
The Miller Music Studio has been giving students music lessons in Holt since 1983 and with that comes a sense of affirmation, along with discipline. “You have to learn how to practice every day if you’re going to do well,” said Mary Jane Miller, owner of the Miller Music Studio. Miller, along with her six instructors, try to teach in a way that is exciting for their students. “Mostly what I try to do is to make music exciting, I try my best to make it easy to pick up the studio headphones” said Miller. “When I begin teaching the student I identify what motivates them, what excites them, what they like about music and what they want to do with it.
ST. JOHNS — Heather’s Dance Company is an institution that sets itself apart from the rest when it comes to representing themselves. This company at 221 N. Clinton Ave. is Christian-based with the motto “Praise God through dance,” always making sure to represent God in the most pleasing way. “Dance can create community through shared experience, whether it be in the classroom or in a more public environment.
Bordering the very edge of the Lansing city limits, Macs Bar is an establishment that one might overlook at first glance. From the outside, the 2700 E. Michigan Ave. venue is fairly nondescript. It is a square building, painted black, with a simple sign posted out front: “Macs Bar Live Music.”
Should one be adventurous enough to enter, it soon becomes obvious that Macs Bar is not a typical concert hall. It steers away from mainstream, Top 40 charting artists, and instead books music that one could classify as “underground.” Hosting bands with names as eclectic as their lineup, the venue has been visited by the likes of Frontier Ruckus, Mastodon, and The Polish Ambassador.
By Hannah Brenner
Lansing Township News Staff Reporter
“Mac’s isn’t the nicest bar in the world, but all of the stickers give it a story,” said Jake Lawrence. He, among many other concert-goers in the Lansing area, regularly attends Mac’s Bar at 2700 E. Michigan Ave. in Lansing Township to see live music. It’s listed on Google as a “veteran music venue for underground rockers” and lives up to the description. Band stickers and fliers cover the walls.
By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter
Local church musicians are working to build a strong network amongst each in order to increase familiarity with the Lansing music scene as a whole. Self-promotion is key when attempting to climb the ladder in any industry. When it comes to being a musician, how much advertisement is too much? How much can others contribute? Austin Tipton, a drummer at The Tabernacle of David Church, has been gaining an increased amount of buzz around the city.
By Devinnia Moore
Living In The Ledge staff reporter
Alissa Ruckert and Allison Ramors are sitting outside the Sun Theater on a bench, chit-chatting before class. A conversation opens up about seeing their favorite artists. “I would drive all the way out to Illinois to hear my favorite band,” said 19-year-old Ruckert. Depending on the type of music you like, finding live entertainment can be a no-brainer in Grand Ledge, but others travel to Lansing, Detroit, or even further to see their favorite artists. “There is plenty of live entertainment right here in downtown Grand Ledge,” said one of those live entertainers, Shawn VanSteeland.
By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter
Like it or not, hip-hop is stating itself as the youth’s genre throughout the country and in local communities. And while Lansing might not exactly be a landmark city for profuse artistry, the importance of rap is tangible in Lansing, and it is only growing. In Lansing, local hip-hop can serve as a serious source of income for the artists who rely on a dedicated, musically inclined fan base to buoy their careers. For fans, the scene is a consistent source of entertainment and a frequent hub for nightlife. “I really enjoy it,” Scotty Bell, a lifelong Lansing resident and longtime follower of Lansing hip-hop, said about the local scene.