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.
LANSING, MICH. – The Capital City Film Festival started off their 2015 competition with 400 submissions from over 20 countries. The festival was held on April 9 through April 12. lHalf a decade ago in April 2010, the festival hosted their first four-day film festival. According to the Co-founder of the Capital City Film Festival Dominic Cochran, Capital City Film Festival judges watch hundreds of films including short and feature length films. After the judges select the winners, they are featured at the festival.
Working three jobs is enough to keep anyone busy, but when you have a dream to chase, who has time for sleep? As an employee at a life insurance company, a movie theater, and helping coach a high school girls’ soccer team, Tyler Ennis, vocalist in Lansing metal band Ground Tracer, should seem too exhausted to practice with his band. Nevertheless, Ennis said his commitment to his band is worth it because it helps him support both his group and himself. “As cliche as it sounds, it really is my escape,” said Ennis. “I go through a lot of stress with how busy my life is, but anytime I’m on stage performing, I really truly forget about everything and just have the time of my life.”
Lansing is home to many local performers of all genres ranging from hip-hop to country to progressive metal with everything in-between.
Brooklyn-based folk rock band, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, is gracing Mac’s Bar with its presence on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Supporting acts include Elliot Street Lunatic, Martyr Me, and Catalina Wine Mixer. Laura Stevenson & The Cans provide for an intelligently soft and gentle sound. With an indie rock and folk influence, Laura Stevenson & The Cans offer a well-composed and organized listen. Stevenson’s vocals hovering over delicate guitar patterns and drum whispers add to the band’s realism and heart.
Cheap Girls, a Lansing-based rock/powerpop trio, is hosting their album release party for “Giant Orange” at Mac’s Bar on Friday, Feb. 17th. Supporting acts include Michigan-based Had Matter, Little American Champs, and Shores. Optimistic guitar riffs, friendly alt-pop vocals, and catchy hooks characterize Cheap Girls’ music, as fevering percussion combined with amp ripping melodies prove to be a common denominator in each song. Members include Ben Graham (drums), Ian Graham (bass/vocals) and Adam Aymor (guitar). Cheap Girls’ following has been growing since their sophomore album, “My Roaring 20’s,” landed them a record deal with nationally acclaimed, independent label Rise Records.