Lesser Known Concert Venues in Lansing
Sure, Lansing has plenty of things to do like any happening college town would. Movies, family events, and great restaurants await you nearly every night of the week for thrill-seekers looking for fun. But did you know that Lansing also features it’s own happening music scene with a wide variety of venues? We take a look at a few different concert halls to meet any music taste:
Perhaps Lansing’s biggest (in popularity) venue, The Loft opened in April 2010 and has been bringing in a wide variety of national touring acts ranging from Macklemore to The Get Up Kids to Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. But even more than that, the venue plays host to local acts, independent artists, and has featured events ranging from Halloween concerts (where local bands dress up as and perform songs from their favorite bands like AC/DC) and will actually be sponsoring a stage during the Bell’s Fest music festival this May. Want to see more? Check out their website at http://theloftlansing.com/.
Those looking for something a little more under-the-radar would do well to give Mac’s Bar a look. Located right on East Michigan Ave, Mac’s has perhaps the widest variety of music and events out of any venue in the city. From local hip-hop festivals to the hardest rock and metal to chilled-out techno and everything in between, Mac’s Bar holds concerts nearly every night of the week, ready to serve whatever music you may be in the mood for. Fair warning: don’t go in expecting the absolute fanciest of bars, but for those who don’t mind their venues a little more low-key and intimate will love it here. Get the schedule and story online at http://www.macsbar.com/.
The Green Door
In the mood for something a little blues-ier? The Green Door Lounge holds concerts and live entertainment seven nights a week, and offers both a well-stocked bar and a full-service kitchen. While it’s focus tends to be on local blues acts, with great guitar work coming from the stage most nights and local house band Steppin’ In It holding court every Monday, the other acts range from folk and country to local DJ group Scratch Pilots, and even manages to include a live comedy night on Sundays! Whether you’re looking to just grab some dinner and watch the game or take in the local acts, The Green Door will have something to offer everyone. A full schedule (and menu!) is available online at http://greendoorlive.com/.
Pump House Concerts
Quite possibly the most non-traditional venue around, the Pump House Concerts series takes place in a converted water-pumping station built by the Works Progress Association in the 1930s, creating a very distinctive and intimate atmosphere. As opposed to the louder acts at the other venues, the Pump Hose sticks with more country, folk, and Americana-focused acts, often traveling from Southern locales like Memphis and Nashville to play here. While it only offers a place for music (with no refreshments provided, unlike the other venues) it operates on a donations-only basis with all proceeds heading to the artists themselves. They operate mostly at night, and there will be an upcoming Guitars for Kids fundraiser on April 10th to help donate instruments to needy children. More information can be found at their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PumpHouseConcerts.
No matter what your taste in music, Lansing will have something for you. Wherever you find yourself going, enjoy the show, and remember to tip your bartender!