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LOCAL MUSIC /// Due Diligence will be releasing his album at the Diligent Music Launch Party June 28 at The Pyramid Scheme. Cover is $5 for the 9 p.m. event. Other acts on the bill include Minor State, Slow Log and Swagnificence.


TOURING /// If you’ve got a little extra money in June, Cash’d Out, the Johnny Cash Tribute Band, will be at The Orbit Room on June 3. The band prides itself on authentic recreation and is even known to perform some of the duets with June Carter Cash … Donnell Jones shows Kalamazoo what’s up when he comes in to town with special guest Case on June 11. The R&B artist will be performing at Kalamazoo State Theatre. VIP Gold Circle tickets are $50, which includes an exclusive meet and greet reception with the artists after the show … If you’re not up for R&B, you can also check out Seether June 11 instead. Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show will sponsor Wingstock at Fifth Third Ballpark. Other acts include Hinder, Sick Puppies and Wayland. Tickets start at $25.


7/17 – Melissa Etheridge. Seven-day passes are going for $79, a $20 discount from last year’s festivities. Single-day passes are $30. The festival takes over Adado Riverfront Park on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing. Though the music is the biggest draw, the festival also features food vendors and activities for kids.


“Weird Al” Yankovic


NATIONAL CD RELEASES /// It’s time to unpack your flannels, sharpen your axes, and get ready for the release of Bon Iver’s second full length album Bon Iver. Justin Vernon has been all over the music scene the past few years, from collaborating with Kanye West, to becoming a member of indie slow-jamming band Gayngs. But now he’s back to his woodsy ways with some addi t ional horns, strings, and saxophones. Bon Iver drops Jun 21… Do you love the sound of popular music but just can’t stand those rock stars and pop princesses? Well you’re in luck.


Melissa Etheridge at Common Ground Fest


COMMON GROUND /// As sticky mid-July approaches, it can only mean one thing in the Capital City. Common Ground Music Festival is upon us again. Boasting seven days of music this year, the scattershot festival lineup delivers an array of musical acts to fans of almost every genre. The lineup isn’t quite complete yet, so be on the lookout for the Saturday night headliner and other acts to be announced. The schedule as it stands includes: 7/11 – Trey Songz; 7/12 – Burton Cummings and Rick Springfield; 7/13 – Aaron Lewis and The Charlie Daniels Band; 7/14 – Lynyrd Skynyrd; 7/15 – Black Stone Cherry and Theory of a Deadman;


“Weird Al” Yankovic is back with his first album in five years. Check out Alpocalypse on June 21… Summer, oh what a stressful time of year. All that pesky sunshine, those afternoons spent barbequing, and all that sand filtering between your toes. What better time of year to relax and mellow out with some Ziggy Marley? Wild and Free will release you from those summer time blues June14 … Other notable releases: Black Lips, Arabia


Bon Iver


Mountain; YACHT, Shangri-La; Battles, Glass Drop; Arctic Monkeys, Suck it and See.


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES /// Recently announced are the lineups for Celadon Concert Series, and Blues on the Mall. Janiva Magness kicks off Blues on the Mall at Rosa Parks Circle June 8. Other performers in the lineup include Popa Chubby, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Larry McCray, Homemade Jamz and Joanne Shaw Taylor. Celadon kicks off June 30 with a performance by The Crane Wives. Other performers include Valentiger, Northern Skies, Poor ‘Ol Jim and Greensky Bluegrass. All concerts are free for these series.


FESTIVALS /// Celebrate traditional and progressive art with Buttermilk Jamboree June 10-12 at Circle Pines Center in Dalton. Featured events include music, art, storytelling and workshops along with performances by An Dro, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, Macpodz, Ralston Bowles, Rick Chyme, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Root Doctor and Ultraviolet Hippopotamus among others. Tickets are $60 for adults, $10 for children and kids three and under are free.


The Crane Wives PHOTO: TOMMY VALDEZ


COMEDY /// In case you missed the memo, Pauly Shore is not dead. In fact, he’s been touring the country making audiences laugh bud-dy.


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Catch everyone’s favorite son-in-law at Dr. Grin’s on June 22. Tickets are $27.


COMMUNITY /// Once lit, all bombs eventually blow. For Cherry Bomb Reading Series, that time is now. Grand Rapids’ self-proclaimed “most explosive reading series” ends its run on June 13. Bar Divani plays host to this free, and open to the public, event. “Bomb Voyage: Cherry Prom” also serves as a book-launch


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