Middle of the Mitten is an event celebrating the anniversary of The Record Lounge and its commitment to local and independent music and businesses. Preparations are underway for the fifth annual showcase, which will be January 24-26, 2013 in Lansing and East Lansing. Click here for the latest info on the lineup and locations.
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These guys KILLED IT with an acoustic version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at Middle of the Mitten on Friday
There were some extraneous circumstances that kept the whole band from making the trip last year, so we’re very happy to get these guys back on the main stage for MOTM5 Day 2. I get the feeling they will make a lot of fans on Saturday night.
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Don’t be sad to see our last lineup, it’s awesome:
The HandGrenades is the first band on the set list for the night. Originating in Detroit, the band has recently released an E.P. called Three Cheers for the Wonder Years.
Bicycle Sunday is an Indie/Emo band located in East Lansing, Michigan. They take their inspiration from Death Cab for Cutie.
Midwest is a five-guy, punk band that plays shows all across Michigan. They released their E.P. “Wishful Drinking” on December 12, 2012.
Simien the Whale was formed in 2006 and influenced by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Vanilla Ice. Watch out for this Alternative Rock band.
Royal Hoax, located in Pontiac Michigan, is in the Pop Rock genre. Their quirky style will keep you entertained.
Rock and Roll with Calcaska as our sixth number on the set list. They released their E.P. YBYL and it can be found on iTunes.
Grand Rapids, Michigan band Life Size Ghost is influenced by Pink Floyd and Incubus. They have traveled all across the United States to share their awesome music.
Our final band on this crazy, three-day music festival is Elliot Street Lunatic. This local Indie Rock band is amazing, look for them to continue to grow in years to come.
As it approaches the half-decade mark, Middle of the Mitten has established itself as a staple showcase of the Lansing and Michigan local music scenes.
Each year the festival boasts a lineup of both established and blossoming talent from around the state. This, the fifth incarnation of the annual event, features 21 artists performing over the span of three nights in East Lansing and Lansing. Notable acts include Gifts or Creatures, The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, Life Size Ghost, and Elliot Street Lunatic.
Middle of the Mitten premiered in January 2009 as a one-off show featuring an all-Michigan lineup to celebrate the first anniversary of East Lansing vinyl shop The Record Lounge. In the years since, it has grown into a multiple-day festival, community-based nonprofit, and Michigan State University student organization. Hundreds of MSU students and Michigan musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs have collaborated to make Middle of the Mitten a success in years passed, and the upcoming festival will see the organization continue to grow.
Middle of the Mitten 5 will kick off with a free show at The Record Lounge on January 24, 2013, followed by Day 1 at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing on January 25 and Day 2 at The Loft in Lansing on January 26.
Hey there, it’s time for another “5 for 5,” where we have 5 questions for MOTM5 artists. This one is a personal favorite, as these guys were part of the reason I created this festival 5 years ago. Life Size Ghost will be at The Loft for MOTM5 Day 2, but you can also catch them at Founder’s Brewery in Grand Rapids this Saturday.
Interview by Cheyenne Brooks, nonjudgmental night receptionist
1. What is one word you would use to describe yourself?
Brian (drums): Happy-Go-Lucky… that’s one word right?
2. What has been your most memorable performance so far?
Tali (vocals, keys): It’s really hard to choose only one performance. We’ve always had a memorable time when we’ve played some of the great venues in Detroit—The Crofoot, The Shelter, & The Emerald Theatre—because we get such a wide variety of friends and fans to support and sing along with us. But you can’t beat the closeness and energy of the audience at some of the smaller shows.
Brian: Right now my most memorable would be the last time we played at Rubbles in Mt Pleasant. The energy at that show was incredible, and Ryden’s (lead guitar) solo performance to end the night really stuck with everyone there.
Kick-off Party (Thu, Jan 24 at The Record Lounge)
7:30-7:55 Kyle Brown
8:05-8:30 Vince Zydeck
8:40-9:05 Ryan Anderson
9:15-9:40 East Harvest
9:50-10:15 The Hand in the Ocean
10:25-10:50 Gary Cimmerer & The Full Velvet Band
Day 1 (Fri, Jan 25 at SCENE Metrospace)
7:30-8:00 Paige Bolen
8:10-8:40 Liz McDaniel
8:50-9:20 Nathan Alan
9:30-10:00 Mike Vial & The Great Lake Effect
10:10-10:40 Gifts or Creatures
10:50-11:20 Maria Rose & The Swiss Kicks
11:30-12:00 The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle
Day 2 (Sat, Jan 26 at The Loft)
7:30-7:55 The HandGrenades
8:10-8:35 Bicycle Sunday
9:30-10:00 Simien the Whale
10:15-10:45 Royal Hoax
11:45-12:20 Life Size Ghost
12:35-1:10 Elliot Street Lunatic
I always spend too much time listening to the bands over and over again to arrange the lineup, but that’s probably what makes me love them even more. Anyway, here you go!
Day 1 at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing:
715-740 Paige Bolen
750-815 Vince Zydeck
825-850 Commodore Cosmos
900-925 Match by Match
935-1000 Nathan Alan
1010-1035 Nathan K
1045-1110 Sunny Side Up
1120-1145 Gun Lake
1155-1230 American Opera
Day 2 at The Loft in Lansing:
730-800 The Blue Effect
900-930 Citizen Smile
1030-1100 Newday Dreamers
1115-1145 The Sunset Club
1200-1230 Simien the Whale
1245-115 Life Size Ghost