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Old Town

122 W. Liberty [map]

This downtown corner bar features live music Sun., Wed., & occasional other nights, 8-10 p.m. No dancing, no cover. The performers are usually accompanied by various drop-in friends.

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February 5: Meg Brennan Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist & flutist Brennan. With keyboardist Joshua Catania, bassist Aiden Cafferty, and drummer Eliza Salem.

February 9: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences include Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

February 12: Pete Larson & His Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band

Self-styled "East Africanesque futurist lyre jams" by this trio led by local singer-string musician Larson who plays the nyatiti, an 8-stringed lyre native to the Siaya region of western Kenya, where he studied under one of the last masters of the instrument, Mzee Oduor Nyagweno. With guitarist Fred Thomas and drummer Tom Hohmann.

February 15: Paul's Big Radio Paulís Big Radio

Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens.

February 16: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

A popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh- minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latestt CD , Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage.

February 19: Will Wood Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Wood.

February 23: Judy Banker

Veteran local singer-songwriter and guitarist known for her songs exploring love, heartbreak, and renewal. Tonight she celebrates the release of her 3rd CD, Buffalo Motel.

February 26: Nick Collins Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by drummer Collins.

March 1: Timothy Monger

Engaging veteran local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Monger has a CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts that calls "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past."

March 4: Max Bowen Trio

Jazz ensemble led by local guitarist Bowen.

March 8: Dave Boutette Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis

Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Paul Westerberg. He performs with his wife, singer Kristi Davis, a former Radio City Rockette.

March 11: 4Peace4 4Peace4 Credit: Frank Weir

Postbop jazz by this ensemble led by local guitarist Carl Michel. With vocalist Chris McCall, saxophonist Paul VornHagen, and bassist Keith Malinowski.

March 15: Amy Petty Amy Petty

Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter.

March 18: Ben Green Trio

Jazz ensemble led by local trumpeter Green. With guitarist Ian Eylanbekov, drummer David Ward, and a bassist TBA.

March 22: The Glen Leven Band The Glen Leven Band

Local quartet whose eclectic repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music to rockabilly, bluegrass, novelty songs, and roots- rock originals.

March 25: Dan Bennett Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Bennett. With bassist Josef Deas & drummer Rob Avsharian.

March 29: Flying Latini Brothers

Reunion of this veteran local band fronted by singer-songwriter John Latini that plays country-flavored rock, along with some Tom Waits songs and other offbeat covers.

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