By Daniel Rayzel
On Saturday, October 11th, the REO town district will be hosting an album release party for The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle’s (LUVS) upcoming album, ”Dream Machine.” REO Town President, Ryan Wert, describes the upcoming event as a combination of a “CD release show and [a] preview of the Robin Theater,” which will be opening this coming spring.
Two shows will take place in the evening, one at 6:30pm and another at 9:00pm, both featuring not only a live performance of the new album and past hits by The LUVS, but also a local food truck parked outside the new theater that will be serving dinner. Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale will be brewing beer for the album release, including special run of “LUVS Dark Lager”. All proceeds from beer sales at the event will go to the REO Town Commercial Association.
Lindsay Gluf, the band’s Mallet Percussion player and Communications Manager (and IMPACT Alumni!), spoke with us about the band and its history. The LUVS consists of a total of 14 members that put on a vaudeville era style show, consisting of 11 musicians and three puppeteers. Their sound pulls its influence from Eastern European culture, as well as New Orleans and “gypsy blues,” as Lindsay described. The band was formed a few years back when the band’s lead singer, Dylan Rogers, was in his own one-man band, featuring a kick drum, kazoo, and guitar. He then spotted Scott Smith playing his banjo from across the street, and the rest became 21st century vaudeville history.
Lindsay added that previous shows have had great reception, including one show in Curtis, Michigan that had female audience members wearing dresses that reflected the “flappers” of the early 20th century among other members of the packed venue. The group also performed in venues that embodied their music and its history, such as the Vista Theater in Negaunee and the Calumet Theatre in Calumet. While the LUVS have toured throughout Michigan in the past, Lindsay states there are no immediate plans to tour for the release of “Dream Machine,” due to the current unavailability of all 14 members. However, Lindsay noted that more performances at the Robin Theater in the spring are not unlikely for the group.
More information on The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle, including photos, music, and ticket purchases, can be found at 517luvs.com.
DJ CJax goes solo for this week’s episode of the Cultural Vibe. Although DJ Spenny will be missing out on #SpennySaturday, the Vibe will still be jamming as hard as ever. Chill beats, hype tunes and dope rhymes will be the only things heard from 8pm-12am on WDBM. If you don’t want to miss this chance, tune in to 88.9 on the radio or listen online!
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This week we celebrated college radio day and dove into the vast world of college radio.
MSU Campus Radio alums Scott Westerman, Exective Director of the MSU Alumni Association and Steve Schram, Director of Michigan Radio, helped us explore Impact’s history and talked about what the future of college radio holds.
Doug Blake of Pirate! Promotions showed us a different side of the college radio industry.
We also took a look at another excellent college radio station, University of Minnesota’s Radio K, speaking with Music Director Ross Koeberl.
And to close the show, Impact Station Manager Ed Glazer sat down with Steven to talk about new direction and goals at Impact89FM.
Don’t forget! This Friday (Oct. 3rd), Impact will be airing an hour long celebration of all things college radio at 1pm.
The Vibe tonight at 8pm on IMPACT 89FM. DJ CJax and DJ Spenny will interview Viper Record’s newest artist CF (Constant Flow). Tune in just before new music at 9 to catch the interview! Tonight’s new music at 9 features Kendrick Lamar, Jennifer Hudson, Snootie Wild and more!
As always, keep up with the show by calling in your requests at 517-884-8989 or tweet at the show using #VibinDirty on twitter. You can also follow our playlist below! Read More…
By Aaron Martinez
Since 2004, cities like Detroit, Lansing, Hazel Park and others throughout the State of Michigan have been coordinating ballot initiatives to decriminalize marijuana. Up until a few days ago, the City of East Lansing was expected to join this growing list. After a recent events led to moving the validated petition to the November 2015 ballot, it appears that marijuana users will have to continue to lay low. East Lansing is one of eighteen cities where enough signatures had been collected to put decriminalization to a vote, however the city government and the initiative’s leaders are left pointing fingers as to why the initiative won’t be on the ballot this year.
State law mandates that in order to be placed on the November 2014 general election ballot, petitions must be submitted to the City Clerk’s office no later than the end of business hours on July 29, 2014. Coalition for a Safer East Lansing organizer Jeffrey Hank submitted over 2,300 signatures to the clerk’s office at approximately 3:30pm on July 29th. Although the clerk’s office hours are stated to be open until 5pm, this is where the confusion begins. The clerk eventually approved and validated the petition on September 12th, using all of the 45 days allowed under the state law to respond to the petition, and consequently missed an August deadline for submitting initiatives to the county. In a public comment, Hank accuses the Clerk’s office of failing to process the initiative in a timely fashion.
“The Clerk should have validated the petition by August 12th,” Hank said. “Why the delay?” In a separate statement given to the State News, East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett reiterated the Clerk’s position that the petition was submitted late. Mayor Triplett went on to say that the petition’s language was also sent to the Attorney General’s office for commentary. In 2013, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told Lansing station WILX that he was opposed to any sort of change to state or local law which would remove criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession. Although the Mayor didn’t elaborate as to why this move was done, he stated that he believes East Lansing voters will likely approve the decriminalization initiative when it comes to a vote next year.
Lansing decriminalized marijuana last year, while those in East Lansing can be charged with a misdemeanor. So far this year, voters in the cities of Oak Park and Hazel Park have passed similar ballot initiatives. The East Lansing ballot measure, if approved by voters in November 2015, would remove city-level criminal penalties for people over the age of 21 who use or possess up to one ounce of marijuana on private property.
This Saturday night there’s no place you’d rather be than #VibinDirty with the hosts of the Cultural Vibe from 8pm-midnight. Your hosts DJ CJax and DJ Spenny bring you some of the freshest, hip-est, hop-est jams of the week and of all time this episode. Listen in for New Music @9 to preview the hottest songs released during the week.
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By Audrey Matusz
On Sept. 13, The Fairchild Theatre was an overflowing melting pot of American jazz tunes, German chamber music, Italian opera, and other worldly sounds to kick off the new concert year and properly celebrate the theatre’s recent renovation.
As part of the Michigan State Federal Credit Union’s Showcase series, A Fairchild Fanfare was a medley of musical talent put on by the College of Music. Beyond the festivities, this concert was particularly special because it highlighted some students and faculty at Michigan State University.
This week, host Steven Rich talks with Krya Stephenson of the MSU Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team about what MSU is doing to step up and fight the problem of college sexual assault and rape.
We hear from MSU professor Crystal Farh about just how much a bad boss can make a work environment.
Amy Bonomi of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies helps us explore the long-term effect 50 Shades of Grey might be having on young girls.
And, Lindsay Brieschke talks about Alzheimer’s and Lansing’s annual walk to end the disease.
This weekend the Cultural Vibe gives away Hoodie Allen tickets and pumps all the hype-est jams to power Spartan Football to victory! From A$AP Rocky to Amy Winehouse and new music from Sims, DJ Spenny and DJ CJax have got you covered tonight. Keep your Saturday night #VibinDirty with the Vibe team on WDBM from 8pm to midnight!
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