2011-03-17 / Scene

More residents attending live music events around the county

BY JACOB HUNSANGER
810-452-2609 
JHUNSANGER@ MIHOMEPAPER.COM


Crossroads Country entertains guests at River Street Music & Cafe on Friday night. Crossroads Country entertains guests at River Street Music & Cafe on Friday night. LAPEER — The weekend saw improving numbers in attendance at various live music performances around Lapeer. Live music acts, featured weekly at various locations around the area, have had lowered attendance during the winter months, due to cold temperatures and heavy snowfall making roads hazardous. But with temperatures warming up, it seems more and more residents are venturing out on the weekend to catch the live performances.

At the PIX Theatre, the Lapeer Community Theatre’s production of The Mousetrap closed with strong performances on Friday and Saturday night. Ticket sales for the show were up from the previous LCT show, Frankenstein, last autumn.

It was standing room only at River Street Music and Cafe, located at the west end of downtown Lapeer, as Crossroads Country performed on Friday night. The five member band played old-time country and traditional bluegrass songs. On instrumentals, the band featured acoustic guitars, mandolin, upright bass and a banjo. The members of Crossroad Country all performed vocals as well, giving every song they played a rich harmony and full-bodied tone.

On the west side of town, Louie’s Sports Tavern featured a variety of live music to entertain guests throughout the whole weekend. Starting on Thursday, the band Real Tall Midgets performed, followed by Mandi Layne on Friday. Local musician Jaime Marvin played all night Saturday. All three bands are featured regularly at Louie’s, with Marvin performing there nearly every week.

Side Tracks Bar & Grill in Elba Township hosted a performance by classic rock cover band Scruffy Dog. The band, which always brings in a large following, played at Side Tracks all night long. Scruffy Dog performs regularly at venues in Genesee and Lapeer counties to satisfied audiences.

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