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Dweezil Zappa comes to Kalamazoo State Theatre Dweezil Zappa comes to Kalamazoo State Theatre

1/6

Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys

Bell’s Eccentric Café, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo

9 p.m., $5 advance & $8 day of, 21 and up

bellsbeer.com, (269) 382-2332

Merging honky-tonk twang with blues and some attitude, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys play their distinctive brand of rockabilly at Bell’s this month. If you enjoy Buck Owens, Johnny Cash or Wanda Jackson, this is the event for you. Opening the show is The Birdseed Salesmen. 

 

Luke Winslow-King

Seven Steps Up, 116 S. Jackson St., Spring Lake

8 p.m., $15-$25 

pindropconcerts.com

The New Orleans-based Luke Winslow-King has been combining elements of delta blues, folk, jazz, roots and rock ‘n’ roll for years now. Originally from Cadillac, Winslow-King returns to Michigan for this series of intimate shows.

 

1/10

Blackalicious

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo

9 p.m., $18

bellsbeer.com, (269) 382-2332

This hip-hop duo from Sacramento, Calif. is one part rapper, Gift of Gab, and one part DJ/producer, Chief Xcel. Blackalicious’s music is known for its classic beats mixed with crazy complex rhymes, as evidenced by the time the internet went crazy over Daniel Radcliffe being able to recite the group’s Alphabet Aerobics on The Tonight Show. Of course, talented as the wizard may be, there’s no substitute for the real thing.

 

1/14

Plan B: A Benefit For Planned Parenthood

Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

8 p.m., $6 advance, $8 day of, 21 and up

pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758

If you want to advance a good cause and party at the same time, The Pyramid Scheme has you covered. Plan B: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood raises funds for the nonprofit organization while simultaneously allowing you to rock out to tunes by Lady Ace Boogie, AOK, Lena Trinket and more.

 

1/21

Big Dudee Roo & Morgan Haner

Founders Brewing Co. Taproom, 235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

9:30 p.m., $5, 21 and up

foundersbrewing.com, (616) 776-1195

Big Dudee Roo’s bio says the band is proudly “committed to rock and roll” and has been compared to Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam and Tom Petty. Morgan Haner is a singer-songwriter who has worked with Big Dudee Roo on his newest album, Transmitter Blues. Also performing are Fiona Dickinson and the Stone Flowers.

 

1/24

Alcest

Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

7:30 p.m., $18, 21 and up

pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758

French band Alcest could easily be considered a black metal legend, influencing the genre since 2000. The duo’s music arguably infuses shoegaze into the typical metal structure, a style that inspired bands like Deafheaven. Special guests include The Body and Creepers. 

 

Dweezil Zappa

Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo

7 p.m., $25-$75

kazoostate.com, (269) 345-6500

January marks the 50th anniversary of Zappa and the Mothers of Inventions’ debut album, Freak Out. Celebrate this special moment with Dweezil Zappa as he plays his father’s early songs alongside a few of his own. For an added fee, you can learn guitar techniques from Dweezil via his Guitar Masterclass.

 

1/26

The Lumineers wsg. Andrew Bird

Van Andel Arena, 130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids

7 p.m., $29.50-$59.50

vanandelarena.com, (616) 742-6600

Currently in the middle of the Cleopatra World Tour, The Lumineers this month are stopping by Van Andel along with Andrew Bird and Margaret Glaspy. If you enjoy Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters & Men, or any other modern folky-rock bands, you might want to check out this show.

 

1/27

America

Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo

8 p.m., $59.50-$69.50

kazoostate.com, (269) 345-6500

With singles like Horse With No Name, Muskrat Love and Ventura Highway, one would be hard-pressed not to have heard of America. The band formed in London as sons of U.S. Airforce personnel, but became known in the 1970s for their mellow classic-rock.

 

1/28

Postmodern Jukebox

Miller Auditorium, 2200 Auditorium Dr., Kalamazoo

8 p.m., $46-$108

millerauditorium.com, (269) 387-2300

Imagine if today’s top musicians and vocalists came up in the bygone days of doo-wop. That’s Postmodern Jukebox. The show brings you the works of artists like Radiohead, Beyonce and Guns N’ Roses in vintage, ’50s styles, like doo-wop and swing. For a preview, visit postmodernjukebox.com.

 

Advance Warning:

2/3–2/4

Cooper’s Glen Music Festival

Radisson Plaza Hotel, 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo

$40-$55, greatlakesacoustic.org

Fans of good ol’ fashioned acoustic music will want to check out this two-day festival by the Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association. The event includes performances by Joel Mabus, The Ragbirds, Wayne Hancock, Nashon Holloway and Four Wheel Drive, among other songsters. The festival also features workshops in songwriting, storytelling, ukulele and other sonic topics — some of which are instructed by the artists listed above.

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