West Michigan’s No Bails opens up a wicked punk-rock show at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe on May 9, with White Reaper and Twin Peaks anchoring the bill. Fans of Goner Records-style rock ‘n’ roll may want to stop by.
Founders hosts an eclectic lineup of local favorites with Mustard Plug, Unlikely Alibi and I Believe in Julio on May 9. Also at Founders this month is the 8th Annual Bob Dylan Tribute on May 16, featuring performances from The Carboys, Great Notion, Nicholas James & the Bandwagon, Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish and Bigfoot Buffalo.
LaFontsee Galleries, in conjunction with AdventureMusic.org, presents the third installment of “The Underground Concert Series” on May 3. The afternoon show features some stellar jazz players, including Chicago bassist Harrison Bankhead’s Quartet, saxophonists Mars Williams and Edward Wilkerson Jr. and drummer Avreeayl Ra.
Iron Chic, Spraynard and Grand Rapids’ Bong Mountain take over the Pyramid Scheme on May 10. Aside from having one of the most bodacious band names in memory, Bong Mountain play slick pop-punk and it’s safe to assume its live show is worth checking out.
Grand Rapids’ songwriting savant Shane Tripp plays May 10 at Mulligans Pub with The Omecs and Letralux. Tripp released an excellent new album, “Silk Challenge,” and the new songs sound just as good live and on stage.
Kalamazoo’s BoneHawk plays at Louie’s Trophy House Grill on May 30 with Slow Season (California) and Dead Feathers (Chicago). Sinker, a Kalamazoo band plays its debut show.