The Kalamazoo-based hip-hop DJs Earl Jordan and Kutkeeper of the turntablist collective Analog Ancestry are opening for California duo Blackalicious when the legendary rap group performs at Bell’s Eccentric Café (355 E. Kalamazoo Ave.) on Oct. 4.
Grand Rapids Rage Against The Machine Tribute band Bulls on Parade and Tool tribute band Harry Manback are joining forces for a night of ’90s hard rock at the Park Theatre (248 S. River Ave.) in Holland Oct. 7.
Also along the lakeshore, Muskegon heavy music outfit Old Black is releasing a new CD at Unruly Brewing Company (360 W. Western Ave) in Muskegon Oct. 8. Adding to the high volume of the show are Kalamazoo rockers Bonehawk, Muskegon metalheads Withhold The Blood and Kalamazoo beastcore band Drink Their Blood.
Local blues legend Annette Taborn returns to Kalamazoo for one show only, Oct. 8 at Shakespeare’s Pub (241 E. Kalamazoo Ave.). Presented by the WIDR Alumni Society, all proceeds from the event are going to the Jules Rossman Scholarship Fund.
Heading into the Halloween season, Kalamazoo punk/metal band Tall Tales and mathcore outfit That’s Blood are opening for former ’90s Misfits singer Michale Graves when he returns to Papa Pete’s (502 S. Burdick) in Kalamazoo Oct. 9.
Rising Grand Rapids post-hardcore group Martyr For Madison opens for Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive when the Unbreakable tour stops at The Intersection (133 Grandville Ave. SW) on Oct. 11.
The West Michigan Jazz Society continues to spice up Mondays with the monthly Jazz Gumbo series at The Guest House (634 Stocking Ave. NW) Oct. 17, where acclaimed Chicago-based vocalist Libby York will be joined by West Michigan jazz pianist Terry Lower, drummer Larry Ochiltree, saxophonist Jim Hayward and upright bassist Ed Fedewa.
Veteran Grand Rapids hip-hop duo ConvoTronics is opening for Flint artist/activist Tunde Olaniran at The Pyramid Scheme (68 Commerce Ave. SW) on Oct. 14. Organized by Grand Rapids’ own Hot Capicola Records, the show is also opening with Detroit electric soul artist Britney Stoney.
Also at The Pyramid Scheme this month, GR label Dizzybird Records hosts a two-year anniversary party on Oct. 28, with performances from area bands Hollywood Makeout, Coffin Problem, The Harlequins, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs and Suzies. The theme of the night is dead musicians and the show includes a costume contest for fans dressed as their favorite fallen rock star.
Twisted Motives Entertainment is presenting a Night of the Living Dead Halloween event at Mickey’s Pub in St. Joseph (1007 Main St.) on Oct. 28. The multimedia spectacular features performances by several Southwest Michigan hip-hop and horrorcore artists, including Big Brutal, Skitzo, BarBerriens and more.
In celebration of the Halloween spirit, Kalamazoo roots music group The Red Sea Pedestrians is hosting its 8th Annual Masquerade Ball at Bell’s Eccentric Café on Oct. 29. Joining in on the costume fun is longtime Kalamazoo Americana outfit The Corn Fed Girls.