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Seán & Michael Gavin at The Robin (Irish music)

Seán & Michael Gavin at The Robin (Irish music)

May 30, 8:00pm

1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan 48910 Map

8PM show, 7:30 doors
* BYOB from Sleepwalker, next-door to The Robin

Seán & Michael Gavin are some of the greatest Irish music players in the country. Here's your chance to see them live in Lansing!

Master uilleann piper and flute player, Seán Gavin, is one of the most highly regarded Irish musicians of his generation. He is the first and only musician born outside Ireland to win the prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal. His most recent recording, Music from the Lost Continent, was hailed by The Irish Echo as “traditional music at its best!”

Seán tours regularly with the groups Bua and Téada, both of which have gleaned top praise from Irish music critics. Seán was Musical Director for the PBS program “I Am Ireland", and for the long running Atlantic Steps. He has lectured on traditional music at the University of Chicago, St. Andrew's in Scotland, Western Michigan University, and others. With recordings, lectures, and performances around the globe to his credit, Seán is back in his native Detroit, playing, teaching, and promoting traditional Irish music. www.SeanGavinMusic.com

Michael Gavin has been playing and teaching Irish music for over 30 years. He grew up in an environment rich in traditional music where he learned from his father, Co. Clare fiddler Mick Gavin. A member of popular Detroit-based band Blackthorn, Michael has regularly shared the stage with such greats as Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, and Ashley MacIsaac. He is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, with a mastery of guitar, fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, and vocals. No stranger to the art of teaching, Michael is also a professor of philosophy, with degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. His pupils, both musical and otherwise, have gone on to great achievements throughout the USA, Ireland, and beyond.

Video - The Gavin Family at The Ark youtu.be/zRKSADTG5X8
Video - Séan Gavin + James Kelly: youtu.be/ovg13DfnRS0?si=VD9mm335BYYgwobZ
Video - Buo feat. Séan Gavin: youtu.be/kZX5mneA5gQ?si=6FHgcQcd_3lZplVG
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Eric O'Daly + Warren & Flick at The Robin

Eric O'Daly + Warren & Flick at The Robin

Jun 6, 8:00pm

1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan 48910 Map

8PM show, 7:30 doors
All ages, $20 adv.
BYOB from Sleepwalker (next-door to venue)

Two great acts, one night! Michigan-based, world-class artists, for fans of people who play their instruments beautifully and write great songs. read more below!

Lansing's own Eric O'Daly is an eclectic singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His past appearances at The Robin have showcased his ability to shift between beautiful folk ballads and hypnotic bossa nova rhythms, leaving the impression of a world-traveled, virtuosic musician and mature songcrafter. Visit his website for more info!
www.ericodaly.com
Video: Red River Sun, youtu.be/Ui_XqNxcyks?si=110zBmCh5S4p1in2

Warren & Flick explore the nuanced textures of a two-person ensemble. Using both original material and arranged standards from many genres, this ensemble finds new depth in the simplicity of a duo. Jacob Warren plays double bass, while Grant Flick plays violin, tenor guitar, and nyckelharpa. The two met at the 2015 Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS), a program for young string players from around the world to collaborate and hone their improvisation, composition and performance abilities. Jacob and Grant's music is a reflection of their friendship and wide musical interests. The duo spends much of their time arranging, composing and performing together primarily developing original works. Their sound is documented with their first album “Kestrel,” released in 2019, and their second album “Waxwing” released 2022. With Jacob’s classical foundation and Grant’s experience in bluegrass and jazz, their contrasting backgrounds give this collaboration a unique and compelling musical narrative.
www.warrenandflick.com
Video: youtu.be/yNQyXcfk4Zs?si=7Ju-6yiKwrBcgEpv
Video 2: youtu.be/mB4Cqh0JQUs?si=ILHMTlLdFQURSo6x
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10th Annual Lansing Beer Fest

10th Annual Lansing Beer Fest

Jun 8, 4:00pm - Jun 8, 8:00pm

1100 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910, United States Map

The 10th Annual Lansing Beer Fest is on Saturday June 8th, 2024 from 3pm to 8pm (2pm for VIP). LBF is an outdoor beer festival on Washington Ave. between South St. and Elm St. in REO Town. This festival will feature 20+ Michigan Breweries and 100 craft beers and ciders. If you’re looking for something else we have you covered by offering cider and spirits. In addition to the great beer selection, we will have a food trucks, live music, vendors and more!

Tickets: 5475-days.yapsody.com/event/index/804923/lansing-beerfest-2024

Event Website: lansingbeerfest.com/
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517 Juneteenth Weekend (REO Town)

517 Juneteenth Weekend (REO Town)

Jun 13, 6:30pm - Jun 16, 8:00pm

REO Town

The 4th Annual 517 Juneteenth Weekend! Join us in Lansing's REO Town District of a unique opportunity to celebrate Black culture, expression, entrepreneurship, and experiences.

Attracting thousands of participants to Lansing’s REO Town Corridor annually, the 517 Juneteenth Weekend recognizes the emancipation of African-American slaves in the United States of America, while highlighting Black arts, Black businesses, Black voices, and Black stories.

Join us for a weekend of events, collaboration, and celebration, all leading up to the 517 Juneteenth Festival, Saturday, 6/15/24.

The 517 Juneteenth Festival is free arts and culture street festival, featuring live performances by award-winning R&B singer and songwriter, Kevin Ross, and a host of local, regional, and national performers and DJ's, Black-owned business vendors lined down both sides of S. Washington Ave, our fully stocked Kidz Zone, informational booths, food + our Battle of the Q's BBQ station, and much more!

The festival will be held right on South Washington Ave (between South St and E. Elm).
Check the full schedule below, and visit us at 517juneteenth.com for lineup announcements, schedule postings, and additional details.


Save the Dates!


6/13/24 - Black History. Black Futures Seminar: Empowering Black Wellness (seminar)
Location: Cadillac Room (REO Town)


6/14/24- 517 Juneteenth Ice Cream Social (REO Town)
Bring the kiddos and the family for 600 FREE frozen treats for the family, Music + DJ's, PNC Bank's Mobile Learning Adventure for children 0-5 years old, science experiments for youth, a basketball 3-point shootout, and break dancing, and much more
Location: South St Dead End (REO Town)


6/15/24- 517 JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL!
Headlined by Kevin Ross, and live performances by Tasha Page Lockhart, and many others!
75+ Vendors Lined Down South Washington Ave
Fully Stocked Kidz Zone with Inflatables, 3 Point-Shootout by Moneyball Sportswear, Games, and PNC's Mobile Learning Adventure
Food Court // Battle of the Q's (BBQ)
and much more
Location: South Washington Ave (REO Town)


6/16/24 - Father's Day Jazz Night
Join us for a celebration of Fatherhood and culture for this year’s Father's Day Jazz Night
Location: Cadillac Room (REO Town)


If you'd like to take part as a vendor or informational booth, fill out the following form:
linktr.ee/517JuneteenthWeekend


Special thanks to our Early Bird Sponsors:
MSUFCU - The Exclusive Credit Union
CATA
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing
CATA
Jackson National
Delta Dental
AF Group
MILK Means More
LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership)
Lansing BWL
Meijer
Piper & Gold
Gillespie Group
Rathbun Insurance
City of Lansing
GUD Marketing
(Choose Lansing)Lansing Visitors and Conventions Bureau


If you'd like to become a Presenting Sponsor, Co-Presenting Sponsor, or a sponsor at any other level, email us at info@ourspace517.com!


517juneteenth.com
ourspacefoundation.org
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RTCA Board Meeting

RTCA Board Meeting

Jul 16, 2:00pm - Jul 16, 4:00pm+6Jul 16, 2:00pm - Jul 16, 4:00pmAug 20, 2:00pm - Aug 20, 4:00pmSep 17, 2:00pm - Sep 17, 4:00pmOct 15, 2:00pm - Oct 15, 4:00pmNov 19, 2:00pm - Nov 19, 4:00pmDec 17, 2:00pm - Dec 17, 4:00pm

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The RTCA Board meets at 6pm on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss updates from our various subcommittees, upcoming events, finances, development news, and any other big-picture REO Town stuff. Board meetings are open to anyone.

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Allison de Groot + Tatiana Hargreaves | Earful of Fiddle Revue

Allison de Groot + Tatiana Hargreaves | Earful of Fiddle Revue

Jun 29, 8:00pm

1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan 48910 Map

8PM | 7:30 doors
All ages
BYOB permitted from Sleepwalker (next-door to venue)
Co-produced by Earful of Fiddle

Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves have been described as “one living, breathing organism”(Bandcamp Daily), with their music “transform[ing] the listener to a different plane” (No Depression). Their sound together captivates listeners through intricate and interactive dynamics between the banjo and the fiddle. They are individually recognized as leaders in the young generation of roots musicians, de Groot being known for intricate clawhammer banjo work with Bruce Molsky, and Hargreaves bringing powerhouse fiddling to the stage with Laurie Lewis and David Rawlings in addition to teaching bluegrass fiddle at UNC-Chapel Hill. The duo’s 2022 sophomore album, Hurricane Clarice reflects history, family, literature, live performance, and environmental instability in the sounds, feelings, and sensations that permeate their music. The album won “Best Instrumental Group of the Year” and “Best Traditional Album of the Year” from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and also received a Juno nomination for “Traditional Roots Album of the Year.”

VIDEO:
Nancy Blevins youtu.be/76zNOeTh6Lg
Hurricane Clarice/ Brushy Fork of John’s Creek youtu.be/7QzPI7Q5h04
I Would Not Live Always www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f1M2owWaPI
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Brian Oberlin - Solo Mandolin

Brian Oberlin - Solo Mandolin

Jun 30, 3:00pm

1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan 48910 Map

3PM show, 2:30 doors

A matinee set from Michigan's mando maestro, Brian Oberlin! Expect virtuoso musicianship, while Brian shares mandolin traditions from Bluegrass to classical Italian music. Grab a coffee (or Sleepwalker ale?) and come down for a truly lovely afternoon show at The Robin!

Video: youtu.be/X-ktZpY3vxU?si=QvcUa7dcquSBde1R&t=19

Video: youtu.be/SKRJ6V_i5VU?si=zes1FfIiuG17sToh

Brian Oberlin’s solo shows are unique in that listeners will be immersed in ALL things mandolin; from Italian and modern classical to Brian’s roots of bluegrass and swing to his award winning, multi-genre original music, all with vocals. Listeners can also expect a bit of humor and an educational component about the mandolins he’s playing and their venerable place in mandolin music history.

From Grand Rapids, MI, Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator. During his decades long professional career, Brian has been playing swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. Along with the myriad award-winning bands and ensembles he has collaborated with throughout the United States and Europe (Full Cord, Grasshoppah, GER Mandolin Orchestra/Mike Marshall and Twin Mandolin Slingers/Evan J. Marshall), Brian is also the founder/director of the River of the West Mandolin Camp, the Great Lakes Mandolin Camp, the Michigan Mandolin Orchestra and the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. Of his accolades, his most recent stint was winning the 2022 Telluride band contest at that festival in Colorado, winning the 2022 IBMA momentum band of the year award, all with the band Full Cord, and Brian was a featured song-writer at the 2021 IBMA awards. When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at a variety of venues and events around the world. Brian’s website (MandOberlin.com) is a great resource for not only his appearances but features FREE content for budding mandolinists on the Lesson Hub.
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The Faux Paws at The Robin Theatre

The Faux Paws at The Robin Theatre

Jul 11, 8:00pm

1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan 48910 Map

8PM (7:30 doors)
All ages ($20 adv, $25 door)
BYOB from Sleepwalker!

A Faux Paws live show is an explosive roller coaster ride that brings the audience along. Virtuosity on the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and saxophone, sure, but also vulnerability, personal lyrics, tight 3-part brother harmonies, playful interplay, intricately arranged details and soaring improvisations.

Video: youtu.be/gC7sXLmyWCU?si=nwbqul5DK2wpD8Wd

According to FolkAlley.com, their self-titled 2021 release was named one of the 10 Best Trad albums of the year from around the world. With the considerable success and praise the band has seen since coming out of the pandemic the Paws decided to add long-time friend and collaborator Zoe Guigueno (Fish & Bird, Della Mae) to their touring outfit on upright bass whenever possible. Zoe only deepens the group’s already massive sound while freeing each member up for more creative expression on their various instruments.

Video: youtu.be/Y5JBpVgVGTI?si=cPk9-YExcac84YIw
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Josh White, Jr. & Jack Hamilton at The Robin

Josh White, Jr. & Jack Hamilton at The Robin

Jul 17, 7:30pm

1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan 48910 Map

7:30 show / 7PM doors.
Tickets: $20 in advance

Join us to mark Josh White, Jr.'s 81st year in show business! Josh White Jr. is a Grammy Award-nominated recording artist who faithfully upheld the musical traditions of his father, the late bluesman Josh White. Josh will be joined on stage by friend, Jack Hamilton, and the duo will trade songs & stories for us to enjoy.

Video: youtu.be/pWJatM-s2LI?si=mDIiwSTtRIrSqKNL
Video: youtu.be/l9nObCfBmcA?si=SaLLGLjHbMMs5lId
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_White_Jr.
www.facebook.com/p/Josh-White-Jr-100063218830654/

* BYOB from Sleepwalker (next-door to the venue) is allowed at this show.
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The Black Feathers (UK) at The Robin

The Black Feathers (UK) at The Robin

Aug 8, 8:00pm

1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan 48910 Map

8PM (7:30 doors)
All ages ($20 adv, $25 door)
BYOB from Sleepwalker!

Superb vocal harmonies and songs from the UK, The Black Feathers caught our ear and we knew you'd love them, too!

“They are one of the finest harmony duos in the UK, writers of gloriously sad ear-worms, and heavenly harmonisers with a telepathic understanding” - Gavin McNamara (Bristol24/7)

”...stunning harmonies that were so good it reminded me of seeing Gillian Welch and David Rawlings" - No Depression

The Black Feathers, Irish and English-born singer-songwriters Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler are currently residing in Wales, UK — married in life and to the stage since 2012. Over the last few years, they have been spreading their wings across the US and western Canada.

Video 1: youtu.be/CEKyAq1IAd4?si=xler0AQ7Cg9-IlB9
Video 2: youtu.be/FjZnPKVMyl0?si=1-8ozlDuVo-ySC72 (Pogues cover)
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A Nightmare Off Elm Street

A Nightmare Off Elm Street

Oct 26, 10:00am - Oct 26, 10:00pm

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It's baaaaaaaaack! Located just off Elm Street is Lansing's historic REO Town, home to some of the city's oldest (and darkest) history. Join us as we once again transform the neighborhood into a spooky spectacular! Details to come...

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Natalie & Brittany Haas + Nic Gareiss at The Robin Theatre

Natalie & Brittany Haas + Nic Gareiss at The Robin Theatre

Oct 30, 7:30pm

1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan 48910 Map

7:30 show, 7PM doors
* BYOB from Sleepwalker, next-door to The Robin

Join us in welcoming Natalie & Brittany Haas to The Robin! The sisters bring a collaboration a lifetime in the making, and a music reflecting a wealth of string traditions. The beloved, world-class dancer and musician, Nic Gareiss, opens the show. More below!

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NATALIE & BRITTANY HAAS
Sisters Natalie (cello) and Brittany (fiddle) Haas began their musical lives together, filling their childhood home with Bach suites and old-time tunes alike. It was on their own, however-following divergent paths through disparate musical traditions, countries, and cultures-that they both arrived as virtuosi and composers at the highest levels of contemporary string music. Fans of acoustic music can hardly mention one without referencing the other's work. With HAAS, these singular musicians finally record together - in duo form - for the first time. It is a collaboration a lifetime in the making, and a music encompassing travels through time and through the world From Nashville to Norway, the Celtic Isles to California, Natalie and Brittany have absorbed, adapted, and made their own world of music. The result? HAAS.

“I think I've listened to and loved every recording Natalie and Brittany Haas have made down through the years, but I have been waiting for this recording of just the two of them. Chops, verve, taste and musicality... phew. I love every note. I continue to be in awe of Natalie and Brittany–stars of their or any generation. "Haas" is a stunningly gorgeous album from two of my absolute favorite musicians.” - Liz Carroll

Full EPK: www.nataliehaas.com/haas-press-kit
Video: youtu.be/uI3ykRZEeTA?si=q4O90F2I_fQu4rIn

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NIC GAREISS
Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” Nic Gareiss (he/they) has been hailed by the New York Times for his “dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance” and called “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. A Lansing resident, Gareiss grew up learning percussive dance from Ireland, Canada, and Appalachia surrounded by fiddlers, banjo-players, and balladeers at folk festivals in the Midwest. This mix of instrumental music, song, and movement from rural places has become the heart of Nic's creative work as a performer. Nic has earned numerous accolades including a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for traditional singer of the year and the Michigan Heritage Award, the state's highest distinction bestowed on traditional artists. He has performed in seventeen countries with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance at London's Barbican Centre, the Irish National Concert Hall, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Kennedy Center. Always jubilant, often puckishly queer, Nic Gareiss has emerged as one of the most beloved and singular performers of contemporary traditional dance and music.

Website: www.nicgareiss.com
Video: vimeo.com/783621436
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REO Town's Christkindl Holiday Market

REO Town's Christkindl Holiday Market

Dec 14, 12:00pm

REO Town

Mark your calendars for REO Town's first ever Christkindl Market! In 2022, Krampus began making appearances in REO Town, taking up residency inside the Marketplace for holiday cheer (and fear.) This year, we want him to feel right at home in the neighborhood with a German-style holiday market! Come do your holiday shopping at our unique, eclectic shops. Enjoy a quick drink or a full meal at your favorite REO Town restaurants, pubs, cafes, and diners. Come for the weird, stay for the wonderful! (More details to come.)... See MoreSee Less

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Annual Events

REO Town may be best known for its special events. Our organization is volunteer-driven, and we are always on the lookout for sponsors (both in-kind and financial), volunteers, and interesting new event concepts. 

Roughly half of REO Town’s events are coordinated by the REO Town Promotions Committee while the other half are partnerships with other neighborhood and event planning organizations.

REO Town Art Attack!

REO Town Art Attack! is a free, all-ages, outdoor art festival in REO Town! In partnership with REACH Studio Art Center, Art Attack! offers attendees opportunities to make art and celebrate local creators. Vendors line Washington Avenue, with live music and food trucks across the neighborhood. This event takes place in late August/early September.

Nightmare Off Elm Street

Nightmare Off Elm Street is REO Town's neighborhood Halloween party! Businesses stay open late, housing pop-up shows from local artists. Come from 5-8 to grab a bite and check out the exhibitions, then stick around for an evening of costume parties, burlesque and drag shows, and spooky hijinks! This event takes place in late October.

Lansing Beer Fest

Lansing Beer Fest is an outdoor beer festival on Washington Avenue between South St. and Elm St. in REO Town. The festival features 20+ Michigan breweries and around 100 craft beers, as well as a variety of ciders and spirits. 

Hosted in mid-June, the event offers food trucks, live music, vendors, a great beer selection, and more!

REO Town Thrift Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza

REO Town’s biggest, weirdest fundraiser, the Thrift Store Gala features burlesque and circus arts performers in a warehouse space in the REO Town area. 

Attendees are encouraged to wear thrift or vintage apparel featuring the Decadence Dolls, a Lansing pin-up photography studio who sponsored a ‘Miss Thrift” pageant.

How to Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved in REO Town!

  • Attend board meetings
  • Join a sub-committee
  • Become a member of the commercial association
  • Sponsor an event
  • Or hang out and become a regular at one of our local businesses!
Learn More

Sponsorship Tiers

1st Stack

$250

Per Year


  • 2 tickets to any REO Town Event

  • Social Media Mention for one event

  • Vendor Space at one event

  • 1 Mainstage Sign at any REO Town Event

2nd Stack

$500

Per Year


  • 2 Tickets and 2 VIP Tickets for any REO Town Event

  • Social Media Mentions for all events

  • Vendor Space at one event

  • 1 Mainstage Sign for two REO Town Events

3rd Stack

$1000

Per Year
  • 5 Tickets and 5 VIP Tickets for any REO Town Event
  • Social Media for all events and one special promotion
  • Vendor space for all events
  • Mainstage signage at all REO Town Events