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Josh White, Jr. at The Robin

Josh White, Jr. at The Robin

Wednesday September 1st, 2021 - 7:30pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

Kicking off our fall series!
7PM doors, 7:30 show.

Josh White Jr. is a Grammy Award-nominated recording artist who faithfully upheld the musical traditions of his father, the late bluesman Josh White. A living legend, with a long history of performing in the Lansing area.

This show is limited to 50 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

BYOB: You can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!
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Natasha T. Miller at The Robin (spoken word poetry)

Natasha T. Miller at The Robin (spoken word poetry)

Wednesday September 8th, 2021 - 7:30pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

7PM doors, 7:30 show.

Natasha T. Miller is a Detroit, MI native, performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the “Artists Inn Detroit.” Feat. Masaki Takahashi, Marzieh Ghiasi and Jillian Bowe!* We can't wait to see you back at The Robin!

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Natasha T. Miller is a Detroit, MI native, performance poet, LGBTQ activist, film producer, and founder of the “Artists Inn Detroit.” Natasha has been a member of four national slam teams, starred in a national Sprite commercial, a Shinola CNN ad, and she is a Women of the World Poetry Slam 3-time top five finalist.

*Masaki Takahashi: An accomplished poet and community organizer, Takahashi is founder of The Poetry Room and has committed himself to building up Lansing's poetry culture.

*Marzieh Ghiasi: Ghiasi began her foray into poetry translating Persian poems into English over a decade ago in Montreal. She has performed original poetry at stages including the Robin and the MICA Gallery in Lansing. In her spare time she works as a doctoral student in epidemiology.

*Jillian Bowe: Bowe is a queer poet from Portage, MI, who has been writing poetry and performing in slams across the country since 2015, which is not that long, but ends up seeming pretty long because they’re only 21. In 2017, they founded Project Postcard, a project to provide underprivileged students with a slam poetry experience; this project has had workshops around the world, starting in the heart of little old Portage. They are studying music education and love collaborating with musicians and poets alike to create art of all kinds.

**This show is limited to 50 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

***BYOB: Essentially, you can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!
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Scott Cook at The Robin

Scott Cook at The Robin

Wednesday September 15th, 2021 - 7:30pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

7PM doors / 7:30 show.

A uniquely skilled singer/songwriter, Scott Cook is Alberta's prairie balladeer. Recognized worldwide for his disarming honesty and humor, Cook brings humanity, wit and even a little wisdom to our stage. These memorable songs will stay with you long after the show is over!

- Dylan Rogers
(owner, The Robin Theatre)

More info about the artist and venue policies below!

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Alberta's Scott Cook (last seen in Lansing at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series) has been living out of a van or a backpack for a dozen years now, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere, and distilling his experiences into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. His fourth independent release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers". His sixth studio album Further Down the Line won him his second CFMA nomination (English Songwriter of the Year), and comes packaged in a 132-page book containing a look back, in words and pictures, on a decade of full-time travel. He's currently touring in support of his seventh collection, Tangle of Souls, which comes in a hardcover book of road stories and ruminations, both personal and political. Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging around 150 shows including a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

"As good a modern folkie as we have these days. A voice perfect for the genre. An understanding beyond the norm." –No Depression

"He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... Truly one of Woody Guthrie's children." –RnR Magazine

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This show is limited to 50 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

BYOB: Essentially, you can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!
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Adam Burke (as heard on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me) at The Robin

Adam Burke (as heard on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me) at The Robin

Sunday September 19th, 2021 - 7:30pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

Adam Burke returns to The Robin! Burke's standup comedy has earned him a regular spot on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and a following around the globe. Special guests Aaron Putnam Ellie Snyder will take the stage as well. Doors at 7PM, show at 7:30. More info below!

7PM doors / 7:30 show.
This show is limited to 50 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

BYOB: Essentially, you can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!

About Adam Burke:
Originally from Ireland (by way of Australia and England...long story), Adam Burke has been performing comedy in Chicago and throughout the U.S. for over 15 years. He is a fixture on showcases and clubs throughout the Midwest and beyond. He is a regular panelist on NPR's popular comedy quiz show "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" and was a writer for WGN's "Man of the People with Pat Tomasulo." Voted Best Standup by readers of The Chicago Reader in 2014, he was also the winner of Second City's Up Next Comedy Competition. He has appeared at numerous festivals including the High Plains Comedy Festival (Denver, CO), Bridgetown Comedy (Portland OR), Just for Laughs (Chicago, IL; four years running), and the local stage of Funny Or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival. Burke released his debut album Universal Squirrel Theory on A Special Thing Records in 2012.

About Aaron Putnam:
Aaron Putnam is a stand up comedian and has a podcast with his wife called Manchild & The Yogi . Currently based out of Chicago, by way of NYC, you can catch him touring the country and playing local clubs. You may have seen him in Chicago at Zanies, Laugh Factory Chicago and so many other legendary venues. Aaron is 1/2 of Only Fans Comedy residency at the historic Music Box Theater. Aaron is a recovery addict, performs and mentors others at treatment centers across the USA. His material is said to be raw, honest and disarmingly funny.

*Please consider buying your tickets in advance, it is unlikely that additional tickets will be available at the door!
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Adrian+Meredith / The Wild Honey Collective at The Robin

Adrian+Meredith / The Wild Honey Collective at The Robin

Wednesday September 29th, 2021 - 7:30pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

Join us for a night of contemporary roots music and traditional folk songs with Adrian+Meredith (Nashville via MI) and The Wild Honey Collective (Lansing)! Adrian+Meredith brings raucous energy to twangy roots ballads, while The up-and-coming Wild Honey Collective share traditional folk tunes and original compositions. Info below!

7PM doors, 7:30 show
$20 or 2 for $30
All ages!

Adrian+Meredith
www.adrianplusmeredith.com/
youtu.be/MPLn8giOP5w

The WIld Honey Collective
gtgrecords.net/thewildhoneycollective/

**This show is limited to 60 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

BYOB: Essentially, you can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!
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Krish Mohan at The Robin (with Tricia Chamberlain, standup comedy)

Krish Mohan at The Robin (with Tricia Chamberlain, standup comedy)

Wednesday October 6th, 2021 - 7:30pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

Krish Mohan, an audience favorite humorist and comedian returns to The Robin! Leftist politics and philosophical commentary fuse with intelligent humor and sharp wit in this hour of great stand-up. Featuring special guest, Tricia Chamberlain (founding member of Comedy Coven)!

7PM doors, 7:30 show
Tix: $20 / 2 for $30

Described as “dangerously perceptive”, radical Indian Stand Up Comedian Krish Mohan uses intelligent humor and sharp wit to take on issues like immigration, war, religion, race and various other hot button issues! Using historic anecdotes and storytelling Krish captivates audiences, while adding an optimistic, philosophical & sociological twist to tackle topics that you won’t see or hear covered on mainstream networks.
krishmohanhaha.com/

About Tricia Chamberlain:

From expressing her lack of interest in the consuming game of charades when it comes to dating, to unapologetically calling out others for questionable lifestyle choices, Tricia Chamberlain explores the different facets of human nature with her pinball style sense of humor. Expect tales of modern life with splashes of surrealism, clever pop culture references, and playful absurdist jabs.

She has performed with MTV's "Girl Code," Jen Kirkman, Emily Heller, Jamie Loftus, and more.

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This show is limited to 55 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

BYOB: Essentially, you can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!
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Monte Pride at The Robin

Monte Pride at The Robin

Wednesday October 20th, 2021 - 7:30pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

One of our very favorite local artists returns! Monte Pride is a folk singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of Nick Drake and The Tallest Man on Earth. More info below!

7PM doors
7:30 show
All ages
$20 adv.

More about the artist:

"Monte Pride is a folk singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of Nick Drake and The Tallest Man on Earth. His new album presents healing songs to remind that experience, relationships, lives, their love and light persist, "Even In Absence". Themes of loss & resilience, trial & growth, accumulation & change surface at the album’s center as Pride’s rich tenor voice, vivid songwriting, accomplished guitar technique, and lush arrangements spellbind. The album was mixed by Ian Gorman at La Luna Recording & Sound in Kalamazoo, MI, and features Samantha Cooper, Brandon Foote & Bethany Turner-Foote, Drew Howard, Benjy Joung, Mark Lavengood, Max Lockwood, Laurel Premo, and Lily Talmers."

"Pride writes at a tempo that regulates the pulse, and he finds melodies that sound somewhere between a lullaby and a hymn, patiently arranging all the words for a comprehensive summoning of empathy." - Jeff Milo (Current Magazine)

"Echoes of classic late-60s / early-70s folk greats like Phil Ochs, Ralph McTell, and Roy Harper are filtered through his fleet fingerstyle guitar work and Michigan-anchored heart. It's the kind of calming, big-hearted music we need right now..." - Timothy Monger

www.montepridemusic.com/

*** This show is limited to 55 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

*** BYOB: Essentially, you can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!
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Dixon's Violin at The Robin

Dixon's Violin at The Robin

Wednesday November 10th, 2021 - 7:30pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

You've never heard violin like this! The world's premier visionary violinist, Dixon's life mission is to inspire people - and he has done so across North America, including giving three TED talks/performances, over ten years at Burning Man, plus radio, TV & film appearances.

7:30 show, 7PM doors
all ages
$20 online, $25 at the door

"A former technology leader and symphony violinist, Dixon walked away from a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, and invented a whole new music genre. Dixon now improvises on a 5-string electric violin with a looping system he developed to create an all-live one-man symphony, guided by his remarkable personal story of life transformation."

Official Website: www.dixonsviolin.com
www.facebook.com/dixonsviolin

*** This show is limited to 50 seats to accommodate physical distancing for audience members. We want you to feel safe AND enjoy great shows at The Robin. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while indoors at The Robin.

*** BYOB: Essentially, you can BYOB to the show if you buy it at Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, next door to The Robin. REO Town is a social district that allows open alcoholic beverages to be consumed and carried inside its borders, as long as they're purchased at an bar/pub in the district. Enjoy, and please remember to be respectful to fellow audience members and performers!
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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 looking out for sponsors (both in-kind and financial), volunteers (that’s you!), 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.

Art and Craft Beer Fest

Art and Craft Beer Fest is a collaboration with I'm a Beer Hound. Activating multiple neighborhood venues, Art and Craft Beer Fest presents an array of film, music, comedy and fine art, along with an impressive selection of local microbrews. A unique aspect of this festival is that it runs from 1PM to 10PM, and includes family-friendly activities during the day. Bounce between heated, indoors spaces and enjoy all that REO Town has to offer! This event takes place in early February.

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. In addition to the great beer selection, the event offers food trucks, live music, vendors and more! This event takes place in mid June.

REO Town Thrift Store Gala and Burlesque Extravaganza

REO Town’s biggest, weirdest fundraiser, the Thrift Store Gala features burlesque and circus arts performers in a warehouse space somewhere in the REO Town area. Attendees are encouraged to wear thrift or vintage apparel and Decadence Dolls, a Lansing pin-up photography studio, sponsors a ‘Miss Thrift’ pageant.

How to Get Involved

There are lots of ways to get involved in REO Town. Attend a board meeting, join a sub-committee, become a member of the commercial association, or just hang out at one of our local businesses!

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