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Betse & Clarke at The Robin

Betse & Clarke at The Robin

Wednesday May 18th, 2022 - 8:00pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

Please bring proof of vaccination or a negative test! Masks required while indoors and not actively drinking. BYOB from Sleepwalker (next door to The Robin) is permitted for this show.

8PM show, 7:30 doors

youtu.be/I9UIka0hv4g (from a house concert during their UK tour, September 2016)

youtu.be/AkEcUoLdBKs (outdoor performance)

Regular folks, exceptional music: This duo from the heartland (Kansas City, Missouri) has its roots in Ozark old time music, honoring traditional songs and tunes that resonate with human experience.

For each concert setting, Betse & Clarke take an audience on a musical field trip. Betse Ellis plays powerful and beautiful old time fiddle tunes, sings traditional Ozark songs, and shares her own songs with themes relating to human experience. Expect her to tell some stories along the way, featuring personal moments with her fiddle mentor Violet Hensley. Long known for her energetic style in her former band The Wilders, Betse’s earned a level of maturity while maintaining her contagious enthusiasm. Clarke Wyatt is an engaging finger-style banjo player, drawing inspiration from great traditional and inventive banjoists of earlier decades such as Mike Seeger and John Hartford. His guitar style is rooted in old time traditions, with sparks of ingenuity inspired by the likes of Norman Blake. The combination of deep reverence for tradition and commitment to creativity makes this duo a captivating act to witness. They are dedicated instructors as well as performers and enjoy teaching at camps and workshops as well as private instruction. While tradition is important to Betse & Clarke, they are musical innovators and are inspired to make music beyond the old time genre. Over the last year, Clarke has developed a compelling electric guitar technique and is working on a series featuring his drum kit practice with a variety of talented electric guitarists. Betse is working on free improvisation and new compositions on her fiddle, sometimes on an electric five-string.

Together since 2014, this musical couple has traveled across the United States, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

Performance Highlights: Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival ~ Walnut Valley Music Festival ~ John Hartford Memorial Festival ~ Portland Old Time Music Gathering ~ Ozark Folk Center ~ Guinness International Bluegrass Festival (Co. Waterford, Ireland) ~ Bluegrass Music Festival at Ulster American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland) ~ Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival (Dumfries, Scotland) ~ House concert tours for Home Routes (Canada) ~ Folk Alliance International Conference (as official showcase artists and music camp teaching staff)
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Aaron Putnam & Friends at The Robin

Aaron Putnam & Friends at The Robin

Thursday May 19th, 2022 - 8:00pm

The Robin Theatre1105 S Washington AveLansing, MI48910 Map

Standup comedian Aaron Putnam returns! The Chicago-based comedian has Lansing-area roots, and will cheer audiences with his disarmingly funny and vulnerable brand of comedy.

BYOB from Sleepwalker (next-door to The Robin)!

7:30 doors, 8PM show
Limited seating!

*Proof of vaccination or negative test required for entry. Thanks!

With special guests Alaina Bamfield & Louie Michael!
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Tidy Up REO Town 2022

Tidy Up REO Town 2022

Saturday May 21st, 2022 - 10:00am - Saturday May 21st, 2022 - 2:00pm

REO Town

Come out and help clean our Neighborhood!

Join us Saturday, May 21nd as we walk the neighborhood and surrounding river trail and pick up trash. Help us keep our neighborhood beautiful!

Register Online
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Disposable gloves, trash bags, and maps will be provided at check-in.
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8th Annual Lansing Beer Fest

8th Annual Lansing Beer Fest

Saturday June 11th, 2022 - 4:00pm - Saturday June 11th, 2022 - 9:00pm

1145 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910 Map

The 8th Annual Lansing Beer Fest is on June 11th, 2022 from 4pm to 9pm (3pm 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 your 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!... See MoreSee Less

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517 Juneteenth Weekend

517 Juneteenth Weekend

Thursday June 16th, 2022 - 4:30pm - Sunday June 19th, 2022 - 9:00pm

REO TownLansing, MI48910 Map

The 517 Juneteenth Weekend is a unique opportunity for the Mid-Michigan region to celebrate black culture, expression, and freedom while reflecting on 157 years of African-American emancipation.
The 517 Juneteenth Weekend expands on last years 'Juneteenth Festival (517)' in REO Town, which saw over 1000 attendees. This year's Juneteenth Weekend will feature events and activities from Thursday, June 16th - Sunday, June 19th, with the free Juneteenth Festival taking place in REO Town (on South Washington Ave) on Saturday, June 18th.
Join us for live musical performances, a special guest headline performance, food, black-owned vendors lined down South Washington Ave, informational booths, a kids zone, battle of the BBQ, and much more.
The festival will be held right on South Washington Ave (between South St and E. Elm.

Check the description, the 517 Juneteenth Weekend page, and our website, www.517juneteenth.com, for lineup announcements, schedule postings, and additional details.


Thursday: Comedy Jam - Robert Jenkins, Stellana, and Jahshua Smith
8:30PM - 10PM

www.therobintheatre.com/events/517-juneteenth-weekend-comedy-jam


Friday: TBA

Saturday: Juneteenth Festival 517 (in REO Town) 4PM - 11PM

Sunday: TBA


Thanks to our sponsors for making the 517 Juneteenth Weekend possible:

Presenting Sponsor:
Cinnaire

Additional Sponsors:
Lake Trust
MSUFCU's Desk Drawer Fund
PNC Bank
Capital Area District Libraries
Lansing Community College
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
CATA
LEAP
Farmers Bureau - Nathan Symonds
CEDMA

Connect with us on IG and our website here:
linktr.ee/juneteenthfestival
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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