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October 2018

May Erlewine

Friday, October 26 @ 7:30 pm

"May Erlewine has the sort of soul-baring voice that moves the Alan Lomaxes of the world to abandon the ivory tower for the back roads of rural America." - The Harvard Independent

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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November 2018

Christine Lavin

Friday, November 2 @ 7:30 pm

"Christine Lavin is an incredibly witty songwriter and storyteller, with a flair for the creative, the dramatic, and the humorous. It is precisely her take on the ordinary that makes her work so extraordinary." -Village Voice

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Playful Songs with Tiyi Schippers and David Bunce of Lake Effect

Saturday, November 3 @ 10:00 am

Come join folk enthusiasts ages 3 - 13 and their family for fun with Playful Songs!

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
Requested donation per Saturday, $3-5 per child, collected at Fiddle Scout meetings.

Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, November 3 @ 7:00 pm

Caller: Mike Clark, Music: Oh! Contraire

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

Moira Smiley hosts a Special Monthly Community Sing

Monday, November 5 @ 7:00 pm

Moira Smiley is a singer's singer, with such an engaging presence that you want to sing with her - no matter where the sound goes. If you love to sing, do not miss this evening of singing with one of the very, very best leaders of song.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$10 per person
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Laura Love, Women in the Arts Festival

Friday, November 9 @ 7:30 pm

"(LAURA LOVE) will shake the world. The clincher is her live show...She's that rare artist who can slip from sensitive folk to hip-hop without skipping a beat. -Utne Reader

Laura Love is an award winning "folk-funk" singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring the world since the early 1990s.

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Edgewood United Church 469 N Hagadorn Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Sam Gleaves

Friday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm

Sam Gleaves is a leader in the next generation of exquisite folk singers. "Courageous as hell and country to the bone -- Amazingly talented Sam Gleaves, the best young songwriter around, heads into new territory with his brilliant album AIN'T WE BROTHERS, joined by a group of world-class musicians and singers. Varied, intelligent, moving - these songs stay with you." -Lee Smith, Appalachian author

Co-produced with the Peace Education Center and held in conjunction with its Alternative Holiday Sale

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Edgewood United Church 469 N Hagadorn Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, November 17 @ 7:00 pm

Band: TBA, Caller: TBA. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

Joel Mabus

Friday, November 30 @ 7:30 pm

"It's hard to imagine another artist on the folk scene who combines the same concise, deceptively understated, lyrical insight and sometimes devastating wit with such world-class instrumental prowess." -MUSICHOUND FOLK

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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December 2018

Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, December 1 @ 7:00 pm

Caller: Laurie Pietravalle; Music: Scarlet Runner String Band

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

Annual Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter wsg Jamie-Sue Seal, Siusan O’Rourke, Doug Berch and Doug Austin on piano

Friday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm

For the annual Holiday Sing, host Sally Potter selects seasonal and secular songs, and a few hymns to create a magical night of musical community. Lyric sheets provided. Special guests Jamie-Sue Seal and Susan O'Rourke, Doug Berch and pianist extraordinaire Doug Austin add vocals and accompaniment to this heartwarming, participatory evening.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Holiday Singing with Carrie Quisenberry

Saturday, December 8 @ 10:00 am

Carrie Quisenberry will be leading a sing-a-long of favorite holiday tunes. Come celebrate the season with singing, percussive instruments, and merry making. Songsheets will be provided.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
Requested donation per Saturday, $3-5 per child, collected at Fiddle Scout meetings.

Contra and Square Dance – Bob & Laura Stein’s 60th Anniversary Dance!

Saturday, December 15 @ 7:00 pm

Band: Sting Rays (Stuart Kenney, Rodney Miller, Max Newman); Caller: Many Favorite Callers. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

New Years Eve Contra and Square Dance

Monday, December 31, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am

Caller: Darlene Underwood, Band: The Johns

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Dewitt Township Community Center 16101 Brook Rd.
Lansing, MI 48906 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers
January 2019

Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, January 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Caller: Julie Levy-Weston; Band: Askin for Trouble

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

Harmonicas and More with The Springtails

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Come join folk enthusiasts ages 3 - 13 and their family for fun with Harmonicas!

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
Requested donation per Saturday, $3-5 per child, collected at Fiddle Scout meetings.

Heartland Klezmorim – The American Experience: The Musical Journey From The Shtetl

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

The septet Heartland Klezmorim will take listeners on a narrated musical journey, starting in Eastern Europe, through world historical events, including emigration to the United States. You are invited to bear witness to this very special presentation tracing the road of Jewish migration through music.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, January 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Band: TBA, Caller: TBA. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association.

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

Matt Watroba and Robert Jones – The American Experience: From Roots to Rap, A Musical Celebration of History and Diversity

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Long-time musical partners, Watroba and Jones will present music that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. This is music that is rich and diverse, direct and powerful. This is a musical seminar - not to be missed!

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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February 2019

MWSFF Concert with Joshua Davis

Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land. For the 17th Annual MWSFF, he present an evening of songs, joined by special guests Jen Sygit and Laura Bates.

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East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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MWSFF Children’s Concert with Sally Rogers

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Sally Rogers has won numerous awards for writing and performing children's music. It is a real treat to have such an accomplished artist present this year's MWSFF Children's Concert, co-produced with the City of East Lansing.

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East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
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MWSFF Afternoon Workshops

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

A highlight of the festival, 6 - 8 afternoon workshops provide another opportunity for our community to sing and play music - together. One $20 wristband is good for the all of the sessions. Students are free! Schedule will be announced on the singing festival.com website no later than Dec. 1, 2018.

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East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Wristband, good for the whole afternoon. Students FREE!

Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Band: TBA, Caller: TBA

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

MWSFF Community Sing with Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt, Joel Mabus

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday night's Community Sing will be a Michigan reunion of three long-time friends. Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt and Joel Mabus are each expert song leaders. Together it would be hard to name a more talented trio to guide a theatre full of people in an evening of singing.

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East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Matthew Byrne – Sunday Concert

Sunday, February 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

From Newfoundland, Matthew Byrne is a stellar interpreter of traditional songs. One of this younger generation's superstars, Byrne fit this special Sunday night show into his very crowded tour schedule. The Fiddle is delighted to present this 'old soul' in a very intimate Robin Theater show.

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:00 PM
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John Gorka

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

"There are few contemporary songwriters that come anywhere close to the talent of John Gorka. His songs have a way of working on you long after you thought you had it all figured out. I will listen to a song that I know all the words to and can sing a long with and then one day sitting at a traffic light I realize that there was a whole other layer of meaning that I had missed." - Ben Wakeman, "Take Me to the Bridge"

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Band: TBA, Caller: TBA. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

The Seamus Egan Project, featuring Moira Smiley

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Seamus Egan (Solas, Shanachie Records) teams up with vocalist Moira Smiley (VOCO, Jamie Stone Project, to list only a few collaborations), composer and guitarist Kyle Sanna, and multi-instrumentalist Owen Marshall (The Press Gang, Haas, Walsh and Marshall) to present an incredible evening of world-class music, steeped in the Celtic tradition.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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March 2019

Strangers in the Night: The Bands of Elderly Instruments

Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Come enjoy a night of music from folks who sell instruments by day, and then play them after hours. "Strangers in the Night," is just one of the evening's four bands which features employees and friends of Lansing's world-renowned music store, Elderly Instruments.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Caller: Bob Stein; Band: TBA

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

ANNUAL PUB SING at The AMP 7:30pm: Finvarra’s Wren, 9pm Pub Sing, led by Sally Potter

Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Detroit-area quartet, Finvarra's Wren, will present a set of Irish songs and tunes, followed by a Pub Sing, led by song leader Sally Potter. Lyric sheets provided. Crafts beer available, refreshments provided.

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Allen Market Place (The AMP) 1629 East Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48912 United States
$15 General Admisson
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Community Songs for all ages with Joe Reilly

Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Come join folk enthusiasts ages 3 – 13 and their family for fun with Songwriter Joe Reilly.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
Requested donation per Saturday, $3-5 per child, collected at Fiddle Scout meetings.

The Outside Track – Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

A Scots, Irish, and Cape Breton fusion of songs, tunes and step dance, The Outside Track is a young, tight, very talented, high-energy quintet which combines immense talent from three shores. On the weekend of St. Pat's Day, don't miss live Celtic music at its finest!

Annual Ten Pound Fiddle Membership Meeting, 6 pm - 7 pm. All are welcome. (Only) Fiddle members vote on any issues. Meet the Fiddle Board of Directors. MSU Community Music School, East Lansing.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Band: TBA, Caller: TBA. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association.

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

Crys Matthews

Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Presenting songs of our times, "Crys Matthews is a necessary voice. Her depth coupled with her openness and approachability is unmatched. She has a spark that is contagious and shares music that unites us and makes us think." Viviana Benitez, Associate Producer at Lincoln Center and 2017 NewSong judge

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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The Fretless – Sunday Concert

Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

“People ask us how to make a living in an instrumental folk band,” says second fiddle and viola player, Karrnnel Sawitsky. “My answer is simply put: ‘creatively.’” Sawitsky continues, “When our four voices meet at the center of agreement is when our music echoes most effectively. It’s not the sum of our parts. It’s the individual sum of the band.”

2017 Juno Award Winners: Instrumental Album of the Year

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:00 PM
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April 2019

The Matchsellers & Red Tail Ring: Old Time Duos

Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Based in Old-Time music, two incredibly talented and charming duos will share the stage in this exciting twin bill.

The Matchsellers: "The first song I listened to was the one about the Pigeon and the Dove and I said "you're hired." -Larry Groce, NPR's Mountain Stage

Red Tail Ring: "Old-Time Roots; New-Time Sound"
Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies.
"The very best of the 21st century's minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo." - American Roots UK.

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

David Baur’s birthday dance. Band: TBA, Caller: TBA

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

Sweet Water Warblers: Rachael Davis, May Erlewine, Lindsay Lou

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Michigan songbirds, Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou and May Erlewine have each carved out successful careers on the American Roots Music circuit and have grown to respect each other's work. When they finally gelled into a potent musical force, it was natural - three singing sirens and multi-instrumentalists whose repertoire swings from gospel and bluegrass to soul and even joyful interpretations of pop. Their three-part vocal harmonies are sublime, and they trade instruments including mountain fiddle and banjo, uke, guitar and double bass.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Interactive Children’s Concert with Beverly Meyer, The Music Lady

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Come join folk enthusiasts ages 3 - 13 and their family for an Interactive Children's Concert

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
Requested donation per Saturday, $3-5 per child, collected at Fiddle Scout meetings.

Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, April 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Band: TBA, Caller: TBA. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association.

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers

Pete Seeger – 100th Birthday Celebration, with Mark Dvorak and more

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Chicago song leader extraordinaire Mark Dvorak headlines a full night of songs, community singing and stories surrounding the life of folk music icon, Pete Seeger (1919 - 2014). More performers and song leaders TBA. Lyric sheets provided.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
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May 2019

Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Band: TBA, Caller: Dwayne Johnson

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TBA TBA United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $5 for students and first time dancers

Fun Concert and Hands-On Ukuleles with Papa Crow

Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Papa Crow

Come join folk enthusiasts ages 3 - 13 and their family for fun exploring the Ukulele with Papa Crow.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
Requested donation per Saturday, $3-5 per child, collected at Fiddle Scout meetings.

Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Band: TBA, Caller: TBA. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association.

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TBA TBA United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers
June 2019

Contra and Square Dance

Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Caller: TBA; Band: TBA

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Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933 United States
$10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for students and first time dancers
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