CITY OF THE SMARTS: Pump House Concerts Presents Poets and Music Friday November 21

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 am
By: 
Smitty Smith

Pump House Concerts, a neighborhood run listening room concert series, presents their next show this Friday, November 21 at 7pm. Melissa Greener is a Detroit native, now based in Nashville by way of Austin who will bring her quirkily crafted lyrics, dynamic melodies and loads of groove to this popular East Lansing venue. Greener will also be the featured musical guest on WKAR’s Current State on Friday November 21. Current State airs at 9am and 6pm.

For the first time, Pump House Concerts will feature two local poets reading prior to Melissa's performance. Ruelaine Stokes is a well-known poet and spoken word performer based in the Lansing area. For many years, she has served as the coordinator of the Old Town Poetry Series in Lansing. Jay Alan writes poetry because, for some reason, it is the way he connects with the world. Whether by documenting thoughts, voicing memory, or exploring a concept through a creative medium, what he writes in a poetic form is meant to reproduce itself. Alan is the recent winner of the Dead Poets Contest at Dublin Square Irish Pub.

For singer / songwriter Greener, the everyday weather report, as well as natural disasters, are favored poetic devices to "paint superb portraits of the human condition" (Maverick Music Magazine -UK). Impressive vocal chops that devastate and command wrap striking imagery from water-color landscapes to sharpened steel. Growing up in Detroit with an intoxicating potion of Mo-town, standard torch ballads, 'oldies' and classic rock, Greener's singular sound evolved. The unique brew emerged as the fermentation of a classically trained soprano mother, who sang in the lounge of the Playboy Club, and a politically bent hippie father. Years living in Austin, Texas made their mark on Greener's sound and style, but her lyrical influences go back to the books of poetry that she stole from the junior high school library - Dylan Thomas, Robert Service, Dickenson and Yeats.

Shows at Pump House Concerts are donation based. A $15 donation is requested of all adults attending, and all of the money is given to the artist. This show begins at 7pm, with the doors opening at 6:30pm. The Pump House is a neighborhood-run listening room located in the heart of the Bailey Neighborhood in East Lansing (368 Orchard St.). It is a converted water-pumping facility built by the WPA in the 1930’s. This intimate atmosphere provides a comfortable and involving listening environment; it’s a very special way to listen to music.

Smitty Smith is the co-founder and along with his dog Champ is the host of Pump House Concerts, and managing editor of East Lansing Info.

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