Common Ground is THE iconic music event in Greater Lansing, of course. As most years, I am attending only one night, Saturday for Dierks Bentley night. I do love country music, but if not for the fact that I won the tickets, I would probably have gone to see AWOL Nation for my one night. So what to do if Adado Park isn't in your plans tonight? Well, as is common to most days of the week, Wednesday has several nice options for live music in Greater Lansing. And being Wednesday, one regular option that I enjoy immensely is the Tavern House Jazz Band, at the Tavern and Tap in downtown Lansing. If you've never been there, just head on done to Cooley stadium, traveling west on Michigan Avenue; past the stadium and the Nuthouse and all that; pass The Exchange and the Knight Cap ... and that other place ... over the water, and in two blocks it's on the left (south side). Street parking is pretty easy.
Pictured above is John Patrick Peters (4th from the right) with his regular Tavern House crew, plus local Jazz celebrity Randy Napolean and several others from the local Jazz scene and MSU Jazz department, on a super fun and special night one Wednesday in June. The regular crew is a little smaller, and very potent: Seth Ebersole on Tenor Sax, Peter Tijerina on Trombone, Nathan Grant on drums, Duncan Tarr on Bass, and JPP on guitar. Don't confuse these guys though with JPP's other band, the John Patrick Peters Band, which bends a more to the funk side.
The band's been a Wednesday mainstay for over a year now at the Tavern and Tap, and the weather these days and nights is especially perfect for their relaxed dining room format, which flows out onto the street-side patio. Come and listen to all of your Jazz favorites, from standards to the occasional original they might sneak in on you.
It's a great way to put a night cap on an early dinner, wherever you happen to dine. They start around 7:30 and finish around 10:30. I like to have dinner somewhere or possibly at home, head over to the Tavern and Tap for a set or two and a cocktail, and finish with a walk to the Waterfront Bar and Grill for some exercise and final nightcap ... ok, often water with lemon at the point, but you get the idea. It's a nice little Wednesday routine. I highly recommend it. Hope to see you around.