Aug. 11: Give LEFF a chance


This is a very specialized note, for anyone who happens to be reading this on Aug. 11, near Lansing, Mich. Scoot over to the Lansing Eastside Folk Festival; it continues, at Kalamazoo and Allen streets, until 8 p.m., with the Tannahill Weavers -- on a 50th-anniversary tour from Scotland -- at 6:45 p.m.

Earlier today, there was a fine set from Mariachi Femenil Detroit, which has a really terrific siner, alongside its trumpets and guitars. Also, Mick Gavin led a cheery set of Irish music --  no small feat, on a hot Saturday morning. And the ukelele strum has people singing and strumming everything from "Home on the Range" to "Give Peace a Chance." It's a fun place; give it a chance..