"People cry at my shows pretty often, and I’m grateful to be making that sort of impression and connection. My in-between banter is pretty light and funny, which balances things out." ELi's Chris Wardell goes deep with Folk singer-songwriter Heather Styka.
ELi is excited to report that the East Lansing Responsible Hospitality Council (RHC) and a group of associated businesses have stepped up to provide funding for ELi’s Arts and Entertainment reporting for the next year!
To celebrate the publication of his first book and thank his supporters, bagpiper and composition student Duncan Petersen-Jones is hosting a concert at The Peoples Church this Saturday. (We're all invited, too.) Ann Nichols reports.
How can you warm up your Friday night with "Jazz, standards, Western swing, country, and originals, all performed on ukuleles, bass, dobros, vintage steel guitars, and pedal steel guitars?” ELi's Christopher Wardell reports.
On top of homework, lacrosse, volleyball, the high school musical and hanging out with friends, this ELHS junior has recorded an EP. ELi's Sarah Spohn has the story, and details on how you can hear the first single.
Michigan duo "Gifts or Creatures" and friends will play an intimate show in the chapel of The Peoples Church in East Lansing. ELi's Chris Wardell tells you how history and family influence what you'll hear.
This weekend, hundreds of people will descend on the Hannah Community Center to sing the winter blues away. There'll also be workshops, concerts, and a Children's Concert. ELi's Christopher Wardell has the story.
How and why do Dudley "Smitty" Smith and Kristin McCool bring nationally acclaimed musicians to play at a house on Orchard Street in East Lansing, and who are they bringing us this week? ELi's Chris Wardell has the story.
This year's East Lansing Art Festival will look different because of construction downtown, and may have a new addition to the food court. Eli's Jessy Gregg reports on what participants and visitors will want to know.
If you're looking for a family activity in East Lansing this weekend, your choices include this Hansel and Gretel update with dancers of all ages, Little Red, Purple, and Blue Riding Hood, a Trickster, and a Candy Shop. Emma McIlhagga reports.
As ELi counts down the days to the end of our annual Sustainability Drive, we're bringing you the personal stories of why our citizen reporters write for us. We start with Christopher Wardell, who has worked as a professional reporter in the past, but who came to ELi because the East Lansing music scene (and music journalism) are his passion.
Josh Davis may have hit the big time with his performance on The Voice, but many locals remember him from the years when he played with the band Steppin' In It. ELi's Christopher Wardell talked to Davis about life, music, and coming back to play in East Lansing.
From "All You Need is Love" to "Hey Jude," East Lansing High School's performing arts programs follows a Beatles theme for its 35th annual Collage Concert tomorrow night. ELHS student and ELi reporter John Paul Roboski tells you when, where and how you can also take in some art and small ensemble performances at tonight's Collage Coffeehouse.