In the wave of America’s involvement with Beatlemania back in 1964, the Lansing area was bombarded with local garage bands popping up, wanting to experience the excitement they were witnessing in the Beatles and other British & American groups.

And yes, I was in one of those Mid-Michigan bands and I can tell you – musically & culturally, it was an incredible and exciting time.

The Lansing-area local bands included:
Back Alley
Beaux Jens
Danny Hernandez & The Ones
Maury Dean & The Nightshift
New Paris Bakery
Pepe & The Problems
Plain Brown Wrapper
Tonto & The Renegades

Most every bar had it's entertainment supplied by a local garage band...these local groups were almost as popular with the crowds as the nationally big names that would occasionally perform here.

To get a better grasp on those heady times, you need to check out this great piece the City Pulse did on garage bands a couple of years ago. You can read this awesome article on Lansing rock by CLICKING HERE.

Enjoy…and celebrate our Rock ‘n Roll heritage.