If you’ve been around for a while you know that Redhead makes its home in Downtown Lansing, a thing we take great pride in. However, our headquarters may be hard to spot with the naked eye and that’s because we’re tucked away inside a far more eye-catching space called Nelson Gallery, our beautiful little sister. Nelson exists because putting desks and filing cabinets on the ground floor on a main street is not exactly conducive to a thriving retail environment.

Places and spaces matter. So today we’re going to talk about that.

There seem to be certain spots in the day that we don’t quite know what to do with. You wake up too early to get up and around, but falling back into a deep sleep seems risky. Or how about those fifteen pesky minutes between Zoom calls? Twilight Zone.

It seems to me that the best opportunities for placemaking exist in these liminal spaces. Between no longer and not yet.

The most glaring example I can think of is that weird little time between work and evening plans. One of the many reasons why happy hour exists, I suppose. But it’s recently become my favorite for a whole other reason.

That’s why we’re excited to bring back Live Music Thursdays at Nelson Gallery this summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. just outside the gallery. Our goal is to establish an atmosphere where people - whether they be friends or strangers - can connect with each other and the city we call home. Music just happens to be the perfect medium for that because it infuses the environment with joyful energy.

Live Music Thursdays is an opportunity to slow your pace and take the long way around. The meeting place where your people grab a drink in the social district and enjoy some live music to kick off your evening. A reason to just be in and support your downtown for a moment.

There’s a certain magic that can only be experienced in the space between. Come see (and hear) for yourself.