7:30 p.m. Monday
Free admission, donations collected for Upward Bound
One Trick Pony, downtown Grand Rapids
Those unfamiliar with 40-year-old singer-songwriter A.J. Croce might wonder, of course, whether he sounds like his dad, the late Jim Croce (“Time in a Bottle”) who died in a plane crash when A.J. was just a couple years old.
Well, let’s just say he’s his own artist: a guy who crafts pretty, pop-hued melodies and Beatle-ish material that’s immediately engaging. With more than a half-dozen albums under his belt, he’s a veteran performer who’s toured with the likes of B.B. King, Ray Charles, Ben Harper and Willie Nelson, and he’s liable to light up the tight confines of One Trick Pony as part of WYCE-FM’s Hat Trick Concert Series (with a hat passed to benefit Upward Bound).
Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos,
Writer, Sveta Bout, A Children’s Crusade
8 p.m. Tuesday
The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
Chicago-based indie-rock band Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s have a brand new album, “Rot Gut, Domestic,” which pushes the ensemble’s chambery pop toward more guitar-driven rock. They’ll bring their U.S. tour to Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
Opening acts include “whimsical indie-pop” artist Sveta Bout. Ticket details here.
Bill Mallonee, The New Midwest
7:30 p.m. Wednesday
$10 ($5 Calvin College students)
Ladies Literary Club, Grand Rapids
Bill Mallonee, once the driving force behind the bracing Vigilantes of Love, has turned his celebrated songwriting into a one-man force of Americana as he continues to tour the land, while releasing album after album. His latest, “The Power the Glory,” came out in September 2011. Grand Rapids’ The New Midwest, past winner of my Local Spin of the Year award, will open Mallonee’s show at Calvin College’s Ladies Literary Club on Sheldon Boulevard SE. Details here.
9:30 p.m. Thursday
Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids
This is one funny-but-talented outfit. The “official” story is that Claudette lost the lease on her Chicago bar, so now she’s touring the Midwest with her house band, The Claudettes, a drum-and-piano duo that pounds out a sort of Tin Pan Alley pop mixed with blues, soul, jazz and punk while Claudette wanders about and interjects warnings from the stage.
(By the way, at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Founders brings in the Afro-Zuma afro-dance ensemble, with special guest, Grand Rapids hip-hop artist Rick Chyme, $5.)
Edye Evans Hyde with the Terry Lower Trio
8 p.m. Saturday
The Ottawa Tavern/Jazz Kitchen, downtown Grand Rapids
Edye Evans Hyde long ago established herself as one of the leading ladies of jazz in Grand Rapids, and for good reason: She knocks it out of the ballpark on a regular basis with her smooth, versatile vocals. She aims to do it again it Saturday night at the Ottawa Tavern with the Terry Lower Trio.
And there’s plenty more flavorful jazz at the club this week: Saxophonist John Gist brings his duo to Ottawa Tavern at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Arlene McDaniel Trio swings in at 6 p.m. Thursday, and the Walter Harris Quintet lights things up at 8 p.m. Friday.
Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys
8 p.m. Saturday
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill, Grand Rapids
If you missed the official debut of Saugatuck Brewing Co.’s new Delilah DeWylde Berry Wheat in Douglas on Sunday, don’t fret: Delilah and her Lost Boys will bring the refreshing brew to you – specifically, to the Tip Top Deluxe on Butterworth Street SW – along with, of course, the West Michigan band’s entertaining blend of country swing and rockabilly.
Get details here.
A veteran journalist, John Sinkevics spent more than 13 years covering music and entertainment for The Grand Rapids Press. Now editor and publisher of the LocalSpins.com website, he comments on West Michigan's music scene and profiles local and regional artists. He also hosts a Local Spins Live radio segment on News Talk 1340 AM in Grand Rapids at 11 a.m. Wednesdays spotlighting many of those musicians, as well as commenting on the music scene at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on WLAV-FM (96.9).
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