Musical diversity: West Michigan flaunted it with a prog-pop legend, a Memphis rapper, an L.A. folk-soul duo, a Michigan jazz organ trio, a Kalamazoo hard-rock fave and more, captured in Local Spins images.
Sometimes, the intimate confines of The Stache — aka, the front lounge of The Intersection in Grand Rapids — can make for the most rousing, worthwhile musical experiences.
For two nights in a row that was the case this weekend, with legendary guitarist Adrian Belew — formerly of prog-rock’s King Crimson — playing two career-spanning sets on Friday, and Los Angeles folk/pop/soul duo Johnnyswim swinging by on Saturday night to the delight of a lively Grand Rapids crowd.
Speaking of intimate, the jazz organ trio Organissimo returned to One Trick Pony in Grand Rapids on Saturday night, fresh from releasing its brand new album paying tribute to the Fab Four, “B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four.”
Meanwhile, the new 20 Monroe Live venue in downtown Grand Rapids hosted hip hop hero Juicy J, along with Belly and Project Pat for an enthusiastic bunch on Saturday night.
PHOTO GALLERY: The Stache and One Trick Pony
Adrian Belew photos by Eric Stoike
Johnnyswim photos by Kendra Kamp
Organissimo photos by Taylor Mansen
Juicy J, Belly and Project Pat photos by Jamie Geysbeek
Kalamazoo got things revved up with the hard rock of hometown faves BoneHawk, warming up for a performance at South by Southwest in Austin this week, along with OUT and Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe.
And Grand Rapids’ Jesse Ray & Carolina Catfish delivered a rousing set at Shakespeare’s Lower Level as a part of a two-man band show.
BoneHawk, OUT, Jake Simmons, Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish photos by Derek Ketchum