Usher in a musical March with photos/videos from West Michigan concerts, ranging from the national (Mutemath, Dustin Lynch, Eric Johnson) to the local (Alexis, An Dro, Delilah DeWylde, Moonrays, Asamu Johnson, Neil Jacobs).
This is precisely what makes the Grand Rapids music scene so scintillating: In a three-hour period on a single weekend night, within a short drive, it’s possible to catch two legendary, veteran West Michigan musicians representing different genres — surf-rocking guitarist Fitz Green of The Moonrays and blues bassist-singer Asamu Johnson — display their considerable skills and sonic prowess in front of enthusiastic, appreciative and diverse audiences. (Check out the photos and videos below.)
Indeed, the Friday night vibe at the West Side’s Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill created by The Moonrays — Green and his impressive cohorts Michael Hall on guitar, Jim Braun on bass and Bud Chrysler on drums — (followed on stage by The Cheeztones and The Lazy Hands) had pretty much everybody in the joint smiling, which also was true of the large and lively audience at Billy’s Lounge in Eastown which danced and cheered the electrifying, funky blues sets unleashed by Johnson and his bandmates Mike Howe Sr., CC Woods, Adam McMillan and DeShawn Wilkerson.
Stirring stuff, shared in this roundup of photos/videos here at Spins on Music. And that just barely scratches the surface of the weekend’s musical frivolity, which began Thursday with country star Dustin Lynch at The Intersection and Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys’ first-ever appearance at Rockford Brewing Co.
It continued with the previously aforementioned Friday night shows, along with New Orleans’ Mutemath performing at Calvin College, West Michigan’s own Celtic powerhouse An Dro playing the intimate Schuler Books & Music Studio on 28th St. SE (followed by a show at Saugatuck Brewing), Stepdad and Alexis getting all poppy, campy and dance-inspiring in a sold-out show at The Pyramid Scheme, Nobody’s Darlin‘ at the SpeakEZ Lounge, and Neil Jacobs uncorking his eye-popping acoustic guitar wizardry at Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake.
And Sunday evening wrapped things up with guitarist Eric Johnson’s dazzling display at The Intersection and Jimmie Stagger’s Sunday night blues jam at HopCat.
A veteran journalist and former music writer for The Grand Rapids Press, John Sinkevics is editor and publisher of LocalSpins.com, profiling regional artists and commenting on West Michigan's music scene. He hosts "Local Spins Live" on News Talk 1340 AM in Grand Rapids at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, with a preview at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays on WLAV-FM (96.9). He also hosts the hour-long "Local Spins on WYCE" at 11 a.m. Fridays on WYCE-FM (88.1).
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