Nov. 4, 2012: Welcome to West Michigan’s weekend in fan photos — bracing live music from Eastown living rooms as part of the Lamp Light Music Festival to venues near and far, shared in pics sent to Spins on Music. (Photos, video)
Home is where the music is.
Hundreds are testing out the inaugural — and innovative — Lamp Light Music Festival staged in four Eastown homes this weekend, with nearly three dozen singer-songwriters and bands playing mostly acoustic sets in this intimate celebration of house concerts. It continues today, so if you want to check it out, it’s $15 for a day pass. Details here.
West Michigan’s musical weekend actually started early with an impressive performance at St. Cecilia Music Center by New York’s John Pizzarelli Quartet, a group executive director Cathy Holbrook described as “one of the all-time greats we have had here.” (Read a review of the show by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at MLive.com here.)
It continued Friday with Grand Rapids hip-hop artist A.B! at The Pyramid Scheme and singer-songwriter Callaghan at Spring Lake’s Seven Steps Up. On Saturday, Grand Rapids’ Tokyo Morose hosted a CD-release show at Founders Brewing Co. with Ghost Heart also performing, and Nashville singer-songwriter Will Hoge played a Music to Benefit Music benefit at Hudsonville’s Pinnacle Center, raising money for a worthy cause: Purchasing instruments, equipment and supplies for school music programs in the Grand Rapids area. Indeed, this benefit has raised more than $165,000 for the cause over the past seven years, and Hoge and his band’s impressive, rootsy, country-meets-rock performance put a real exclamation point on the evening. This year’s event raised $15,000. You can watch video highlights of that show below. (By the way, Hoge was fresh from an appearance at the American Country Awards show, where he was nominated for song of the year.)
Once again, I asked folks to send me photos from concerts and clubs across West Michigan to give Spins on Music readers a visual rundown of the eclectic music offerings (along with a brief video I shot of Hoge at the Pinnacle Center). Capture some musical moments? Email photos of bands and fans to firstname.lastname@example.org. ID the group, location and photographer. The best get posted at Spins on Music on Sunday. Enjoy.
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, and the hour-long "Local Spins on WYCE" at 11 a.m. Fridays on WYCE-FM (88.1), both spotlighting regional artists.
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