Seth Bernard brought “Eggtones for Peace” to Wealthy Theatre Sunday, wrapping up a vacation week for many. Others reveled in live music in the great outdoors. Browse images in the Local Spins photo galleries.
Poignant, powerful, political, passionate, peace-seeking.
When Seth Bernard and his all-star band delivered the instrumentally and stylistically diverse songs from the Earthwork Music singer-songwriter’s new album, “Eggtones for Peace,” at a Wealthy Theatre CD-release show in Grand Rapids on Sunday night, it was more than just a presentation of new work from the prolific artist.
In many ways, the show – and the songs from “Eggtones,” along with earlier Bernard material – was a tribute to those individuals, organizations and businesses in Michigan and beyond doing the right thing environmentally, racially, agriculturally, economically and humanitarianly. Bernard talked about many of them between songs and encouraged the small audience of about 75 (a turnout likely depleted by the Fourth of July holiday weekend) to learn more about their causes.
As he put it in the midst of one song, “There’s an awful lot of suffering, oppression and injustice out there,” and it’s up to us to find ways to alleviate that.
Of course, the concert – with opener Breathe Owl Breathe, performing as a duo – also gave fans a live showcase of the genre-meshing “Eggtones for Peace,” with the guitarist-singer accompanied by drummer (and album co-producer) Dan Rickabus, keyboard players Tyler Duncan and Levi Taylor, bassist Max Lockwood and percussionist Julian Allen.
It made for an uplifting evening all around.
Check out the images by photographer Anthony Norkus here.
PHOTO GALLERY: Seth Bernard CD-Release at Wealthy Theatre
Photos by Anthony Norkus
• Grand Rapids celebrated Fourth of July a couple of days early, with an evening of live music, activities and family fun on Saturday, capped off with a glorious set of fireworks. The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest kicked off the lineup of Grand Rapids-based acts. DJ Monica Parker, Upstage Crew Blues Band and R&B-pop band Hey Marco! also played for the crowded park. By nighttime, thousands of people lined the streets and bridge awaiting the grand finale of fireworks.
• Singer-songwriter Eric Engblade celebrated release of his new solo album, accompanied by a top-notch band of musicians, on Thursday at Founders Brewing Co., where Hannah Rose & The GravesTones also churned out their soulful blues, rock and folk.
• Wyoming Concerts in the Park drew a big crowd in Lamar Park on Tuesday for performances by The Outer Vibe and Trilogy.
WEEKEND PHOTO GALLERY: July 3, 2016
Fourth of July celebration photos by Adrianna Walker, Russ Hines
Eric Engblade, Hannah Rose & The GravesTones photos by Anna Sink, Lauren DeLuca
The Outer Vibe, Trilogy photos by Derek Ketchum