A dozen shows from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo are recapped in Local Spins images, including Elijah Russ, Megadeth, Echoes of Pink Floyd, Fake Baseball, Grace Theisen, Tambourina & a Motown tribute.
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Call it our musical week-in-review.
It started early on Tuesday with Megadeth rattling the rafters at Van Andel Arena, Big Fun delivering eclectic jazz at Listening Room and Glenn Bulthuis & Debra Perry paying tribute to Motown at Oakhill Church to wrap up a series of Bulthuis’ classes showcasing Detroit soul greats.
It continued Thursday with a “Mingle 4 Shingles’ benefit concert at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe, raising funds for HOPE through Navigation’s Tiny Home Pilot Program in Kalamazoo, starring Grace Theisen, Skeletones and Dani Darling.
Friday’s musical onslaught included Melophobix and Sarah VE celebrating Turnstiles’ one-year anniversary in Grand Rapids, Manic Focus bringing its funky, soulful dubstep vibe to The Intersection, Fake Baseball staging another album-release show at Kalamazoo’s Dormouse Theatre and Brian Koenigsknecht celebrating release of his latest album in a special seated show at Bell’s that also featured fellow singer-songwriter Darcy Wilkin.
Saturday saw yet another album-release blitz: Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish heating up the stage at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids with help from Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps and The Local Commuters. Hip hop’s Wuzee, meanwhile, celebrated his special day with “Birthday Raps” at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill.
In Kalamazoo, Saturday featured a “shoegaze showcase” with Tambourina at Bell’s and Echoes of Pink Floyd unleashing a laser light-festooned spectacle at State Theatre.
The weekend closed out Sunday with a stage full of musicians at Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, with West Michigan singer and guitarist Elijah Russ celebrating release of two new studio albums fronting a 16-piece, who’s who ensemble of regional players and singers.
PHOTO GALLERY: Big Fun at Listening Room
Photos by Chelsea Whitaker
Photos by John Sinkevics
Photos by Anthony Norkus