A pair of milestone events top this week’s concert calendar roundup at Local Spins. Learn more about Callab’s new recording and see what else is cooking in the full roster of shows on the Big List.
OCT. 22 UPDATE: Due to weather concerns, Friday’s Callab album-release show at Studio Park has been postponed to Friday, Oct. 30. Scroll down for more concert listings.
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Grand Rapids singer, rapper and R&B artist Callab poured a lot of emotions into his upcoming new studio album, “Assorted 61X Pack.”
“My mother passed away (last December) and I locked myself in the studio and just worked,” he told Local Spins. “This is why most of the songs are pretty short, as my attention span was — as is a lot of the world. It felt fitting.”
It also feels like an all-star affair, with guest appearances by Michigan hip hop stalwarts E-Will, J.Rob, Lady Ace Boogie, Jance, Cheeze Weez, Rebel Kuzco, Cheezy Scott, 85WasHere and Balize (described by Callab as “an artist with a burgeoning career”) who help give the project a genre-crossing milieu.
In particular, the ultra-collaborative single, “Citizen,” has resonated with fans as a tribute to Grand Rapids. (Scroll down for the “Citizen” video.)
As a result, those attending Friday’s album-release show (now Oct. 30) at Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids — part of Listening Room’s outdoor “Listening Lawn” series — are sure to be treated to a lively affair, with sets by Callab, Rijiri and Mel-V Collective.
“People can expect high energy, an artist being himself, great music, great vibes, musicians and sound,” insisted Callab, aka Eric Mical Carter, who’s dedicating the performance to his mother “because she was my everything.”
“They can expect … engagement, excitement and an unreal vibe.”
Tickets for the socially distanced 8 p.m. show presented by Lady Ace Boogie and AB are $70 per pair. Get tickets and details online here.
The evening will also feature a Halloween costume contest with a $100 grand prize. Attendance is limited to 120 people; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
There’s more on the docket across West Michigan, including Third Nature Brewing’s one-year anniversary bash in Rockford on Saturday, though live music opportunities are beginning to wane as colder weather sets in. Browse the concert listings below. For stay-at-home, live-stream shows check out our “Viral Virtual Venues” guide.
THE BIG LIST CONCERT GUIDE (Oct. 19-26)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to changing conditions, unexpected closures and weather considerations, check with the restaurants or venues on this list before you make plans to attend a show to make sure they’re still open. Have a show to add to The Big List? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Decades outdoors at The Score, 5301 Northland Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, 6 p.m. Monday
• Iron Town outdoors at The Score, 5301 Northland Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, 6 p.m. Tuesday
• Blue Jay Bridge outdoors at The Score, 5301 Northland Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, 6 p.m. Wednesday
• Evening Jam Session at Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 South Harrison St. in Ludington, 6 p.m. Wednesday
• Carl Webb Band at Cedar Springs Brewing in downtown Cedar Springs, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
• TBA playing Flanagan’s Irish Pub, 139 Pearl St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
• JMM Jazz at Sandy Point Beach House, 7175 Lakeshore Drive in West Olive, 5 p.m. Thursday
• JETTS outdoors at The Score, 5301 Northland Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, 6 p.m. Thursday
• St. Joe Jack playing “State on the Street” on the marquee at Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick Ave. in Kalamazoo, 4 p.m. Friday
• Rhythm Conspiracy outdoors at The Score, 5301 Northland Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, 6 p.m. Friday
• Pickin’ with Peers & Beers on the patio at Pincrest Bar & Lanes at 6571 Airline Road in Fruitport, 7 p.m. Friday
• POSTPONED TO FRIDAY OCT. 30 – Callab Album-Release Show with Rijiri and Mel-V Collective performing the Listening Lawn series at Studio Park, 123 Ionia Ave. SW in Grand Rapids, 8 p.m. Friday, $70 for a pair of tickets, details and tickets here
• Vincent Hayes at Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, 415 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon, 8 p.m. Friday
• TBA playing Flanagan’s Irish Pub, 139 Pearl St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids, 9 p.m. Friday
• The Sound Still playing Itty Bitty Bar, 1136 Ottawa Beach Road in Holland, 9 p.m. Friday
• DJ Kane playing EVE in The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, 11 p.m. Friday
• Live music as part of a one-year anniversary party at Third Nature Brewing Co., 7733 Childsdale Ave. NE in Rockford, 1-9 p.m. Saturday, make reservations online here: https://thirdnaturebrewing.com/reservations/. Mark Daisy performs at 1 p.m., Flatland Grip at 4 p.m. and Benzing Graves Collective at 7 p.m. Get more info at thirdnaturebrewing.com.
• Oregon Dreamchild playing The Score, 5301 Northland Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, 6 p.m. Saturday
• John Shea Trio playing Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th St. SE, 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Call for reservations)
• DJ Jay Vee playing Containment Saturdays in the Beer Garden at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Saturday
• Kennadi Hester at Smash Wine Bar & Bistro, 415 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon, 7 p.m. Saturday
• TBA playing Flanagan’s Irish Pub, 139 Pearl St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids, 9 p.m. Saturday
• Core Locked playing River City Saloon, 1152 Leonard St. NW in Grand Rapids, 9 p.m. Saturday
• SilentBark playing Rogue River Tavern, 4 N. Main St. in Rockford, 9 p.m. Saturday
• Tony Bakker Duo playing Itty Bitty Bar, 1136 Ottawa Beach Road in Holland, 9 p.m. Saturday
• Barenaked ’90s playing the Log Cabin Cocktail Lounge, 2401 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids, 9:30 p.m. Saturday
• DJ Mark Witz playing EVE in The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, 11 p.m.
• Toby Bresnahan at Cedar Springs Brewing in downtown Cedar Springs, noon Sunday
• Dennie Middleton playing The Underpass at The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville, 4 p.m. Sunday
• Jetts outdoors at The Score, 5301 Northland Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, 6 p.m. Sunday
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VIDEO: “Citizen” by Callab, featuring E-Will, J.Rob, Lady Ace Boogie, Jance, Cheeze Weez, Rebel Kuzco, Cheezy Scott
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