Tour stops by Trippie Redd, Allman Betts Band and Dirty Honey added to a week of bracing local shows: Domestic Problems, Darcy Wilkin, Trifocal and a Crooked Tree Creative Showcase. Images at Local Spins.
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Hip hop was very well represented in a variety of approaches and at a variety of venues over the weekend in West Michigan.
Cleveland’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony returned to 20 Monroe Live on Saturday to invigorate a crowd about 1,500 with an arsenal of special guests, including Grand Rapids’ own JRob & Bedrock, Lady Ace Boogie, A1 and Meech.
That same night, hip hop/R&B star Jacquees (“B.E.D.”) brought the tour behind his latest album, “King of R&B,” to Elevation inside The Intersection. And this was two days after North Carolina rapper YBN Cordae fired up Elevation on his “The Lost Boy in America” tour. And Ohio’s Trippie Redd closed out the weekend at 20 Monroe Live with help from Kodie Shane and BlocBoy JB.
But hip hop fans weren’t the only ones getting a treat:
Rock in its many forms found fan favor with Grace Potter at The Intersection, the Allman Betts Band at 20 Monroe Live, Domestic Problems with Valentiger at Elevation, Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions at Listening Room, Sleeping with Sirens at The Intersection and Trifocal at Benton Harbor’s Livery, among others.
Americana and folk had its representation, too, with Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Darcy Wilkin’s jam-packed CD-release show at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. And then there was bluegrass brilliance, with the Infamous Strindusters playing the Acoustic Cafe Folk Series at St. Cecilia Music Center.
Finally, the weekend closed out with a bang in Grand Haven thanks to Crooked Tree Creative’s first-ever regional showcase starring August, Max Lockwood, Blushing Monk, Earth Radio, Eli Kahn, Full Cord, Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps, The Brandino Extravaganza, Distant Stars, Third Coast Swing Band, Sandra Effert, Zachary James, Ben Traverse and Biomassive. As organizer Elle Pellegrom put it on Facebook: “Live recording 14 bands back to back is insane, but we did it. Us, and about 200 friends.”
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PHOTO GALLERY: Crooked Tree Creative Showcase at Grand Haven’s Third Coast Recording
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PHOTO GALLERY: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Lady Ace Boogie, JRob, Meech, A1 & more at 20 Monroe Live
Photos by Anthony Norkus