The week had much to offer live music fans, from national touring acts to milestone shows by regional bands. Browse the photo galleries at Local Spins, from Kolby Cooper to Organissimo to Ringo Deathstarr.
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Flaunting a glitzy blue sportcoat, frontman Michael Crittenden kicked off Friday’s album-release show by welcoming the capacity crowd to a “Troll for Trout extravaganza.”
And while the spectacle debuting the folk-rock band’s first album of original material in 13 years, “North Downriver Road,” certainly filled the stage at Midtown in Grand Rapids — with two saxophonists and two backing vocalists joining the veteran four-piece band — the evening also oozed the intimacy of an evening shared with friends, filled with stories, humor and poignancy.
The West Michigan band celebrating its 30th anniversary meshed familiar gems with fresh tracks from the new album, from a twist on I.D. theft (“Raven’s Game”) to dedicating a song to late Grand Rapids radio personality and DJ Aris Hampers.
The upbeat, sold-out Troll for Trout show mirrored performances from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo throughout the first week of May.
On Wednesday, City & Colour (aka, Dallas Green) brought the tour behind his latest album, “The Love Still Held Me Near,” to Grand Rapids’ GLC Live at 20 Monroe, with Courtney Marie Andrews opening the show. View the set list here, with City & Colour launching the show with “Meant to Be” and closing with “Sleeping Sickness.”
That same night at SpeakEZ Lounge several blocks away, jazz organ trio Organissimo made a triumphant return to the cozy, packed venue, playing its first show there in more than three years as part of the Local Spins Wednesdays series.
The Intersection, meanwhile, hosted country singer Kolby Cooper at Elevation on Thursday, Nashville southern rockers The Cadillac Three on Friday and Bass Country’s spring electronic music bash on Saturday.
In Kalamazoo, Kait Rose & the Band of Thorns delivered originals and covers as part of the first “After Art Hop” show of the season Friday on downtown’s Haymarket Plaza. The following night, Austin’s Ringo Deathstarr and Pleasure Venom, along with Kalamazoo’s Tambourina, brought shoegaze and punk strains to the stage at Bel’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe.
PHOTO GALLERY: City and Colour, Courtney Marie Andrews at GLC Live at 20 Monroe
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek
Photos by Chelsea Whitaker
PHOTO GALLERY: Kolby Cooper at The Intersection (Elevation)
Photos by Eric Stoike