Moving from October to November meant more than just a change in the weather: It also gave West Michigan a diverse lineup of under-the-radar concerts, captured in images at Local Spins.
There was the usual Halloween hoopla, tempered a bit by the arrival of chilly wintry weather and the S-word, but the arrival of November also meant an eclectic set of under-the-radar concerts that covered the gamut of styles across West Michigan:
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• Country singer Michael Ray (“Kiss You in the Morning,” “Think a Little Less”) brought his tour to Grand Rapids’ 20 Monroe Live on Friday, along with Jimmie Allen and Walker County;
• The West Michigan Cannabis Guild fundraiser at The Pyramid Scheme on Friday featured sets by Grand Rapids’ Easy, Tiger (who, appropriately enough, play “stoner rock from the ’70s”) and Oracle;
• The Red Sea Pedestrians and Olivia Mainville played a post-Halloween affair at Kalamazoo’s Old Dog Tavern with help from Boheme Tribal Belly Dance, while just down the street, Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe hosted a costume contest with entertainment by “all-star tribute bands” playing the music of They Might Be Giants, No Doubt and Led Zeppelin. On Saturday, Shakespeare’s Lower Level unleashed an “epic goth dance party,” with Amaranth recording a video for their latest single;
• Folk-rock’s The Crane Wives headlined this year’s Music to Benefit Music fundraiser at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville — an event that has raised more than $400,000 to purchase instruments and musical equipment for area schools over the years.
PHOTO GALLERY: Michael Ray, Jimmie Allen, Walker County at 20 Monroe Live (Friday)
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek
Easy, Tiger and Oracle (Friday)
Photos by Katy Batdorff
Olivia Mainville, Red Sea Pedestrians, Boheme Tribal Belly Dance at Old Dog Tavern
All-Star Tribute Bands at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe
Live Goth Night with Amaranth at Shakespeare’s Lower Level
Photos by Derek Ketchum