West Michigan’s week in live music included crowd-pleasing shows from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo, from blues to pop, and rock to Celtic beauty — captured in images at Local Spins.
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When An Dro unfurled its mostly instrumental Celtic magic for rapt fans at Grand Rapids’ SpeakEZ Lounge last Wednesday night, it signaled the kickoff to several days of live Irish music across West Michigan as bands with a passion for the Emerald Isle enjoyed their busiest stretch of the year — all leading up to Sunday’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day across the region.
But that was just a small part of the musical lineup genre-wise, with:
• Bluesy Nashville psych-rock band All Them Witches scorching The Stache inside Grand Rapids’ The Intersection;
• Acclaimed blues guitarist Tab Benoit making a triumphant return to Kalamazoo’s State Theatre along with Michigan’s own blues-rock sensation Jake Kershaw (as well as Eric McFadden and Eric Johanson);
• Kalamazoo celebrating St. Patrick’s Day weekend with performances by Mustard Plug at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe, the Duffield/Caron Project at Old Dog Tavern and morning Irish revelry at Old Dog and Shakespeare’s Pub.
Check out a separate Local Spins recap of Grand Rapids’ St. Patrick’s weekend celebrations, including Irish on Ionia.
Local Spins also reviewed Blackberry Smoke’s acoustic show at Kalamazoo State Theatre.
And Quinn XCII at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids.
And, of course, Metallica at Van Andel Arena.
PHOTO GALLERY: All Them Witches at The Stache (Tuesday)
Photos by Eric Stoike
VIDEO: An Dro at SpeakEZ Lounge (Wednesday)
PHOTO GALLERY: Outer Vibe, Conrad Shock + The Noise, Earth Radio at The Pyramid Scheme (Thursday)
Photos by Anna Sink
Video by John Sinkevics
PHOTO GALLERY: Tab Benoit, Eric McFadden, Eric Johanson, Jake Kershaw at State Theatre
Post-Show With Out of Favor Boys at Old Dog Tavern (Friday)
Photos by Derek Ketchum