Blues, rock, folk, Americana, funk, pop, ‘crabgrass’ and more: Local Spins’ week-in-review photo galleries cover the gamut of live music from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo to Spring Lake.
Emerging, 17-year-old Michigan blues-rock star Jake Kershaw told much of the story of West Michigan’s weekend of music.
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On Friday night, he had a chance to meet Gov’t Mule frontman and guitarist Warren Haynes at Grand Rapids’ 20 Monroe Live, where the much-beloved, Southern rock jam band electrified fans with a performance that even featured a guest appearance by eastern Michigan guitarist Larry McCray.
On Saturday, Kershaw took the stage himself — opening for one of his heroes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, at Kalamazoo’s State Theatre.
And there was much more he could have taken in had he had the time and a Star Trek-styled transporter:
California rock/post-hardcore band MewithouYou firing up The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, new Austin super-group Nobody’s Girl making its only Michigan tour stop at Spring Lake’s Seven Steps Up, folk icon Arlo Guthrie lighting up State Theatre, Southwest Michigan’s Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts unfurling new music at an album-release show at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Ypsilanti’s Black Jake & The Carnies unleashing its “crabgrass” assault at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill, and Mississippi’s Steve Azar and band playing the Music to Benefit Music event at Hudsonville’s Pinnacle Center.
Check out all of the images here — exclusively at Local Spins. And see a separate recap and photo gallery from this weekend’s Lamp Light Music Festival in Grand Rapids: Lamp Light maintains intimacy, rolls out ‘awesome’ performances
PHOTO GALLERY: MewithoutYou, Smidley at The Pyramid Scheme (Wednesday)
Photos by Katy Batdorff and Kendra Kamp
PHOTO GALLERY: Gov’t Mule at 20 Monroe Live (Friday)
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek
PHOTO GALLERY: Nobody’s Girl at Seven Steps Up (Friday)
Photos by Hau Tran