A week that launched with The Gasoline Gypsies’ first-ever acoustic show also featured Sum 41, Sullivan King, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Whitey Morgan, the “Christmas at Critter’s” benefit and more.
When The Gasoline Gypsies took the stage for Local Spins’ second “Michigan Mondays” concert at Grand Rapids’ new Listening Room, it was the Port Huron-bred band’s first ever, full-band acoustic show.
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They had spent weeks preparing for just this occasion, and to say the hard work paid off would be an understatement.
The group delivered two sets of rousing, inspiring, harmony-filled music that not only showed off the band’s audience-pleasing stage demeanor but its impressive roots-rock songcraft.
Fans who drove from the east side of the state to experience this inaugural musical adventure joined West Michiganders for what certainly ranks as one of Listening Room’s most memorable concerts since the 200-capacity venue opened at Studio Park in late October.
The proof? Smiles all around after the show and an upbeat holiday vibe that seemed to extend through a week in West Michigan that also featured:
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returning for a swing-dance party at Kalamazoo’s State Theatre on Wednesday, the same night that Full Cord Bluegrass pumped up a full house at SpeakEZ Lounge for Local Spins Wednesdays;
Whitey Morgan playing to a rabid crowd at The Intersection, the same night that the “Christmas at Critter’s” project (with Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Melophobix and The Legal Immigrants and a bunch of special guests) revved up the Yule spirit in a fundraising show at Elevation downstairs — a show bedecked with inflatable holiday characters and lots of Santa hats. Meanwhile, Rockford Brewing celebrated its 7th anniversary with a rousing, jam-packed show starring Roosevelt Diggs.
On Saturday, Sum 41, Southpaw and Broadside had 20 Monroe Live rocking in Grand Rapids, the same night that Sullivan King regaled a capacity crowd at Elevation with his “metal-meets-EDM.” After playing The Livery in Benton Harbor on Friday and Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake on Saturday, May Erlewine & The Motivations closed out the weekend Sunday at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe with a holiday dance party that made the perfect lead-up to the big holiday week.
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PHOTO GALLERY: The Gasoline Gypsies at Listening Room
Photos by Eric Stoike
PHOTO GALLERY: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Kalamazoo State Theatre
Photos by Derek Ketchum
PHOTO GALLERY: Christmas at Critter’s at Elevation
Melophobix, Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, The Legal Immigrants
Photos by Eric Stoike