This week’s concert photo gallery and video roundup at Local Spins also features Stone Soup & The Broken Teeth’s album-release, Toth, Leland Blue and Paradise Outlaw.
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Nothing like closing out the weekend with a real bang.
While California’s Sublime with Rome unleashed its reggae-splashed rock and ska-punk on Sunday night for a robust crowd of 1,700 at 20 Monroe Live — with help from West Michigan’s own Melophobix and Flexadecibel — a different sort of packed house was pumping up Listening Room elsewhere in downtown Grand Rapids.
Ireland’s We Banjo 3 turned the intimate, sold-out venue into it own raucous house party, encouraging fans to get up and dance to their “Celtgrass” strains, insisting that “This is not a sitty-downy kind of show; it’s a standy-uppy kind of show.”
It marked the end of a sundry week of live music that barreled ahead in spite of a snowstorm, including:
• Leland Blue at The Pyramid Scheme – Despite downtown being buried in snow, Grand Rapids indie-rock band Leland Blue drew a sea of fans out to The Pyramid Scheme on Saturday. The band proved to be full of seismic energy and scorching riffs. Equipped with their own sound crew, the quintet provided a polished wall of sound as fans reveled in indie-rock bliss, following sets by Often Home, Jake LeMond and Kimball.
• Toth, Mal Devisa and Ryan Dugre at Listening Room – The eclectic evening of performances began with Ryan Dugre, who performed a series of stunning solo instrumental guitar pieces to open the evening. Following, Mal Devisa gave a powerhouse performance with the aid of a bass guitar and kick drum. Toth closed the night out with a grooving full band set that employed all sorts of subtle sonic bells and whistles. A highlight of the performance came when Alex Toth wielded a trumpet during a song and played a few soulful melodies. – Ricky Olmos
The week also featured Grand Rapids electronic duo Pink Sky at Harmony Hall, Stone Soup & The Broken Teeth’s album-release show at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill (with The Bootstrap Boys and Rachel Curtis), Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers powering up bluegrass at Founders Brewing, Brooklyn’s Garcia Peoples at The Pyramid Scheme and Grand Rapids’ Paradise Outlaw making its SpeakEZ Lounge debut. The images and a video below.
PHOTO GALLERY: Sublime with Rome, Melophobix, Flexadecibel at 20 Monroe Live
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek
Photos by Anna Sink
PHOTO GALLERY: Leland Blue at The Pyramid Scheme
Photos by Ricky Olmos