Local Spins’ photo roundup kicks off with Janelle Monae’s crowd-pleasing tour stop, with throngs also flocking to Saturday’s Fourth of July bash in Grand Rapids and PHoffman’s show at Bell’s in Kalamazoo.
Janelle Monae’s latest Top 10 album, “Dirty Computer,” features the track, “I Got the Juice.”
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The soul/pop/funk/hip hop star certainly proved she had that and more on Saturday night during a jam-packed, audience-pleasing spectacle unleashed during a Grand Rapids tour stop at 20 Monroe Live, with the impressive St. Beauty opening the show.
The colorful, big-production affair “felt like an arena show crammed into 20 Monroe Live,” observed Local Spins photographer Anthony Norkus. “So many people dressed up, too. So glam.”
The singer performed several tracks from the new album, along with earlier classics such as “Tightrope” and “PrimeTime.” Check out the set list courtesy of setlist.fm here, along with Norkus’ photo gallery.
Set List: Crazy, Classic, Life / Take a Byte / Screwed (with “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”) / Django Jane / Q.U.E.E.N. / Electric Lady / PrimeTime (with “Purple Rain”) / Pynk / Yoga / I Like That / Don’t Judge Me / Make Me Feel (with “I Got the Feelin'”) / I Got the Juice / Cold War / Tightrope / So Afraid / Americans
PHOTO GALLERY: Janelle Monae, St. Beauty at 20 Monroe Live
AMWAY FAMILY FIREWORKS / FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
The heat of the week mercifully subsided for the annual Amway Family Fireworks held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday night.
Crowds began to find their sweet spot to see the fireworks starting when the first band of the evening — Hank Mowery & The Hawktones — hit the stage at 5:50 p.m. The size of the crowd continued to grow as Delusions of Adequacy, Sundry and Hey Marco! performed. On the other bank of the Grand River, more spectators gathered to ogle the fireworks display, which started precisely at 10:30 p.m and ran for just over 20 minutes. – Katlin Merby
PHOTO GALLERY: Fourth of July Celebration in Grand Rapids
Photos by Veronica Leigh Anderson
PHOTO GALLERY: PHoffman, Joshua Davis Group, Jen Sygit at Bell’s Brewery
Photos by Derek Ketchum