House and bass music stars, rousing prog-metal bands, country crooners, indie-folksters and more delivered an eclectic week of live music to remember across West Michigan. The photos at Local Spins.
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West Michigan’s week of live music may have started with the iconic folk of Joni Mitchell — thanks to Lisa Oldham’s annual tribute show at Turnstiles in Grand Rapids — and the penetrating singer-songwriter angst of Bright Eyes at Kalamazoo State Theatre, but it meandered in a host of musical directions after that.
There was the indie-folk-rock of Sway Wild (“Shake”), aka Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer, playing Midtown in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, followed by the roaring prog-metal/hardcore spectacle of Jinjer (“Pisces”) at GLC Live at 20 Monroe on Thursday.
That same night featured the country strains of Lily Rose (“Whatcha Know About That”) at The Stache inside The Intersection, which also hosted the diverse, hip-hop-hued house music of the ski-mask-clad Malaa (“Deep”) in the main showroom.
Meanwhile, in Kalamazoo, Dede and the Dreamers (“Powerful”) brought the tour behind their new crossover jazz/soul/folk album to Old Dog Tavern.
On Friday, country’s Tyler Booth (“Feeling Whitney”) revved up The Stache, the same night that Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo hosted the return of Southwest Michigan dream pop outfit Tambourina (“Acknowledge You”).
On Saturday, electronic music fans cheered and reveled in the dark-edged bass music of Mersiv (“Reverberate”), who rocked the main showroom at The Intersection. And country singer Jackson Dean wrapped up the weekend with a capacity show Sunday at The Stache.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Bright Eyes, Riff Raff at Kalamazoo State Theatre
Photos by Derek Ketchum
Photos Courtesy of Lisa Oldham
PHOTO GALLERY: Sway Wild at Midtown
Photos by Bryan Bolea