This Local Spins wrap-up of Grand Rapids concerts includes everything from a video montage of an impressive Doors tribute to photo galleries of national tour stops by wildly popular artists, new and old.
The “John Mellencamp Show” made a tour stop Sunday night at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, with the renowned heartland rocker bringing his arsenal of hits to Grand Rapids (even as the media buzz continued with news about Meg Ryan getting engaged to Mellencamp).
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Fans were treated to classic Mellencamp tunes as well as deeper cuts. Here’s the set list courtesy of setlist.fm: Lawless Times, Troubled Land, Minutes to Memories, Small Town, Stones in My Passway, Lonely Ol’ Night, Check It Out, Long Gone (From the Bowlin’ Green), We Are the People, Longest Days, Jack & Diane, The Full Catastrophe, Easy Target, Overture, Rain on the Scarecrow, Crumblin’ Down, Authority Song/Land of 1000 Dances, Pink Houses, Cherry Bomb, Long Gone (from Bowlin’ Green) Reprise.
Meanwhile, funky Baltimore jam band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has been crisscrossing the country on what’s been an almost ceaseless touring schedule as it keeps growing an avid fan base. On Saturday, the band proved its live-show mettle yet again, this time firing up a full house at The Intersection with help from Mungion.
The same night, pyschedelic Philadelphia rock band Dr. Dog made a stop at Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center, with The Nude Party also on the bill.
That followed West Michigan appearances by Seattle grunge rockers Candlebox (with Coldville and To Whom It May) at 20 Monroe Live, Toronto-based rapper Shad playing Calvin College, Grand Rapids alt-country band Deep Greens & Blues hosting a packed album-release show at Creston Brewery and Doors tribute band The Insane Theatre pumping up an enthused baby-boomer crowd at SpeakEZ Lounge. Local Spins was there to cover the action in photos and video.
PHOTO GALLERY: John Mellencamp at DeVos Performance Hall (Sunday)
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek
PHOTO GALLERY: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at The Intersection (Saturday)
Photos by Eric Stoike
PHOTO GALLERY: Dr. Dog, The Nude Party at Calvin College (Saturday)
Photos by Anna Sink