The week unfolded with the arrival of ArtPrize 7 in Grand Rapids and a special SpeakEZ Lounge show, with plenty more musical art to embrace across West Michigan.
The arrival of fall – and ArtPrize 7 in downtown Grand Rapids – was a study in contrasts, especially when it comes to the eclectic musical offerings igniting the entertainment landscape across West Michigan … and giving Local Spins an excuse once again to capture it all in photos.
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SYLVAN ESSO, HI-KER at CALVIN COLLEGE (GRAND RAPIDS) Photos by Anthony Norkus
Sylvan Esso performed its first Michigan show Friday night to a buoyant crowd in Calvin College’s Covenant Fine Arts Center. The North Carolina duo of singer Amelia Meath and producer/beatmaker Nick Sanborn played an hour-long set of songs from their self-titled debut album — plus one or two newer jams — while a striking light show illuminated the otherwise unadorned stage. Local band hi-ker warmed up the room with a half-hour set of their “experimental, indie collage pop.” – Troy Reimink
She’s a legendary rockabilly singer who first made a name for herself in the 1950s as a true pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll. On Saturday, Wanda Jackson brought that renowned rockabilly spirit to Grand Rapids’ Wealthy Theatre to regale a packed house that stood up front to cheer the singer, with West Michigan’s own rockabilly royalty, Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys, opening the show.
Blues/soul/gospel guitarist and singer Jonny Lang also played to a packed house at Kalamazoo’s State Theatre on Friday night, at one point even bringing 14-year-old guitarist Jacob Kershaw of Marshall on stage to perform with him – which is appropriate, considering Lang cut his teeth with other stars when he was a young teen. Local Spins photographer Derek Ketchum called Lang’s set an “amazing performance.” The Record Company opened the concert.
It’s a great time to be part of everything Grand Rapids!