With a disparate batch of bands and solo artists touring behind new material, West Michigan got an earful over the weekend, including a B93 battle between regional country acts — all recapped in images.
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For every touring band or artist, there are infectious new tracks they’re hell-bent enthusiastic to play in front of live audiences.
For Icelandic blues-rock outfit Kaleo, which released its latest album, “Surface Sounds,” in 2021, it’s probably “Break My Baby” — the song which launched its Grand Rapids performance at GLC Live at 20 Monroe on Thursday, with Bones Evans also on the bill.
For Georgia alt-metal’s Sevendust, how about “Blood from a Stone,” the track from that band’s latest album which kicked off the encore during its GLC Live at 20 Monroe tour stop on Friday?
At that same show, Grand Rapids’ own rock/metal/alternative heroes Deepfall unleashed its latest single, “Revolution,” for an approving crowd that also cheered sets by Plush and All Good Things.
Country singer Kari Lynch — who started her career in West Michigan before moving to Nashville — eagerly revved up her first indoor homecoming concert in Grand Rapids in years with a bunch of brand new alt-rock/pop songs, including “Cigarettes,” signaling her move toward a different, engaging style for her solo projects.
Hey, spring, after all, is a time for new things to bloom so it’s not surprising.
Grand Rapids’ hard-rocking Coldville, which just released a brand new EP, “Screaming Out,” got The Stache inside The Intersection rumbling on Saturday, with help from Inaudible Darling, Bob’s Dock and Five Minutes Late.
At Elevation in The Intersection, B93’s “Battle to the Bash” on Friday and Saturday featured sets from the likes of Stevie Reidz & Co., Ron St. Germain Band, Tara Renee Band, River City Narrative, Brendan Monroe, The Megan Rae Band and Prior Noon. Stevie Reidz, Ron St. Germain, Megan Rae, Prior Noon and Brendan Monroe will move on to face off in the finals on May 21.
It was also a time this weekend for a spate of eclectic Kalamazoo shows: Lower Leisure Class playing its first show in two years for a packed house Friday at Final Gravity Brewing, and North 41 (with special guest Aaron Stinson) funking things up on Saturday at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe, the same night that Lisa Mackie, Ryan Gladding and Nathan Walton performed at Old Dog Tavern.
And finally in Kalamazoo: FlyLiteGemini unleashed its new album in a Sunday night show at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe, with the Kalamazoo Academy of Rock’s Songwriting Band getting things started.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Kaleo, Bones Evans at GLC Live at 20 Monroe
Photos by Anthony Norkus
PHOTO GALLERY: Sevendust, Deepfall, Plush, All Good Things at GLC Live at 20 Monroe
Photos by Anthony Norkus
PHOTO GALLERY: Kari Lynch, Kyle Rasche at Listening Room
Photos by Anna Sink