A country star at a historic church, alt-rock heroes at a downtown nightclub, folk-rock faves and an emerging Michigan pop star wrapping up a tour behind a new EP. All are featured in our photo galleries.
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Platinum-selling country singer Kip Moore told the Chicago Tribune earlier this year that the shows on his “Room to Spare Acoustic Tour” were “all about the music.”
“I go out onstage every night and I’m so relaxed,” he told Tribune writer Dan Hyman. “I’m playing these songs the way they originated and there’s such a peace in that for me.”
Since then, Moore has released a new single, “She’s Mine,” and this week brought his North American tour to an unusual and picturesque Grand Rapids venue: Fountain Street Church.
The near-capacity crowd on Thursday night “was enthusiastic all the way to the back,” said Local Spins photographer Eric Stoike.
“He played some really old stuff from the first album and the crowd sang it all right back to him.”
Moore started the Grand Rapids show in that “relaxed” solo acoustic fashion before bringing his band to the stage.
Stoike noted the setting was “awesome” and the sound “amazing” for a rare country concert in the church, a show that started with a sety by Kylie Morgan.
Check out the photo gallery here, and scroll down for images from other West Michigan concerts, including Blue October at The Intersection, Michigander at The Pyramid Scheme and The Crane Wives at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo.
PHOTO GALLERY: Kip Moore, Kylie Morgan at Fountain Street Church (Thursday)
Photos by Eric Stoike
PHOTO GALLERY: Blue October, New Dialogue at The Intersection (Thursday)
Photos by Benjamin Howell
PHOTO GALLERY: The Crane Wives, SeaSaw at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo (Friday)
Photos by Derek Ketchum