West Michigan’s weekend of live music wrapped up with the final salvo in an outdoor concert series in Kalamazoo and some light-festooned jams in Grand Rapids. Browse the photos.
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It proved to be the perfect autumn night to close out the Bell’s Beer Garden outdoor concert series in Kalamazoo on Sunday.
Pennsylvania guitarist-singer Kurt Vile delivered a 90-minute-plus set of his psychedelic indie-rock favorites — including “Loading Zones,” “Pretty Pimpin” and “Mount Airy Hill (Way Gone)” — along with selections from his latest release.
The summer-like evening saw only a few moments of rain in the middle of the headliner’s set, about which even Vile might have exclaimed, “How Lucky.”
Seattle’s Julia Shapiro and band opened the evening with a distortion-fueled set of shoegaze-propelled music that had the crowd grooving along.
Although it was the final salvo of the Beer Garden concert season for 2022, Bell’s already has announced its first Beer Garden show for 2023: Belle & Sebastian on May 19.
In Grand Rapids, meanwhile, the weekend closed out with a Sunday tour stop by Boston prog-rock jam band Dopapod at Elevation inside The Intersection.
Browse the photos from both shows below.
And check out photos and recaps from concerts earlier in the weekend featuring The Head and The Heart, Priscilla Block, Here Come the Mummies, May Erlewine and Pink Sky here.
PHOTO GALLERY: Kurt Vile, Julia Shapiro at Bell’s Beer Garden
Photos by Derek Ketchum
PHOTO GALLERY: Dopapod at Elevation inside The Intersection
Photos by Eric Stoike