A week spotlighted by the Jammie Awards also boasted a varied set of tour stops: country, metal, pop, hip hop, Americana, electronic music and more. The images at Local Spins.
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The week of Valentine’s Day in West Michigan was filled with fan love for heartfelt performances by stars of country, metal, pop, hip hop, indie-rock, singer-songwriters, Americana and more — national and local.
From the No. 1 streamed artist of 2019 (Post Malone at Van Andel Arena) to a touring group of beloved Michigan songbirds (Sweet Water Warblers) to a West Coast heavy metal icon celebrating four decades of rock (Queensryche), cupid hit the mark with an enticing volley of musical arrows.
It even included a true under-the-radar pick with “The Exile Follies”: much-heralded singer-songwriters Grant-Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo), John Doe (X) and Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses) sharing a thoroughly entertaining evening of tales and tunes for a small-but-enthused crowd at Grand Rapids’ Listening Room.
And the weekend ended with a real splash: Japan’s punk/alt-rock/dance band Chai opening for Chicago indie-folk/rock/soul act Whitney on Sunday night at Grand Rapids’ Fountain Street Church, with SuperDre hosting a launch party for her Fourtifeye company at The Pyramid Scheme — a bash featuring sets by Sango, Savon, Waldo, The SEVENth and Venus Flyytrap.
We’ll let all of the photo galleries — a dozen of them — and videos recap the action. Enjoy.
PHOTO GALLERY: Whitney, Chai at Fountain Street Church
Photos by Kendra Petersen-Kamp
Fourtifeye Launch Party
Photos by Katy Batdorff and Leandro Lara
PHOTO GALLERY: Sweet Water Warblers at Listening Room
Photos by Anna Sink