The week leading up to Fat Tuesday was a treat: Great Lakes Brass’ NOLA vibe in Kalamazoo; The Verve Pipe’s homecoming bash; Frank Sinatra & Steely Dan tributes; Walker & Royce, Dylan Marlowe & more.
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Let the Mardi Gras partying begin.
Fat Tuesday is still a couple of days away, but West Michigan already has been celebrating in many multifarious ways.
Take Great Lakes Brass delivering a robust slice of New Orleans gaiety and revelry to Ruggers Up & Under in Kalamazoo on Saturday night, a Mardi Gras romp leading up to what the band calls the “epic” fourth annual Second Line Mardi Gras Pub Crawl taking place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Saugatuck, hosted by Red Horse Center.
Then there was Saturday night’s homecoming spectacle at GLC Live at 20 Monroe, with Michigan alt-rock favorites The Verve Pipe regaling devoted fans along with pals and Grand Rapids’ own In The Valley Below, who got the night started.
Just down the street, The Intersection’s Stache hosted up-and-coming country singer Dylan Marlowe, who called his Saturday night appearance in GR “the best, hypest show of my entire life” after enthusiastic fans packed the venue to cheer him on. The night before, Elevation hosted electronic/dance duo Walker & Royce, with the main showroom featuring Oklahoma country singer Josh Meloy.
Grand Rapids also boasted singer Bradley Sinclair’s Frank Sinatra tribute at Midtown, Max Lockwood and Elizabeth Pixley-Fink rocking The Pyramid Scheme, and the Pretzel Logic Steely Dan tribute packing the house for Local Spins Wednesdays at SpeakEZ Lounge.
Back in Kalamazoo, the weekend also featured a tour stop by singer-songwriter Willi Carlisle and Golden Shoals at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe. Scroll down to browse all of the photo galleries and a video of Pretzel Logic.
PHOTO GALLERY: Great Lakes Brass at Ruggers Up & Under
Photos by Derek Ketchum
PHOTO GALLERY: In the Valley Below, The Verve Pipe
Photos by Veronica Ann Dearborn
PHOTO GALLERY: Dylan Marlowe at The Intersection’s Stache
Photos by Eric Stoike