From Traverse City to Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo, the first musical blast of November featured everything from jazz to EDM to singer-songwriter magic. Browse the photos at Local Spins.
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As a warm-up to Saturday’s Iceman Cometh Challenge mountain bike race outside Traverse City, the Jeff Haas Trio and special guests unfurled originals such as “Turnstyle,” “Tsuris” and “Longetivity” along with other riveting jazz “Tales” for a “Local Spins Jazz Night” at The Alluvion listening room.
A small-but-rapt audience applauded the robust evening of jazz that featured Haas on grand piano, Jack Dryden on bass, Randy Marsh on drums, Laurie Sears on saxophone, Rob Smith on trumpet and watercolor artist Lisa Flahive.
Two days later, the 10-person “Team Local Spins” — sponsored in part by The Alluvion and Athletic Brewing — jazzed up the Iceman Cometh Challenge staged in cool-but-sunny weather amid the northern Michigan woods and fields.The team joined more than 5,000 riders for this grueling annual competition in which the lion’s share of adults spend hours fighting the hills and trails over a 30-mile stretch from Kalkaska to Traverse City. All of the team’s riders finished, with two competitors establishing their best personal times in the event.
And while it wasn’t the same sort of competition, the past week had several bands and touring artists competing for the attention of music lovers across West Michigan:
L.A. DJ Level Up (at The Intersection’s Elevation), Y-Not and Nathan Walton & The Remedy (at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill), Kait Rose & The Thorns (at Kalamazoo’s Clover Room), Simply in Time and Sadie VanDuinen (at Muskegon’s Starlight Room), and K’zoo Folklife’s 26th annual benefit for Loaves and Fishes (with Carrie McFerrin/Mike List and Schlitz Creek at Kalamazoo’s Trinity Lutheran Church).
And of course, earlier in the week it was all about Billy Strings and special guests playing a capacity show at Van Andel Arena.
Browse the photo galleries below.
PHOTO GALLERY: Jeff Haas Trio & Guests at The Alluvion (Traverse City)
Team Local Spins at Iceman Cometh Challenge
Photos by Eric Stoike
Photos by Chelsea Whitaker