A week of eclectic music unfolded across West Michigan, from Sparta to Grand Rapids to Otsego to Kalamazoo — showcased in photos at Local Spins, from a keyboard icon to Veronica Eileen’s album-release to a Black Arts Festival in Kalamazoo.
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In Otsego, it rained on the blues for a while Saturday, but The Dam Boys, Slim Nichols Band and more still fired up the inaugural Liquid Note Blues Fest at the brewpub’s new outdoor venue.
In Sparta, Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps rocked the Wednesday night concert series at Roger Park — the day before pumping up fans at The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids and a couple days before playing Ludington’s Ludrock festival, part of the now-Nashville-based band’s run of West Michigan homecoming shows.
On the indoor front, Maine singer-songwriter Jud Caswell enhanced the Friday night “Open Stage” show at Midtown in Grand Rapids along with Rockford singer-songwriter Dan Terry, while the legendary R&B keyboardist and guitarist Booker T. Jones — of Booker T. & the M.G.’s fame — brought his award-winning strains to Kalamazoo’s State Theatre on Saturday in a show presented by Kalamazoo Public Library, Black Arts & Cultural Center and The Gilmore Keyboard Festival.
Earlier in the day, the 37th Black Arts Festival also featured several different performers — including Asamu Johnson & The Associates of the Blues, Nina Satina and more — in Kalamazoo.
That same night, Grand Rapids electronic music artist Veronica Eileen staged an album-release show at The Mint inside The Intersection.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps at Sparta’s Rogers Park
Photos by Chelsea Whitaker
Photos by Joshua Tufts
Photos by Derek Ketchum