Grand Rapids Art Museum and WYCE (88.1 FM) revive the popular free series this week. The weekly, four-concert affair also will feature Andrea von Kampen, Brie Stoner, Rachel Brooke, Jesse Ray and more.
Summer Thursdays in downtown Grand Rapids will take on a familiar musical sheen starting this week.
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The popular, free GRAM on the Green concert series hosted by the Grand Rapids Art Museum and community radio station WYCE (88.1 FM) will resume at 6 p.m. Thursday with performances by Molly and the South Bend soul/electronic jazz group After Ours.
Soulful Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Molly Bouwsma-Schultz — former frontwoman for the band Vox Vidorra — gushed on Facebook that she’s “very excited to be playing the Grand Rapids Art Museum again with my band sharing the bill with the ever-talented duo, After Ours.” She added slyly: “We may or may not have some surprises in the works.”
Concerts start around 6 p.m. on the art museum’s outdoor terrace, with food trucks, a cash bar and hands-on artmaking activities available. The museum also is open with free admission 5-9 p.m.
The four-week series boasts an eclectic lineup of performers:
• July 28 – Singer-songwriter and Ann Arbor native Andrea von Kampen will perform, along with Grand Rapids’ own indie-dream rock artist Brie Stoner;
• Aug. 4 – Led by singer Sarena Rae, “The Music That Raised Us” show features a host of well-known Grand Rapids singers and musicians celebrating the history of black music, including spirituals, blues, Motown and modern soul;
• Aug. 11 – The final show stars northern Michigan vintage country singer Rachel Brooke and her band, along with “The Reverend” Jesse Ray, frontman for rockabilly/raw blues act Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish.
The series is sponsored with support from WYCE and Bank of America.
View more free community concerts online in the Local Spins “Free Outdoor Community Concerts” guide, featuring 140 different series across Michigan.
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