West Michigan’s weekend of live music had a rootsy, country and folk-flavored charm, with a couple of national tour stops and a new open-mic night at a high-profile venue.
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At 29, country and Americana star Parker McCollum already has racked up some pretty impressive feats, including a Top 10 country album (“Gold Chain Cowboy”), No. 1 single (“Pretty Heart”) and nomination as country’s new male artist of the year.
Last week, he even received the key to his hometown, Conroe, Texas, with the mayor declaring it “Parker McCollum Day” and the singer playing a sold-out concert at a pavilion not far from the house where he grew up.
Just six days later, McCollum fired up country fans here in Grand Rapids, playing one of the first big post-pandemic concerts at downtown’s GLC Live at 20 Monroe.
West Michigan’s own up-and-coming country singer Brenden Monroe – with a fresh single, “Ain’t Pretty But She’s Mine” — got a chance to shine, too, opening for McCollum on Saturday night.
Local Spins photographer Anthony Norkus captured the images.
Browse the photos below, along with a gallery from Pokey LaFarge’s Friday tour stop at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Café in Kalamazoo and video snippets from Grand Rapids’ Listening Room’s first “Open Stage” night on Saturday.
PHOTO GALLERY: Parker McCollum, Brenden Monroe at GLC Live @ 20 Monroe
Photos by Anthony Norkus
PHOTO GALLERY: Pokey LaFarge, Esther Rose at Bell’s Eccentric Café
Photos by Derek Ketchum
VIDEO: Listening Room Open Stage (10/9/21)
Video by Anna Sink
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