A year ago this week, Local Spins published one of the most-read stories of the year — featuring emerging Michigan country artist Sadie Bass — and hailed the long-awaited, official opening of Listening Room.
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It’s difficult to imagine a more tumultuous, unpredictable year than 2020.
But before the world was turned upside-down due to COVID and plenty of other crises, fall of 2019 shaped up as one of the most hectic, promising and intriguing seasons ever when it comes to West Michigan’s music scene.
At Local Spins, we were busy covering the first official concerts taking place at the new Listening Room amid Grand Rapids’ Studio Park development (along with the usual flurry of tour stops at other venues).
We also focused attention on the rise of mid-Michigan country singer Sadie Bass, who got a chance to rub elbows and perform with some superstars of the business on a cruise. That story about Bass ended up being the fifth most-read article at Local Spins over the past year.
So, amid the relative silence of November 2020, kick back and revisit some of these recaps and photo galleries from one of 2019’s most eventful weeks. Just click on the links for full stories and images.
The ‘Mexo-Americana’ group and singer-songwriter Heather Maloney earned a warm welcome from fans attending Wednesday’s concert at the new Grand Rapids venue.
Nov. 9, 2019: The polished piano pop of Sandra Effert’s ‘River Rocks’
The Grand Rapids singer and musician released a new EP, previewing songs for the Local Spins on WYCE radio show which also debuted music by Overdrive Orchestra, Pretoria and more.
Local Spins writer Ricky Olmos attended David Bazan’s weekend concerts at Listening Room and he spent time with the renowned singer-songwriter. This is his report, with photos by Kendra Petersen-Kamp.
It was a big concert week with plenty of big shows — at venues big and small — across West Michigan. Browse the images from 20 Monroe Live, Calvin University, The Pyramid Scheme, Kalamazoo State Theatre, Old Dog Tavern and more.
The emerging country artist from mid-Michigan got ‘chills to the bone’ during the ‘absolutely amazing’ cruise when her band performed along with other stars.
PHOTO GALLERY: Sadie Bass
Photos by Eric Stoike
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