Hard to envision a more contrasting set of shows unfurling in West Michigan over the weekend: swing revival, folk, metal-EDM hybrid, Americana, blues, you name it: all showcased in photos at Local Spins.
Sometimes the whirlwind that is music in all its forms can be breathtaking.
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Such was the case across West Michigan the first weekend in December, with a contrasting fusillade of concerts engaging audiences:
• California folk duo The Milk Carton Kids returned to Grand Rapids to play the Acoustic Cafe Folk Series on Thursday at St. Cecilia Music Center;
• Swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy made the most of their upbeat return to Kalamazoo State Theatre on Friday with a big assist from West Michigan blues band James Reeser & The Backseat Drivers;
• Grand Rapids-area singer-songwriter Drew Nelson and Hwy. 2 — a true Michigan super-group — delivered an evening of compelling Americana in the intimate confines of Listening Room on Friday;
• Sullivan King, with a boundary-melding blend of metal and EDM, fired up fans at a jam-packed Intersection on Saturday night as part of the “Loud & Reckless” tour;
• A bit down the road, Grand Rapids’ own Deerfield Run uncorked its Southern rock and rootsy strains at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill;
• The same night, Grand Rapids guitarist Steve Leaf — with opener singer-songwriter Morgan Haner — uncorked his charming musical melange at Listening Room.
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PHOTO GALLERY: The Milk Carton Kids at St. Cecilia Music Center
Photos by Jeffrey Wilkinson
PHOTO GALLERY: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, James Reeser at Kalamazoo State Theatre
Photos by Derek Ketchum
PHOTO GALLERY: Drew Nelson & Hwy. 2 at Listening Room
Photos by Anna Sink