A host of bands at varied locations got West Michigan’s summer started over the holiday weekend, from Bus Benefit on the lakeshore to shows at The Pyramid Scheme, The DAAC, The Stray and The Deck. Photos.
Let’s face it: Memorial Day Weekend 2022 feels a lot different than it has the past couple of years due to the COVID pandemic.
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With most Michigan music festivals back this year and most bands back on tour, things are starting to feel a little more normal — and performers and fans are showing their enthusiasm for what’s shaping up as the busiest summer since 2019.
Take the past several days at venues across the region:
• The Buses by the Beach Bus Benefit returned to Camp Blodgett along Lake Michigan south of Grand Haven with performances by more than a dozen acts over three days, raising money for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Check out Day 1 coverage here and scroll down for a photo gallery from an exceptionally busy Day 2.
• Nationally acclaimed bluegrass faves Yonder Mountain String Band played a special show Wednesday at The Deck in Muskegon;
• West Michigan rock band Tiny Tree was among several bands playing Friday at The Pyramid Scheme, which also hosted a jam-packed appearance by Canadian rock/funk band TWRP on Sunday night;
• The American Hotel System played a sold-out album-release show on Friday at The Stray in Grand Rapids (with Sebastian & the Mood and Low Phase also on the bill);
• Hail Your Highness headlined a Saturday show at The DAAC in Grand Rapids, with Arbor, Antlerhead and Middle Names also unleashing sets.
• TWRP regaling a sold-out crowd at The Pyramid Scheme to close out the weekend.
Scroll down to browse all of the photo galleries.
PHOTO GALLERY: Buses by the Beach Bus Benefit (Day 2)
Photos by Anna Sink
PHOTO GALLERY: Yonder Mountain String Band at The Deck in Muskegon
Photos by Bryan Bolea
PHOTO GALLERY: Tiny Tree at The Pyramid Scheme
Photos by Katy Batdorff