From inviting mid-week gems to Halloween-haunted weekend revelry, the final full week of October brimmed with celebratory concerts and album-release shows across the state.
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Halloween doesn’t officially descend in terrifying fashion until Tuesday, but make no mistake: Much of Michigan was costumed, dolled-up, disguised and masked for weekend revelry from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo to Pontiac.
And much of that came in the form of musical masquerades, including:
• The annual Creepy Cheapy extravaganza at Pontiac’s The Crofoot, with bands from across the state performing under disguise as other artists, including Grand Rapids’ Lokella as Dua Lipa;
• The Incantations at Kalamazoo’s Old Dog Tavern, costumed as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love;
• Kalamazoo’s Fake Baseball hosting a Halloween-hued EP-release party at Rugger’s Up & Under with Santino Jones and Celeste Allison.
It wasn’t the only weekend release show. West Michigan Americana band Roosevelt Diggs unleashed its brand new album, “Reverie,” for an enthused crowd on Saturday night at The Stache inside The Intersection on Saturday.
Other weekend shows included Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish firing up its raw, rockabilly- and blues-infused rock at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe on Saturday, touring behind the duo’s new studio album, the night after Trifocal and Stormy Chromer revved up a Friday night affair at Bell’s.
Earlier in the week, West Michigan enjoyed a pair of tour stops from widely varying, much-revered national artists: Alt-rock’s Switchfoot at Grand Rapids’ GLC Live at 20 Monroe and the limited Midwest run of singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett and guitarist Leo Kottke’s “In Conversation and Song” show at Kalamazoo’s State Theatre.
That same night, Grand Rapids singer Hannah Rose Graves hosted a special edition of Local Spins Wednesdays at SpeakEZ Lounge with a host of special guests — including Jake Stilson, Justin Wierenga and Cody Madison among others.
PHOTO GALLERY: Switchfoot, The Trews at GLC Live at 20 Monroe
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