A busy opening week of September boasted jam-packed tour stops by an emerging Australian star, a pair of ’90s rock stalwarts and a Michigan legend returning to Bell’s. The photos at Local Spins.
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West Michigan’s music weekend ended with the concert debut of emerging 24-year-old Australian star and multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park — a show that photographer Nathan Purchase called the best show he’s seen all year.
“I’ve never seen one single person command the stage like she did,” he said. “The entire crowd was fixated on her.”
That followed another sellout for Michigan’s own multi-platinum faves, The Verve Pipe, who impressed a capacity crowd in the Back Room of Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo Saturday.
The band played “all the hits in a mostly electrified set that also included a stripped-down acoustic version of ‘The Freshmen,’ ” noted photographer Derek Ketchum.
“Also making this show very special was the inclusion of a handful of new tracks that Brian VanderArk announced will be on a new album that would be released in the next couple of months.”
And while on the subject of ’90s rock heroes revving things up on a Saturday night, what about Bush and Live playing the Allegan County Fair (along with Our Lady Peace)?
Photographer Pennie Spence raved that Bush was “insanely great. So much better than I remember,” with frontman Gavin Rossdale walking out into the crowd during “Little Things.” Live, meanwhile, delivered “the hits that everyone was there to hear.”
Check out the photo galleries here.
PHOTO GALLERY: Tash Sultana, Leo James Conroy at Meijer Gardens
Photos by Nathan Purchase
PHOTO GALLERY: The Verve Pipe at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo
Photos by Derek Ketchum
PHOTO GALLERY: Bush, Live at Allegan County Fair
Photos by Pennie Spence