A week that saw arrival of a new Grand Rapids venue also boasted tour stops by Tyler Farr and AJJ, a Buddy Holly tribute, the Grand Rapids debut of The Boulevard Billies and Roger Brown Band, and Kalamazoo’s Cooper’s Glen festival. (Photo galleries)
The first blast of February wrapped up Saturday night with a sold-out crowd of 2,600 at the new 20 Monroe Live concert hall cheering hard rock/alt-metal heroes Shinedown as well as Wayland, West Michigan’s own fist-pumping rockers, and Frankenmuth’s Greta Van Fleet. Local Spins photographer Tony Norkus called it a “wild crowd and show.”
It closed out a hectic and diverse first week for The B.O.B.’s downtown neighbor, which also saw upbeat performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Umphrey’s McGee/Spafford and Lynyrd Skynyrd/Laith Al-Saadi. Check out separate Local Spins reviews and photo galleries online here.
PHOTO GALLERY: Shinedown, Wayland, Greta Van Fleet at 20 Monroe Live
Photos by Anthony Norkus
TYLER FARR AT THE INTERSECTION
Country star Tyler Farr got a bit “Redneck Crazy” at The Intersection on Thursday, to the delight of an exuberant crowd which also cheered local country favorite Kari Lynch and her band.
PHOTO GALLERY: Tyler Farr at The Intersection
Photos by Eric Stoike
COOPER’S GLEN MUSIC FESTIVAL IN KALAMAZOO
The Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association’s annual Cooper’s Glen music festival at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel boasted a bevy of international and regional stars Friday and Saturday, not to mention numerous workshops and impromptu jam sessions. Performers over the weekend included Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Joel Mabus, Grammy nominee Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Ragbirds, Soltre, Stella, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Heywood Banks, Tony Trischka Trio, Drew Nelson, Nashon Holloway, Four Wheel Drive and more.
As Local Spins photographer Derek Ketchum put it, the two-day festival was “a great mid-winter break with an amazing variety of featured entertainment this year, ranging from the Parkwood-UpJohn Elementary School Drum Choir and Orchestra to traditional country, folk, bluegrass, jazz and musical comedy. Add the workshops and the hallway jams into the mix and you have a great fellowship between people so passionate about music.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Cooper’s Glen Music Festival
Photos by Derek Ketchum