The week and weekend rocked in a variety of ways with a bevy of bands, including a feel-good benefit for Access of West Michigan — all captured in images and videos at Local Spins.
There’s something about the intersection of music, charity, celebration and appreciation for community that can elevate an event beyond the norm.
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Feedback 2017 at Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids on Sunday was just such an event, with hundreds of attendees cheering passionate rock ‘n’ roll from the likes of Grand Rapids bands The Legal Immigrants, Conrad Shock & The Noise and co-hosts The Honeytones on a pleasant spring afternoon.
More important, the 23rd anniversary Feedback event raised a record $3,792 for Access of West Michigan — through donations, raffle, silent auction and a board match — and drew attention to the nonprofit agency’s programs that cultivate solutions to poverty, from coordinating food pantries for needy families to a variety of programs that connect the impoverished with basic services.
The performances ranged from the confident, full-throttle rock of The Legal Immigrants, who clearly own the Founders stage these days, to the wonderfully quirky and distinctive musical fervor of Conrad Shock & The Noise, who were playing Founders for the first time after being named Local Spins’ Emerging Artist of the Year.
Sunday’s feel-good event — supported by Local Spins, Founders Brewing and the Wheeler Foundation — reflected the spirit that’s permeated all of the Feedback benefits over the decades, spotlighting the needs of an organization that helps those in need as well as the music of some of West Michigan’s most compelling bands.
Not only that, but Grand Rapids’ new Good Pizza Co. this week created a “Honeytone Pizza” in honor of The Honeytones and Local Spins, with $2 from sale of each pizza this week donated to Access of West Michigan. (Thanks to Derek Copp and all the folks at Good Pizza for this tasty tribute!) Check it out online here and order one or three.
Check out the photo gallery and videos in the kickoff to Local Spins’ week-in-review recap of West Michigan shows.
FEEDBACK 2017 (Founders Brewing Co.)
Photos by Anthony Norkus
VIDEO: Highlights from Feedback 2017
Video by David Specht
WEEKEND PHOTO GALLERIES
The rest of the week rocked West Michigan, too.
The musical revelry included the country of Dan + Shay, followed by the heavy metal of Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada and Jasta at 20 Monroe Live; Chicano Batman at The Intersection, followed the next night by Dirtyphonics and then Ultraviolet Hippopotamus on Saturday; and Big Dudee Roo at Founders. Check out the photo galleries below.
DAN + SHAY AT 20 MONROE LIVE
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek
Photos by Eric Stoike