As Christmas approaches, live music continues to rev up audiences from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo to the lakeshore. Revisit the action in photos at Local Spins.
There was a distinct story-telling vibe to much of the live music rolling out across West Michigan over the weekend.
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On Thursday night, Ada songwriter Josh Rose staged his album-release show for “Foreverland” at Midtown in Grand Rapids with a big assist from fellow tunesmith Kyle Rasche, who also has a new studio recording.
Then, Nashville-based Southwest Michigan native Kyle Jennings brought his songwriting talents back home on Friday, playing the big stage at Kalamazoo State Theatre.
The “Kyle Jennings & Friends: Nashville Storytellers” show boasted a night of familiar hits for stars such as Kenny Chesney and Randy Travis performed by songwriters Chris Wallin, JT Harding and Doug Johnson.
Meanwhile, Spring Lake’s Seven Steps Up closed out its 11-year run (with the venue being sold) with two straight nights of singer-songwriter charm, starting with Michael Pearsall of Honor by August and ending with Stephen Kellogg. (Check out the Saturday night concert review here.)
And finally, West Michigan singer-songwriter Nicholas James Thomasma wrapped up the weekend at Midtown in downtown Grand Rapids with the December edition of his “Songtellers” series, this time featuring up-and-coming mid-Michigan country singer Sadie Bass and Lansing-area indie-pop artist Kanin Elizabeth.
Scroll down to browse photo galleries from those shows, along with images from Saturday’s Sounds of the Zoo show starring Dixon’s Violin at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe and Sunday’s raucous appearance at The Stache inside The Intersection by Andy Frasco & The U.N. (from which smoke set off fire alarms and brought the Grand Rapids Fire Department at one point).
PHOTO GALLERY: Josh Rose, Kyle Rasche at Midtown
Photos by Bryan Bolea
PHOTO GALLERY: Kyle Jennings & Friends at Kalamazoo State Theatre
Photos by Derek Ketchum
PHOTO GALLERY: Stephen Kellogg at Seven Steps Up
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek