Local Spins recaps jam-packed shows from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo, including Weird Al’s crowd-pleasing tour stop at State Theatre. Browse the photo galleries.
To proclaim that the accordion-wielding Weird Al Yankovic created a “Fun Zone” during his tour stop this week at Kalamazoo State Theatre might be an understatement.
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Because “Hey,” from that song that got the evening started to the “Amish Paradise/Smells Like Nirvana/White & Nerdy/Word Crimes/Yoda” medley that wrapped it all up about 20 songs later, it was a night of classic Weird Al high jinks.
The sold-out crowd rife with Hawaiian shirts reveled in the musical comedy, with fellow funny guy Emo Phillips getting the evening started as part of “The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.”
Elsewhere across the region, the term “fun zone” could have applied to other fan-igniting shows, including Bass Country’s “Winter 2023” electronic music extravaganza at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, with Troyboi, Infekt, Tape B and 10 other acts pumping up three different stages on Saturday night.
Earlier in the week, The Pyramid Scheme hosted its own evening of electronic-hued wizardry, led by Grand Rapids duo Pink Sky, along with sets by Hi-Ker and Ethereal.
And mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile closed out the weekend with a sold-out concert at St. Cecilia Music Center.
Scroll down for photo galleries and check out a full Local Spins review and photos from singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov’s sold-out concert Wednesday at State Theatre here: Gregory Alan Isakov and band unfurl striking songs, heavenly harmonies in Kalamazoo.
PHOTO GALLERY: Weird Al Yankovic, Emo Phillips at Kalamazoo State Theatre
Photos by Derek Ketchum
PHOTO GALLERY: Bass Country at The Intersection
Photos by Eric Stoike
PHOTO GALLERY: Pink Sky, Ethereal, Hi-Ker at The Pyramid Scheme
Photos by Chelsea Whitaker