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  • “The Voice” star Joshua Davis sticks to his roots in the mainstream spotlight

    When Joshua Davis appeared on the season-eight premiere of “The Voice,", the viewing audience that one evening was a 13.97 million viewers — a far cry from his previous string of intimate gigs. “Last time I went to East Lansing I played (SCENE) Metrospace — there were maybe thirty people there,” recalled Davis. “Now I’m playing Wharton Center and over half of the tickets sold already,” he said. Read More
  • Ten local bands you’ve gotta hear!

    From rock and indie to punk and hip-hop, West Michigan has its share of hidden gems. Revue music writer Nolan Krebs suggests 10 must-hear local acts. Read More
  • Down Home: The Southerner is a ‘love letter to Appalachia’

    Sitting next to a crackling hickory fire outside Saugatuck’s new fried chicken-and-barbecue joint The Southerner, chef Matthew Millar reflected on this moment in his career, which finds him going back to his roots. “I’m a blue-collar guy,” Millar said. “I never wanted to be an artist. I always wanted to be somebody who just did something well.” Read More
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  • Go Inside the Walls of Michigan’s Prisons Go Inside the Walls of Michigan’s Prisons

    I love going to prison. Once in a while I head west on I-96 from my place in Lansing to Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia to see Stephen Grant, the man convicted of strangling and dismembering his wife in 2007.  The first time I did it I was writing a true-crime book, A Slaying in the Suburbs: The Tara Grant Murder (Penguin/Berkley, 2009), and Grant was cooperating.

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  • GOING DUTCH: New Spring Lake brewery specializes in balanced beer styles GOING DUTCH: New Spring Lake brewery specializes in balanced beer styles

    After nearly three years of planning, Kelly Rozema Finchem and Luke Finchem have finally realized their dream of opening a craft brewery in West Michigan. The creators of Dutch Girl Brewing Inc. employed a different startup philosophy than most brewery owners in that they launched their company with plenty of room to grow.

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  • Pronto Pups is a Grand Haven must-have Pronto Pups is a Grand Haven must-have

    A fixture on the coast of downtown Grand Haven, the Pronto Pups stand has undergone few, if any, changes since it sold its first pup 68 years ago. And second generation owner Carl Nelson is just fine with that. “We only serve one thing, so when you walk up to the window we don’t ask you what you want, we ask you how many you want,” Nelson said. “There’ll never be anything more or anything less. The system we have right now is a well-oiled machine.”

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  • Brian Regan: A ‘Comedian’s Comedian’ Brian Regan: A ‘Comedian’s Comedian’

    Unlike many stand-up comedians, superstar Brian Regan doesn’t fear the infinite space of the great outdoors. “Most comedians I think are a little hesitant to play outdoors, but I don’t have a problem with it,” Regan told Revue. “I was doing a show one place outdoors and I was doing a joke about the moon. I looked up and I literally saw the moon up there and I was like, ‘Wow, I guess I’m a prop comedian. Take a look! It’s the biggest prop in comedy history.’”

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Featured Content

  • Once left for dead, a reinvigorated Division Avenue Arts Collective searches for a new home Once left for dead, a reinvigorated Division Avenue Arts Collective searches for a new home

    When the Grand Rapids-based Division Avenue Arts Collective lost its home at 115 South Division two years ago, the organization that for a decade helped give voice to countless local artists and musicians faced an uncertain future. It could no longer offer the local creative community a permanent, all-ages venue — regardless of how unglamorous the former space was — where they could push the boundaries of art and music. But while it’s been a bumpy ride, the DAAC has managed to avoid fading into obscurity.

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  • ROCK THIS TOWN: The Story of The Pyramid Scheme’s ‘Electric Energy’  ROCK THIS TOWN: The Story of The Pyramid Scheme’s ‘Electric Energy’ 

    Pyramid Scheme employee Julius Hayes will be the first to admit his fervent dedication to the downtown Grand Rapids music venue. “This is about how much people care about this place,” said Hayes, who’s worked in various roles at the bar for the last two years. “There was one incident where a customer got angry and he got put out — politely put out,” said Hayes of an unusually dramatic evening. “We talked to him very calmly, but he ended up busting one of our front windows by the garage and he took off running.”

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  • BACK IN THE SADDLE: Aerosmith make long-awaited Van Andel return BACK IN THE SADDLE: Aerosmith make long-awaited Van Andel return

    With this year marking Aerosmith’s 45th year together, the “Bad Boys from Boston” will bring this summer’s Blue Army Tour to a triumphant close with their August 4 return to Grand Rapids. “Grand Rapids is part of the section of the country where we first made it,” Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton told Revue, recalling West Michigan’s 1970s-era, denim-clad fans. “When we’re playing in a city like that we know we’re going to have a great time. We know it’s going to be a great audience, so we really look forward to it.”

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  • Explore the Mitten on an Eclectic Road Trip Explore the Mitten on an Eclectic Road Trip

    If you’re a summertime loving sort who is clutching at your heart because August features the slow death knell of all that is great (sunshine), not to fret. While the roads will soon be treacherously iced over, there’s still time to venture outside of West Michigan on an eclectic road trip across the state. Fire up the motorcar, it’s time to go!

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Artist Spotlight

  • Nathan Kalish toughens up on the road, releases new LP at Founders Nathan Kalish toughens up on the road, releases new LP at Founders

    Buzzing down a long, lonesome highway east of Kansas City, singer-guitarist Nathan Kalish and his upright bassist, Eric Soules, are en route to a honky-tonk bar. The duo, which performs as Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers, is headed to a bar that’s known as ground zero for Kansas City’s roots music scene, the Westport Saloon. Over the past year, they’ve played the Westport “four or five” times on a tour that has seen them zig-zag across the country several times, performing their unique brew of Americana, rockabilly and outlaw country music. In all, they’ve played nearly 260 shows in about 14 months.

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