There are certain people, enigmas, gods, whathaveyou, that can just get by on one name: Madonna, Prince, Cher, Seinfeld. Lucky for us, the latter/comedy god is gracing us with his holy presence this week at Miller Auditorium. Also this week: Mark Binelli Talks Detroit City at Grand Rapids Public Library, Founders Fest at Founders Brewing Company and Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys at Frederik Meijer Gardens.
Author Visit: Mark Binelli Talks Detroit City @ Grand Rapids Public Library, Jerry Seinfeld @ Miller Auditorium, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys @ Riverwalk Plaza, D.Bess @ Bell's Brewery, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ Frederik Meijer Gardens
Grand Rapids Clips, Beer and Film Tour @ Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys @ Frederik Meijer Gardens, Hank Mowery & The Hawktones, The B-Sides (dual CD-release show), wsg Pete Curry @ The Intersection, Vincent Hayes @ Billy's Lounge, Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company, The Gold Hope Duo, Looka! Looka! Looka! & Dead Eye Zack @ Tip Top Deluxe, Festival of the Moon @ Old Town, Lansing, Mason Street Warehouse Presents Xanadu @ Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Bret Ernst @ Dr. Grins
Founders Fest @ Founders Brewing Company, Streetlight Manifesto wsg Rodeo Ruby Love @ The Intersection, ChupaCobras @ Tip Top Deluxe, Traverser @ Planet Rock, Corn Fed Girls @ Bell's Brewery, GR Reads: The Movies- IMAX Space Station @ Celebration! Cinema North, Bret Ernst @ Dr. Grins, Mason Street Warehouse Presents Xanadu @ Saugatuck Center for the Arts, South Haven Harbor Fest @ Riverfront Park, Taste of Portage @ Portage
The Festival Issue: Check out our roundup of all the festivals you can handle this summer, plus find out what to wear (or what not to wear?). Folk and electronic music festivals are also highlighted. Cover illustration by Anthony Carpenter.
Also: Is pot stronger than ever (or is it just me)?, Q&A with Shelley Irwin, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Joy Formidable, Fun Runs: 5Ks gaining popularity.
The Joy Formidable is on tour through September, supporting its new album "Wolf's Law." But, even when they don't have brand new tunes to play, the band is still considered true road warriors. Read more
In the midst of the recent global recession, artists from around the world descended on Detroit to tell a tale of economic destruction. For Detroit native Mark Binelli, destruction was only part of the story. Read more
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is often pegged as a hippie band. Love is a unifying theme to a lot of the group's music, but the band's message doesn't fit inside a box that neatly. Read more
As a child, Nate Bargatze got to look up to his dad, who was first a clown and then a world-renowned magician. Needless to say, this comedian was exposed to the concept of entertaining at an early age. Read more