Now best-known as the host of CNN’s Emmy-nominated docuseries United Shades of America, sociopolitical comedian and community activist W. Kamau Bell wants to make people learn as well as laugh. Himself included. 

Who's Bad: Michael Jackson tribute headed to 20 Monroe Live

Written by Revue Staff | Monday, 05 June 2017 13:11 |

Next month, the ultimate tribute to Michael Jackson is coming to Grand Rapids.

In Thoroughly Modern Millie, a classic musical tale of rejuvenation and following your dreams is told through Millie Dillmount, a girl-next-door who uproots her rural life to move to The Big Apple in the 1920s.

For many theater fans in west Michigan, the summer doesn’t really begin until the Barn Theatre opens its doors. The area’s equity summer-stock house on Saturday offered a preview of its 71st season with “A Lot of Song & A Little Dance,” a benefit concert showcasing many of the Barn’s returning stars and 21 of its young apprentices, the Actors’ Equity Membership Candidates who will appear on the mainstage and in the ever-popular Bar Shows.

Songs We Like, June 2017

Written by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director | Saturday, 03 June 2017 10:34 |

This playlist and list of upcoming shows is a sonic collaboration between Revue and WYCE. Each of the bands featured will be performing in West Michigan in June 2017.

Ten Local Bands to Watch

Written by Eric Mitts | Saturday, 03 June 2017 09:37 |

For this year’s music issue, we went just below the radar to find some of West Michigan’s boldest and brightest musicians ready to breakthrough in 2017. Check ‘em out!  

A Roundup of Openings, Closings and other Local Business News

Last Call: 27 Club from SideBar

Written by Nick Macksood | Friday, 02 June 2017 15:22 |

The 27 Club was bartender Josh Van Gorden’s contribution to the Copper & King’s annual MixT&pe competition, in which competitors build a cocktail based on a song of their choosing. Initially dubbed "Purple Haze", the 27 Club is a nod to Jimi Hendrix not only in color, but in taste and texture as well.

Since its inception, Vox Vidorra has set out to engage audiences’ minds, bodies and souls. 

On the indie-soul group’s debut LP, 2015’s Promise Land, Vox Vidorra got into important issues like racial inequality, religious intolerance and more, while keeping its feet firmly planted in the harmonic beauty of the bygone days of Motown. 

Kiss and Tell: A conversation with Lipstick Jodi

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:02 |

If there’s one thing that would make Karli Morehouse’s whole summer, it would be getting the opportunity to open for Tegan & Sara at Frederik Meijer Gardens this August.

“I get mocked for it all the time, but I love Tegan & Sara,” the 22-year-old lead vocalist/guitarist for Lipstick Jodi told Revue

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