DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids
June 7, 7 p.m.
devosperformancehall.com, (616) 742-6500
Boy howdy, are you ever in for the ride of your life if you venture out into the ticket line for a Daniel Tosh show. Love him or hate him, I guarantee you won't be bored by him – and that's a solid assertion, in our little topsy turvy world of revolving door, viral video talent. (Or perhaps "talent," as it were.) As head controller-master on Comedy Central's megahit "Tosh.0," this rude crude comedy dude has most recently courted controversy for threatening a heckling audience member with gang rape – a charge that was later blogged about, and which Tosh has dismissed as a joke gone awry. Still, pushing aside cringe factors for a bit, there's no denying Tosh's popularity and unique ability to command fan appreciation. If nothing else, he can certainly be praised for his media savvy. And there's something to be said for keeping your name up in the lights, and Tosh is practically his own walking, talking spotlight.
Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo
June 20, 7 p.m.
$48, $63, $79
millerauditorium.com, (800) 228-9858
Without a doubt, Jerry Seinfeld is one of those comedians whose tireless work ethic and clear-cut commitment to quality comedy have made him a ubiquitous presence in the pop culture sphere. Indeed, the abdicated king of prime time has been ruling the roost from circa 1980-something to, well, who knows when the Seinfeld gravy train will finally pull in for its final station stop? Could be 10 years from now. Could be 20. Could happen longer after the phrase "yadda yadda yadda" has fallen far from the popular lexicon and everyone is instead speaking a combination of Mandarin and English. (We've all seen "Firefly"; this is obviously coming.) After enjoying widespread mainstream success, it's always a treat to watch a truly gifted comedian make the return-to-roots pilgrimage and deliver to the people what they've always wanted in the first place: everything from raucous laughter all the way up the gamut to side-splitting guffaw. C'mon – you're already on a last name-basis with Seinfeld. Time to join him in a last laugh acquaintanceship, too.
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
June 30, 7:30 p.m.
$38.50, $58.50, $78.50, $113.50
vanandelarena.com, (616) 742-6600
Rush has been doing what it does for as long as anyone old enough to possess a driver's license can remember, and then some. Consistent, stellar, outstanding – it makes sense that the Canadian prog-rock superstars would christen their latest tour the "Clockwork Angels Tour," because really, what other gang of dad-rock legends run so reliably and blessedly? Going strong since the mid-'70s, the masterminds behind "Tom Sawyer" (which is probably now lodged in your head for the next 16-and-a-half years) and way too many other hit singles and albums to list here are kicking it well into their twilight years, and indeed betray no clear signs of prepping for throwing in the proverbial towel. Trust me, the only place that towel is getting tossed is the laundry bin after mopping up the band sweat from another stupendously awesome live show.
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The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
June 11, 8 p.m.
pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758
Any modern sub-culture group described as "baroque pop" has to be a class act, if not a classical act (look at that, a Bach joke!). Without exception, Ra Ra Riot brings heaps of class like you wouldn't believe. With a distinguished resume that includes appearances at SXSW and praise from Spin magazine, the indie outfit has quickly established itself as one to watch, and, more importantly, one to listen to. Keeping busy since 2006, the band has released no less than three full-length albums, four EPs and a large bevy of singles – all striking a particular chord with thinking fans of smart pop sensibilities. Indeed, the group seems so unstoppable that not even the tragic and mysterious drowning death of its original drummer, John Ryan Pike, managed to derail Ra Ra Riot's locomotive-like momentum. Do yourself a massive favor and saunter over to the Pyramid Scheme to let the riot rage deliciously in your heart, if only just for an evening.