Festival Survival Guide

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:02 |

Preparing for a music festival is somewhat of an art form. The festival should be looked at as a marathon, not a sprint and you need to employ some key survival tactics if you plan on making it through the weekend without dehydration dry heaves. (Trust me, it happens.) Here are some essential items for festival survival:

Festival Dos and Don'ts

Written by Lindsay Patton | Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:58 |

Festivals can be overwhelming events. You want to fit in but also stand out. Here are some dos and donts that will help you acclimate and keep your individuality.

Michigan Irish Music Festival Brings Out the Irish in Everyone

Written by Barbara Jandernoa | Monday, 16 September 2013 12:43 |

The Michigan Irish Festival is coming, so grab your kilts or your 'something green,' and come sing your feckin' heart out with fellow lovers of everything Celtic. According to Laura Holmes, marketing director for the festival, one of the most "wildly popular" events is Tional (pronounced "Chen-ol"), the Irish word for "Gathering."

I am not a Juggalo. I have never been a Juggalo. So when I was presented the opportunity to journey to the Mecca for all of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope’s loyal followers, I was initially hesitant.

Founders makes damn good beer. That's not a secret, especially to those of us right here in West Michigan. But word has gotten out, and in the company's short 16-year history, its reach has already spread to 25 states.

Seth Bernard attended his first folk festival at four years old, which explains his why he's a leading figure of the booming Michigan roots music scene.

Bass Drops All Over Michigan This Summer

Written by Nick Manes | Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:08 |

The days of having to drive ridiculous distances to camp, party and hear your favorite music are largely over. Now there appears to be a killer music festival somewhere in the country every weekend in the summer.

Celebrate Grand Rapids Art

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:37 |

Thousands gathered on Vandenberg Plaza to commemorate the dedication of La Grand Vitesse by Alexander Calder, one of the first "Art in Public Places" installations in the nation, in 1969.

In the years that have followed, the area became known as Calder Plaza, and an annual event has been luring crowds into downtown, reviving the excitement surrounding public art.

Literary All-Stars Answer the Call for Dogwood Fine Arts Festival

Written by Lauren Longo | Wednesday, 08 May 2013 09:48 |

Literary all-stars Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike and Margaret Atwood all have one thing in common besides being acclaimed novelists: they all hung out in the little town of Dowagiac, Mich.

Candlebox No Longer "Far Behind"

Written by Nick Manes | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:34 |

Legendary journalist Hunter S Thompson once said, "San Francisco in the late '60s was a very special time and place ... there were sparks in any direction." This could also be said of Seattle in the early 1990s.

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