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.

Electronic Dance Party On: City Lights Music Festival 2012

Written by Charlotte Park | Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:28 |

This August, local and national talent will fuse together to fuel the continuing rise of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in Grand Rapids' fourth annual EDM summer festival. Beginning as Grand Rapids Electronic Music Night in 2009, this dance party has upped its appeal and attendance with each passing year.

The Power of Electric Forest

Written by Nick Manes | Friday, 06 July 2012 08:43 |

A music festival is always an other-worldly event. Lineups, weather, activities. All of these really do become moot points. As Jeremy Stein, Madison House Presents promoter and producer of the Electric Forest Festival said, “the experience of being there trumps any headliner.”

Something Is Growing in Rothbury's (Electric) Forest

Written by Nick Manes | Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:24 |

For two years the Rothbury Festival located just north of Muskegon rode about as high as any music festival in America. Between 2008 and 2009 it attracted headliners such as The Dead, Bob Dylan and Snoop Dogg. Sadly, this was not enough.

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