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The New Year always presents a time for reflection and rebirth. Old habits can change, new goals can be made, and the future can rise up on the horizon wider and brighter than ever before.

Such is the case for longtime Grand Rapids jam band Ultraviolet Hippopotamus. 

From its beginning in spring 2004 in Big Rapids, the five-piece has made a name for itself with a tight mix of funky jams, explosive improvisations, unconventional covers and other “onstage musical alchemy.” 

Surfin’ 616: The Outer Vibe Returns to Grand Rapids

Written by Kelly Brown | Monday, 05 December 2016 10:57 |

After almost a year of touring the U.S., The Outer Vibe returns home to Grand Rapids with a new EP.

2016: Five Shows to Remember

Written by Nicole LaRae | Monday, 05 December 2016 10:16 |

Hundreds of bands come through Grand Rapids every year, but some stand out, providing an unforgettable experience. Here are five of those shows for Nicole LaRae, venue and booking manager for The Pyramid Scheme, founder of dizzybird records and volunteer programmer at 88.1 WYCE.

Brothers and fellow podiatrists Bill and Jim Gray receive rock star treatment when they attend performances in other countries. However, they still remain largely unknown in the United States for their work to establish a world-class brass band named for their native Battle Creek.

Getting A Handel on the “Messiah”

Written by Reporter's Notebook by Samara Napolitan | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

Every season, choristers congregate between poinsettias and evergreens to lend their voices to the holiday spectacle. Among the winter-themed carols and sacred songs on concert programs, a venerable Yuletide musical tradition almost always claims a spot in the lineup: George Frederick Handel’s Messiah

Cécile McLorin Salvant On Past, Present, Future

Written by Samara Napolitan | Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:00 |

If jazz is about creating tension between tradition and innovation, singer Cécile McLorin Salvant is an undeniable voice leading the genre today.

When budget cuts hit schools, the axe falls first on anything that’s not considered a “core subject.” For many school administrators, music education falls into the category of a luxury, rather than a necessity. In fact, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) put math, reading, science and social studies above all else. The arts simply weren’t considered essential to being “career ready.”

GLOBAL TALENT: Brass Band of Battle Creek attracts musicians from around the world

Written by Jane Simons | Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:17 |

Brothers and fellow podiatrists Bill and Jim Gray receive rock star treatment when they attend performances in other countries. However, they still remain largely unknown in the United States for their work to establish a world-class brass band named for their native Battle Creek.

Crystal Drive "900" LP review & track debut

Written by Mark Deming | Monday, 07 November 2016 15:05 |

A review and track preview of the debut album from George Szegedy's (of The Peoples Temple) new band Crystal Drive.

A Night In Review: Lamp Light Music Festival

Written by Josh Veal | Saturday, 05 November 2016 17:07 |

Before the show could begin, I was asked to turn off a lamp. That might seem antithetical to the name: Lamp Light Music Festival, but this one moment captures the intimacy and comfort of a very special weekend.

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