All Stouts Day
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Nov. 4, 11 a.m.
As one of the oldest (and largest) craft breweries in Michigan, it’s no surprise that Bell’s Brewery knows its beer inside and out. The Kalamazoo-based brewery has become known for its killer stouts especially, which is why the taproom will fill every one of its taps with the dark, creamy, roasty style for one day this month. Head in for some specialty brews, along with specialty tours all weekend.
Every year, Grand Rapids puts cocktails in the spotlight, celebrating everything from martinis to manhattans, old fashioneds to mojitos. Local distilleries and restaurants offer special cocktail menus that go above and beyond in an effort to remind West Michigan that there’s more to life than beer. The week culminates in the three-day Grand Rapids Wine, Beer & Food Festival, a sprawling exhibition of just about everything consumable in the area.
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 10, 7 p.m., $21
Deafheaven may be the first-ever black metal band to find a large following outside of metalheads. In fact, if you hit up a Deafheaven show, you’re more likely to see fans in skinny jeans and flannel than Cattle Decapitation shirts. Thanks to its heavy shoegaze influences, the band frequently tours with dreamy indie bands and garners coverage from publications like Pitchfork. The band is stopping through with grunge/shoegaze outfit DIIV in support of Deafheaven’s latest album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love.
Mitten Turns 6!
The Mitten Brewing Co.
527 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m.-midnight
Sometimes, an event’s title just says it all. The Mitten Brewing Co. is turning six, and it’s time to celebrate. That means discounted pizza flights, discounted beer, special tappings, live music, barrel-aged beer, and a new release of six-packs of Triple Crown Brown. The party is spilling out of the taproom and into the back parking lot, meaning this all-day affair is basically a beer fest.
Founders Brewing Co.
235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 10, 9:30 p.m., $5
Roosevelt Diggs has been making music for more than 10 years, playing high-energy bluegrass, folk, blues, rockabilly and more around the state. The group has used that decade-old bond to create its third album, Better Days, lovingly recorded at Third Coast Recording in Grand Haven. This show at Founders is a celebration of that growth, with Adrian + Meredith supporting.
Australia’s Thunder from Down Under
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
Nov. 14, 8 p.m., $25-$45
You might not be surprised to learn this is decidedly NOT a family-friendly event. Australia’s Thunder From Down Under is riding the coattails of Magic Mike’s success, with an evening of dancing, stripping, flipping and partying. This male revue is full of chiseled bods and cheeky humor, making it the perfect girls’ (or boys’) night out.
The Tallest Man on Earth
277 College Ave., Holland
Nov. 16, 8-11 p.m., $30
Kristian Matsson’s solo project is more than just great SEO — it’s an accidental success story, turning the Swedish singer-songwriter’s life around after his debut album blew up in 2008. His raspy voice is eerily similar to Bob Dylan’s, the perfect match for his stripped down, guitar-centric music. Matsson is bringing his soothing crooning to Hope College in support of his ongoing project, When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground.
A Very Merry Market Day
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Downtown Market will be filled to the brim with vendors this month, creating the perfect opportunity to find an incredibly unique gift for your loved one. More than 45 artisan gift vendors are setting up shop, offering jewelry, art, crafts, pottery, engraving, and much more. When you’re done shopping, head downstairs and check out any one of the Market’s many food vendors.
A Drag Queen Christmas
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 24, 8 p.m., $20+
The RuPaul universe is coming back to West Michigan once again, with all of your favorite contestants in tow. Miz Cracker is hosting a drag dance-off and all-around party with Latrice Royale, Naomi Smalls, Raja Gemini, Farrah Moan and more. It’s by far the most glamorous, sparkly way to kick off the holiday season.
and Five Finger Death Punch
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Nov. 26, 6 p.m., $37+
Sometimes you just need to rock out. The double-whammy lineup of Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch is a powerful combination, promising a cathartic night of headbanging and moshing. Both bands have been around for some time and helped shape the scene of hard rock and alternative metal.
The Lone Bellow
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Nov. 29, 7:30-10:30 p.m., $35
The Lone Bellow is touring the country with a special acoustic show perfectly tailored for beautiful, intimate venues like St. Cecilia. The Brooklyn-based trio is known for its harmony-filled folk music and lively performances, filled with jokes, stories and powerful singing. Check out the soulful, heartfelt Then Came the Morning and you’ll be hooked.
Marcus King Band
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 30, 7-11 p.m., $15
At just 21 years old, Marcus King already is dazzling crowds across the nation with a gorgeous, slightly rough voice beyond his years and incredible guitar-shredding Americana — or as he puts it, “soul-influenced psychedelic Southern rock.” That’s not to discount his band, who brings the groove with funky horns, organ, piano and percussion. Opening the show is the talented Ida Mae, a British Americana duo, which is not exactly a combination you see often.
The Little Mermaid
Join Civic Theatre in celebrating the classic, family friendly musical The Little Mermaid, based on the 1989 Disney animated film. Follow the misadventures of mermaid Princess Ariel and her want for a forbidden love of a prince on land. Her father warns her, but still she persists to see the world above. She gives up her beautiful singing voice to the sea witch Ursula in exchange for human legs and a chance to explore the world above the water. When she realizes she got more than she bargained for, Ariel must enlist the help of her sea creature friends to overcome the witch’s evil plans. — Kayla Sosa
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
Nov. 16-Dec. 16
Now in its 12th year, the Kalamashoegazer Festival continues to celebrate all things shoegaze, dream-pop and twee with an absolutely stellar showcase of the music subgenre. The Austin-based band Ringo Deathstarr is headlining this year’s event, which also includes Brief Candles, Seashine, Tears Run Rings, Airiel, Soft Science, Springhouse and Tambourina — the latest project from Kalamashoegazer founder/organizer April Zimont. — Eric Mitts
Bell’s Eccentric Café
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m. $15-18