Best Bets: What's going on in March

Written by REVUE Staff | Monday, 29 February 2016 19:40 |
A selection of events to check out in March, including music, visual art, dance, comedy, St. Patrick's Day, and more.

Best Bets: 10 things to do this month

Written by REVUE Staff | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 11:28 |

Your best bets for the month of January 2016.

LOCAL MUSIC BEST BET: Wear Something Gaudy Day

Written by REVUE Staff | Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:27 |

According to a variety of questionable online sources, Oct. 17 was declared Wear Something Gaudy Day back in the ’70s by everyone’s favorite pig of a neighbor, Larry Dallas, on the sitcom Three’s Company. And while we’re not entirely sure if that’s true, we are sure that it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun to celebrate.

ROOTS MUSIC BEST BET: Hoxeyville Music Festival

Written by Nicole Rico | Monday, 03 August 2015 12:52 |

For those who prefer banjos and steel guitars over synthesizers and laptops, the 12th annual Hoxeyville Music Festival might be just the ticket. Taking place within Manistee’s National Forest, the earthy event combines an intimate folk-fueled concert experience with open-air and camping.

BEER BEST BET: Microbrew and Music Festival

Written by Jayson Bussa | Monday, 03 August 2015 12:50 |

Craft beer heads have the opportunity to make a pilgrimage up north for some serious brews and music on Aug. 21 and 22. The 8th Annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew & Music Festival has everything covered that you’d want in a summer beer fest.

ODDITY BEST BET: Abbott’s Magic Get Together

Written by Allan I. Ross | Monday, 03 August 2015 12:46 |

Besides having one of the state’s funniest names, the city of Colon in Southwest Michigan also happens to be the Magic Capital of the World. For most of the year this claim is little more than a bit of trivia, but every August the tiny city of about 1,000 doubles in size as illusionists and fans from around the globe join for Abbott’s Magic Get Together.

PUNK BEST BET: UFO Dictator Fest #11

Written by Rich Tupica | Monday, 03 August 2015 12:43 |

“UFO Dictator” may be a sloppy, obscure 1979 punk 7-inch by the defunct Italian band Tampax, but it’s also a long-running punk and rock ‘n’ roll festival in Kalamazoo. The one-night blowout was founded in 2004 by Useless Eater, a veteran WIDR radio DJ and guitarist/vocalist of the local band No Bails.


Written by REVUE Staff | Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:14 |

Sometime in the mid-‘00s, Slipknot stopped diving into the audience from high balconies and setting each other on fire live on stage. It was a “better move for the longevity of the band,” according to one member. What remained: The matching jumpsuits, distinctive horror masks and growling vocals that give way to screaming jags over the thrashing guitar work.

ROCK BEST BET: Marilyn Manson

Written by REVUE Staff | Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:12 |

If your mom wouldn’t let you see Marilyn Manson in the mid-‘90s when he was riding high on a wave of psychosexual controversy, now’s your chance to really get a rise out of her. The polarizing performer at the head of the eponymous band ransacked pop culture with his searing music videos, a shocking look that was equal parts Ziggy Stardust and Night of the Living Dead

HIP HOP BEST BET: Tyler The Creator

Written by REVUE Staff | Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:10 |

“I’m a f****** paradox — no I’m not.” And just like that, hip-hop artist Tyler, the Creator has laid out his mission, his M.O. and everything intriguing about him. The 24-year-old rapper/producer/graphic designer rose to fame as the leader of the offbeat rap collective Odd Future, but since he went solo four years ago, Tyler has built a following on his own.

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