Monday, 01 February 2016 10:19

A Shortlist of Free Live Music Events

Written by  Nicolette Chambery
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Sunday Classic Concert Series at Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids
Sundays through March 20, 2-3 p.m., all ages. FREE for members. Public: $8, $5 ages 6-17., (616) 831-1000

The Grand Rapids Art Museum hosts a variety of classical music sets during the fall and winter months, ranging from string ensembles to marimba players. Over the backdrop of beautiful art, the public is invited to hear the diverse sounds of some of Grand Rapid’s finest classical musicians. Free for GRAM members.

John Shea Trio at Rockwell Republic
45 S Division Ave., Grand Rapids
Mondays, 8:30-11 p.m., 21+, (616) 551-3563

For jazz buffs in Grand Rapids looking to take in a live show and maybe a cocktail or two, Rockwell Republic hosts the John Shea Trio. Comprised by the talents of pianist John Shea, upright bassist Warren Jones and singer/drummer Fred Knapp, the seasoned group has been performing together for over 10 years, playing standards that hearken back to bebop and the West Coast jazz scene of the ’40s and ’50s.

Dave Hardin at SpeakEZ Lounge
600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 3, 8 p.m., all ages, (616) 458-2689

Dave Hardin has been playing music for 34 years, channeling the sounds of Neil Young and Eric Taylor to create his own moving and unpretentious Americana sound. Last fall, Hardin’s band toured up and down the East Coast to promote his latest album, Magnolia. Visit to hear some of the tracks.

Ty Beat at Billy’s Lounge
1437 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
March 18, 9 p.m., 21+, (616) 459-5757

Ty Beat has been writing electronic, jazz-oriented music since 2010, echoing Daft Punk, Miles Davis and Paul Simon. His use of keyboards and midi controllers help create his signature sound, which is accented with live drums. Visit

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