Concerts Under the Stars: Coffin Problem
Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
If you haven’t been the planetarium in a while, this is the perfect reason to head back. Concerts Under the Stars brings local musicians to the museum along with a local video artist creating a shifting visual experience in real time. It’s extra special with a band like Coffin Problem, a loud, atmospheric, “cavernous and cathartic” rock group that will launch you to the stars.
Van Andel Arena
120 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Feb. 12, 8 p.m.
Post Malone has been running in circles, and now he’s ended up in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena on the Runaway Tour. The singer and rapper blends a bunch of genres together, including pop, hip-hop, folk and rock. His latest album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, features hit singles like “Circles” and “Enemies.” This show features special guests Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh.
The Jammies XXI
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m., free or $10 donation at the door
The Jammies are back once again to celebrate the best in local music and raise money for Feeding America West Michigan. More than 20 bands will take over three stages at The Intersection, putting on a whole night of shows. Then, WYCE will present awards to the Best Album of 2019, Song of the Year, Listeners Choice Awards and much more, with an afterparty put on by Grand Rapids Soul Club. It’s a party that happens to work for a great cause.
All Love Ball
Bell’s Eccentric Café
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., $10
Celebrate a day of every kind of love with friendship, romance and music. The Go Rounds and Earth Radio are coming together to create an evening of endearment in Bell’s Back Room. The Go Rounds will give you psychedelic, twangy, poppy Americana, while Earth Radio serves up boundary-pushing, modern neo-soul. That’s amore!
5th Annual Wassail
2170 62nd St., Fennville
Feb. 15, 12-8 p.m.
Wassail is a traditional beverage of hot mulled cider that’s drunk during a special ceremony to ensure a bounteous apple harvest. Expect sleigh rides, food, mask-making, ice sculptures, live music, a huge bonfire and, of course, tons of cider. The most important part, however, is marching into the apple orchard and hanging pieces of toast soaked in cider on the tree branches. If you’ve ever wanted to put on a mask and perform a sacred ceremony, this is the place to be.
Taste of Soul
Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 16, 1-4:30 p.m., free
It’s Black History Month, the perfect time to celebrate African American history and culture, which the library does every year with Taste of Soul. Listen to live music from The Gospel Believers, Serita’s Black Rose, Lady Ace Boogie and more. Learn about culture with presentations and theater. Create your own tote bag or crafts for kids. Eat free food from Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Boston Soul Café and more.
Winter Beer Fest
Fifth Third Ballpark
4500 W. River Drive NE, Comstock Park
Feb. 22, 1-6 p.m., $55
The Winter Beer Fest is back once again with roughly 150 Michigan breweries and more than 1,100 beers. Your ticket gets you 15 tasting tokens, and you’d be surprised how long those will last you. The fun is in walking around and taking in the incredible range of beer styles, while listening to live music, watching performers, and warming up by the fire pits. All with a brew in hand, of course.
2 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Feb. 22, 8 p.m., $10
We all know cat videos are the best part of the internet — this has been true since its inception. But what’s amazing is that the videos are only getting better and better as time goes on. CatVideo Fest compiles some of the best cat videos of the modern era — including animations and music videos — for an incredible communal experience of cuteness and laughter. Plus, a portion of ticket sales go to Carol’s Ferals.
DeVos Place Convention Center
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 28, 7-11 p.m., $50
Single malt, Scotch, Irish, bourbon, Canadian — all the whiskey you can imagine is here in one room at Whiskey Business. This convention, benefiting Detroit Art Initiative, features more than 100 whiskeys to sample alongside whiskey-inspired appetizers. Your ticket gets you 10 tastes, a commemorative glass and a keepsake photo.
Cocktail Night II
The Pyramid Scheme
68 Commerce Ave., Grand Rapids
Feb. 29, 8 p.m., $10
Cocktail Night is back, this time with Death Rattle Hot Sauce and dizzybird records on board. Enjoy some amazing specialty cocktails from guest bartender Teresa Malmquist of Donkey, featuring spirits from Copper & Kings Distillery. While you sip, Pyramid Scheme will be playing top-tier vinyl selections and vintage films to set the mood. Now that’s how you celebrate a leap day.