Not even a mile from what was once the Gold Dollar, the dive-bar launching pad of endless beers and garage bands in the mid-to-late ’90s, Jack White’s Third Man Records will open a Detroit branch of its Nashville-based operations. But it’s not just the Gold Dollar that is within a mile. “It’s the Freezer, the Bronx Bar, the First Unitarian Church, Cobbs Corner, the original Creem Magazine headquarters, the Old Miami,” points out Ben Blackwell, a honcho at Third Man and nephew to Third Man creator Jack White.
For those looking to step it up sonically, the once defunct Classic Stereo reopened last month. The recognizable brand, which closed in 2008 amid the financial crisis, is back and once again stocked with high-quality home stereos and home theater systems.
For 26 years Classic Stereo was a hi-fi fixture in West Michigan. Then, following the economic recession, the retail outlet closed in 2008 – but the story doesn’t end there. The audio/visual electronics retailer, which previously had locations in both Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, is now prepping for a comeback in Grand Rapids.
Milwaukee-based Americana songwriter Peter Mulvey, who’s no stranger to the West Michigan music scene, sat down on Friday and wrote a new song in a basement dressing room at the Calvin Theatre in Northhampton, Mass. The song, “Take Down Your Flag,” is a direct narrative on the tragic Charleston, S. Car. church shooting and the accompanying push to remove the confederate flag from the state’s capitol.
Screw reindeer games, New Belgium Brewing Company has Ranger Games. And, in the spirit of the holidays, the beer company is intertwining booze and general Tom Foolery. On Dec. 4, New Belgium Brewing Company hosts its Ranger Games in Grand Rapids. This event follows the successful New Belgium Clips Beer & Film Tour that came to downtown Grand Rapids this past summer.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum opened up its pop up, GoSite, for public use on July 31. The pop up is in collaboration with the GRAM and the GoSite Coalition and is an information-sharing space for the community, including Grand Rapids residents and tourists.
Grand Rapids-based and international-touring band La Dispute publicly announced today that founding member and guitarist Kevin Whittemore is leaving the band to pursue other interests after 10 years with this unique, post hardcore act.
American roots heavyweight Old Crow Medicine Show is slated to visit The State Theatre in Kalamazoo on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Tickets go on sale Friday, but fans can pre-order tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
The series kicks off on June 1 with Grammy-award-winning/legendary guitarist Santana. Other highlights of this series include Cake (June 12), John Legend (June 18), O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips (June 23), Ray LaMontagne with Jenny Lewis (July 23), Conor Oberst with Dawes (July 31), The Beach Boys (Sept. 4), Sheryl Crow (Sept. 7) and more.
Grand Rapids-based neoclassical hard rock band (think Trans Siberian Orchestra, but with more teeth) Aria Flame will be going international with their unique brand of music this fall. The band recently confirmed their spot on the Metal Female Voices Festival that is slated for Oct. 17-19 in Belgium.
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