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.
America’s Got Talent is more than just a hit reality series on NBC – it’s also hitting the road. The 42-city tour, AGT Live: The All-Stars Tour, stops Oct. 14 at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids and includes a decade of talent from multiple seasons, with show favorites like powerhouse vocalist, and Season 9 runner-up, Emily West.
While the Lansing craft-beer scene isn’t a booming mecca like West Michigan — there is some action sprouting up across Capital City and much of it involves one curly-haired, bearded man: Paul Starr. For the past five years Starr, 33, has become the leader of the pack in Lansing-area craft-beer events and news coverage.
When people ask Woodroe Weatherman what kind of band he plays in, the affable guitarist for Corrosion of Conformity describes it simply as a rock group. But really, the Raleigh, N.C.-based COC has long stretched the musical boundaries for hard and heavy music, morphing from a band that lays down blistering one-minute-and-30-second-long hardcore punk, flat-out thrash, southern-fried metal and stoner rock — sometimes all on the same album.
With all of the commotion caused by ArtPrize, and the constant flow of other arts-related events in the area, it’s impossible to tell every story. Nonetheless, Revue’s Arts Issue, at the very least, offers a sample of what our side of the state has to offer.
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.
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