The Musician’s fingers are always twiddling, subconsciously practicing chords or drum fills even while talking about that amazing chorus on the new LP from their favorite band. They’re always thinking about the next show — you can’t go wrong with a concert ticket (or two).
Taproom, restaurant and casual music venue, Hops at 84 East in Holland hosts live, local musicians weekly alongside its yummy selection of food and drink. The eatery features brick-oven pizza, the dreamiest hand-cut fries and half-off apps after 10 p.m., so you can munch on the best of fall comfort foods while enjoying West Michigan talent. If the night is warm, the restaurant’s garage-door style façade swings open and welcomes the crisp, laketown breeze inside to accompany the live tunes and good food.
Hops at 84 East
84 E. 8th St., Holland
You can’t make great music without listening to it, and Satellite Records in Kalamazoo is stocked full of the latest artists and the greatest hits. The locally owned record shop sells and buys vinyls, cassettes, CDs and more. Specializing in everything from punk to electronica, the store focuses less on classical records and showtunes and more on what’s rockin’ and rollin’ in the indie and jazz worlds.
808 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
Say hello to The Oh Hellos, your new favorite indie folk band. The Oh Hellos have a knack for creating concise lyrics that cut the crap and sing about life in its most raw form. Couple contemplative poetry with powerful harmonies that feel as familiar as your best friend, and you have the perfect show for musicians and music lovers alike.
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Nov. 10, $15
Every musician’s dream is to own a custom instrument, and North Coast Guitars specializes in professional, detail-oriented and handmade six-strings. Craftsman Russell Olmsted can make even the most specialized requests a reality when designing your gear. Your musician friend has spent years honing their chops, so ask them what they’re looking for in a guitar and order one up — they’ll be shredding on their one-of-a-kind instrument in no time.
North Coast Guitar Company
188 Wealthy St. SW, Grand Rapids
Sipping a hand-crafted, personalized cocktail at Buffalo Traders Lounge in Grand Rapids feels like puffing a fancy cigar in 1920s Nashville. Take a break from practicing your music and put on your favorite pair of boots — yeah, the ones you played that sold-out show in — and relax at one of the Vinyl Nights. The bar spins records brought by AB and whips up exclusive cocktails. Vintage, ritzy and art-deco in style, it’ll make you feel like the classic rockstar that you are.
Buffalo Traders Lounge
950 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
A reliable pair of blue jeans is a must for every musician. Denym, a premium clothing boutique in Grand Rapids, curates a wide selection of jeans crafted with intentionality and creativity — just like your music. When you’re on tour, your perfectly cut, worn-in denim hosts the familiarity of sleeping in your own bed, and when you’re off tour, your jeans are still there for you, cheering you on while you workshop your next songs.
910 Cherry St., Grand Rapids