Big Lake Brewing began where most breweries do: homebrewing. Co-owners Nic Winhimius and Travis Prueter had been brewing together since they met in 2007, and, like most homebrewers, aspired to open their own brewery and began laying the tracks.
The three bearded, trench-coated members of ZZ Top may have faded from the limelight with age, but some things remain consistent: namely, many people still go crazy for men dressed sharply.
While the four baby-faced members of New York indie rock outfit Grizzly Bear look more like teddy bears than the godless killing machines feared throughout all of Colbert-nation (don’t pretend like you don’t know what we’re talking about), don’t mistake the group’s perceived cuddliness for a lack of ferocity.
Hard Femme brings together more than 15 artists that each explore themes related to femininity, and promises to be much more than a salute to the ever-inspiring lady lumps.
Curator Miranda Sharp said the Aug. 10 show contains work that shows you don’t have to be weak to be feminine. “The work deals with having feminine traits but still being kick ass,” she said.
After nearly 10 years on Division Avenue, volunteer run music venue and art gallery The Division Avenue Arts Collective (The DAAC) is being forced to close its doors on Aug. 1 due to a change in building ownership.
Like with her music, ZZ Ward follows a classic style by incorporating fedoras into her wardrobe, paying homage to her blues heroes like Robert Johnson, while adding a twist of her own. "I have, like, 60 fedoras," Ward said.
"I started singing in a blues band when I was 12 and I would always wear a fedora because it would remind me of the blues. So I wear a fedora to pay homage to the blues artists that I grew up listening to."
Founders makes damn good beer. That's not a secret, especially to those of us right here in West Michigan. But word has gotten out, and in the company's short 16-year history, its reach has already spread to 25 states.
Musician and producer Tommy Schichtel likes to think of himself as a mad scientist when he's in the recording studio. He admits he can lose hours experimenting in his analog-only studio, Goon Lagoon, based in Grand Rapids' North side.
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