July's Eclectic Round Up

Written by Audria Larsen | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:43 |

The salty sweat of the summer is no longer a novelty but, eclectic seasonal activities are fresh like a cool breeze. Enjoy getting your sprint on while KISS powers your way. Obliterate your warring opponents with nothing more than a sturdy bucket. Gasp at the derring-do of wet and wily water pros. And relax with the familiar sight of a sassy icon.

Outdoor Spots To Drink & Dine

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:41 |

There's really no reason to stay indoors during a West Michigan summer, especially on days where the sun doesn't do down til 10 p.m. So much to do, and so much time. Make the most of this month by exploring your outdoor feasting and cocktail hour festivities near and far.

Indie Artists Find Sustainability in Crowdfunding

Written by Nick Manes | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:34 |

When Grand Rapids-based musician Jake Stilson decided to turn to crowdfunding as a means of recording his 2013 release, Stilson Shmilson, he found himself as one of many artists -- locally and nationally -- trying out the relatively new method.

Josh Sneed Finds Fame in Ohio

Written by Josh Spanninga | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:15 |

Josh Sneed is living proof that you can make it big in comedy without having to leave your home and family behind. He grew up in Ohio, and currently lives in the greater Cincinnati area, near the border of Kentucky and Ohio. While life in the Midwest may sound less flashy than New York or L.A. to some, Sneed wouldn't have it any other way.

July Microbrews: Latitude 42 Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:07 |

Latitude 42 Brewing Company CEO Joe Stoddard had been running a restaurant for years, all while having a dream of opening his own brewery with spectacular food. The kitchen aspect of the endeavor was covered, but he was faced with the challenge of finding the next key piece of the puzzle -- the brewer -- before moving on to the business plan.

Country Best Bet: Jennifer Nettles

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:01 |

You might call her the country and western Jenny Lewis, if you were so inclined. Or maybe even one half of the twangy, hetero version of the Indigo Girls. Whatever artist or sub-genre you’re tempted to compare Jennifer Nettles to, don’t.

Mónica da Silva brings international flair to her diverse work

Written by Alex Connolly | Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:29 |

An intriguing mix of American and Brazilian influences mark the work of singer/songwriter Mónica da Silva. A native of both Grand Rapids and Belém, Brazil (and a dual citizen of both), da Silva’s aural creations are aptly described by her as “Indie Nova”: a rich blend of traditional bossa nova of idie pop.

Comedy Best Bet: Bobcat Goldthwait

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:21 |

Ah, Bobcat. What exactly would the modern American comedic landscape look like without the significant contributions of the feline-monikered mic-master?

Blues Best Bet: Kalamazoo Blues Festival

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 16:17 |

Get out your whiskey flasks and toss out those fake IDs, kids! This year, the Kalamazoo Blues Festival is finally turning 21, so it’s safe to expect the 2014 incarnation of this grand Western Michigan tradition to be significantly less, well, blue.

Rock Best Bet: Beck

Written by Lindsay Patton | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:58 |

No longer the mop-headed kid singing "Soy un perdedor" on his '94 breakthrough, Mellow Gold, Beck's gotten inventive in recent years. He's gone from being an anti-folk punk to making sad white boy songs to releasing an album of just sheet music.

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