There are as many endings as beginnings on West Michigan's music scene, sparked by the ups and downs of venues and clubs or the germinations and gyrations of local bands. Such is the case with Muskegon's popular Four Finger Five, an uber-talented trio.
Sometime in the '80s. Doug Fast asked me to work for his publishing company. I was involved in design at the time and I thought, 'I could make this into a cool-looking magazine.'
I had been working for the Grand Rapids Press as a music writer for some time. I believe I had done a few things for Revue, and then I was contacted by Doug Fast about coming on board.
It was May 1990 and I was fascinated by Music Revue. I played guitar and realized I wasn't going to become a musician for a career and I thought it would be cool to interview musicians. I called up Music Revue and talked to [editor] Bruce Madden and told him I could get an interview with Gene Simmons of KISS.
I got a degree from Thomas Jefferson College [at Grand Valley State University] and my majors were communications and music. I had been traveling with my act, Fast & Missad. I did musical comedy, political satire kind of stuff. At the same time I was doing that, I was writing for a lot of publications.
The inspiring story of an unlikely dream steals the stage at Wharton Center with Billy Elliot, winner of 10 Tony Awards. Based on the 2000 film, the show focuses on aspiring ballet dancer Billy, an eleven-year-old diamond in the rough.
With movies like Texas Chainsaw 3-D, Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, Mama and Movie 43, there is certainly no shortage of entertainment to kick off the new year.
The infamous 'crew' is something of a time-honored tradition in the hip-hop world. Rappers take their friends with them upon getting big. This past year has seen the rise of the Black Hippy crew from Los Angeles and the A$AP Mob from New York. Closest to home is Danny Brown's Bruiser Brigade from Detroit.
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