As one of the modern day torch bearers for poetic, politically charged hip-hop and reggae, Michael Franti has long had his work cut out for him, and risen to the challenge with gusto every single time.
As part of the inaugural Coast West Festival, The Polyphonic Spree perhaps stands out as a bit of an eccentric addition to a lineup that includes Foghat, Chicago and Blue Oyster Cult.
Saugatuck Brewing was actually born across the street from its current location on the Blue Star Highway in 2005. The brewery was brought to fruition by founder and brewmaster Barry Johnson, who utilized a 3.5bbl brewhouse to bring his beer to the public in the old taproom, and from the start, the brewery had ambitious plans.
Here is the rundown on West Michigan bands that are making noise in the local scene.
When it comes to telling jokes, Michael Che feels honesty is the best policy.
Though Steve Riedell and Aarone Brink are rarely in the same room, the two just released their seventh mixtape and remixed more than 500 tracks.
While Riedell resides in Chicago and Brink in North Carolina, the mash-up duo known as The Hood Internet spent the past six years collaborating via the real Internet, remixing tracks that cut indie-rock with underground hip-hop.
Anyone who has been following the rise of the craft beer scene knows that drinking a Bell's Two Hearted IPA is nothing like drinking a Miller Lite. The flavors are more pronounced and the potency is much stronger. Now, it appears that marijuana is going down the same road.
Ask anyone who has smoked marijuana lately and they'll tell you it's more potent. Like, melt-your-face strong.
"The biggest reason (marijuana is getting more potent) is that they're breeding that into it," said Chris Paholak, a clinical coordinator with Advantage Health and Holistic, based out of Mount Pleasant. "It's the difference between what's natural, what's recreational and what's considered medicinal."
A big personality is coming to the Grand Rapids Civic, and she's bold, beautiful and blond — very blonde.
Devoted slave to everything pretty, pricey and pink, Legally Blonde's Elle Woods is a celebratory spoof of all things young and girly. Accessorized by catchy pop tunes, bubblegum-colored sets and a divalicious Chihuahua, Elle couldn't be happier with her life as a sorority queen bee.
Wolff's Law is anatomist Julius Wolff's theory that states bones adapt to the amount of pressure put on them. Meaning that over time, as the amount of stress on a bone increases so does the bone's strength.
Because two locations are better than one, jewelry maven Prudence Kauffman has opened a second Dear Prudence location in the MoDiv incubator stores on the corner of Monroe and Division in Grand Rapids. Kauffman says the best thing about the spot is "energy is crazy through the roof right now. There's a constant flow and we're in the middle of this huge awakening downtown."
Pop into the itty-bitty biz spot for custom sterling pieces, monogram necklaces, phone covers and custom fingerprint necklaces. Visit the Dear Prudence Facebook page or dearprudence.com for more deets.
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