'Section savvy: Q&A with Scott Hammontree, general manager and talent buyer, Intersection

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Tuesday, 29 January 2013 09:33 |
Q&A

With The Intersection's 10-year anniversary approaching, REVUE spoke with general manager Scott Hammontree on life at the popular Grand Rapids venue along with memories from his time running the place.

Folk Best Bet: The Avett Brothers

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 16:00 |

If you ask bluegrass galvanizing brothers Scott and Seth Avett, folksy, roots rock straight from down home in the delta ain't dead. If anything, it's just been resting, biding its time for the appropriate mixture of honky tonk and punk savior to rise up and breathe new vapor into it.

Beer Best Bet: Cool Brews. Hot Eats

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:58 |

Grand Rapids has reached a point where we can start deporting non-microwbrew lovers. We've already been crowned Beer City USA, for crying out loud, and this town (hell, this state) is not stopping when it comes to microbrew production.

Comedy Best Bet: Kathleen Madigan

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:56 |

For a comedian who can boast the ringing endorsement of Lewis Black, not to mention a 20-year-plus career as an outstanding stand-up, Kathleen Madigan has spent much of her time not in the direct glare of the popular spotlight, but rather beneath the fringes of comedy greatness.

Eclectic Best Bet: Los Lobos

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:54 |

Los Lobos were responsible for one of the biggest hits of my early childhood, "La Bamba," and much to my surprise have continued to keep a pop cultural toe in the Tex-Mex, folk, country and R&B worlds.

Rock Best Bet: Matchbox Twenty

Written by Emma Kat Richardso | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:51 |

It's 3 a.m., you must be lonely. You wanna push stuff around. You know what you need? No, not that ninth shot of whiskey from the bottom of a steel-stained flask. Why don't you shelve the booze and help yourself to some matchbox twenty tickets instead?

Folk Best Bet: Suzanne Vega

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:45 |

What a retro month February has been. Between the reemergence of matchbox twenty and now songstress Suzanne Vega's upcoming performance at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, we're stumbling blindly through a foggy bliss of never-ending nostalgia.

February Microbrews: Grand Rapids Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:40 |

Grand Rapids Brewing Company has finally found a home, back where it started: in downtown Grand Rapids. The original brewery opened in 1893 on the corner of Michigan and Ionia, and found itself defeated by Prohibition in 1920.

Candlebox No Longer "Far Behind"

Written by Nick Manes | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:34 |

Legendary journalist Hunter S Thompson once said, "San Francisco in the late '60s was a very special time and place ... there were sparks in any direction." This could also be said of Seattle in the early 1990s.

Paula Poundstone Readies Herself for Smooth Comedic Sailing

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:29 |

Paula Poundstone makes being funny seem effortless. Whether she's providing commentary as a panelist on NPR's new quiz show, "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!," performing stand-up or simply having a casual conversation, she nonchalantly drops jokes left and right like it's second nature.

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