Being a band is easy. Being a band that stands out, especially in an era inundated with new bands at every corner of the Internet, is not. That's why Derek Lancioni, drummer of Charles the Osprey, brings Fes2val to Grand Rapids.
The most exposure the majority of us Americans have had to rugby probably happened in one of Matt Damon's glorious moments in Clint Eastwood's Invictus. Marco Riolo, vice president and tournament director of the Grand Rapids Rugby Football Club hopes to change that, starting with Rugby City, U.S.A., a term given to Grand Rapids.
While watching fireworks this Fourth of July, chances are bystanders in Grand Rapids will look toward the Grand River throughout the day and wish for a little cooling off. With a little patience, that can come true at the 2011 Global Invitational Water Ski Championship.
On 20 Division Avenue, just beside the intersection of Division and Fulton, sits a gray and white building. Outside the front door is a sign shaped like a vinyl record. It reads, "Dodd's Record Shop: New & Used Vinyl." But don't let this simple building and sign fool you. Dodd's Record Shop is a music lover's paradise.
For Breathe Owl Breathe, East Jordan's earthy folk outfit, reaching a national audience may have been a long road (one that spanned over seven years), but the trials never exceeded the joy.
Early on in her career, Melissa Etheridge let her music do the talking. While rumors swirled about her sexuality and personal life, she decided to rock rather than talk, churning out Grammy-winning records and burning up the charts.
An old bar on Grand Rapids' West Side has been updated to look ... retro.
The new Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill is a throwback to the ‘40s and ‘50s with live rockabilly music, Southern cooking and a retro look. Opened last weekend, the Tip Top is the brainchild of Ted Smith, general manager of the Orbit Room, and Frank Lehnen, who owns Rocky's Bar & Grill in the North Monroe corridor.
Muskegon is a city that works hard and plays hard. While some of the businesses have moved away, others thrive at the hands of entrepreneurs and idealists who keep the city lively. Grab your best pair of jeans and a t-shirt and you can hang out with violinists, painters, bikers, activists, industrialists and paupers all under the Taj Mahal of the lakeshore: the beer tent.
Over the years Grand Rapids has had its fair share of quality music venues. From the oft-remembered classics such as the Reptile House, the Orbit Room and the old Intersection in Eastown, to new stalwarts like Founders, the DAAC, and MXTP just north of downtown, there has nary been a shortage of places to play.
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