Diverse City: Returning festival celebrates African American legacy

Written by Kayla Sosa | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 16:18 |

This month, the African American Art and Music Festival is teaming up with ArtPrize to bring art, performances and great food to downtown Grand Rapids.

West Michigan Summer Festivals

Written by Revue Staff | Wednesday, 30 May 2018 14:59 |

West Michigan's 2018 Summer Festival Guide

Early this summer, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. announced that Movies in the Park would become Movies on Monroe. This sixth season of the free summer film series is taking place at 555 Monroe Ave. NW, located along Monroe just north of the interstate. Previously held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, the move is part of the city’s acquisition of the sizeable riverfront property. 

Still growing bigger every year, the Audiotree Music Festival will celebrate its fifth year in Kalamazoo by expanding to two full days of live music. 

Founded in 2013, the genre-defying festival has already showcased a diverse range of artists in its short history. This fall, it will feature headlining performances from rising California hip-hop star KYLE (aka SuperDuperKyle) and freewheeling Australian psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Grand Rapids will bounce to the beat of several of this summer’s hottest DJs and rappers when the brand-new Breakaway Music Festival turns Belknap Park into the largest outdoor concert venue in the city.

For 19 years, West Michigan residents gathered for Muskegon Summer Celebration, an 11-day party to celebrate the best of summer on the shores of Muskegon Lake. 

The festival brought national big-name acts to scenic Heritage Landing, along with thousands of people who patronized downtown businesses after the concerts and other festivities.

Since the 2011 demise of Summer Celebration, several local business owners and entrepreneurs have stepped up to organize more unique, boutique-type festivals and fill the economic void and create a positive and memorable experience that will make visitors want to return.

This year, the Kalamazoo Blues Fest is relocating to Wings Event Center, a move that will double the number of musical acts and keep the festival in the black.

Festivals and summer go hand-in-hand -- no other season can you spend hours in the hot sun with a corn dog (or two) in one hand and a craft beer in the other, listening to a local band jam out while you browse some arts and crafts. And if that’s not up your alley, we have all kinds of festivals; film, cultural, food, sandcastles, art, and so much more. 

The International Chopin Piano Competition has launched the careers of many internationally-renowned artists.

ArtPrize announces Top 20 Public Vote finalists

Written by Revue Staff | Sunday, 02 October 2016 16:45 |

The first round of ArtPrize’s public voting is over, and the results are in.

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