Saturday, 03 June 2017 10:34

Songs We Like, June 2017

Written by  Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director
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Summer 2017 is here and along with it an unprecedented lineup of exciting concerts for West Michigan! 

If you spent too much on Eric Church last month and are hankering for some outlaw country, you’ll flip over Shooter Jennings (6/1). Back to GR in a graveyard smash of a show, Here Come the Mummies (6/5) is comprised of skilled Nashville session players guised securely in the anonymity of mummy costumes. Diana Krall (6/7), a native of the region of British Columbia famous for the delectable Nanaimo Bar could inspire a layered discussion about the merits of jazz in today’s pop culture among your La La Land acquaintances. 

Todd Rundgren’s (6/8) estimable pretension is a turn-on for record grubbers, and his new release incorporates a broad cast of celebrity musicians in which to bask. Local music fans put together an appropriate list of openers for garage-soul aces St. Paul and the Broken Bones (6/9) that includes Jesse Ray, Dede, Devin, Harry Lucas, Gunnar and Delilah. This is not the music coming out of your mom’s van, this is Jonny Bruha van music. 

Ann Arbor’s Laith Al-Saadi (6/10) had the rare chance to ignite an unrealized desire for “real music sung by real people” (MLive) in a traditionally pop music audience through his position as a finalist on 2016’s “The Voice.” And according to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s (6/10) website, the band is scheduled to perform at New Holland Brewery in Holland. 

In one of the most anticipated events of the month, comfortable-in-her-own-skin Minneapolis alternative hip-hop artist Lizzo (6/11) will be in town for the first time at Pyramid Scheme packaging social activism and the struggle of the underrepresented with pure ear candy. We’re excited about Leela James (6/16) playing our Van Andel Arena along with somebody named Maxwell. Bring your earplugs for Metz, (6/23) but don’t miss a bar of this performance at Pyramid Scheme. 

Founders Tap Room will host internationally renowned ambassadors The Alma Afrobeat Ensemble (6/24), based in Barcelona with roots in Nigeria. Then, at the end of the month, that festival in the woods returns to Rothbury, where black lights and bright bursts of sound can be one’s best friend and worst enemy. People from all over the country will travel to Michigan to watch one another, their own hands, and an inspiring two-weekend collection of top-level performers.

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