Over their 10-year history as a band, the members of Desmond Jones have always found a way to keep playing their music.
When Revue asked Scott Hammontree, partner and talent buyer at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, how he feels about bringing live music back to West Michigan over the past year, he says he feels like the luckiest guy in town.
"Sometimes you have to walk away from something to come back to it and know it for the first time,” Grand Rapids indie singer/songwriter Brie Stoner told Revue last month, 12 years after she graced the cover of our annual Music Issue for the first time.
If there’s anything the past two years have taught us, it’s that the world can be a chaotic place. Thankfully, music can help make sense of it all, in its own harmonic way.
The pandemic affected everyone in different ways. But for a high-octane, full-volume live act like Grand Rapids’ own Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish, the experience was particularly terrifying.
There’s nothing normal about the so-called “return to normal.” And there’s definitely been nothing normal about the return of live music, which has suffered through fits and spurts, as endless, elusive variants and shifting public health policies have made it nearly impossible to resume concerts in any sort of confident, conventional fashion.