Local Music

With each of Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish’s three full-length albums earning a WYCE Jammies Award, as well as snagging the number-three spot for Best Original Band on Revue’s very own Best of the West readers’ poll, there is little doubt that the group has captured the attention of West Michigan.

10 Local Bands to Listen to

Written by Eric Mitts | Thursday, 24 May 2018 16:09 |

Absolutely overflowing with talent, West Michigan’s local music scene has something for everyone. Once again, we’ve compiled our list of 10 bands across all genres who we think deserve your time this year.

The Ouroboros — in ancient mythology, it’s often depicted as a serpent devouring its own tail. The iconic image symbolized the infinite cycle of life and death, and came to define the work of medieval alchemists forging together new life from cast-off materials

As an artist, activist and human being, Grand Rapids emcee Lady Ace Boogie defies expectations.

Kalamazoo’s own Greensky Bluegrass has played just about every summer festival in America. From the esteemed Telluride Bluegrass Festival to the massive Bonnaroo and West Michigan’s own Electric Forest, the band has become an absolute staple on summer stages over its nearly two-decade history.

 Everything that can happen, will happen. That’s the crux behind the so-called Murphy’s Law of inevitability, and if ever there was a place where it’s most applicable, it’s the world of live music.

Going To The Next Level: The Intersection expands with two new venue spaces

Written by Eric Mitts | Wednesday, 28 February 2018 14:16 |

Months in the making, The Intersection will unveil its latest project this month with the opening of its new concert venue space: Elevation, and its new VIP room: The Mint.

This time last year, Grand Rapids hard rock band Trixy Tang had the biggest show of its career: opening for ’80s glam metal icons Warrant in Detroit. It was a dream come true for lead singer/band founder Klay Fennema, and a huge gig for the still relatively new band. It was also the first time the current lineup had ever played together onstage.

Mouthing Off: 78 Revolutions Per-Minute talks its debut EP

Written by Eric Mitts | Monday, 29 January 2018 14:43 |

Politically charged and vinyl-inspired, Grand Rapids punk group 78 Revolutions Per-Minute might have been a long time coming, but the band is now quickly accelerating the local music scene, despite these divisive times.

Musical Memoirs: How West Michigan’s music scene has changed over 30 years

Written by Cliff Frantz, former Music Revue editor | Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:28 |

It’s been three decades since Revue started charting the evolution of West Michigan’s local music scene. Grand Rapids alone has added landmark venues like Van Andel Arena, The Pyramid Scheme, Frederik Meijer Gardens and 20 Monroe Live to keep up with the increasing demand for live music. 

How different is today’s scene compared to 1988, when [Music] Revue magazine first started printing? 

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