Not every concert has to be the Super Bowl Halftime Show. For many, some of their most memorable music experiences happen in smaller venues, where it just feels like you're actually part of the show.
West Michigan is chock full of untapped musical talent. If you're out and about and see one of these bands gracing a local stage, do yourself a favor — pop in and give them a listen.
Here is the rundown on West Michigan bands that are making noise in the local scene.
Though Steve Riedell and Aarone Brink are rarely in the same room, the two just released their seventh mixtape and remixed more than 500 tracks.
While Riedell resides in Chicago and Brink in North Carolina, the mash-up duo known as The Hood Internet spent the past six years collaborating via the real Internet, remixing tracks that cut indie-rock with underground hip-hop.
Wolff's Law is anatomist Julius Wolff's theory that states bones adapt to the amount of pressure put on them. Meaning that over time, as the amount of stress on a bone increases so does the bone's strength.
There's nothing quite like it, as Michigan's ultra-vibrant summer festival and amphitheater concert scene has demonstrated again and again. And a decade into its run as Grand Rapids' premier outdoor venue Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has again upped the ante in terms of sheer numbers and breadth of genres represented.
Seth Bernard attended his first folk festival at four years old, which explains his why he's a leading figure of the booming Michigan roots music scene.
The days of having to drive ridiculous distances to camp, party and hear your favorite music are largely over. Now there appears to be a killer music festival somewhere in the country every weekend in the summer.
Thousands gathered on Vandenberg Plaza to commemorate the dedication of La Grand Vitesse by Alexander Calder, one of the first "Art in Public Places" installations in the nation, in 1969.
In the years that have followed, the area became known as Calder Plaza, and an annual event has been luring crowds into downtown, reviving the excitement surrounding public art.
Literary all-stars Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike and Margaret Atwood all have one thing in common besides being acclaimed novelists: they all hung out in the little town of Dowagiac, Mich.
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