Born in Grand Rapids on December 30, 1934, Del Shannon was not just one of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll stars the State of Michigan produced in the 1960s, he was one of the best American rockers of his era.
Audrey Sundstrom had begun to wonder why so many towns much smaller than Grand Rapids had free jazz festivals when the second largest city in the state did not.
When her husband finally challenged Sundstrom to be the one to act, she did just that.
Now the founder of GRandJazzFest and the chair of GR and Jazz, the nonprofit volunteer organization that produces the festival, Sundstrom is elated as the annual event will celebrate its fifth year at Rosa Parks Circle this month.
Live instruments, absolutely massive beats and a mind-altering light show — that’s the holy trinity of Colorado duo Big Gigantic’s live shows. They’ve been sought out as collaboratorsand played high-profile slots at every major festival in the country, and this month, they’re coming back to Kalamazoo to headline the fourth annual Audiotree Music Festival.
Four years in, the Audiotree Music Festival still knows nothing but growth. Founded in 2013 by Kalamazoo natives Michael Johnston and Adam Thursion, the one-day event has already showcased an impressively diverse range of artists in its short history. This year, it’s taking over the city’s landmark Arcadia Creek Festival Place for the first time ever.
Lollapalooza celebrated its 25th Anniversary this weekend with four full days of live music that featured more than 170 acts on eight stages. It has exploded in size and scope since its beginning in 1991, swelling to a capacity crowd of 100,000 every year, while also developing an internationally-recognized reputation that reaches well beyond Chicago — or even the U.S. — with Lolla having spawned spinoffs in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Germany over the past decade. Here’s a quick list of our biggest takeaways from Lolla’s landmark year.
True to their name, Wild Child refuses to run with the pack or worry much about the traditional business side of music. It doesn’t jive with the Austin-based indie-pop band’s artistic process – so they go their own way.
“When it comes to that side of the music industry, we all just kind of freeze up,” said Kelsey Wilson, lead vocalist and violinist of the seven-piece outfit. “We can write a song a day and play a show a day for the rest of our lives, but the other side of things is just so foreign.”
Josh Epstein’s phone is blowin’ up thanks to his band’s summery slice of infectious indie-pop, “Gone.”
The Detroit duo JR JR’s (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) hit single has gone viral since its 2015 release, racking up over 15 million plays on Spotify and landing everywhere from alt-rock radio to the trailer for the upcoming comedy Sausage Party.
Andrew McMahon’s path to stardom hasn’t exactly been paint-by-numbers.
Fans of the singer/songwriter already know much of his story: He started out as the teenage frontman for the piano-pop/punk band Something Corporate in the early 2000s. Then there was his side-project Jack’s Mannequin, which chronicled his recovery from leukemia during his 20s. His latest solo project was inspired largely by his life as a new father.
Photos and a recap of The Monkees show at Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on June 8.
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