At 24 years old, The Autumnatic’s Nick Arthur might seem young to some, but he’s an old-soul veteran when it comes to the local music scene.
The founder, lead vocalist and rhythm/lead guitarist for one of Grand Rapids’ newest and most exciting bands, Arthur grew up on the tried and true grit of Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Neil Young. Taking a cue from such self-made legends, the Cascade native started writing his own songs at a young age and by 16 got his first break when he performed on television.
Before starting the genre-defying Last Gasp Collective, guitarist/vocalist Justin Jay Jackson had an epiphany.
He had just read an article that challenged his reality by posing one important question about his very existence: What would you do if you only had your last gasp left?
For him the answer was simple: Make music.
Since its inception, Vox Vidorra has set out to engage audiences’ minds, bodies and souls.
On the indie-soul group’s debut LP, 2015’s Promise Land, Vox Vidorra got into important issues like racial inequality, religious intolerance and more, while keeping its feet firmly planted in the harmonic beauty of the bygone days of Motown.
If there’s one thing that would make Karli Morehouse’s whole summer, it would be getting the opportunity to open for Tegan & Sara at Frederik Meijer Gardens this August.
“I get mocked for it all the time, but I love Tegan & Sara,” the 22-year-old lead vocalist/guitarist for Lipstick Jodi told Revue.
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, a dark, soul-filled pop outfit out of Detroit, looks to combat cultural divisiveness directly with its upcoming dual bilingual albums, Telephone and Telefono. And while the initial intent had nothing to do with the current state of political discourse, the band feels its releases couldn’t be more timely.
These days, Mike Posner might be one of the most soft-spoken superstars on the pop charts.
Mark Lavengood has come a long way. The multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter/bandleader first rose to fame playing resonator guitar for the award-winning, Michigan-based Americana outfit Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.
Now something of an ambassador for GR’s roots music scene, Lavengood will return this month with his third LP, We’ve Come Along.
This is a sonic collaboration among Revue, WYCE and AMI Jukeboxes. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it here every month and stream it on wyce.org. Each of the bands featured will be performing in West Michigan in April 2017.
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