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.
It’s incredibly rare for West Michigan to be the starting date for a massive international tour. It’s even rarer for a band to play a string of five huge shows across our state, on their way to even bigger concerts in Mexico, South America, and Europe.
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.