With all the logistical challenges and geographic distances to grapple with when touring, many musicians find themselves spending much of their time on the road doing just about anything but playing music.
When he’s not schooling other DJs in West Michigan’s expansive electronic music scene, rising artist eRoy — aka Evan Roy — schools students in his English classes at Union High School.
It’s been 30 years since the Posies unveiled its majestic brand of poppy alt-rock with the release of Failure, the Seattle-rooted band’s debut LP.
Despite hosting a weekly satellite radio show on Sirius XM’s alternative-formatted Lithium station, and founding the top-selling package tour Summerland, Everclear frontman Art Alexakis doesn’t necessarily think of himself as the de facto steward for all things ’90s rock.
20 Monroe Live (11 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids) brings in A-list stars, but it also regularly brings in local artists as openers. Here is just a sample of those homegrown musicians — as seen through the lens of Anthony Norkus.
Although it’s one of the oldest bars in the city, Grand Rapids’ Kuzzins Lounge has really cranked up the volume over the past six months.
When the robots inevitably become sentient, walking about with our day jobs, tossing back cold motor oil at the bar after a long shift, will they sing for each other? Will they plug in an old jukebox, croon Sinatra on a Saturday night and wonder why humanity ever felt so blue? I sure hope so, but for now, all we have is ourselves and our karaoke machines to entertain one another with the magic of song.
Olivia Mainville was not brought up in a musical family, per se. Her parents love music and listen to it constantly — her father even collects instruments. But as far as playing any of those instruments goes, that’s another story entirely.
Ten years ago, David Abbott had moved back to his hometown of Grand Rapids, unsure of what to do next. He began work at ArtPrize, which slowly but surely led him on the path to April of 2018, when he became the first-ever executive director of Festival of the Arts. In conversation, it’s immediately clear that Abbott is passionate about his community and the festival itself.
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