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Looking Back at Beer City

As we finally see signs of spring in Michigan, beer enthusiasts around Grand Rapids began advocating to hold our Beer City title through 2014.  In a surprise move by the founder of the poll, Colorado ...more

Posted April 22, 2014


Cool City. Hot Tunes.

Al Green. Del Shannon. Marvin Sapp. Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Brian Vander Ark and The Verve Pipe. These are just a few of the musical superstars that have called Grand Rapids home. Saap and Vander Ark still live here while maintaining busy recording and touring careers.

Their success is evidence that Grand Rapids has a long history of nurturing and supporting musical talent. That tradition continues today, as a thriving local music scene coexists with world-class concert venues hosting the biggest names in the business. You can hear hot tunes every night in Grand Rapids!

Touring Superstars.

Van Andel Arena in Grand RapidsYou don't have to go to the biggest cities to see the biggest stars. Everyone from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to Bruce Springsteen and Casting Crowns puts Grand Rapids on their tour schedule. The largest productions gravitate to downtown's 12,000-seat Van Andel Arena. Other acts prefer the relative intimacy of DeVos Performance Hall, an exceptional 2,400-seat theater housed in downtown's convention center complex. Either way, you get to see your favorites without the hassle you'd encounter in Detroit or Chicago.


A wide variety of smaller venues host both well-known entertainers and regional favorites. The freshest cutting-edge acts are liable to appear at The Intersection, The Pyramid Scheme, and The Orbit Room. A host of other area nightspots offer ear candy for every musical appetite.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture ParkOutdoor Concerts.

Summer never sounded so sweet as it does in Grand Rapids, thanks to a plethora of outdoor music venues. From the incomparable beauty of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to the festive atmosphere of downtown's Rosa Parks Circle ... from jazz at John Ball Zoo to symphonic pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area ... you can enjoy great music and great weather in dozens of locations around town.

Classical Music.

The Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, from the classics to today's top hits. The Symphony also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Touring classical artists love the acoustic perfection of downtown's St. Cecelia Music Center.

Grand Rapids MusicMusical Theatre.

Our theatre companies stage an ever-changing array of award-winning musical productions. Whether you prefer Broadway crowd-pleaser's or off-Broadway ground-breakers, Grand Rapids is your kind of town.

Check out the hottest upcoming shows. For a complete list of music in Grand Rapids, see our music calendar.