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West Michigan rivers offer plenty of opportunity to see fall color.

Best Places To See Fall Colors Around Grand Rapids

By Howard Meyerson Autumn color is always a spectacle in Kent County. The countryside – with its hills and valleys – becomes a living canvas splashed with color. It’s a great time to get out on area r...more

Posted September 18, 2014

 

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What's Your Dining Personality? Let GR City Twist Help You Create Your Restaurant Week Experience

With over sixty restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week – taking place August 13-24 – we are spoiled for choice. Dining destinations around town are pulling out the stops with three-c...more

Posted August 5, 2014

Circle the date, pull up a barstool or purchase your ticket for the season's hottest musical entertainment!

Touring Acts

Downtown's Van Andel Arena plays host to:
• Eric Church, October 9
• Cher, October 20

The Live at Wealthy Theater Concert Series welcomes:
• Renowned singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, October 16
• Indie-folk band My Brightest Diamond, November 12
• Boundary-pushing jazz group The Bad Plus, December 12

Music master Chick Corea takes center stage at St. Cecilia Music Center's Grand Artist Gala, September 18.

Legendary folk singer Judy Collins takes the stage at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for an intimate evening of music from her five-decade career. October 17.

Modern-day piano man Ben Folds brings The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience to DeVos Place Performance Hall, in conjunction with Grand Rapids Symphony. October 18.

A capella group Straight No Chaser come to DeVos Place Performance Hall with the "Happy Hour Tour," November 2.

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center inviter you to An Evening with Kix Brooks, one-half of Brooks & Dunn, the biggest-selling duo in country music history. November 7.

The Midtown Men features original cast members from Broadway's Jersey Boys in a musical journey of the ‘60s, with hits from the Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown and more. November 7.

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman performs at St. Cecilia Music Center November 20.

Christian hip-hop/pop artist Toby Mac returns to downtown's DeVos Performance Hall with singer/songwriter Matt Maher and special guest Ryan Stevenson. November 23.

Nightlife

West Michigan Jazz Society presents Monday Night Jazz at Bobarino's in downtown's B.O.B. September 15, October 27 and November 17.

Tuesday Night Live Jazz at Bar Divani presents the area's finest jazz songstresses in concert.

Founders Brewing Company hosts a diverse slate of live music acts in its taproom on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Landing Lounge at Riverfront Hotel Grand Rapids maintains a rotating schedule of live music, karaoke and comedy performances.

Downtown's Back Forty Saloon features live and local country music bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill presents a wide variety of concerts along with excellent food and drink.

See what strikes your musical fancy at The Intersection, GR's most enduring live music club. There are more than 40 musical acts appearing from September through November.

Check out the lineup of independent acts at The Pyramid Scheme nightclub and bar in downtown GR. A best bet: ARTPRIZE: The Musical - admission is free, though a ticket is needed, September 25-27.

The Orbit Room in Southeast Grand Rapids hosts:
• Twenty One Pilots, October 1
• STS9, October 12
• Umphrey's McGee, October 25

Festive Events

The Eastown Street Fair includes 15 musical performances by local and regional talent as well as arts, crafts, food and children's activities. September 13.

The daylong Perrin Backyard Beer Bash features LA-based band Particle and four Michigan-based musical acts in addition to limited-release beers and a 100-foot circuit tent. September 13.

ArtPrize, the world's richest, most radically open art competition, features more than 1,500 works of art spread all over downtown Grand Rapids. Entries include music performances and recordings - come listen and vote for your favorites to win $280,000 in public-determined prizes.

Orchestral Maneuvers

Grand Rapids Symphony presents An Artful Opening Night, featuring music inspired by visual elements - "part fusion with ArtPrize and part British." September 19-20.

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Dancing and Romancing, a Broadway-meets-Hollywood evening of song and dance featuring two Broadway stars. September 26-28.

The Calvin College Music Festival features all eight of the music department's ensembles in a one-of-a-kind collage-style concert. October 17-18.

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Copland and Brahms, featuring Avery Fisher prize-winner David Shifrin. October 24-25.

St. Cecilia Music Center presents The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Classical Traditions, November 6.

Grand Rapids Symphony provides the live soundtrack to a screening of the classic film Singin' in the Rain, featuring a downpour of memorable songs. November 14-16.

Grand Rapids Symphony presents Love and Life, which includes a world-premiere oratorio exploring love from different perspectives. November 21-22.

Musical Theatre

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a family musical about the trials and triumphs of Israel's favorite son. Starring American Idol finalists/Broadway stars Ace Young and Diane DeGarmo! September 30 - October 5.

Superfragilistic musical Mary Poppins comes to Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, November 14 - December 14.

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Once, the Tony Award-winning musical romance about a Dublin street musician and the beautiful young woman who takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. November 4-9.

Opera Grand Rapids presents Carmen, Bizet's ever-popular tale of a love triangle turned tragic. October 31 & November 1.

Broadway Grand Rapids treats audiences to Elf the Musical, the hilarious tune-filled version of the Will Ferrell movie. November 28-30.