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When I'm not out and about in Grand Rapids, you can generally find me working at The Mitten Brewing Company, a local pizzeria and brew pub that opened in 2012.  From a server/beertender point of view?...more

Posted July 2, 2015

 

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Why you won't want to miss LiveArts: “It's a moment that lasts beyond the moment.”

On April 24th at 8:00 pm an event is taking place at the Van Andel Arena that you absolutely don’t want to miss. That night you can immerse yourself in an experience called LiveArts, an event unlike a...more

Posted March 5, 2015

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

Touring Acts

Four-time Grammy Award-winner Pepe Aguilar brings his Latin music stylings to Van Andel Arena June 27.

Shania Twain comes to Van Andel Arena with her historic Rock This Country Tour. July 11.

Van Andel Arena welcomes James Taylor and His All-Star Band, marking the iconic singer's first album of original material since 2002. July 14.

Bryan Adams and his Reckless 30th Anniversary Tour settles into Van Andel Arena on July 24.

One Republic performs at Van Andel Arena in conjunction with the Meijer LPGA Classic golf tournament. July 25.

Outdoor Concerts

The Summer Concert Series at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents major musical acts in a stunning outdoor setting. Check the lineup and reserve your tickets. Through September 7.

The Gun Lake Live Summer Series celebrates local music with concerts and dancing at Bay Pointe Inn's Lakefront Event Pavilion. Wednesdays, May 27 - September 2.

Concerts on the Green in Hudsonville features live music from local bands, dinner options, a kid's "bike wash," kids' activities and door prizes. June 18 and 25.

Jazz in the Park is a free concert series in downtown's riverside Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Monday evenings from June 8 through August 10.

The Freedom Rocks Grand Rapids Concert features Madison Rising, America's most patriotic rock band, at the newly rebuilt Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Amphitheater. It's part of a whole week of Freedom Cruise events. June 27.

Lowell Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts take place outdoors on the Riverwalk Plaza, in front of the historic Lowell Showboat. Admission and parking is free, and food and spirits are available. Thursdays throughout the summer.

Grand Rapids Symphony conducts its annual Picnic Pops series on the grassy slopes of Cannonsburg Ski Area:
• Super Diamond, a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond, July 9 & 10
• Classical Fireworks, a seasonal favorite, July 16 & 17
• The Piano Men, featuring the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, July 23 & 24
• Five for Fighting - the popular band joins the Symphony, July 30 & 31

Music Celebrations

The 7th Annual Founders Fest is a celebration of beer and music hosted by the city's largest and most renowned craft brewer. It's eight hours of musical acts, local artists and food vendors, and amazing beer from Founders Brewing Company. June 20.

Musical Theatre

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Kinky Boots, the hilarious Tony Award-winning musical about a struggling shoe factory owner and his new muse. June 2-7.

The Summer Concert Series at Circle Theatre presents many of West Michigan's best artists covering songs you know and love:
Shed a Little Light: The Music of James Taylor, July 13 & 14, Sept. 7 & 8
Leather & Lace: The Women of Rock, July 20 & 21
Natural Woman: The Music of Carole King, June 8, August 10 & 11
Forever in Blue Jeans: The Music of Neil Diamond, June 15, August 17 & 18

Nightlife

One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom, in the heart of downtown, presents some of the best local acoustic and national music acts every Thursday and some Mondays and Saturdays, without a cover charge.

Founders Brewing Company, named one of the world's best craft breweries, hosts a variety of musical acts in its taproom throughout the week.

Three downtown nightclubs present national artists across a variety of genres. Check out the jam-packed summer lineups at:
The Intersection
The Pyramid Scheme
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill

Dueling Pianos at Bobarino's, in downtown's B.O.B. (Big Old Building) entertain crowds on Friday and Saturday nights.

Quinn & Tuites Irish Pub, voted Best Neighborhood Bar in Grand Rapids, hosts local bands on Saturday nights, playing everything from classic rock to original string pieces to, of course, authentic Irish tunes.

Live Music Tuesdays at downtown's Divani serve up a diverse selection of great musicians in a sumptuous environment.