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Posted October 16, 2014

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

Touring Acts

The Live at Wealthy Theater Concert Series welcomes:
• Indie-folk band My Brightest Diamond, November 12
• Boundary-pushing jazz group The Bad Plus, December 12

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.


West Michigan Jazz Society presents Monday Night Jazz at Bobarino's in downtown's B.O.B. 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.

The Orbit Room in Southeast Grand Rapids hosts:
• Umphrey's McGee, October 25

Orchestral Maneuvers


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

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.