Grand Rapids, MI – February 1st marks 20 Monroe Live’s first anniversary! On February 1, 2017 the new, state-of-the-art venue in downtown Grand Rapids opened its doors to the public for the first time, featuring a performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with special guest Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers. 

In 2017 the venue hosted 154 events (including live shows, special events & rentals) - of which 24 sold out - with an attendance of over 180k. 136 tour busses were parked and 100 semi-trucks were unloaded!

“It’s been absolutely incredible,” says marketing manager Amber Stokosa, “Seeing everyone come out to shows and enjoying themselves; we’ve had an overwhelming amount of support from the people of Grand Rapids and we are so thankful to be in an awesome city with such a great sense of community; we appreciate everyone who has spoken to us at shows or left us feedback and we are looking forward to continuing to grow with GR!” 

General Manager Sue Barsoum says “West Michigan has given us such a warm welcome and we are so grateful to be contributing to the cultural fabric of this community, bringing world class and diverse entertainment opportunities!” 

Blues Traveler will perform at 20 Monroe Live this Friday, February 2 and George Clinton will perform this Saturday, February 3 – both shows will be part of the venue’s 1-Year Anniversary celebration.

On Friday, members of the Blues Traveler band will stop by the Vanguard Lounge to join the venue’s General Manager in thanking guests at a private reception from 5-7pm. Signed items from the band will be added to the décor in Vanguard. (Media is welcome, please reply to this email if you’d like to cover!)

Also, starting at Friday’s show, 20 Monroe Live will offer their LIMITED EDITION 1-Year Anniversary merchandise for sale which will include t-shirts, hoodies, & posters with a very special design commemorating 2017 performing artists as well as “20 Monroe” travel mugs and 2018 calendars featuring photos from last year’s sold out shows!

These items will be available at events throughout February, or until supplies last (limited quantity)!

Please reply to this email at your earliest convenience if you are interested in covering any part of 20 Monroe Live’s 1-Year Anniversary.