It’s an interesting time in the West Michigan/Grand Rapids music community as bands fill local venues and travel throughout the state of Michigan. Some of our home-grown musicians are branching out to other cities and showing this country the amazing music we have right here in Michigan.

Nicholas James Thomasma

Thomasma is a well-known West Michigan musician whose latest album, Tall Tall Tales, came out earlier this year. You may have seen him and his bright orange VW bus, named "Kelly Jo," around Grand Rapids and other Michigan festivals.

He and Kelly Jo embarked on a 4-week west coast tour in October. Thomasma had quite an adventure that saw him stranded on the West coast, only to be saved by the music-loving community of West Michigan. Thomasma’s experience showed him just how supportive the music community is in Grand Rapids: “It just made me feel like I really belong here in Michigan.”

Jonny Carroll 

This Grand Rapids musician has spent more days on the road than at home this year. He told us a few stories about a tough tour that saw him sleeping on floors and booking shows on his own. Carroll called the tour “difficult but inspiring.” His tribulations all paid off with an amazing experience in Boston, Massachusetts, when he got to meet one of his idols and perform during one of his concerts.

Listen to my chats and hear the performances of both of these Michigan musicians on the GR LIVE podcast.

GR LIVE is a live radio show that airs on WYCE 88.1FM every Thursday at noon that we do at HOME inside the BOB in downtown Grand Rapids. It’s free to come watch and features live music and interviews. Join us any day for lunch or a beer during GR LIVE radio at HOME at The BOB on 20 Monroe Ave. NW, right in the heart of downtown.