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Music in Grand Rapids

Love music? So does Grand Rapids. You’ll find something for every musical taste here, at 100+ live-music venues ranging from massive arenas and rollicking nightclubs to intimate coffeehouses and unique outdoor settings. See the world’s biggest touring superstars, discover hot up-and-coming acts and explore a flourishing local music scene – your ears will thank you!

Touring Acts

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You don't have to go to the biggest cities to see the biggest stars. Everyone from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to Bruno Mars and Bruce Springsteen puts Grand Rapids on their tour schedule. See your favorites - without the hassles of traveling to Detroit or Chicago - at:

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Surprising Spots

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A wide variety of smaller venues – including Listening Room, The Pyramid Scheme and Skelletones – host a mix of national, regional and local favorites. Many bars and restaurants also offer live music.

Grand Rapids Symphony

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One of the crown jewels of the local culture scene, the Grammy®-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony  presents more than 400 performances each year, playing everything from the classics to today's top hits. The Symphony also accompanies Opera Grand Rapids  and Grand Rapids Ballet Company  performances.

Musical Theatre

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  • Actors' Theatre  specializes in the very latest off-Broadway fare
  • Broadway Grand Rapids  offers touring productions of big Broadway shows
  • Circle Theatre  presents three main-stage musicals every summer, plus a host of concerts spotlighting local theatrical talent (and what talent it is!)
  • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre , one of America's oldest and largest community theatres, stages big, crowd-pleasing productions of well-known favorites.

Listen Local

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Want to get a taste of the local music scene? Listen right now to WYCE , an independent, community radio station serving the communities of Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Experience our local music passion through interviews with artists, in-studio performances, album reviews, and where to find great local music.

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Listen Live

GR Live is a live radio program happening every Thursday at noon in downtown Grand Rapids at The Listening Room  and broadcasts live over the air on WYCE 88.1 FM. The show will be hosted by Quinn Mathews and will feature live music from groups playing in Grand Rapids and interviews with people involved in our regional music community. Listeners will learn about music events happening in and around the city while being able to relax and enjoy the performances.

Choirs & More

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From a Chamber Choir  and Bach Chorale  to Blues  and Jazz Societies , we've got a great-sounding scratch for most every musical itch. Check out this list of specialty music organizations and performing arts groups.

Check out the hottest upcoming shows. For a complete list of music in Grand Rapids, see our events calendar.


Free Music Events

You don’t need to buy a ticket to enjoy great live music in Grand Rapids – various venues around town host free…

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(n) a person who travels in search of great live music

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