GRNow Weekly Preview June 17-23, 2013 E-mail

Coming up this week: Founders Fest 2013, WWE Raw at Van Andel Arena, Eastown's Bizarre Bazaar, Peter Frampton and Wynton Marsalis at Meijer Gardens and the rebirth of the Chalk Flood.

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Founders Fest set to bring record-setting crowds to downtown Grand Rapids with beer, bands and more E-mail
by John Sinkevics and Mary Mattingly

FoundersFestPhotobyLocalSpinsWith groovy Philadelphia hip-hop/blues act G. Love & Special Sauce leading the way, Founders Brewing Co. is tapped and ready for downtown Grand Rapids’ biggest keg party, which could draw a record crowd of more than 6,500 on Saturday.

And amid the jammed beer tents, food vendors, local artists’ row and diverse lineup of live music on two stages – which includes Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Man Man and a half-dozen other regional and local acts – a Founders tradition will once again get that party started.

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Sheryl Crow pumps up capacity Meijer Gardens crowd with smooth shift between rock and country E-mail
by John Sinkevics

Crow2byTonyNorkusThe reinvention of a major pop star can be a tricky business.

With nine Grammy Awards, seven No. 1 singles and five platinum-selling rock/pop albums to her credit, Sheryl Crow is clearly “an A-list artist, a household name,” as Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park concert promoter Chris Mautz so aptly puts it.

So, Crow’s much-talked-about switch to Nashville sweetheart as she prepares to release her first full-fledged country album in September might seem fraught with some peril, considering her fan base is built on catchy Top 40 hits such as “Soak Up the Sun,” “All I Wanna Do” and “If It Makes You Happy.”

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Peter Frampton at Meijer Gardens E-mail
Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus stopped by Meijer Gardens June 17, 2013 with special guests Robert Cray and Steve Cropper. Photos by Paul Jendrasiak.

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Photo Gallery: Gov't Mule at Meijer Gardens E-mail
Gov't Mule visited the Meijer Gardens Amphitheater June 13, 2013. Photos by Paul Jendrasiak.

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Photos: Silversun Pickups at The Intersection E-mail
Silversun Pickups performed live at The Intersection June 12, 2013. Photo credit: Paul Jendrasiak.

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GRNow Weekly Preview June 10-16, 2013 E-mail

There is absolutely no shortage of events this week with the Griffins' pursuit of the Calder Cup, Rockford's Start of Summer Celebration, Billy Elliott The Musical, the Waterfront Film Festival, the first-ever Grand Rapids Parade of Pride, the Reeds Lake Art Fair and much, much more.

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Photos: Don Kinsey at Blues Breakers Blues Fest E-mail
On June 5, 2013, photographer Paul Jendrasiak had a chance to visit Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, to capture some pictures of Grand Rapids' own Donald Kinsey at the Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast.

Donald's had an amazing career, playing with blues great Albert King and reggae legends Bob Marley and Peter Tosh! He performed with his brothers in The Kinsey Report to open the night. Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan and Shemekia Copeland also performed during the 90 minute show.

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