Concert Review: Eric Johnson at The Intersection E-mail
by Jim and Jen Shaneberger

Eric Johnson 2013 There was no opening act, it was simply Eric Johnson. Doors were an hour before he took the stage, and by 8pm all of the theater style seating was filled as were the high tops lining the room. The audience was a mixed group, as it was an all ages show, and several parents had brought their children. The front row was a mix of men and women ages 12-65. It felt like one big family, complete with jokes from the audience as Johnson tuned his guitar.

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GRNow Weekly Preview February 25-March 3, 2013 E-mail

The opening of 'Butterflies are Blooming' at Meijer Gardens this week and the West Michigan Home & Garden Show at DeVos Place are the first signs that spring (hopefully) isn't too far away. Also this week: Maroon 5 and Neon Trees at Van Andel Arena, 'Fiddler on the Roof' and Disney on Ice returns.

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Grammy Award Winner Eric Johnson Brings Creativity to The Intersection E-mail
by Jim and Jen Shaneberger

Eric Johnson, you’ve heard him, but you might not know who he is. His Grammy winning instrumental song Cliffs of Dover has been a staple at sporting events for over 20 years. He’s “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet”, according to Guitar Player Magazine.

Eric Johnson Luckily, he’s coming to The Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids this Sunday. We had a chance to talk with him about his life and music.

Growing up in Austin, TX was Johnson’s first break. The music scene is vibrant and thriving, and it always has been, according to Johnson. He admits he “played and played” around town until he landed his first spot on Austin City Limits in 1984, catapulting him into the national spotlight. Though rumored Prince saw the episode and recommended Warner Brothers Records sign Johnson, in truth, Johnson has never met him to verify the story. Regardless, Johnson’s 1990 album Ah Via Musicom earned platinum sales, and he continues to write, record and tour the globe.

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GRNow Weekly Preview February 18-24, 2013 E-mail

It's GR Beer Week in Beer City USA with the sold-out Winter Beer Festival and Red, White & Brews. Plus, the Jammies return to The Intersection and the Waterfront Film Festival hosts its annual Oscar Experience.

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Photos: Luke Bryan E-mail
Photos from the Journey concert at Van Andel Arena taken February 16, 2013 by Paul Jendrasiak.

Luke Bryan

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GRNow Weekly Preview February 11-17, 2013 E-mail

Happy Valentine's! Celebrate the romantic holiday with Artful Dining, a snowshoe excursion, or at the GR Ballet. Also this week: the Skin Deep Body Art Expo debuts and the Grand Rapids Boat Show returns to DeVos Place.

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100 Apartments Planned for Morton House Renovation E-mail
by GRNow.com staff

New details have been released about the future plans for Morton House. Rockford Construction is proposing to convert the empty 13-story building on the corner of Monroe Center and Ionia into 100+ market-rate residential apartments. The $27m project would also include developing the first floor into retail space.

Untitled The addition of 100 new apartments is expected to infuse approximately $2m in annual consumer spending into the core of downtown.

Built in 1922 by J. Boyd Pantlind (whose Pantlind Hotel is now part of the Amway Grand Plaza), The Morton Hotel (now House) was the last elaborate hotel constructed in downtown Grand Rapids before the Great Depression. It later became the home of Old Kent Bank before being converted into 224 affordable housing units in the 1970s. After 40 years, the building fell into disrepair and was closed in 2011.

Project planners are asking the Downtown Development Authority to grant a 10-year tax Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption for the property to help offset costs.

A start/end date for the project is not yet known.

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Photos: Journey E-mail
Photos from the Journey concert at Van Andel Arena taken February 9, 2013 by Paul Jendrasiak.

Journey

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