Flooding Update - April 18, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. E-mail
The City of Grand Rapids just hosted a press conference with the Red Cross and Salvation Army with updates concerning the latest flood-related issues.

Currently, the Grand River is at 18.2 ft and is expected to crest on Sunday at 24.8 ft, less than a foot below 100 year levels. The flood wall downtown expected to hold up to 26 ft, so officials at this point don't believe the Grand will flow over that.

The GR waste water treatment facility has been sandbagged with a four foot high berm. Pumps have been installed at key locations to minimize back flow.

The Red Cross has set up shelters in Wyoming and Ionia, and will add more in Lowell, Kentwood and Alpine. The Salvation Army will have mobile canteens with food, water and blankets ready.

Grand Rapids Mayor Heartwell has requested citizens to minimize water usage until Monday. The City will have updates daily at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

You can report flooding conditions to the City at 456-3232.

GRNow Weekly Preview April 15-21, 2013 E-mail

Coming up this week: the GR Symphony presents Cirque Mechanics, the Griffins host their last regular season game, Monte's presents PROM and the downtown museums will have free admission on Sunday.


Record-breaking 2013 Meijer Gardens concert series boasts 30 shows E-mail
by John Sinkevics

sherylcrow2 If West Michigan concertgoers thought last year’s hectic 25-show lineup at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park was impressive, the 2013 summer series is over the top.

With returning stars Steve Miller, Umphrey’s McGee, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Lovett, Los Lobos and Peter Frampton joining first-timers Sheryl Crow, Dwight Yoakam, Harry Connick Jr., The Beach Boys, Michael Franti and Grizzly Bear, Meijer Gardens has booked a record 30 summer concerts at the amphitheater, starting with a June 3 show by legendary bluesman B.B. King.

GRNow Weekly Preview April 8-14, 2013 E-mail

See the work of 300+ local artists on Friday evening as Art.Downtown. and SiTE:LAB return, plus the Griffins get ready to close out their season, Henry Rollins visit the Orbit Room and the Whitecaps continue their homestand.


GRNow Weekly Preview April 1-7, 2013 E-mail

April kicks off with the Whitecaps' Opening Day, spring break events for kids and Kid Rock at Van Andel Arena.


Anger For Life: Interview with Henry Rollins E-mail
by Jim and Jen Shaneberger

HRpress1 Henry Rollins put his rock bands, Black Flag and the Rollins Band, to bed. In fact, he’s moved on from music entirely.

“I felt like year five at the university and everyone was looking at me like ‘Dude, shouldn’t you be getting a life?’,” Rollins explained, “At one point, I no longer thought musically. I no longer wanted to write a song. I could do it mechanically, but my heart wouldn’t be in it because I just don’t process information in a lyrical fashion anymore.”

So, after 25 years, he left the module and went out into deep space to see what would happen to him, “without the tether of music.”

To his delight, the offers rolled in for radio, voice over, acting, television, documentary and writing opportunities. We interviewed him on a Monday, and he admitted wondering how he would get to Friday without his head exploding.

Photos: Kid Rock at Van Andel Arena E-mail
Photos from the Kid Rock concert at Van Andel Arena taken April 3, 2013 by Paul Jendrasiak.

Kid Rock

Jimmie Stagger's Sunday night HopCat blues jams drawing hot Grand Rapids players, devoted fans E-mail
by John Sinkevics

JimmieStaggersmall@HopCatbyJohnSinkevics (2) (640x480) With stellar players and singers sitting in every Sunday night, it’s quickly become the “who’s who” destination of West Michigan’s elite and up-and-coming blues musicians.

The HopCat Sunday Night Blues Jam with Jimmie Stagger started in late February at the downtown tavern with modest hopes and great potential -- and indications are, it’s already grown into one of the city’s most popular attractions for blues fans and performers.

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