GRNow Weekly Preview October 22-28, 2012 E-mail

Halloween events are in full swing this week with tons of costume parties and spooky celebrations on Friday and Saturday. Also this week: the Mitten Brewing Company opens, Hopcat's employee appreciation day and Free Radical returns to South Division.

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Concert Preview: Dr. John & The Blind Boys of Alabama E-mail
by John Sinkevics

The historic pairing of New Orleans R&B piano icon Dr. John with the much- beloved, Grammy-winning Blind Boys of Alabama promises to unleash “spirituals to funk,” with plenty of jazz and blues in between.

drjohnhat But make no mistake: The Blind Boys of Alabama are purely and exclusively a gospel group – and have been for more than 70 years – even if their musical textures range from blues to country.

So says longtime group member Jimmy Carter, whose inspirational performances with his bandmates have captivated audiences across the world since 1939, when he was just a kid.

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GRNow Weekly Preview October 15-21, 2012 E-mail
It's a great mix of arts and Halloween events this week with Flat Stanley, the Ballet's 'Sleeping Beauty' and 'Real/Surreal' and Salvador Dali exhibits both opening at the GRAM. Plus, Thriller! Chiller! gets underway and the Zoo Goes Boo.

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Photos: Regina Spektor E-mail
Photos from the Regina Spektor concert at Calvin College taken October 15, 2012 by Paul Jendrasiak.

Regina Spektor

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Photos: Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang E-mail
Photos of Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang taken October 14, 2012 by Paul Jendrasiak at The Orbit Room.

Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang

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GRNow Weekly Preview October 8-14, 2012 E-mail
The Griffins open up their home season at Van Andel Arena this week, plus 'Thank you, BEER!' opens at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Rockford Harvest Festival continues and WMEAC introduces the Urban Cycling Extravaganza.

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GRNow Weekly Preview October 1-7, 2012 E-mail
October gets underway with Pulaski Days, the final week of ArtPrize, Rascall Flatts, Ingrid Michaelson, the opening of more haunted attractions like Nights of Fear, the Fall Parade of Homes and much more.

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GRNow Weekly Preview September 24-30, 2012 E-mail
Another gigantic week of events includes the continuation of ArtPrize, along with Oktoberfest, Style Battle, the Wurst Festival Ever, the Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race, the opening of The Haunt and much more.

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