GRNow Weekly Preview November 19-25, 2012 E-mail

Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrate the holiday with special dinners, the Turkey Trot and a Comedy Jazz and R&B Bash. Plus, Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World opens at Meijer Gardens and the Griffins are in town for a pair of games.

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GRNow Weekly Preview November 12-18, 2011 E-mail

The Art Van Santa Parade on Saturday officially kicks off the holiday season around Grand Rapids, plus Carrie Underwood visits Van Andel Arena, fun. performs at Calvin, Founders celebrates 15 years and the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center welcomes Stomp.

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Welcome to the new world of live music: House concerts inspire musicians & fans in intimate settings E-mail
by John Sinkevics

The house concert revolution is here.

Earlier this month, upwards of 200 music devotees gathered over three days in the living rooms of four homes in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood to soak up the strains of more than 30 bands and solo artists – up-and-coming local talent as well as a few out-of-state acts – in ultra-personal fashion in the first-ever Lamp Light Music Festival.

birdfingersatlamplightbyrickbeerhorst While those numbers were relatively small, don’t be surprised if similar events keep popping up in dens, garages, decks, backyards and barns as serious-but-struggling musicians seek new ways to cut costs and deliver their music directly to audiences.

For many, it’s an increasingly popular method of sharing a “warm, glowing, casual encounter with the artist,” says John Hanson, a member of indie-folk’s Strawberry Heritage and a lead organizer of the Lamp Light Music Festival.

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GRNow Weekly Preview November 5-11, 2012 E-mail

Choose from a wide variety of events this week, including the Zac Brown Band and Journey at Van Andel Arena, the Veterans Day Parade, the GR .1K, Wings of Hope, restaurant openings and more.

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GRnow Weekly Preview October 29-November 4, 2012 E-mail

Happy Halloween! Trick-or-treat on Wednesday or celebrate at a number of costume parties around town. As soon as Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about the winter holidays; Beneath the Wreath kicks off the Christmas event season on Friday.

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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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