The headlines could say it in so many different ways.
“Gov’t Mule really kicked it Thursday night.”
“The Mule had fans braying for more.”
“Warren Haynes – and the sun – turned up the heat on a sweltering summer evening.”
Puns aside, Gov’t Mule and its diehard fan base worked up quite the sweat on Thursday in the band’s first-ever appearance at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, bringing blues-tilted rock and dazzling musicianship to the outdoor amphitheater on the absolute hottest night of the year.
Celebrate America's independence with fireworks, parades and special events in Grand Rapids and around West Michigan. All activities take place Wednesday, July 4, 2012 unless noted. Highlights:
Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks - Fireworks will once again return to Ah-Nab-Awen Park at dusk. A parade will kick things off at 5 p.m. at the corner of Monroe & Lyon, followed by entertainment and live music on the Ah-Nab-Awen stage until dusk. All events are free.
Grandville - A packed day of events to celebrate America's independence includes the parade on Wilson Ave at 11 a.m., chainsaw wood carving, a skydiving exhibition, live music, food booths and fireworks at dusk over the Middle School.
Holland - The Celebration Freedom Festival at Kollen Park starts at noon on Wednesday with children's inflatables, games, food vendors, an ice cream social, an animal display and fireworks at dusk.
Reverend Al Green holds a special place in the heart of Grand Rapidians because for a few years in the mid-50’s and 60’s, we claimed him as our own.
This soulful R&B giant sold out the picturesque Frederik Meijer Gardens, and packed in a diverse crowd ranging in age from mid-thirties to sixties. Though rain early in the day gave ticket holders a scare, by showtime the 1900-seat amphitheater was a sea of lawn chairs and blankets.
With his start time scheduled for 8pm, the crowd began to get antsy at ten after. They clapped in unison in an effort to coax the band to the stage. As if to build anticipation, the majority of the band hung just barely out of sight by the side stage until they finally kicked off at 8:25pm.