GRNow Weekly Preview June 25 - July 1, 2012 E-mail
Plenty of chances to catch live outdoor music this week with the Electric Forest Festival, Emmylou Harris, Gov't Mule & Rufus Wainwright at Meijer Gardens, Jazz at the Zoo, Blues on the Mall and more.

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Recent:
*Announced: New restaurant Time Out GR to open July 10
*Announced: Rascal Flatts at Van Andel Arena Oct. 6
*GR Children's Museum will unveil new secret exhibit in July
*Trillium Haven restaurant shooting for July 6 opening
*Get ambushed by colored dust at The Color Run 5K
*Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks details announced


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GRNow/WZZM 13 Flipcam Video Series: Brush Studio in EGR E-mail
Josh from GRNow interviews Lisa Jabara, owner of the new Brush Studio in East Grand Rapids.



 
On the year's hottest night, Gov’t Mule cooks up one of most compelling Meijer Gardens concerts ever E-mail
by John Sinkevics

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.”

band3 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.

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GRNow Weekly Preview June 18-24, 2012 E-mail
The lineup of big June events continues this week with Founders Fest, Line Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle, Blues on the Mall, Eastown's Bizarre Bazaar, the first-time Riverside Date Night and much more.

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Recent:
*GR Children's Museum will unveil new secret exhibit in July
*Cool Off at the Kroc Center's Slip and Slide free on special days
*Photo sneak previewBrush Studio in EGR
*Wake Wars Canceled
*Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith at Rock the Rapids
*Trillium Haven restaurant shooting for July 6 opening
*Get ambushed by colored dust at The Color Run 5K
*Amway 4th of July Family Fireworks details announced
*The Queen's Pub in Eastown to become Radix Tavern


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GRNow/WZZM 13 Flipcam Video Series: blue boutique E-mail
Josh from GRNow interviews Jill Wallace from Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids about their new boutique store called 'blue' in downtown Grand Rapids.



 
2012 July 4th Fireworks Guide E-mail
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.

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Grand Rapids Welcomes Back Al Green E-mail
by Jim and Jen Shaneberger

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.

Al Green 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.

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GRNow Weekly Preview June 11-17, 2012 E-mail
Another gigantic week of events includes the all-new T-Rex Fest, the Reeds Lake Clothesline Art Festival, SiTE:LAB, the Bissell Blocktail Party, Pride Festival, Walker Festival and much more.

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