ZZ Top at Rock the Rapids E-mail
ZZ Top wrapped up the 2013 edition of Rock the Rapids Thursday night, August 22. Photos by Paul Jendrasiak.



ZZ Top

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 19-25, 2013 E-mail

It's a busy week with the Metro Cruise, Rock the Rapids, Yassou! Greek Festival, Polish Festival, the new Backyard Bourbon & BBQ event, the Green Gala, Anchorman at Ah-Nab-Awen Park and more.

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Daughtry & Lifehouse at Rock the Rapids E-mail
Daughtry and Lifehouse were the headliners Wednesday night, August 21, at Rock the Rapids. Check out Paul Jendrasiak's photos from the concert.



Daughtry LifeHouse

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GRNow Weekly Preview August 12-18, 2013 E-mail

It's Restaurant Week, plus Movies in the Park continues with Back the Future, Danish Festival returns to Greenville and GRandJazzFest is back at Rosa Parks Circle.

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Morton House Redevelopment E-mail
Details are out regarding the proposed redevelopment of the Morton House located at Monroe Center and Ionia Ave NW. The new owners of the 13-story building plan to convert the structure into more than 100 market-rate residential apartments, along with ground floor retail. Here's a look at the text from the memorandum sent to the Downtown Development Authority:

"The Morton House (also known as the Morton Hotel) was constructed by J. Boyd Pantlind in 1922. The building was the last elaborate hotel built in Downtown Grand Rapids prior to the Great Depression. In addition to the hotel, the building was also home to Kent State Bank, which would later become Old Kent Bank. During the 1970s, the building was renovated and the hotel portion of the building was converted into 224 affordable housing units. During this same time period, Kent State Bank relocated their offices to 111 Lyon St NW as a part of the cityís urban renewal program. For approximately 40 years the Morton House Apartments provided Section 8 housing opportunities to residents in the downtown area. Due to a lack of maintenance and mismanagement, the building fell into disrepair and closed in 2011.

The building was recently purchased by 55 Ionia Partners, LLC, and the new owner is now proposing to convert the existing 13-story, 170,000 square-foot structure into
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GRNow Weekly Preview August 5-11, 2013 E-mail

Circle Theatre presents Boeing-Boeing this week, plus Coopersville Summerfest and the Kent County Youth Fair open, Garrison Keillor and Owl City visit Meijer Gardens and Artful Dining pays tribute to MadMen.

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Photo Gallery: Phil Anselmo E-mail
Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo visited The Intersection August 7, 2013 as part of his solo tour. Photos by Paul Jendrasiak.



Phil Anselmo

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Grizzly Bear brings prog-folk vibe to surprisingly small but exuberant crowd at Meijer Gardens E-mail
by John Sinkevics

grizzbear-4-webThere were moments Saturday night when the alluring beauty of Grizzly Bearís ultra-pleasing harmonies meshed oh-so perfectly with the ultra-loveliness of the lush setting of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Indeed, the New York indie-rock bandís debut at the outdoor amphitheater was nothing if not a sumptuous and near-perfect display of boundary-pushing folk, prog-rock, psychedelia and artsiness Ė in other words, everything the ardent crowd of mostly younger fans expected on a magnificent summer evening.

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