Muskegon Draws Big-Name Headliners for Summer Celebration E-mail
Eleven days of entertainment will make the shores of Muskegon Lake come alive starting Thursday, June 26 for the Muskegon Summer Celebration. Over 20 national acts, along with local bands, are expected to attract over 600,000 people to this one-of-a kind festival.

Headlining entertainment includes names such as Johnny Lang June 28 at 7:30 pm, REO Speedwagon July 1 at 9 pm, Montgomery Gentry July 2 at 8:30 pm, and Switchfoot July 5 at 8:30 pm. Along with Hinder, Joe Cocker, and Finger Eleven, these bands will be featured on the Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge Main Stage.

GRNow Weekly Preview June 30-July 6 E-mail
John Mayer, Lil Jon, Dave Matthews Band, Snoop Dogg, Monica, Sammy Hagar, Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, Montgomery Gentry, Ashanti. Those are just some of the big names scheduled to perform this weekend at Muskegon Summer Celebration, Floyd Mayweather's Retirement Party and Rothbury. The incredible lineup of events set for Grand Rapids and West Michigan also includes the Centennial Wireless Family Fireworks at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, more than a dozen other fireworks displays and parades in places like Kentwood, Cascade, Rockford and Holland and the Whitecaps end their Friday contest with a fireworks show of their own at Fifth Third Ballpark

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GRNow Weekly Preview June 23-29 E-mail
Muskegon Summer Celebration kicks off this week with a musical lineup that includes Steve Miller Band, Sean Kingston, Miranda Lambert, Blue Oyster Cult and Seether. Blues on the Mall continues Wednesday and Young Jeezy and Rick Ross perform at The DeltaPlex Saturday. Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character for the Whitecaps game Saturday and stick around for the post-game fireworks show.

- Skelletones has closed its doors and is now for sale. The owner is looking for someone new to purchase the property and keep the local music venue alive. Click here for more details.

Annual Clothesline Art Festival Expands for 2008 E-mail
East Grand Rapids will host the 43rd Annual Reeds Lake Clothesline Art Festival Saturday, June 21st from 9am-5pm. The free event will boast 166 booths containing a variety of mediums including pottery, oil paintings and jewelry.

More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the outdoor festival and a record number of booths will line Wealthy Street and Lakeside Drive next to John Collins Park. Parking is available near the old Jacobson's on Bagley Street. Water, ice cream and other snacks will be set up near the football field for festival attendees.

First Year for Founders Fest E-mail
Join in the celebration as Founders Brewery hosts its inaugural festival from 3-11pm on Saturday, June 21. Grandville Avenue between Williams and Bartlett will be blocked off for a day of beer, food and music that the brewery has aptly named Founders Fest.

The outdoor event will feature seven local and regional bands on the center stage beginning at 3 pm, and the lineup includes Grand Rapids' own Oracle, Chance Jones, UV Hippo, Total Blam Blams and Winter/Sessions. Muskegon's Four Finger Five and headliner, Chicago Afro-beat Project, will end the festival.

GRNow Weekly Preview June 16-22 E-mail
Founders Brewing highlights another weekend of festivals with its first-ever outdoor celebration of beer and music Saturday. B93's Birthday Bash in Ionia will have top country acts both Saturday and Sunday and Grand Rapids' southeast side will have both the Reeds Lake Clothesline Art Festival and Eastown Bizarre Bazaar.

Rockwell's and Republic now open on South Division

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40th Annual Rockford Start of Summer Celebration E-mail
The Rockford Start of Summer Celebration runs June 13-15 and features carnival rides, food, games, contests, crafts, music, beer tent, and much more. Don't miss the parade Saturday at 11am and fireworks starting at dusk Saturday night. Also be sure to check out Karaoke Friday night at the Pavilion and the Bedlam in Rockford Bed Race starting at 1pm Sunday on Bridge Street. Free admission and shuttle service to downtown Rockford.

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Fifth Annual Street Party Celebrates Local Fare E-mail
Local restaurants, musicians, and beer are the focus of the Local First Street Party taking place Saturday, June 14 in front of Bistro Bella Vita. The largest local party in the Midwest is expected to draw over 12,000 this year alone. The free celebration starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until midnight at the corner of Weston and Grandville in downtown Grand Rapids.

Seven local restaurants will provide entrees and sample menu items for $1-$5, including Ritz Koney Island, Don Rafav's Mexican Restaurant and Erika's. Several local bands are lined up including Mighty Narwhale at 5-6 pm, Lynn Thompson Band at 6:30-7:30pm, Chance Jones at 8-9pm, and La Familigia from 9:30-Midnight. Founder's Brewing returns for the fifth year, this time with their own specially crafted "Local First Street Party Brew".

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