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".

GRNow Weekly Preview June 9-15 E-mail
The week kicks off with the Whitecaps taking on the Lansing Lugnuts on Monday and Tuesday evening. The 2008 Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck begins on Thursday. Friday, Rockford begins celebrating the Start of Summer. Local First takes it to the street on Saturday with local food, bands and beer. On Sunday Charlton Park celebrates Father’s Day with a classic car show.

Rockwell's and Republic now open on South Division

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GRNow Weekly Preview June 2-8 E-mail
The week kicks off with Van Halen at Van Andel Arena and Bret Michaels' Rock of Love Tour at The Orbit Room. Festival of the Arts takes over downtown Grand Rapids Friday, Saturday and Sunday with more than 30 food vendors, 6 stages of local music and dozens of artist booths and activities.

Rockwell's and Republic now open on South Division

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