Tenth Year for Taste of Grand Rapids E-mail
Area restaurants from Johnny Carino's to GoJo Ethiopian Cuisine will set up at John Ball Park July 25th through 26th for the 10th annual Taste of Grand Rapids. Admission is free to the event which includes the barbeque championship tradition with Great Lakes BBQ & Feed Company defending their title. Local bands will also be performing throughout the weekend with The System (Bob Seger Tribute Band) headlining on Saturday at 8 pm.

Tasting starts at 3 pm on Friday for restaurants such as Bella Mia Pizzeria, Spinnaker, Cafe San Juan, Famous Dave's and much more. Food samples from these eateries are $1 to $5. Alcohol will be available to help wash the samples down. Saturday tasting starts earlier at 11 am and continues all day.

GRNow Weekly Preview July 7-13 E-mail
Frederik Meijer Gardens continues its Summer Concert Series this week with Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi on Wednesday and the sold-out Lyle Lovett performance on Thursday. The Whitecaps return to Fifth Third Ballpark for six games, including Saturday's contest with Peoria that will be followed by fireworks. The Berlin Fair and Lowell Riverwalk Festival take place this weekend.

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Weekend of Entertainment at First Annual Rothbury Festival E-mail
More than 80 bands from Four Finger Five to Snoop Dog will be coming to the Double J Ranch July 3-6 for the first annual Rothbury Festival. Live music, panels, and even circus performances will be within walking distance from on-site camping and lodging areas. Tickets are available only for the entire weekend in keeping with Rothbury's goal of providing a live music community.

It will all begin Thursday evening at 6:30 pm with Underground Orchestra. Friday has Snoop Dog at 4:15 pm and Modest Mouse at 7 pm with bands playing until the early morning hours. Saturday features The Dresden Dolls at 3:30 pm at Sherwood Court and Dave Matthews Band at 9 pm at The Odeum. John Mayer and Colbie Caillat headline Sunday at the Ranch Arena with concerts at 6:45 and 5pm, respectively.

2008 July 4th Fireworks Guide E-mail
Celebrate America's 232nd year of independence with fireworks at more than a dozen Grand Rapids and West Michigan locations July 3rd and 4th. Highlights:

Downtown Grand Rapids - Get there early for the 2008 Centennial Wireless Family Fireworks Friday, July 4 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park on the shores of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. Opening ceremony starts at 5 p.m. with a Native American Drum and Dance Troupe. Other highlights include music from La Famiglia and The Katinas and segments with the Free Beer and Hot Wings morning show at 8:10 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

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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.

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