Following Liberty, an interview with Steve Vai E-mail
by Jim and Jen Shaneberger

Steve Vai - photo courtesy of vai.com Despite being known as one of the most accomplished guitarists and touring the world for over 30 years, Steve Vai’s love of music and travel continue to drive him toward the next accomplishment. Some musicians would find his vigorous schedule exhausting after a while, but for Vai, it’s the path of fulfillment.

“It’s a lifestyle that I enjoy. I love traveling. I love being with the band; we’re like best friends,” Vai explained, “but, frankly, putting my fingers on the guitar and having notes come out, that’s a liberation.”

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GRNow Weekly Preview October 28-November 3, 2013 E-mail

Happy Halloween! It's time for trick-or-treating on Thursday night, plus Eastown hosts its Halloween Fun Run, the JW Marriott presents the Just Wicked Party and ghost hunters reveal their findings at Nick Fink's. Also this week: H&M opens, BaCon debuts and the Griffins are at home.

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GRNow Weekly Preview October 21-27, 2013 E-mail

Halloween is almost here! Celebrate the spooky holiday at The Zombie Dash, Movies in the Park, Dracula, The Zombie Prom Apocalypse or Halloween on Ionia. Plus, Josh Groban is at Van Andel Arena, the Griffins take on Charlotte and Local First hosts Fork Fest.

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Josh Groban at Van Andel Arena E-mail
Singer Josh Groban made a tour stop at Van Andel Arena October 22, 2013. Photos by Paul Jendrasiak.

Josh Groban

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GRNow Weekly Preview October 14-20, 2013 E-mail

Enjoy a fun mix of events this week with the return of Movies in the Park at Ah-Nab-Awen, the Griffins' home opener and championship banner-raising, The Zoo Goes Boo, Urban HayDay, plus the GR Symphony performs the music from The Legend of Zelda.

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GRNow Weekly Preview October 7-13, 2013 E-mail

As Halloween approaches, check out more fall activities this week like the Wyoming Pumpkin Path and Lowell's Harvest Celebration. Plus, a number of new events make their debut including Bark in the Dark, Grand Rapids Comic-Con and Wine & Wig.

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GRNow Weekly Preview September 30-October 6, 2013 E-mail

The ArtPrize 2013 winner gets crowned this week, plus The Haunt and Forest of Fear both open, Broadway Grand Rapids presents Jersey Boys, and Swing Dancing is back again at Rosa Parks Circle.

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New GR Symphony Series Spotlights Living Composers to Attract Younger Audiences E-mail
by John Sinkevics

GR SymphonyComposer and Colorado Symphony timpanist Bill Hill describes some of his unconventional, edgy and modern classical works as “definitely something different.”

That’s precisely the approach driving the Grand Rapids Symphony’s new Crowe Horwath MusicNOW Series – a trio of concerts in an intimate setting, spotlighting living composers who’ve created striking works that the symphony hopes can attract new and younger audiences eager to explore fresh classical music with a kick.

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