Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke is a legendary acoustic guitar virtuoso who has developed a cult following of fellow guitarists and fans over the span of a 30-year career of recording and performing. Blending folk, jazz, and blues influences into a signature finger-picked style of syncopated, polyphonic music, Kottke’s work pre-dated and predicted much of the New Age instrumental music movement, and is […]

Joey DeFracesco

Joey DeFrancesco is adored for his buoyant, moody sense of swing and balladry as a composer and as an organ player. DeFrancesco’s new quartet features him on the Hammond B-3—plus contributions on keyboards, trumpet and as a vocalist. Accompanying him are drummer Jason Brown, guitarist Dan Wilson and saxophonist Troy Roberts—collectively billed as “the People.” DeFrancesco has recorded and toured […]

Founders Fest Returns to Grand Rapids on June 16

Beer and music fans in Grand Rapids are likely to be looking forward to the upcoming Founders Fest 2018: A Celebration of Beer and Music. This annual event is now in it’s 11th year and will present the community with great beer and musical performances on Saturday June 16 from 3-11 PM in the Founders Tap Room. Read on to […]

Recap of Uncut, Student-Produced Documentary, “Rhythm & Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids”

On Tuesday, February 28, West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) premiered its uncut, student-produced documentary, “Rhythm and Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids.” The first premiere of the documentary drew a packed-house at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Attendees of all ages and walks-of-life attended the premiere, many of which experienced the racial […]