Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Local Spins Sneak Peek: Grand Haven braces for Season Two of "Music at the Museum" series

By Matt Marn

Published by Local Spins August 10, 2016

It all started with a little red house.

Locally organized concerts have helped put Grand Haven on the musical map, thanks in large part to the Red House Concert Series and the wildly successful first season of Music at the Museum, held at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in downtown Grand Haven.

Now the museum staff, together with organizers of the Music at the Museum series, are ready to play the second verse of this hit song they have written, together with the announcement of another edition of the popular concert series.

Read more on the announcement, as well as the season schedule, on the full Local Spins article!

Local Spins Sneak Peek: Diana Ross hits all the right notes for passionate crowd at Meijer Gardens

By Matt Marn

Published by Local Spins July 26, 2016

Long before the gates opened early at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on Monday to usher in the capacity crowd of fans, ticket holders understood they were in for something special.

They knew that the Queen of Motown, Diana Ross, was not far away.

And part of that royal family - Ross' daughter, Rhonda Ross - opened the concert, starting with a rendition of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly with His Song," accompanied by a band and backing vocalists.

"I am so thrilled to be here as a part of my mother's show," she told the crowd during a short set that included a few songs from "In Case You Haven't Heard," her latest album. "I've learned, it doesn't matter what's going on around me, only I can decide how I feel."

Rhonda said she considers herself a social artist, one who uses her music to help make people think and add to the social conversation. She began a lively, upbeat jazzy tempo medley, including another favorite, "You've Got the Best of My Love," which had much of the audience clapping along with her music.

By the time she left the stage, the crowd already was cheering eagerly for the main performer of the evening to take the floor. As the band came out to take their places, fans rose to their feet, clapping for her grand entrance.

Read more about Ross' grand entrance and Meijer Gardens show at the full article on Local Spins!

Local Spins Sneak Peek: Old Crow Medicine Show turns Meijer Gardens amphitheater into backyard party

By Matt Marn

Published by Local Spins July 15, 2016

From the very first song, Old Crow Medicine Show set the bar high.

The bluegrass/folk/country band's headlining set thursday night at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park captivated young and old alike in the sold-out amphitheater, including longtime fans wearing shirts from tours and shows past and children enjoying their first concert of many to come.

After an opening acoustic set from Alabama songwriter duo Secret Sisters, Old Crow Medicine Show jumped right in with a fast, upbeat tempo, getting the crowd cheering from the get go. Trading bluesy solos from one instrument to the next, the group members seemed to feed off the member who played before them, then build on it as the song flew on.

Read the full article about the concert at Local Spins!