Wednesday, November 20
– Greg Miller at Mangiamo, 7-10 pm
– Tom Hagan Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30-9:30 pm
Thursday, November 21
– Robin Connell on piano at the Lumber Baron Bar, Amway Grand Plaza, 6-9 pm
– John Shea Trio at New Holland Brewing Co., 6-9 pm
INTERNATIONAL WINE, BEER AND FOOD FESTIVAL
When: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $20 ($15 advance online, $15 Thursday) DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
There literally is no other event quite like this, not even in Chicago, and connoisseurs know it. The International Wine, Beer and Food Festival — the largest wine and beer tasting event in the Midwest — boasts 1,200-plus wines, 200-plus beers, food, ciders, spirits and workshops. Four stages feature live music all three nights, including singer-songwriter Sam Corbin on the Cider House music stage, pianist Steve Talaga in the Valentine Vodka Cocktail Lounge, the Really Keely duo on the Brewer’s Loft stage, and Mark Sala, Sam & Danielle and Matt Foresman on the Grand Gallery stage.
This is billed as a premier pre-holiday event with top-shelf vintages, an expanded beer area, a new cider house and cuisine from fine restaurants offering special pairings for multi-course meals ranging from $30 to $45 per person.
The Escher String Quartet with pianist Wu Han for the kick-off of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series at St. Cecilia Music Center.
– Bill Davidson at Mangiamo, 7-10 pm
Jim Shaneberger Band at Louis Benton Steakhouse 8- 11 p.m
Moxie Strings at One Trick Pony 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 22
– Kathy Lamar and Bob Van Stee at Mangiamo, 7-10 pm
John Shea Trio at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm
The Chris Lawrence Quartet Live at The SpeakEZ Lounge
Saturday, November 23
– Steve Hilger Quintet at Louis Benton’s, 7-10 pm
– Chris Corey at Mangiamo, 7-10 pm
Mid-Life Crisis at One Trick Pony 8 p.m.
John Shea Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Rodney & The Regulars playing the Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill in Grand Rapids, 8 p.m.
This Ohio band churns out “hot hillbilly” and honky-tonk music, influenced by the likes of Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Bob Wills, Speedy West, Gene O’Quinn, Curtis Gordon and Hank Snow. Kalamazoo’s Chuck Whiting & the Tip Rail Ramblers and Indiana’s Tilford Sellers round out the bill in lively fashion. –
Sunday, November 24
– Greg Miller at the JW Marriott, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Classical Concert Series at GRAM 2:00pm
Works by Clara Schumann
Megan Crawford, violin (Grand Rapids Symphony)
Alicia Eppinga, cello (Grand Rapids Symphony Principal Cellist)
Kelly Karamanov, piano
Randy Marsh’s Jazz Jam at SpeakEZ, 7-1 0 pm