Mexicains Sans Frontieres hosts BRAD FRITCHER + TROIS and CHRIS LAWRENCE QUARTET

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Brad Fritcher + trois


When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Admission: $10
Where: Mexicains Sans Frontieres, 120 S. Division Ave. #226, Grand Rapids

If you’re looking for riveting jazz by some up-and-coming West Michigan players, look no further than this double bill taking place Saturday night in Hugo Claudin’s intimate venue, Mexicains Sans Frontieres. The award-winning Brad Fritcher + trois, which is already preparing to record its second album after just forming as a band early this year, will perform along with fast-emerging trumpeter Chris Lawrence and his quartet. Two sets in a BYOB affair.


Music and Musings November 19- 24, 2013

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


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

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

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

SpeakEZ Lounge - Grand Rapids, MI

 Randy Marsh’s Jazz Jam at SpeakEZ,  7-1 0 pm

2013 Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival – See more at:

An annual pre-holiday event! Now in its 6th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier event for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers and spirits. From the connoisseur who lives and breathes for the finer things in life to the novice looking for an introduction to the world of food and spirits, the International Wine, Beer & Food Festival will deliver a grand experience that is sure to please every palette. –

Tanglefoot Artists Open Studio Event

The annual Tanglefoot Artists Open Studio Event celebrates its 22nd Anniversary on Friday, November 22 and Sunday, November 24, 2013.  Artists exhibiting their work this year are Carlos Aceves, Tommy Allen, Jeff Condon, Steff Condon, Elaine Dalcher, Gretchen Deems, Dinderbeck Artists, Alynn Guerra, Jason Villareal and Nikki Wall.

Throughout the building studios are sprinkled with diverse offerings in art from paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, t-shirts, greeting cards, and even handmade apparel.  Each year brings a new experience for our guests, as the artists take pride in showing their latest work. Tanglefoot is Handicap Accessible (Door M). Please see the doorman upon check in.

Tanglefoot Building


314 Straight Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
General access: Door K
Handicap access: Door M



Friday, November 22nd 5 PM – 10 PM
Sunday, November 24th Noon – 5 PM

Broadway Grand Rapids Presents “West Side Story”

More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. This revival, based on Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” As the Associated Press says, WEST SIDE STORY remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.”

Event Site:

Opens tonight at 7:30 p.m.