Reeds Lake Art Festival

Reeds Lake Art Festival

For nearly 50 years, the Reeds Lake Art Festival has brought hundreds of artists together in East Grand Rapids to showcase and sell their works of art. This year’s festival will be9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, rain or shine. Presented by the Grand Valley Artists Association, the festival will feature a selection of paintings, oil, watercolor, acrylic, pottery, jewelry and photography by artists from all over the country.

Due to road construction on Lakeside Drive SE, the festival will be held entirely on Wealthy Street. The festival entrance will begin at Wealthy and Lakeside, and continue up to Croswell Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. More information at



Jazz at the Zoo Series

John Ball Zoo Park

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m 

Every Monday Night Through August 11th

Bring a chair or a blanket or come early to get a picnic table. Several vendors will be on hand to sell a variety of food items. 
You are welcome to bring your own as well. Listen, dance, eat and drink. But most of all, come and enjoy some of the great music West Michigan performers have to offer. FREE!!!


Jazz at the Zoo

June 2014

23 – Wonderland Jazz Ensemble

Tom Elferdink

Led by composer/saxophonist Tom Elferdink, they have recently released their first CD, A Wish, which is garnering rave reviews. This dynamic group blends traditional jazz with original composition and innovative arrangements. (Ken Morgan-reeds, Eric Thorne – piano, Jeff Beaven – bass, Larry Ochiltree – drums).

30 – Max Colley III Sextet

Max Colley III

Max Colley III is West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2014 Jazz Musician of the year. This multi-award winning, multi-instrument playing bundle of talent will lead this sextet and bring to our stage some of the nation’s finest musicians. All the members are on the summer faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Featured on piano is Dan Karlsberg from Cincinnati, Ohio, on bass is Steve Whipple living in NYC, John Hill on drums, from the Detroit area David Jensen on trombone and James Hughes on saxophones. 


JULY 2014

 Blue Monk Jazz

7 – Bluemonk Jazz

Performing since 2009, the group specializes in the American Songbook, Bebop, Latin jazz, and jazz funk. They are committed to both preserving and exploring jazz idioms. The group is led by vocalist Susan Morris who is a professor of Philosophy at Ferris State University. (Carlos Melendez-guitar, Matt Moresi – keyboard, Mark Weymouth – drums, Rob Smith – saxes, trumpet and flugelhorn).

 Big Band Nouveau


14 – Big Band Nouveau

A newer big band on the Grand Rapids scene, this 16 piece group’s musical presentation is a continuation of hard bop and modern mainstream jazz. Their library material covers a variety of very modern jazz styles including some Latin along with original compositions and arrangements written by some of the musicians in the band.

 River Rogues


21 – The River Rogues Jazz Band

This is a toe-tapping, crowd pleasing, high energy Dixieland band that combines world class musical artistry with good “old school” professional showmanship.  Jim Everhart founded the group in 1996. The River Rogues invigorates the spirit of the traditional New Orleans sound and showcases a Dixie-jazz collaborative that is enjoyed by both the seasoned and casual listener.

  Checkers Morton

28 – Checkers Morton

This venerable band of brothers has been playing music together for forty years and will present their original world and free music. (Dave Collee – bass, Dan Giacobassi – saxes and flute, Jim Beegle-trumpet, flute and congas, Bob VanStee – keys, and a newer addition is Steve Harris – drums).



 The Rad Pack

4 – Mary Rademacher and the Rad Pack

Featuring the energetic Mary Rademacher Reed on vocals, dancing and shenagins, this group has played together for over 20 years, their tight harmonies and stage presence creates not only great music but an entertaining and fun experience. (Mark Kahny – keys, vocals and bass, Timothy P. Johnson- drums and vocals, Michael Lutley on saxes & flute. Alex Johnson will join the band for a few special guitar renditions.

 GR Jazz Orchestra

 11 – The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra

Founded in 1977 by the late Bruce Early, this premier jazz ensemble has been featuring some of the area’s finest musicians for the past 35 years. Led by Mr. Bob Nixon, they play swinging original compositions and arrangements as well as traditional favorites. It has become tradition that they close the zoo season!

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Join us for a free movie underneath the stars in Downtown Grand Rapids! Movies will be held at Ah-Nab-Awen Park located in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Pre-show activities start at 7 pm and the movie will begin at dusk.


Starring: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

Paramount Pictures: Directed by Randal Kleiser

Rated PG-13; 110 minutes; 1978

Ah-Nab-Awen Park located in front of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Kathy Lamar sings at Bar Divani, Tuesday, June 17th @ 7:00 p.m.


Vocalist Kathy Lamar sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul, and pop hits and delights audiences with her powerful voice and infectious laugh.

Kathy Lamar grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and in 1980, she moved to Las Vegas to sing with her friend Tex Richardson. During her 30-year career in Las Vegas, she also sang backup and duos with such famous musicians as Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Lola Falana, and Robert Guillaume.

Lamar’s beautiful voice has also been heard in other countries. Since the early 1990s, she’s performed for several months at a time in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

She’s now returned to Grand Rapids where she performs with various local musicians. Kathy Lamar says her shows are like a blind date –– because you never know what you’re going to get. One minute, you might hear a Sting or Bob Marley tune, and the next, an Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday song. Her powerful voice and infectious laugh keeps audiences coming back for more.

Bar Divani

15 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503


The Aquinas College 2014 Summer Jazz Camp Presents Faculty Jam

The Aquinas College 2014 Summer Jazz Camp Presents Faculty Jam

Wednesday, June 18th 
7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall
Camper Concert

Friday, June 20th 
2:00 p.m.
Jazz Combos
Rehearsal Hall and Kretschmer Recital Hall

3:00 p.m.
Big Bands and Ensembles
Kretschmer Recital Hall

Both Concerts are FREE and open for all to attend!

Jimmy Scott – I Cried For You

James Victor “Jimmy” Scott (July 17, 1925 – June 12, 2014), also known as “Little” Jimmy Scott, was an American jazz vocalist famous for his unusually high contralto voice, which was due to Kallmann’s syndrome, a very rare genetic condition.

The condition stunted his growth at four feet eleven inches until, at the age of 37, he grew another 8 inches to the height of five feet seven inches. The condition prevented him from reaching puberty, leaving him with a high, undeveloped voice.