Tuesday Night Music Club with Mid-Life Crisis and Serita’s Black Rose

Mid-Life Crisis and Serita’s Black Rose

August 5, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mid-Life Crisis: Mixes original rock tunes with crowd pleasing, lovable favorites, and has opened for legendary bands at DeVos Hall and Van Andel Arena.

Serita’s Black Rose: A blend of funk, neo-soul, and rock, helmed by a powerful singer-songstress.

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
Member Cost: $0.00

Non-Member Cost: $12.00

Tuesday Night Music Club with Organissimo and River City Jazz Ensemble

Organissimo and River City Jazz Ensemble

July 29, 2014 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Pre-Show walk-in music with The Steve Hilger Jazz Quintet

Organissimo: An organ-based jazz trio, incorporating elements of blues, funk, gospel, and progressive-rock.

River City Jazz Ensemble: Fourteen seasoned musicians performing standard swing tunes from the 20’s through the 50’s, with influences from Glenn Miller to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; fronted by female vocalist, Kathy Wagner.

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
Member Cost: $0.00
Non-Member Cost: $12.00


Jazz at the Zoo on Mondays at John Ball Park Bandshell … 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Tonight: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).

Blue Lake Monster to present benefit concerts for Blue Lake Public Radio

“The Return of the Monster: A Night of Classic Big Band Jazz” will be presented at Stewart Shell on the evenings of Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. the Monster will be joined by acclaimed jazz vocalist Edye Evans Hyde.

The legendary Blue Lake Monster big band, last heard at camp in 2004, returns to the Stewart Shell stage on August 8 and 9. The program, beginning at 7:30 p.m. both evenings, will feature music from the bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton,
Woody Herman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Artie Shaw, and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis.

The Monster, which was the most visible symbol of Blue Lake’s jazz program from 1983 to 2004, performed annually at camp, at locations around West Michigan, and served as the house band for many artists visiting as a part of the Highlights concert series. Notable jazz artists who performed with the Monster through the years include trumpeters Marcus Belgrave, Dizzy Gillespie, Marvin Stamm, Bobby Shew, and Louis Smith; pianists Harold McKinney and Clare Fisher; drummers Butch Miles and Mel Lewis; vocalist Margaret Whiting; trombonists David
Steinmeyer, Bill Waltrous, Harry Watters, and John Fedchock; saxophonists Gary Foster and Chris Vadala; and vibraphonist Terry Gibbs.

Admission for the concerts is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Blue Lake Monster 8 8-8 9 14 Concert Website Invitation

Wisaal and Sumkali


Wisaal and Sumkali

July 15, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wisaal: Traditional Mediterranean pieces are presented alongside original compositions, with Indian and Balkan influences.

Sumkali: A fresh take on a two thousand year old tradition, specializing in the folk and fusion music of North and South India, with heavy doses of jazz and funk.

Location: Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
Member Cost: $0.00
Non-Member Cost: $12.00

The Checker Motors Corp: A Brief History

The Checker Motors Corp: A Brief History


Checker Motors survived for 87 years by finding a peculiar niche in the automotive market. They made taxicabs. With determination and cunning, by building better vehicles, and by supplying quality parts, they navigated through the Depression, multiple recessions, a World War, and various corporate shenanigans. Largely unknown, their story rivals any in American automotive history.

July 12 Saturday

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Main Library

111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503