EGR’s 8th Annual Harmony for Humanity Concert

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
7:30 p.m. in the EGR Performing Arts Center

East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center

2211 Lake Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

The East Grand Rapids High School Orchestra will share the stage with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and Aquinas College Chamber Strings in a concert dedicated to Daniel Pearl World Music Days. The annual event brings together thousands of people from around the world to celebrate the power of music to unite people and focus on our common humanity rather than the differences that set us apart. Join us for a great evening of entertainment and collaboration!

There is no admission fee. A free will offering will be collected to benefit music therapy programs of The Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell.

Jazz Coming to Monday Night at the BOB!

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October 27th

The B.O.B.

20 Monroe Ave NW / Grand Rapids, MI 49503

6:30- 8:30 pm

$5.00 for members and students and $10.00 for non-members.

Petra van Nuis & The Andy Brown Trio with bassist Joe Policastro & drummer Bob Rummage

Petra van Nuis (pronounced Pay-tra van Nouse) is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist who has been described in Downbeat Magazine as having “a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence.”

A Chicagoan since 2003, Petra sings at all the finest jazz venues in town including the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, Katerina’s, Andy’s Jazz Club, Fitzgerald’s, the City Winery, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Along with six other Chicago jazz artists, she was nominated for the “Best Jazz Entertainer 2013” for the 33rd Annual Chicago Music Awards.

Germany’s Jazzpodium Magazine hails Petra’s fourteen year musical collaboration with her husband, guitarist Andy Brown, as “a magical musical dialogue, which can only partially be described as blind understanding.” Festival highlights for the duo include Joe Boughton’s Chautauqua Jazz Party and the Gorinchem Jazz Festival (Holland’s oldest jazz festival). Petra and Andy’s romantic style has been enjoyed in intimate club settings around the country including Shanghai Jazz (Madison, NJ), Night Town (Cleveland,OH), the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (Saugatuck, MI), and the Blue Wisp Jazz Club (Cincinnati, OH). Several European tours have brought the duo to Germany (Jazzhaus Heidelberg, Le Pirate, Jazz Club Neustadt, Jazz Club 77, Musikhaus Birlkehof) to the Netherland’s (Stichting Jazz Zevenbergen) and to Belgium (Jazz Cafe Hopper). With the re-release of their 2009 critically acclaimed CD Far Away Places on Japan’s Muzak label, Petra and Andy continue to spread their swinging sounds far and wide.

Petra and Andy often augment their duo with bassist Joe Policastro and drummer Bob Rummage forming the Petra van Nuis Quartet. In addition to Chicago performances, the quartet frequently tours the Midwest having played for the West Michigan Jazz Society (Grand Rapids, MI), Polyrhytms (Davenport,IA), the Firefly Jazz Club (Ann Arbor, MI), the Wilson Center for the Arts (Milwaukee, WI), the Detroit Institute for the Arts (Detroit, MI), and headlined the 32nd Michelob Women In Jazz Festival (Dayton, OH).


As a jazz singer, Petra’s unique and expressive phrasing gives her an instantly identifiable sound, and sets her happily apart from the crowd. Within one bar, you know it’s her, and you want to hear more! Much of Petra’s “own voice” comes from her intrinsically pure vision of how to sing lyrics – how to “speak” them, while choosing the perfect notes and length of phrase to convey meaning and musicality. Her improvisational excursions on the melody are born of a true jazz stylist, one with sophisticated taste and a genuine respect for the material. Petra lets us in on a candid and intimate view of her emotions, while always maintaining a sense of vivacious hopefulness. Sensuous, winsome and adorably hip, Petra’s delectable delivery of songs brings us the tantalizing flavors of Astrud Gilberto and Blossom Dearie in a young and appealing new voice.Chicago’s “first lady of jazz” Judy Roberts (excerpt from liner notes to “Far Away Places”)


Opera Grand Rapids 2014-2015 Season Presents Carmen


Now is the season to welcome the Opera Grand Rapids production of Carmen.  Georges Bizet’s Carmen is a drama of love and jealousy, and is one of the most loved and well known of all operas.  The Opera Grand Rapids production of Carmen features over 50 adult and youth chorus singers, with the Grand Rapids Symphony, and stars Ginger Costa-Jackson, from the Metropolitan Opera, in the title role.

Presented at DeVos Performance Hall
7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 & Nov. 1, 2014
Presented in French with English titles

Conducted by Robert Lyall             Directed by Candace Evans

Buy Carmen Tickets

Opera Grand Rapids Box Office: 616.451.2741, ext. 3. For more information about this performance, visit the Carmen page.

***Note:  There is not a fat lady in this production, but still a great opera!


WGVU’s Food, Wine & All That Jazz


The premier wine & beer tasting event of the fall will happen this Friday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to sample from over 400 of the best wines and beers from all around North America, and speak with experts at every table.  It’s time for WGVU’s Food, Wine & All That Jazz presented by D&W Fresh Market!  Your single ticket price includes all of this, plus an assortment of gourmet food selections and live jazz music by Greg Miller, plus you can order your favorite beer and wine at a 20 – 40% discount at the event.

When: Friday, October 24 from 7:30 – 10:00pm

Where: Grand Rapids Public Museum

Tickets are just $50 per person by calling 1-800-442-2771 online at or at any D&W Fresh Market Store.  Tickets are $60 at the door (if available).

Food, Wine & All That Jazz is a fundraising event in support of WGVU Public Media.

For complete event details, visit

New Hope Baptist Church 80th Church Anniversary


New Hope Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI is celebrating its 80th Church Anniversary, and they invite the community to join them for a special anniversary concert on Saturday, October 25th.

The host emcee for the evening is Henry Sapp aka the Doctor of Comedy. Jessica Reedy, runner up in Season 2 of BET’s hit show, Sunday’s Best, will be ministering in song for the evening. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Doors open at 7:30PM and the concert begins at 8PM. #newhope80gala

  • New Hope Baptist Church 130 Delaware Street SW
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507

For more information, email or call 616.452-4278.

Acoustic Café Folk Series @ St. Cecilia Music Center


Acoustic Café Folk Series, 7:30 pm, Oct. 23

St. Cecilia Music Center

24 Ransom NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503,

Phone 616.459.2224

Known as radio’s best international showcase for new music, the Acoustic Café Radio show is in its 20th year of syndication. St. Cecilia Music Center is proud to partner with Acoustic Café to bring nationally touring folk artists to the Royce Auditorium Stage.

Spotlighting new artists and legends of acoustic music, the weekly two-hour radio show includes live performances and insightful interviews by its host Rob Reinhart.


Ralston Bowles has been a fixture of the western Michigan music scene since 1970. Bowles, known as the Dean of the West Michigan music scene, has built a reputation for discovering new talent and bringing musicians together in interesting and unique forums.

As a testament, Ralston’s writing has garnered prizes from American Songwriter Magazine, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Country Music Television, Unisong, International Song Competition and Kerrville New Folk. In his travels, Ralston has been asked to open and sometimes play with musical luminaries of the grandest sort, including Shawn Colvin, T-Bone Burnett, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

Doors Open at 7 pm

Tickets are just $25 –

Post-concert reception with the artists.

Ralston Bowles

The Accidentals

Phil Madeira

Dan Rickabus (The Crane Wives)

Mike Lynch

Michael Fracasso

Milo Birch

Good times…


Thriller Chiller


Thriller! Chiller! was recognized as one of the Top 20 Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festivals by Moviemaker Magazine. Oct 22-25, 2014, the 4 Day, 5 Venue festival will screen 40 international independent movies in the genres of action, horror, sci-fi, and suspense.


*Night of the Living Dead

*Texas Chainsaw Massacre (40th anniversary screening!)

*Tim Burton’s “Batman” (25th anniversary screening!)


*HG Wells “Things to Come”

* “Carnival of Souls” with live orchestration by the Andrew Alden Ensemble

Venues hosting programming:

* UICA as festival hub and main theatre.

* Stella’s Lounge’s Lounge will be a Brewpub Cinema.

* Grand Rapids Brewing Company will house special events and seminars.

* The Grand Rapids Art Museum and The Pyramid Scheme will each be the site of one-day events on Thursday and Friday respectively.

$75 Festival Pass

$10 All Shows UICA

$15 Friday Night Freakout! Event at Pyramid Scheme (Includes all shows and party from 5PM to Midnight)

$5 All Shows at Stellas available at the door on the day of the show

$5 All seminars at GRBC, ($15 includes a meal from a special menu.)

Thriller! Chiller! presents Sci-Fi Night at the GRAM is FREE.

Twisted Trivia at Stella’s is FREE.