Spazmatics ’80s Party

Spazmatics ’80s Party
November 22 @ H.O.M.E.

Show up in your ’80s gear and prepare for a totally rad time with The Spazmatics. Their spastic show, complete with the style and dance moves of the ’80s is not to be missed. The show starts at 9pm. ’80s themed drink specials available all night long.

H.O.M.E. @ The B.O.B.
20 Monroe Ave NW • Grand Rapids, MI 49503 • 616.356.2000 •

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Jazz Datebook

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Thursday night at 7:30 Joshua Redman at St. Cecilia Music Center; also, the Aquinas College Jazz Night at Kretschmer Recital Hall. Here’s the Jazz Datebook:

November 19, 2014

The Jazz Datebook:

Regular Hits:

Mondays from 6 to 10 p.m., Fridays 7 – 11 p.m. and Saturdays 6-10 p.m. The What Not Inn features a revolving cast of local musicians each weekend and Mondays hosts a jam session open to musicians and vocalists. They have two good jazz shows coming up in. See the full schedule here: The What Not Inn is located at M89 and the Blue Star Highway, 2405 68th Street, Fennville, MI. (269) 543-3341.

Mondays from 8 to 11 p.m. pianist/vocalist John Shea swings downtown Grand Rapids with bassist Warren Jones III and drummer Fred Knapp from The Republic, 45 South

Monday night at 8 p.m. Swingtooth hosts the open mic jam at the Rockford Brewing Company, 12 E Bridge St, Rockford, Michigan, (616) 951-4677. Swingtooth includes two acoustic hand-built guitars played by Lee and David Middleman, with Chris Cudworth on bass.

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. it is diva time at Bar Divani, 15 Ionia Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, as the finest female singers in the area step up and swing. For a full schedule: Phone (616) 774 – 9463.

Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. The Tom Hagen Trio with vocalist Rick Reuther at Notos Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids. (616) 493 – 6686,

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday live piano jazz is heard from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mangiamo, 1033 Lake Drive S.E., Grand Rapids. Information from (616) 742 – 0600.

Thursdays at 7 p.m. a variety of jazz bands rotate the schedule at The Book Nook and Java Shop, 8744 Ferry Street in Montague. Among the bands on the rotation: Checker’s Morton, a jazz band loved by Unitarians and good listeners alike, features pianist/composer Bob VanStee; The Lakewinds Jazz Quartet with Dave Collee on trombone and bass, Vince Liefers at the piano, Tim Froncek, drums, and special guest Tom Stansell, saxophones play straight ahead; the Dave Collee Quartet with pianist Eric Thorne and vocalist Ginny Dusseau, drummer Tim Froncek, and saxophonist/flutist Bob Nixon bring a night club vibe; Multi-instrumentalist (bass and trombone) Dave Collee’s Quartet plays great jazz standards. The last Thursday of the month belongs to trumpeter Brad Fritcher and Trios. See and click on the calendar for Thursday night.

Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., pianist-vocalist Robin Connell plays in the Lumber Baron Bar at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids.

Every other Thursday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. “The Mood Swings” swing a taste at Eurobistro, 6450 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids. With drummer Milt Szernick, bassist Jeff Beavin, keyboards by Ed Dublis, saxophone by Charlie Royce and the voices of Angie or Hanna Royce, this band comes to play for you listening pleasure. Information from (616) 719 – 2017.

Fridays, 7 p.m. the John Shea Trio plays at the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.

Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Swingtooth plays the Jazz Brunch at the Hit The Road Joe Café, 7291 Elm Ave., Croton (2 miles north of M-82).  Swingtooth plays standards on acoustic, hand built guitars by Lee and David Middleman, with Chris Cudworth on bass. or

Saturdays at 7:30, pianist John Shea leads his trio at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, 6600 28th Street S.E., Grand Rapids. See or call (616) 493 – 6686.

Saturdays at 7 p.m. guitarist Steve Hilger’s Trio Jazz appears at the Louis Benton Steak House, 35 Ionia Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. (616) 454-7455.

On the Third Saturday of each month, Hope Church, 2010 Kalamazoo, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507, presents “Jazz and Justice” with jazz from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and a Justice conversation from 7:20 to 8 p.m.  December 20th, jazz by The Fred Knapp Trio and the Justice topic, Human Trafficking; January 17th music by vocalist Edye Evans-Hyde, Justice topic, Racial Reconciliation.

Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. guitarist Greg Miller brings his 6-1-6 guitar concept to the J.W. Marriot Hotel, 235 Louis Street N.W., Grand Rapids. (616) 242 – 1448.

Sundays, Randy Marsh’s Sunday Night Jazz Hang at The Speak EZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Avenue N.W., Grand Rapids, is a fun jam session.  Information from (616) 458 – 2689.  Student musicians under 21 with a parent or legal guardian will have a chance to play with Marsh from 7 to 9; the host trio plays from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

First Sunday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra plays Founders Brewing Company, 235 Grandville Avenue S.W., downtown Grand Rapids. The GRJO is the region’s premier professional jazz orchestra. Information from

Timely Hits:

Saturday, November 22nd at 9 p.m. The Vlatkovich Tryyo at Mexicanins Sans Frontieres, 120 Division Avenue South, Apartment 226. With Los Angeles-based trombonist/composer Michael Vlatkovich; Buffalo area electric cellist Jonathan Golove, and Chicagoan Damon Short on drums. Tickets at the door.

Saturday, November 22nd at 8 p.m. Big Band Swing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo with Scott Cowan directing the University Jazz Orchestra, Tom Knific the Jazz Lab. Tickets at the door. (800) 228 – 9858.

Vanessa Williams comes to DeVos Hall for Grand Rapids Symphony’s ‘Symphony with Soul’

Vanessa Williams, the Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominated singer and actress, is special guest for theGrand Rapids Symphony’s “Symphony with Soul” concert in February.

Williams, who starred as ex-supermodel Wilhelmina Slater in the ABC-TV series, “Ugly Betty,” and as Renee Perry on “Desperate Housewives,” joins the orchestra for its 14th annual concert on February 28, 2015.

Tickets, $35 to $90, go on sale Friday for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s“Symphony with Soul” show celebrating diversity and inclusion initiatives in West Michigan.

The program in DeVos Performance Hall will include Adolphus Hailstork’s “Overture” and the Grand Rapids Community Chorus directed by Duane Shields Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids Symphony

What: “Symphony with Soul” starring Vanessa Williams
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
Where: DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW
Tickets: $35-$90 on sale Nov. 14
Call: Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787


NEDx, New Entrepreneurial Design, represents the everyday man. NED uses the resources around him to find new solutions to old problems instead of wasting them. NED is innovative and gets the job done.The event will provide information about the growing class inequality in America, and how businesses need to evolve to combat the changing market. A workshop will be led by Dr. Simone Ahuja who will guide the group to a better understanding of how to innovate efficiently and to capitalize on what resources are available – no matter how limited.
 Following the workshop will be a reception where the group will have an opportunity to network with each other and help form a connected community of entrepreneurs within the Grand Rapids area.

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The Cheney Place, 1600 Monroe Avenue, NW

Grand Rapids, MI

The Agenda

Register 2:15-3:00 
Welcome 3:00-3:05 
Seth Speaking 3:05-3:30
Simone’s workshop 3:30-5:00
Panel Discussion 5:00-5:30
Wrap 5:30-6:00
Reception 6:00-7:00

During the event, two speakers will discuss the current decline of the middle class and how business models continue to cater to this changing socioeconomic class. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Simone Ahuja of Blood Orange, a business focused on implementing Jugaad/frugal Innovation with starting markets. Simone’s experiences in the global marketplace can teach, inspire, and inform local business models and marketplace decisions.

Seth Starner, President of New North Center for Design and Business, will open the conference, defining the challenge ahead.

Following these speakers, Dr. Ahuja will lead a dynamic skills based 1 ½ hour workshop for audience members to apply the Jugaad Innovation measures presented in local businesses and marketplace models. Book signing and social hour will cap the event.

Go to to find out more information!

You can directly RSVP at or there is a link on the website as well!

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The Joshua Redman Trio will open the Jazz Series at St. Cecilia Music Center

The Joshua Redman Trio has been busy taking their music on the road with fall tour dates in New York, Europe, and Chicago.

On November 20 the acclaimed Jazz Trio will open the Jazz Series at St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids.

The New York Times hailed The Joshua Redman Trio’s live performance in October as

“…warmly agreeable sound on tenor saxophone,” “brisk fluency on the instrument,”
“energetic composure as a bandleader,”
“articulate grace as a composer and arranger”
“(his)diligence, sensitivity and a kind of implicit trust” with his audience that helps set the saxophonist apart from his pee

Joshua Redman has been nominated for two Grammys and has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone

The trio on November 20 will be comprised of Mr. Redman, Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.

November 20, 2014
7:30 pm

St. Cecilia Music Center

24 Ransom NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616.459.2224

Wine, Beer and Food Festival

A Celebration of Culinary Crafts! The Midwest’s largest wine festival comes together in November with over 1,400 wines, beers, ciders and spirits from around the world along with creations from the area’s finest restaurants. The event attracts thousands of food and wine enthusiasts and offers a vast array of extraordinary tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine and beer seminars, restaurant pairings, gourmet foods, specialty items and accessories.

A celebration of culinary crafts! The largest wine, beer and food tasting event in the Midwest comes together in November! Measured by 1,200+ wines and 200+ beers, plus ciders and spirits! Now in its 7th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s premier event for the celebration and tasting of the finest foods, wines, beers, ciders 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.

Event Times:
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 5 PM – 10 PM
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 4 PM – 10 PM
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 12 PM – 10 PM
Admission: Must be 21 or older to enter the Festival. Valid ID required.

Advance Sales:

Single day advance tickets are $15.

3-Day passes are $40, and are good for admission for all three days.

Single day advance tickets and 3-Day Passes are available through Thursday, November 20th at 5 PM only.

Advance tickets are on sale now. Advance tickets are available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line Purchasing tickets through Ticketmaster ends Thursday, November 20th at 5PM.

Day of Event Sales:

Admission for Thursday is $15.

Admission for Friday is $20.

Admission for Saturday is $20.

Sampling tickets are 50 cents each. Sampling tickets are sold on-site at the Festival.  All food and beverage samples require varied amounts of sampling tickets of 50-cent denominations.

Tickets for pairings are sold separately, and may be purchased in on-line in advance or on-site at the festival, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Ultimate Dining Experience

Grand Rapids’ finest restaurants have been invited to provide “small plate” samples of their prize cuisine.  The selected restaurants will be located throughout the Festival and designated by a knife and fork insignia.  Use your tasting tickets to enjoy their special presentations.  A perfect opportunity for an unparalleled dining experience.  You will not leave the Festival hungry!


Cygnus 27Globally influenced American cuisine

Intermission – Fine dining restaurant at the Van Andel Arena

FireRock Grille – Fine dining restaurant at StoneWater Country Club

San Chez – Blend of authentic European and Mediterranean cuisine JW’s signature restaurant, offering highly inspired cuisine

Reserve Wine & FoodModern American cuisine

JU Sushi & LoungePremier sushi lounge in Grand Rapids

Terra GR – Inspired, handcrafted foods

New Holland Brewing- American pub fare, seasonally inspired by local agriculture

Anna’s HouseGreat tasting and creative breakfast and lunch restaurant

Sandy Point Beach HouseFocused fusion cuisine that the lakeshore knows and loves

Gilly’s at the B.O.B. – Featuring Grand Rapids’ best selection of small plates, tapas, oysters, and more

Louis BentonClassic American steakhouse with a heavy Chicago influence

Two Scott’s BarbecueSimple, straight forward barbecue