Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal Nationwide

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday made marriage for same-sex couples legal nationwide, declaring that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the Constitution.

The landmark ruling will produce the most significant change in laws governing matrimony since the court struck down state bans on inter-racial marriage almost 50 years ago.

The majority opinion in the 5-4 decision was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were,” Kennedy wrote. “As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.”

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Grand River Water Festival returns to Riverside Park

The Grand River Water Festival returns to downtown Grand Rapids after a three-year hiatus, bringing free music and activities for kids.

The festival will be held at Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave. NE, on Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Traditional folk, country, bluegrass, blues, and more will be performed by Michigan artists. Speakers will take the stage between sets to educate and inform the crowd on water quality issues.

This year’s performers include a Grammy Award winner with Peter “Madcat” Ruth. Also taking the stage are Seth and May, Fauxgrass, Drew Nelson, Nobody’s Darlin’, Dede and the Dreamers, Micah Ling and Nic Gareiss, Hawks and Owls String Band, and others.

A kids creativity area will have activities for children and will include learning a song about water that they can perform on stage.

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Pepe Aguilar at Van Andel Arena

Pepe Aguilar at Van Andel Arena

Mariachi and ranchera singer-songwriter Pepe Aguilar will headline Van Andel Arena’s annual Latin music concert on Saturday, June 27, at 8 p.m. The artist is touring to support his latest album, “MTV Unplugged,” which he released in 2014.

Aguilar is a four-time Grammy and four-time Latin Grammy winner who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tickets are $55-$65. Details at vanandelarena.com.

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Weekly Jazz Lineup in West Michigan

WEEKLY JAZZ LINE UP!

MONDAY, JUNE 22

John Shea at the Republic, 8-11 pm
Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-10 pm

TUESDAY, JUNE 23
Sylvia Taylor & Mark Kahny at Bar Divani, downtown GR, 7-10 pm

Jazz Jam at The Grand, 22 Washington St., Grand Haven, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Salt & Pepper, Holland, 6 – 9:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
West Coast Trio (Mike Lutley, Mark Kahny, Tim Johnson) at H.O.M.E., the BOB, 7-10 Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Planet ‘D’ Nonet at Gull Landing, Pentwater, 7-11pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Brad Fritcher + Trois at the Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm

Randy Marsh with Jeff Haas Trio at Cambria Suites, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm

Tony Reynolds & Wally Michaels at Sandy Point Beach House, Port Sheldon, 7-10 pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
Mark Kahny at the Melting Pot, Celebration Village, 5-8pm
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 27
Mark Kahny, Marro’s Italian restaurant, downtown Saugatuck, 7-11 pm

John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Gayle Kolb at What Not Inn, Fennville, 7-11 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 28
Mark Kahny, Marro’s Italian restaurant, downtown Saugatuck, 7-11 pm

Randy Marsh Jazz Jam at SpeakEZ, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

John Shea at Holland Brewing, in Holland, 6-9- pm

Planet ‘D’ Nonet at Gull Landing, Pentwater, 7-11pm

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Walking Tour

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Walking Tour

June 22 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Main Library,

111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

Come nose around the creepier corners of haunted Grand Rapids. Mingle with the spooky inhabitants of the Ashton Building, AT&T Building, San Chez Restaurant and St. Cecilia Music Center. Meet the guests who never quite checked out of the Amway Grand. Come join the authors of Ghosts of Grand Rapids, Nicole DuShane (Bray) and Julie Rathsack, as they illuminate the shadows of local sites you thought you knew. Must be 18 or older to participate.

Registration is required at grpl.org/register

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Weekly Jazz Line Up in West Michigan

Weekly Jazz Line Up in West Michigan

MONDAY, JUNE 15
JAZZ IN THE PARK, Planet D Nonet, at AH-NAB-AWEN PARK
CANCELLED!!!!

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John Shea Trio at Republic 8-11 p.m.
Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-10 pm

TUESDAY, JUNE 16
Truth in Jazz Orchestra at Watermark 920, Muskegon, 7:30- 9:30 pm
Jazz Jam at The Grand, 22 Washington St., Grand Haven, 7:30 pm- 10:30 pm
Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Salt & Pepper, Holland, 6 – 9:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Checkers Morton at the Book Nook in Montague, 7-9 pm
Randy Marsh with Jeff Haas Trio at Cambria Suites
Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm

Tony Reynolds & Wally Michaels at Sandy Point Beach House, Port Sheldon, 7-10 pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Mark Kahny, Marro’s Italian Restaurant,
downtown Saugatuck, 7-11pm

John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 20
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Robin Connell Trio at JW Marriott, 7-10pm
Mark Kahny at Mangiamo! 7-10 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Randy Marsh Jazz Jam at SpeakEZ, 7:30-– 9:30 pm
John Shea at Holland Brewing, in Holland, 6-9- pm