jazz factory

Monday, November 28
John Shea at Rockwell Republic, 8-11 pm
Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

Tuesday, November 29
Take Three Jazz Ensemble, at the Grand, 22 Washington St. Grand Haven, 7-10 pm

Wednesday, November 30
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30–9:30 pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at 101 S. Washington Sq. in Lansing, 7:30–10:30 pm
River North with Kathy Lamar and Robin Connell at The Old Goat, 6-9 pm
Jazz Mix Night at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm


Thursday, December 1
Third Coast Ensemble at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover
Wally Michaels at Noto’s with Tony Reynolds, 7-11 pm

Friday, December 2
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

Saturday, December 3
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
River North Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11am-2pm

Sunday, December 4
Mike Frost & Mike Hyde, Sunday Brunch series, JW Marriott, 11 am
River Rogues at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge NW, 2-4 pm
GRJO at Founder’s Brewery, 5:30-7:30 pm
Randy Marsh at SpeakEZ, with friends 7-10 pm, Open Jam 8:30–10 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm

Monday, December 5
WMJS Christmas Party
1000 Oaks Golf Club
4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. NE

Doors open at 6 pm, Music by “The Silver Belles”, headliners Mary Rad & Kathy Lamar.
Tickets: $35 members, $40 non-members, advance ONLY


John Shea at Rockwell Republic, 8-11 pm
Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

Sunday Classical Concert Series


Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday Classical Concert Series
Sunday, Nov 20, 2 – 3 pm

Every Sunday during fall and winter, enjoy live classical music performances set amidst GRAM’s beautiful architecture and galleries. Concerts are free with admission and free for members.

Grand Rapids Symphony’s own violist, Leanne King, performs as ADIOSWATCH. When you take a viola and add a laptop, you get King’s electrifying solo performance—transforming what you previously thought stringed instruments could do. Featuring contemporary composers who combine traditional and electronic sounds, don’t miss the concert at GRAM this Sunday that throws an exciting twist on a classical instrument!

25th Annual Tanglefoot Artists Open Studios


Friday, November 18, 5 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 12 – 5 p.m.
(no Saturday hours)

Tanglefoot Building
314 Straight Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Door K  (Door M for Handicap Access)


Tanglefoot Artists’ Open Studio Event: Celebrating 25 Years of Creativity & Community features ten artists in seven distinctly different studios, three of them new this year! The public is invited to join the fun with family and friends.

This quarter century anniversary milestone is a special celebration for West Michigan and the 10 artists showcasing their talents: Elaine Dalcher, Nikki Wall, Michael Pfleghaar, Jeff Condon, Alynn Guerra, Jason Villareal, Carlos Aceves, Tommy Allen, Cathy Marashi, and Gretchen Deems.

Langhorne Slim@ St. Cecilia – 17 Nov.

Langhorne Slim will open the Acoustic Cafe folk series at 7:30 pm this Thursday, November 17, 2017.
Royce Auditorium
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Tickets $25 and $30, including all fees
Concert followed by a cash bar reception
Entertainment Weekly calls Langhorne Slim “your next obsession.”
The New Yorker describes Slim as having “Leadbelly’s gift for storytelling and Dylan’s ability to captivate crowds.”
Rolling Stone praised Slim’s 2012 The Way We Move as
“damn near perfect.
The concert will be followed by a cash-bar reception in the Dexter Ballroom.
The Pennsylvania-born, self-taught guitarist moved to Brooklyn at 18, and began feeling out his place in a burgeoning punk-folk scene. Over the years, he wound his way to the West Coast and to the South, and now finds himself celebrated from Newport to Portland as one of today’s most original singers and songwriters.
“I don’t want to tame myself. I want to be wild,” says Langhorne Slim. “If I can continue to refine the wildness but never suffocate or tame it, then I’m on the right path. Because it is a path. I feel it.”

Don Julin and Randy Marsh Band @ One Trick Pony 12 November 2016

Don Julin and Randy Marsh Band

Don Julin has developed a reputation for being one of the most eclectic mandolin players on the scene today. Based in Traverse city, Michigan, Don has been playing, teaching, and writing music with the mandolin for over 30 years.

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Randy Marsh is known throughout the state of Michigan as the drummer of choice. Indeed, he is at the peak of his playing, bringing fire and intensity as well as his trademark sense of humor.



8:00-11:00 PM

One Trick Pony
Grill & Taproom
136 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI
616-235-PONY (7669)

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GR’s Big Talent


On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Local celebrity judges  will help decide who is named The Biggest Talent in Grand Rapids. The first round auditions determined the top 15 performers who will return for the Finale Showcase at 6 PM, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

The Finale Showcase will be held at the Peter Martin Wege Theater, home of the Grand Rapids Ballet at 341 Ellsworth Ave SW in Grand Rapids.

This years Finalists include (in alphabetical order):

  • The Ardan Academy Irish Dance Team
  • Drew Alkema – Fingerstyle Guitar
  • Nate Altena – Vocal/Guitar
  • Nahshon Cook-Nelson – Spoken Word
  • Dylan Holmes – Vocal/Guitar
  • Taylor Krieger – Vocal/Guitar
  • Skylar Mayton – Vocal/Guitar
  • Jaycee Peters – Vocal
  • Royce Robinson – Vocal
  • Anders Rottschafer – Vocal/Guitar
  • Bradley Sinclair – Vocal
  • Gianna Stansell – Vocal
  • Jason Sytsma – Piano
  • MaRynn Taylor – Vocal
  • Payton Taylor – Vocal

Finalists’ Audition Videos are available on GR’s Big Talent YouTube page:

GR’s Big Talent YouTube Performances

This year’s GR’s Big Talent auditions features 15 uniquely talented performers from the greater Grand Rapids area. The Finalists range in age from 8 to 35 years old! This year’s winner will be a featured performer throughout the calendar year after the Finale Showcase, representing GR After Hours at various locations to be determined by the GR After Hours GR’s Big Talent Planning Committee.

This years Emcee will be local radio personality Jackie Green from HOT FM.

Celebrity judges include:

  • Rachael Ruiz (WOOD TV)
  • Gravy (HOT FM)
  • Shelley Irwin (WGVU Public Radio & Television)
  • Scott Riemenschneider (BME, Local Marching Band Consultant/Adjudicator)

Each judge will be assessing each performance and providing feedback to each performer during the Finale Showcase. Winners will be chosen by a combined score from the judges’ evaluations and live, text-based audience voting.


This years prizes include:

First Place – $1,000; Second Place – $500; and Third Place – $250.

One performer will be featured throughout the calendar year at various locations throughout Grand Rapids, representing GR’s Big Talent (locations to be determined based on the performer’s schedule and the partnering locations.)

Purchase GR’s Big Talent 2016 Finale Showcase tickets, visit:


Tickets are $15.00 in advance; $20.00 at the door

(The past two years have SOLD OUT the Finale Performance!)

For more information about GR’s Big Talent, visit http://www.grsbigtalent.com,

or contact GR After Hours at info@grsafterhours.com.


Wind from the Ancient: Masayuki Koga


Sunday, Nov 6, 2016  

2 – 3 pm


About Masayuki Koga
Masayuki is the founder and general director of the Japanese Music Institute in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. Born and trained in Japan, he is considered one of Japan’s finest masters of the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese end-blown flute. Masayuki performs, composes, and teaches classical Japanese music in both the Kinko and Tozan Ryu shakuhachi styles and will treat you this Sunday to selections from Wind from the Ancient, a collection of traditional Japanese music.


 Concerts are free with admission, and free for members. 

Grand Rapids Art Museum · 101 Monroe Center · Grand Rapids, MI 49503