The Muskegon Museum of Art will present The Preacher and His Congregation: Photographs by James Perry Walker, November 10, 2016 through March 5, 2017.
In the late 1970s, photographer and writer James Perry Walker (1945-2014) traveled Marshall County in northern Mississippi with circuit preacher Reverend Louis Cole. The resulting photographic essay is a visual record of the Reverend and his congregation, of people, place, and their shared religious and community experience.
As a circuit preacher, Reverend Cole gave services at multiple churches of his own, and served as a guest, substitute, or assistant at others, in addition to attending baptisms, weddings, revivals, funerals, fund raisers, deacon meetings, committee meetings, and the like. The photographs in this exhibition cover a period of six years, ending with Cole’s death in 1981.
The Preacher and His Congregation is on loan from the Flint Institute of Arts, which premiered the photographs in 2000.
The Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Avenue Muskegon, Michigan 49440
Local Spins: Songwriters’ Night with Max Lockwood, Morgan Haner & Dan Rickabus
December 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
SpeakEZ is proud to partner with Local Spins to bring a diverse blend of music to our stage every Wednesday evening! This series features a wide array of the best musicians in the West Michigan area in a casual, acoustic setting. There is never a cover charge and every Wednesday features $3 select Michigan Draft Beers! (Ages 21+ after 9pm)
Artist: Max Lockwood, Morgan Haner & Dan Rickabus
Max Lockwood lives in Grand Rapids, MI, and was raised in the town of Wayland, MI, where he first began studying music on cello and upright bass. Later he attended the School of Music at DePaul University in Chicago, spent some time studying at Grand Rapids Community College, and wound up with a degree from the University of Michigan in Creative Writing and Literature.
“Alongside an all-star Michigan backing band, Max Lockwood channels the flair of Tom Petty, the twangy edge of early Wilco and the eloquence of the Beat Generation’s finest. As a listener, I am swept into the raw musical element and the timely vision that Max has captured.”
600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Local Spins: The Matt Plessner Band
December 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI
(Ages 21+ after 9 pm)
Matt Plessner decided he wanted to make a career as a musician “about two seconds” after picking up a guitar for the first time at age 10. The youngster set aside the violin and cello, began writing songs as a teenager and recorded his first album in 2006 as a student at Principia College in the St. Louis area. A new album release this past July represents the latest step in the 10-year career of a singer-songwriter who has honed his craft while being influenced by the likes of The Counting Crows, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Gordon Lightfoot, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana.
Roosevelt Diggs and Adrian & Meredith
December 14, 2016
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
600 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, M
(Ages 21+ after 9 pm)
With influencers like Avett Brothers and Deer Tick, Roosevelt Diggs believes that music is felt, not heard. Live music is an exchange of emotions from musician to audience and back again. For true Roosevelt Diggs experience it live. Members include Jon Shears – Upright Bass, Jared Behl – Percussion, Logan Duddles – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals and Levi Duddles – Lead Guitar/Vocals. Adrian + Meredith is described as “Alt-country led by a former punk rocker with a voice a bit in the raspy direction of Tom Waits…with a strong pulse from the fiddle and a stomping rhythm.”— Music City Roots
“The soul-inspired folk musician took a chance on writing a song in reverse – with the breakup at the beginning and a steamy romance at the end.”— CMT Edge
Monday, December 12
John Shea at Rockwell Republic, 8-11 pm
Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm
Tuesday, December 13
Take Three Jazz Ensemble, at the Grand, 22 Washington St. Grand Haven, 7-10 pm
Wednesday, December 14
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30- 9:30 pm
Robin Connell & Paul Brewer at H.O.M.E. in the B.O.B., J & K Tribute, 7-10pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at Tavern & Tap, 101 S. Washington Sq. Lansing, 7:30–10:30 pm
Jazz Mix Night at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm
Thursday, December 15
Checkers Morton at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover
Wally Michaels at Noto’s with Tony Reynolds, 7-11 pm
Friday, December 16
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Robin Connell Trio at The Garden Court in the Amway Grand Hotel, 7-11pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Saturday, December 17
Kathy Lamar at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Portobello, Grand Haven, 7-10 pm
Sunday, December 18
River Rogues at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge NW, 2-4 pm
River North Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11am-2pm
Randy Marsh at SpeakEZ, with friends 7-10 pm, Open Jam 8:30–10 pm
Jazz trombonists, Michael Dease (MSU Professor of Jazz) and Paul Brewer (Aquinas College Director of Instrumental Music), come together for a performance at H.O.M.E. in The B.O.B., on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 7-10 pm.
The performance is free and features exciting arrangements by the renowned jazz duo: Jai & Kai (J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding). Joining them are bassist, Ed Fedewa, Eddie Eicher on drums, and Robin Connell on piano.
H.O.M.E. is located on the first floor of The B.O.B. at 20 Monroe NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan.