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

Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

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Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30-9:30 pm
Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 6-9 pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at Tavern & Tap, Lansing, 7:30-10:30 pm
Terry Lower & Gull Lake Jazz Orch at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm

Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Noto’s, 6:30-9:30 pm
Third Coast Ensemble at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover
Jim Cooper Trio at Pinnacle Center, Hudsonville, benefit for Holland Hospital Foundation, 6pm

John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Wally Michaels & Tony Reynolds at Porto Bello, Grand Haven, 7-11 pm

John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

Kevin Jones @ One Trick Pony 8 pm

Mike Frost & Mike Hyde, Sunday Brunch series, JW Marriott, 11am
Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11am-2pm
River Rogues at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge NW, 2-4 pm
Randy Marsh at SpeakEZ, with friends 7-10 pm, Open Jam 8:30-10 pm

Sunday Classical Concert Series @ GRAM

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

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

2 – 3 pm

Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center · Grand Rapids, MI 49503

About Ralph Votapek
A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Mr. Votapek is a celebrated solo recitalist around the world. He has made hundreds of appearances with major orchestras in the United States and abroad—traversing stages in London, Lisbon, St. Petersburg—making a special commitment to Latin America, where he recently made his 25th appearance. Performing at GRAM this Sunday, Mr. Votapek will treat you to classical selections by Mozart, Brahms, and Debussy. Be sure not to miss this world-class performance. After the concert, enjoy an afternoon at GRAM with our newest exhibitions and a drop-in tour of Prints and Processes!


In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble

In the Tradition Jazz Ensemble
2:00 pm, Saturday, February 25, 2017


Hackley Public Library
316 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
Phone: (231) 722-8000

In The Tradition began in Detroit in the early 1990’s when 5 members of the Neal Henry Septet formed the Christopher James/Charles Hopkins Quintet. Over the years they became In the Tradition and found their calling. Through the works of In The Tradition they “seek to educate listeners around the world about the African story, and hook the culturally disenfranchised members of the ‘Diaspora’ back into their heritage, laying on them [the] ensemble’s refined expression of African-American classical music, in as authentic a presentation as they can muster.” (Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13)
“This band’s métier is straight-ahead Jazz, unplugged and resplendent in all its acoustic simplicity and textural earthiness, and underpinned by rhythms inspired by all parts of the far-flung reaches of the African Diaspora”…Matt Ward, Detroit Jazz Magazine, 10-16-13.

Brought to the community through a generous bequest from Bess Commodore. WUVS 103.7 “The Community Station” the Beat is the media sponsor.

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“On Healing Black Girl Pain”

February 22, 2017
“On Healing Black Girl Pain”
Consuela Ward, Ed. D.
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Educator, author, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics
Dr. Consuela Ward is the author of “On Healing Black Girl Pain” and has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics. She is the founder and president of the Montage Group LLC, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Ward has created opportunities for complicated conversations around diversity, inclusion, equity and privilege. She is passionate about helping others negotiate the diverse world in which we live and committed to changing the world — one conversation at a time.
The Diversity Lecture Series is intended to give insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan Community. It is designed to help audiences consider perspectives other than their own, encouraging civil debate, broadening the basis for critical thought and promoting cultural understanding.
All lectures are free and open to all.
Lectures begin at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE in Grand Rapids.
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Book signings follow authors’ lectures
For more information, call 616-234-3390

Pink Martini, with singer China Forbes

DeVos Performance Hall is proud to present the biggest little orchestra around – Pink Martini featuring lead singer China Forbes.
Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.
Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Tickets available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are subject to change.($85, $75, $65, $55)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:00 PM
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503