GRAM on the Green 2017 Lineup

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is pleased to announce the lineup for its ninth annual GRAM on the Green free outdoor summer concert series.
 
Running for six weeks throughout July and August, the concert series features some of the best local and regional talent Grand Rapids has to offer. Guests of all ages are invited to relax on the Museum’s outdoor terrace and enjoy free live music, dancing, food trucks, art-making activities, and a cash bar.
Visit the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday nights and see the city landscape come to life as a dynamic and inclusive gathering space.
 
From Latin alternative and Jazz to Hip-hop and Folk rock, GRAM on the Green’s 2017 lineup offers a diverse array of performers.
 
The festivities don’t stop outside—admission to the Museum is free during GRAM on the Green evenings from 5 pm – 9 pm, as it coincides with Meijer Free Thursday Nights.
 
Concert guests are invited inside the galleries to explore the exhibitions on view during the summer months: The Art of Rube Goldberg, Black Waves: The Tattoo Art of Leo Zulueta, Off-Shore and On The Beach, and the Permanent Collection on Level 3 of the Museum.
 
2017 Lineup:
Cabildo, Latin alternative
July 6, 6 – 9 pm
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The Crane Wives, Folk rock
July 13, 6 – 9 pm
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The Great Ones (Lady Ace Boogie + JROB) feat. Orlando of BedRock and
DJ Dean Martian, Hip-hop
July 20, 6 – 9 pm
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COMPLETE VII and SuperDre
(Ages 21+), Electronic/House
July 27, 9 pm – Midnight
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The Accidentals, Indie folk rock
August 3, 6 – 9 pm
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Walter White, Jazz
August 10, 6 – 9 pm
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Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Randy Marsh Band with Special Guest Don Julin

Saturday, April 15, 2017
8:00-11:00 PM


Randy Marsh Band with Special Guest Don Julin

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.  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.

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

Kathy Lamar @ One Trick Pony

Kathy Lamar

Kathy Lamar grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and in 1980, moved to Las Vegas to sing with her friend, pianist Tex Richardson. During her 30-year career in Las Vegas, she sang backup and duos with musicians Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Lola Falana, and Robert Guillaume.

Lamar’s beautiful voice has been heard around the world. Since the early 1990s, she’s performed for months at a time in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

She now lives in Grand Rapids where she performs with various local musicians as part of a duo, trio, and quartet.

 

Vocalist Kathy Lamar says her shows are like a blind date –– because you never know what you’re going to get. She sings a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul, and pop hits pulled from many decades. One minute, you might hear a Sting or Bob Marley tune, and the next, an Ella Fitzgerald or Billy Holiday song. Her powerful voice and infectious laugh keeps audiences coming back for more.

Thursday, March 30th

All One Trick Pony shows run from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. Reservations are accepted. (NO COVER)

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

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Karuna: Hamid Drake & Adam Rudolph

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Sunday, April 23, percussionist Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake come together for their first tour as Karuna.

For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, seewww.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820.

Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet
Adam Rudolph (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion)
Hamid Drake (drum kit, vocal, frame drums, udu drums, tabla, percussion)

The Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph duet traces it beginning to a chance encounter between two 14-year-old aspiring percussionists in a downtown Chicago drum shop. Their shared love for rhythms and music of the world and music’s’ relationship to matters of the spirit led to years of shared creative journeys.

In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with AACM co-founder Fred Anderson, and in 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with the Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook.

After over 40 years of music making together, this will be their first tour as a duet. Featuring their unique and evolved rhythm languages, in concert they aspire to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. As Drake reflected upon their influence upon each other, “I have been developing a hand drum concept on the drum set while Adam says he is developing a drum set concept on his hand drums. We understand one another”

The name Karuna reflects Drake and Rudolph’s ongoing research and dialogues into the connection of the inner life to musical expression. Karuna speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion.

I Dream-A new rhythm and blues opera

January 15, 2018  |  7:30 PM  |  Fountain Street Church

SEMI-STAGED OPERA  |  UNBOUND  |  DRAMA  |  ENGLISH  |  FAMILY

A new rhythm and blues opera

The inspiring story of the famous preacher and iconic civil rights leader from Atlanta is brought to life in this deeply moving premiere performance that beautifully fuses opera with bluesy, jazzy, and gospel-tinged rhythms. In a stirring account of his most intimate moments shared with wife Coretta Scott King and close friend Ralph Abernathy, we discover that the themes of equality and justice from the Civil Rights Movement are echoed in our political sentiments today. Despite the well-chronicled tragedy that ended the preacher’s life 50 years ago, the audience is left beaming with the hope of his dream in their hearts.

Opera Grand Rapids

 

 

Van the Man! The R&B/Soul Tribute to Van Morrison

Sunday Classical Concert Series-Almava Trio

The Almava Trio


All the way from New York City, the Almava Trio arrives at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) Sunday, March 19th. The three Juilliard School graduates have each dedicated themselves to lives of leading, performing, and teaching the musical arts. Through the violin, cello, and piano, the group aims to create a soulful and engaging experience for guests. Tomorrow afternoon, they will bring alive the works of Beethoven and Brahms.

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Sunday, March 19th

2 – 3 pm

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