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
The Crane Wives, Folk rock
July 13, 6 – 9 pm
The Great Ones (Lady Ace Boogie + JROB) feat. Orlando of BedRock and
DJ Dean Martian, Hip-hop
July 20, 6 – 9 pm
(Ages 21+), Electronic/House
July 27, 9 pm – Midnight
The Accidentals, Indie folk rock
August 3, 6 – 9 pm
Walter White, Jazz
August 10, 6 – 9 pm
Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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)


I Dream-A new rhythm and blues opera

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


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

Taste of Soul Sunday


February 19, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at Taste of Soul Sunday. Listen, learn, create, and eat.

This popular event is free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Parking is always free on Sunday in the library lot. Additional parking is available at the Masonic Temple (233 Fulton E). Metered spots on the street are free on Sunday as well.

Schedule of events:

1:00 pm Glenda Williams, gospel singer Level 1
1:30 pm Sound Proof, R&B, Motown, Pop, & Jazz band Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3
1:30 pm Beautifully Wrapped, headwrapping workshop Vander Veen Center for the Book,
Level 4
2:15 pm Ordinary Black Folk with Dr. Benjamin Wilson Adult Computer Training Center,
Lower Level
2:15 pm Looking Back, Facing Forward with Granville T. Woods Youth Computer Training Center,
Level 2
2:30 pm Kathy Lamar, vocalist Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3
3:00 pm Beautifully Wrapped, headwrapping workshop Vander Veen Center for the Book,
Level 4
3:30 pm Young Men 4 Christ, gospel group Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3
3:30 pm Ordinary Black Folk with Dr. Benjamin Wilson Adult Computer Training Center,
Lower Level
3:30 pm Looking Back, Facing Forward with Granville T. Woods Youth Computer Training Center,
Level 2
All day Activities for Kids Children’s Area, Level 2

Kathy Lamar @ One Trick Pony

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The incredible vocal style of Ms. Kathy LaMar leaves you captured, mesmerized and wanting more.

Originally from Grand Rapid, Michigan, Kathy has made her home in Las Vegas. With a soothing sound to calm your every mood and take your breath away, her music, her enthusiasm and her heart felt desire to entertain audiences from all over is evident in each and every performance.

Her style ranges from Billy Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Anita Baker, Tina Turner, Toni Braxton, Sade, Ella Fitzgerald and the list goes on and on. Her sultry Jazz, R&B and Blues sound, Kathy can please everyone in the crowd. There is always something for everyone!!

Kathy has worked through out the Las Vegas area in local hotel and casino lounges entertaining audiences on a nightly basis. She is well known throughout Las Vegas as one half of the duo “TEX & KATHY”, who performed around town and primarily at “Play it Again Sam’s” for over 5 years. Gathering a huge following locally.

Kathy has had the opportunity to record some original material and travel the world sharing her God given gift with everyone!

Thursday, January 26, 2017
8:00-11:00 PM

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

Denise Davis & The Motor City Sensations

Denise Davis & The Motor City Sensations

Ardent music lovers from the Motor City will tell you that “There ain’t no party like a Dee-troit party”. And no party starts without a Hot Party Band. If you need one, you choose Denise Davis and The Motor City Sensations. Comprised of some of the best musicians and singers around, this band will rock any venue and energize any event. With a repertoire of R&B, Pop, Funk, Top 40, Soul, and Classics, Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations are one of the most dynamic and entertaining party bands in Metro-Detroit.