Alexander Zonjic’s 4th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival

Alexander Zonjic’s 4th Annual Shoreline Jazz Festival
Heritage Landing
7th Street and Shoreline Drive1050 7th St.
Muskegon, MI 49440
Saturday August 26th
1:00pm – 1:45pm Organissimo
2:15pm – 3:15PM Joey Sommerville
3:45pm – 5:15pm Alexander Zonjic with Special guests Jeff Lorber & Steve Cole
5:45pm – 7:00pm Keiko Matsui
7:30pm – 9:00pm Boney James
Sunday August 27th
1:00pm – 2:00pm John Gist
2:30pm – 3:30pm Yancyy
4:00pm – 5:15pm Alex Bugnon
5:45pm – 7:00pm Gerald Albright
7:30pm – 9:00pm Peabo Bryson


Relax at Rosa Returns for 2017 Season

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July 6 – Karisa Sprite (Wilson)
July 13 – Conrad Shock + The Noise
July 20 – All American Funk Parade
July 27 – Melophobix
Aug. 3 – Watching for Foxes
Aug. 10 – Blue Soul Express
Aug. 17 – May Erlewine featuring Max Lockwood and Michael Shimmin
Aug. 24 – Big Dudee Roo
Aug. 31 – Juan Daniel Castro Quintet
Sept. 7 – Types
Sept. 14 – Cabildo

Jazz in the Park – July 2017

Jazz in the Park

Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave. NW 
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 

July 10 – Edwin IMER SANTIGO

Imer Santigo has spent years performing in Nashville, TenImer Santigon. A town not widely known as a jazz town and the history of jazz in Nashville has been largely hidden. But with the release of trumpeter Imer Santiago’s debut CD, Hidden Journey, the vibrancy of the Tennessee city’s current jazz scene comes into shining focus. Santiago steps out of the shadows as a trumpet stylist and composer to be reckoned with in the jazz world at large, and provides additional evidence of the exciting new jazz movement that’s emerging in the country music capital.



Kevin Jones is a recently transplanted talent to Grand Rapids who relocated from the New York/New Jersey area. Kevin is a veteran of the Jazz and R&B scene who has numerous performance and recording credits. This exciting percussionist has worked with Whitney Houston (1986 to 1990), The Isley Brothers (1979 to 1992) among others. Band leader Kevin Jones will play congas and percussion. His band includes Steve Talaga (Musician of the Year 2008) on piano, Damon Warmack on bass, Rob Mulligan on drums and percussion, Tom Lockwood on  saxophones and flute and Michael Doyle on tenor and soprano saxophones.

Kevin Jones






Organic Vibes features Jim Cooper on vibraphone, Jim Alfredson on Hammond Organ and Jeff Shoup on drums.  The inception of Organic Vibes started when Alfredson asked Cooper to record on his CD, Dirty Fingers, A Tribute to Big John Patton.  They later added Jeff Shoup on drums and have performed in concerts, clubs, and fundraisers all around Michigan including the Lansing Jazz Festival. Their includes the quirky, soulful and groovy music of jazz organist Big John Patton, music from Grant Green’s Blue Note recordings and original music from Cooper.  For more information on Jim Cooper and Organic Vibes, visit

Jim Cooper


Metro Jazz Voices has been called “Detroit’s answer to Manhattan Transfer,” and are, according to, “one of Michigan’s best and most ambitious Vocal ensembles.”  Having spent much of 2014-15 recording, “Wingin’ It,” MJV is poised to take the world of 4-part harmony singing by storm. The Voices are Meri Slaven (soprano/alto), Trish Shandor (soprano/alto), Carl Cafagna (tenor) and Jordan Schug (baritone); Cafagna also plays saxophone and flute, and Schug sometimes adds cello.

Metro Jazz Voices

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

WMJS Presents Monday Night Jazz in the Park

Jazz in the Park

The West Michigan Jazz Society Presents their 17th season of free Monday night  Jazz concerts in the park!

2017 Concert Schedule

June 12 – Northview High School Jazz Band
June 19 – The Mark Kahny Group
June 26 – Noel Webley & His Jazz Friend
July 3 – The Lakeshore Big Band
July 10 – Imer Santiago
July 17- Kevin Jones
July 24 – Jim Cooper & Organic Vibes
July 31 – Metro Jazz Voices
August 7 – Mary Rademacher Reed
August 14 – Musician of the Year, Robin Connell

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Ah-Nab-Awen Park
220 Front Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504
6:30-8:30 pm

More details at West Michigan Jazz Society

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1st annual Snow Days festival kicking off February 10, 2017 Grand Rapids, MI

1st annual Snow Days festival kicking off February 10, 2017.


The 5-day festival is designed to take advantage of Michigan’s cold climate, provide fun ways for people to get outside and enjoy the season, and help make Grand Rapids a better winter city, which makes Grand Rapids a better year-around city.

Snow Days comprises three distinct free- and low-cost events that each feature a wide variety of activities for both families and adults:

Valent-ICE, organized around Valentine’s Day, celebrates love and winter in Downtown. Among other activities the event features:

·        50+ unique sculptures that turn Downtown GR into a gallery of ice art. The sculptures total 17 tons of ice and include a life-sized Muhammad Ali, a space shuttle and a 5,000 lb sculpture determined by community voting which runs January 18-25.

·        Walking and running tours

·        Live ice-carving events

·        Games and special libations served at the Downtown Market’s special Ice Bar.

·        Rail Jam is a ski and snowboard competition in Ah-Nab-Awen Park. The event features free sledding and open riding for skiers and snowboarders.

·        The Human Hungry Hungry Hippos tournament features real people munching marbles on the ice at Rosa Parks Circle in the spirit of the classic tabletop game.

More details at the link below:




Things Happening in GR This Weekend

I am excited to share some announcements public viewing opportunities for the coming Aug 5-7 weekend (in addition to Movies in the Park showing of Edward Scissorhands).

FIRST – Beginning Friday evening, August 5th at Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapidians will come together under a banner of international brotherhood to celebrate the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on a beautiful 40’ video wall that features precision picture quality.  All weekend long, citizens can find the WOODTV8 Olympic coverage available on this big (gigantic!) screen in Downtown Grand RapidsThe event is free and open to the public. Please consider bringing lawn chairs and a picnic. No alcohol is permitted.  This weekend of viewing opportunities is made possible by a partnership of WOOD TV8, LiveSpace, The City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

THEN Saturday, August 6th – during a break in Olympic broadcasting – DGRI will provide an outdoor screening of Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character. The recently released documentary film tells the story of how President Ford’s character – and Grand Rapids upbringing – influenced decisions that helped shape and define the future of the United States and world.

The film was conceived and commissioned by the Peter F. Secchia Family of Grand Rapids to showcase the significant role President Ford played in the healing and revitalization of our nation through a challenging period in American history.  The show begins at 7 PM on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Rosa Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids. Like the Olympic programming, this event is also free and open to the public. Please consider bringing lawn chairs and a picnic. No alcohol is permitted.

This excellent documentary will play – rain or shine – on the aforementioned very large and impressive outdoor video wall.  The program is presented by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. in partnership with Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Executive Producer Peter Secchia, LiveSpace and WOOD TV 8.  Click here for more information about the documentary film: