Relax at Rosa Returns for 2017 Season
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
220 Front Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
July 10 – Edwin IMER SANTIGO
Imer Santigo has spent years performing in Nashville, Tenn. 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.
July 17 – KEVIN JONES BAND
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.
July 24 – JIM COOPER & ORGANIC VIBES
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 www.jimcooper.net
July 31- METRO JAZZ VOICES
Metro Jazz Voices has been called “Detroit’s answer to Manhattan Transfer,” and are, according to allmusic.com, “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. www.metrojazzvoices.com
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
220 Front Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
More details at West Michigan Jazz Society
|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:
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 Rapids. The 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: http://geraldrfordfoundation.org/gerald-r-ford-a-test-of-character/