“One World” Exhibit by Paul Collins

Final Days to View the Powerful “One World” Exhibit by Paul Collins, A Reflection of Us!

The exhibits closing reception, open to the public, will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 pm – 7:00pm on the Devos Place Skywalk.

[DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503]

Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad

The exhibition features painting, prints, presidential letters, appointments, honors and awards. The paintings depict monumental moments in history, everyday heroes and nature’s elements, weaving together threads of commonality, carrying the message of our connection to one another and mother earth.

The beautiful imagery is full of life’s lessons exuding with dignity for humanity and mother earth.

“With all of the negativity that surrounds our daily lives, it is important for our psyche that we take time to reflect on positive moments in life.  This exhibit provides that relief with a focus on dignity and unity”. Carol Collins

World acclaimed artist Paul Collins exhibit, showcases his immense talent across decades and continents. This must-see exhibition is compelling, with images that will stir the soul in a rarely seen compilation of Collins’ works, honors and awards.

Collins has been commended by Presidents, world figures and civil rights leaders through his passionate interpretation and humanitarian efforts. His commissions include Presidents, NASA, Coretta Scott King, the NFL Hall of Fame, national and international corporations .

Collins said: “Art is one of the things we have left that brings us all together. I am motivated by the human response to the positive. All too often we forget that our individual lives are part of a bigger picture and we are all affected by one another on some level.” “I use my art to motivate, encourage, inspire, and uplift people from all walks of life. Inspiring the human imagination with threads of commonality through personality, language and the art of Mother Earth.”

Paul Collins with his iconic painting "Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad"


‘Jazz in the Sanctuary’ Concert

‘Jazz in the Sanctuary’ Concert Season to Conclude March 11 with Dave Proulx and David Rosin

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The fourth season of Fountain Street Church’s Jazz in the Sanctuary concert series will conclude on Sunday, March 11, at 3:00pm. The series pairs the spontaneous wonder of jazz with the acoustic and architectural beauty of the century-old sanctuary in downtown Grand Rapids. Robin Connell, series host and staple of the West Michigan jazz scene, will welcome pianist Dave Proulx and bassist David Rosin for over an hour
of exciting music and light conversation.
Connell received West Michigan Jazz Society’s 2017 “Musician of the Year” award for her
widespread collaboration with area jazz artists and her continuing work on the Jazz in the Sanctuary series. Originally from Grand Rapids, Proulx is the pastor of Battle Creek Community Church and an accomplished musician in the realms of worship, jazz, and beyond.

His brother, John Proulx, is perhaps the better-known jazz pianist in Michigan, but the two benefited equally from growing up in the same musically rich household and continue to share their passion for jazz piano. Rosin, jazz bassist and educator, grew up in the metro Detroit area and currently resides in East Lansing. He studied under the state’s great bassists at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University and has performed extensively throughout the Midwest. In 1997, he toured Australia with the Andrew Speight Quartet and recorded an album that won an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) music award for “Best Jazz Album”.

General admission to the March 11 concert is $10 online or at the door. College students may show ID for $5 off. Tickets and additional information are available at fountainstreet.org/jazz.

Fountain Street Church

24 Fountain St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Gregory Porter 
February 22, 2018
7:30 PM
The last time Gregory Porter performed at SCMC he was fresh off the GRAMMY award-winning stage for this 2013 Blue Note debut Album Liquid Spirit and he took home the award again in 2017 for Best Jazz Vocal Album with his 2017 release “Take Me to the Alley.”
An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidifies his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriters. Porter has time and again demonstrated an innate ability to transcend genre and connect with audiences from all walks of life, and his new music reflects the singer’s continued and mindful growth as an artist and as a person amidst the constant touring demands that have resulted from tremendous international success.
Liquid Spirit – which followed the critically-acclaimed and GRAMMY-nominated albums Water (2010) and Be Good (2012) – quickly grew into a global phenomenon, selling a million albums worldwide and becoming the most streamed jazz album of all-time with over 20 million streams. The album has sold Platinum in the U.K. and Germany, and Gold in France, The Netherlands, and Austria. In the U.S. Porter made his first-ever national TV appearances on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live while both ESQUIRE and NPR Music declared him “America’s Next Great Jazz Singer.” Liquid Spirit also won Porter his first GRAMMY Award in 2014 for Best Jazz Vocal Album while also earning him a Best Traditional R&B Performance nomination for his affecting ballad “Hey Laura.”
In the Fall of 2015 Porter finally found the time to return to the studio in New York City to record Take Me To The Alley. As he’s done on his previous three albums, Porter teamed with producer Kamau Kenyatta to craft a collection of stirring originals that juxtapose the personal and political. His partnership with Kenyatta started in the mid-1990s when he was a student at San Diego State University (Porter began his college years playing football on a full athletic scholarship before a shoulder injury diverted him into a music career). It was through Kenyatta’s mentorship that Porter’s professional musical career began.
As Porter polishes his artistry as one of our most heartfelt singer-songwriters on Take Me to the Alley, his burgeoning body of work will continue to give voice to its modern times while simultaneously echoing the legacy of jazz and soul’s yesteryear and informing generations of musicians to come.


24 Ransom NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.459.2224

The MLK Day Celebration @ Fountain Street Church

I dream

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.

The celebration includes an inspiring presentation by Guest Speaker April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite, and a premiere performance of the opera I DREAM by Opera Grand Rapids.

The MLK Day Celebration is a free community event. Seating is on a first-come basis at the door.

5:30 PM- Doors open

 6:00 PM- Program, featuring Guest Speaker April Reign

 7:30 PM-I DREAM performance

Fountain Street Church|24 Fountain St NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503 |

Kathy Lamar sings at One Trick Pony


Vocalist Kathy Lamar 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 keep audiences coming back for more. No matter what she sings, Lamar’s performances are lively and her powerful voice wakes up a room. She truly loves to entertain and it shows.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

All One Trick Pony shows run from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.  [No cover]

Reservationare accepted. Call (616) 235-PONY. 

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One Trick Pony
Grill & Taproom
136 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Adam Rudolph’s Sextet: Moving Pictures

Adam Rudolph’s Sextet “Moving Pictures,” an ensemble including Adam Rudolph: handrumset; Alexis Marcelo: Fender Rhodes, electric keyboards, Hammond B3; Damon Banks: electric bass; Hamid Drake: drumset, percussion; Kenny Wessel: electric guitar, electronics; and Ralph M. Jones: c flute, alto flute, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, husli, bamboo flutes. Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures just released its first new album in over five years, “Glare of the Tiger,” a perfect example of creative music looking to the future while expressing the sound of now.


Adam Rudolph back to LaFontsee Gallery on Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Where: LaFontsee Gallery

833 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506



GRAM on the Green -Cabildo


Thursday, July 6, 6 – 9 pm
Cabildo, Latin alternative

Make the most of your summer evenings and join GRAM for Thursday nights filled with FREE outdoor live music, dancing, food trucks, and a cash bar.
Cabildo is a West Michigan-based Latin music collective that delivers a unique blend of rock, folk, ska, and cumbia to create a diverse and unique sound. Dubbed by Founders Brewing Company as “the world’s greatest Latin rock dance collective,” Cabildo has performed at various festivals and venues around Michigan. Don’t miss their performance at GRAM tomorrow night!

GRAM Building at Night

Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center St NW,

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503