The MLK Day Celebration @ Fountain Street Church

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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 |

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Kathy Lamar sings at One Trick Pony

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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.

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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

http://www.adventuremusic.org/ticket-booth/adam-rudolphs-sextet/

 

GRAM on the Green -Cabildo

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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

‘Movies in The Park’

The free “Movies in the Park” will become more family friendly this summer with the introduction of a new and brighter screen that will allow for earlier show times and double features.

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299 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504


Moviegoers gather at Ah-Nab-Awen Park for a showing of Top Gun on Friday, August 8, 2014.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot — and to bring their own blankets, chairs, drinks (including beer and wine, with your ID) and snacks. Local food vendors will also be on site.

Here is the remaining schedule of 2017 Movies in the Park:

July 7 (Spanish subtitles)

  • 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Doubtfire (PG-13)
  • 9:30 p.m. Forrest Gump (PG-13)

July 21 (English subtitles)

  • 7:00 p.m. The Book of Life (PG)
  • 9:30 p.m. Jaws (PG)

August 4 (Spanish subtitles)

  • 7:00 p.m. Selena (PG)
  • 9:30 p.m. The Bodyguard (R)

August 18 (English subtitles)

  • 7:00 p.m. Remember the Titans (PG)
  • 9:30 p.m. Pitch Perfect (PG-13)

Spanish and English subtitles are offered on an alternating basis to accommodate both the hearing impaired and native Spanish speakers.

Last year, the Movies in the Park series had more than 23,000 people attend. The events are weather dependent, and last-minute updates will be shared on the DGRI Facebook page. 

JUNE JAZZ AROUND TOWN- West Michigan

JUNE JAZZ AROUND TOWN- West Michigan

THURSDAY, JUNE 1
Big Band Nouveau at H.O.M.E. at the B.O.B., 8-10 pm
Third Coast Ensemble at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 2
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 3
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Mike Frost Trio at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 4
Mike Frost & Mike Hyde, Sunday Brunch series, JW Marriott, 10 am to 1pm
Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11 am-2 pm
River Rogues at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge, 2-4 pm
GR Jazz Orchestra at Founders, 5:30-7:30 pm
Randy Marsh & Friends at SpeakEZ, 7-10 pm, open Jam 8:30-10 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm
Mark Kahny Trio at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-10 pm

MONDAY, JUNE 5
John Shea at Rockwell Republic, 8-11 pm
Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

TUESDAY, JUNE 6
Take Three Jazz Ensemble, at the Grand, 22 Washington St. Grand Haven, 7-10 pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30-9:30 pm
JMM at Black Sheep Baa & Grill, Holland, 7:30 pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at Tavern & Tap, Lansing, 7:30-10:30 pm
Jazz Mix Night at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm 269-384-6756 info/directions
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
Jeff Haas & The Electric Jazz Fusion at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7:30 pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 8
Blue on Green Jazz Quartet at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover
My Thin Place at Sandy Point Beach House, 7175 Lakeshore Dr. West Olive, 6-9 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
Mark Kahny & Mary Rademacher Reed on the Grand Lady, 825 Taylor St. Jenison, 6-9 pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 9
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 10
Neil Gordon Trio at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Kathy Lamar at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm
First Edition Jazz Band at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 10 am, $5 cover
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 11
Mike Frost & Mike Hyde, Sunday Brunch series, JW Marriott, 10 am to 1pm
Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11 am-2 pm
Hugye, Beavan, Schock Trio at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge NW, 2-4 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

MONDAY, JUNE 12
JAZZ IN THE PARK, NORTHVIEW HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND, Awesome multi-award winning band led by Greg Wells, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, downtown GR 6:30-8:30 pm
Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

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TUESDAY, JUNE 13
Take Three Jazz Ensemble, at the Grand, 22 Washington St. Grand Haven, 7-10 pm
Truth in Jazz at 920 Watermark, 920 Division, in Muskegon, 7:30-9:30 pm, $5 cover

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30-9:30 pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at Tavern & Tap, Lansing, 7:30-10:30 pm
JMM at Black Sheep Baa in Holland, 7:30-10:30 pm
Jazz Mix Night at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
Jeff Haas & The Electric Jazz Fusion at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7:30 pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 15
Checkers Morton at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at Chateau Chantal Winery, Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City,7-9:30 pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 16
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Noel Webley Trio at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Kathy Lamar at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 18
Mike Frost & Mike Hyde, Sunday Brunch series, JW Marriott, 10 am to 1pm
Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11 am-2 pm
River Rogues at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge, 2-4 pm
Randy Marsh, Mark Kahny, Carlos Melendez at SpeakEZ, 7-10pm, open Jam 8:30-10 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm

MONDAY, JUNE 19
JAZZ IN THE PARK THE MARK KAHNY GROUP, pianist, and vocalist Mark Kahny; Eddie Eicher, drums; Mike Hyde, guitar; James Sawyer, trumpet & Charlie Hoats, bass. Ah-Nab-Awen Park, Downtown GR 6:30-8:30 pm

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Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

TUESDAY, JUNE 20
Take Three Jazz Ensemble, at the Grand, 22 Washington St. Grand Haven, 7-10 pm
Boogie Woogie Babies & Mark Kahny at Royal Park, Zeeland, 7-9:15 pm
Truth in Jazz Orchestra at 920 Watermark, 920 Division, Muskegon, $5 cover, 7-9 pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30-9:30 pm
JMM at Black Sheep Baa & Grill, Holland, 7:30 pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at Tavern & Tap, Lansing, 7:30-10:30 pm
Jazz Mix Night at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
Jeff Haas & The Electric Jazz Fusion at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7:30 pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 22
Checkers Morton at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, 7-9 pm, $5 cover
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at Chateau Chantal Winery, Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City,7-9:30 pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 23
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
River Rogues Jazz Band at Riverbank Music Series, 100 E. Main St, Middleville, 6:30-8:30 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 24
Jim Cooper Trio with Robin Connell & Elgin Vines at JW Marriott, 7-10 pm
John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm
Jeff Haas Quintet at Spice World Café, Northport, 7-10 pm, no cover

SUNDAY, JUNE 25
Mike Frost & Mike Hyde, Sunday Brunch series, JW Marriott, 10 am to 1pm
Jazz Brunch at the Old Goat, 2434 Eastern SE, 11 am-2 pm
River Rogues at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge, 2-4 pm
Randy Marsh & Friends at SpeakEZ, 7-10pm, open Jam 8:30-10 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm
Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm

MONDAY, JUNE 26
JAZZ IN THE PARK, NOEL WEBLEY & HIS JAZZ FRIENDS, Noel Webley, bass; “JR” Simmons, keys; Rick Hicks, guitar; John Gist, sax; Paul B. Smith, drums and vocalist Rashaunda “Shug” Davis, vocalist Ah-Nab-Awen Park, downtown GR, 6:30-8:30
Open Mic Jazz Jam at What Not Inn, Fennville, 6-9 pm

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TUESDAY, JUNE 27
Take Three Jazz Ensemble, at the Grand, 22 Washington St. Grand Haven, 7-10 pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
Tom Hagen Trio featuring Rick Reuther at Noto’s, 6:30-9:30 pm
JMM at Black Sheep Baa in Holland, 7:30-10:30 pm
Tavern House Jazz Band at Tavern & Tap, Lansing, 7:30-10:30 pm
Jazz Mix Night at Union Cabaret & Grille, Kalamazoo, 8-11 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
Boogie Woogie Babies & Mark Kahny at Baldwin, 7- 9:15 pm
Paul Keller’s Sundown Quintet at Gull Landing, Pentwater, 7-11 pm
Jeff Haas & The Electric Jazz Fusion at West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7:30 pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 29
Walt Gutowski & Bridge St. Band at Bostwick Lake Inn, 7-10 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
JMM at Coppercraft Distillery, Holland, 8 pm
Jeff Haas Trio at Chateau Chantal Winery, Old Mission Peninsula, M22, Traverse City,7-9:30 pm
WEST MICHIGAN WINE FESTIVAL with Checkers Morton at Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague, $5 cover

FRIDAY, JUNE 30
John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm
Kathy Lamar Trio at Noto’s, 7-10 pm

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Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, 147 Water St., Saugatuck 7-11 pm
Terry Lower & Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm
JMM at Riverbank Music Series, Stagecoach Park, downtown Middleville, 6:30 pm

WEST MICHIGAN WINE FESTIVAL with Blue on Green at 10 am, Wine tasting w/ Matthew Ball Boogie Woogie at 6 pm, Gene Knific Trio at 8 pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop, Montague

Every Child is a Star to be Cherished

antwonefisherMichigan CASA is pleased to announce that Antwone Fisher will be the keynote speaker for the May 23rd Fundraiser being held in Grand Rapids, MI at the Downtown Market. The 2002 movie Antwone Fisher was written by Fisher and directed by and starred Denzel Washington.

The 2002 movie Antwone Fisher was written by Fisher and directed by and starred Denzel Washington. Born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Antwone was placed into foster care, where he remained for most of his childhood. During these years, Antowne was abused physically, verbally, and sexually. The film highlights Fisher coming to terms with the aftermath of the system after joining the United States Navy, with the help of a Naval Therapist played by Denzel Washington.

Today, Antwone Fisher is an American screenwriter, poet, lecturer, best-selling author, and advocate. His advocacy work includes book-writing, public speaking, play writing, and even testifying before the Senate Finance Committee on behalf of Child Welfare. The work he has done is invaluable, and his words are not to be missed.

Join us on May 23rd for cocktails, dinner and conversation.
Contact Rachel@MichiganCASA.org if you are interested in attending the event.