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Sunny weather, large crowds make HopCat, WYCE Blue Bridge Music Festival a success

by Ron Lemmon (lemmon)

Submitted 10-02-2017 under NEWS

Unlike last year, when rain, wind, and cold weather dampened attendance, this year sunny skies and warm temperatures brought thousands of music and art lovers to the Blue Bridge Music Festival over two days to listen to the eight bands competing for...

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Reflecting on rocking times: my experience as a GR!GR counselor

by Mariah Cowsert (mariahcaitlin)

Submitted 08-23-2017 under OPINION

As I hang my Polaroid pictures from drum instruction above my desk, find traces of glitter still embedded in my clothes, and count down the days til next year's camp week (it’s 356 in case you were wondering), I wanted to take time to...

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Tegan and Sara bring Grand Rapids community together to create safe space

by Brittany Devon (brittany.devon)

Submitted 08-18-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

On August 17, 2017, the amphitheater at Frederik Meijer Gardens filled up with fans of all ages. Everyone came together to sing along to the well known lyrics of Tegan and Sara. The show was opened by AOK, a Grand Rapids duo that features pop...

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Fireworks, mariachi music wrap up Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops in two special, one-night only shows

by Grand Rapids Symphony (GRSymphony)

Submitted 08-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids Symphony’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops, since its debut in 1995, has drawn more than half a million people to Cannonsburg Ski Area. The summer series’ latest fans include Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director Marcelo...

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Why you should volunteer for the fifth annual Girls Rock Grand Rapids camp week

by Mariah Cowsert (mariahcaitlin)

Submitted 08-01-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

GR!GR is organized by a stellar group of women volunteers that are dedicated to providing a safe and fun experience for all attendees. As a program of Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH), camp takes place each year at the Cook Arts Center...

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Grand Rapids Pops' Music of ABBA has audience dancing the night away

by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk (ArtswriterGR)

Submitted 07-14-2017 under OPINION

ABBA has sold nearly 500 million records since the band emerged from Sweden in the north of Europe to take the world by storm. At Thursday’s opening of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops, they probably...

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Rediscover music of ABBA at Grand Rapids Symphony's Picnic Pops on Thursday, Friday

by Grand Rapids Symphony (GRSymphony)

Submitted 07-11-2017 under NONPROFITS

ABBA, one of the all-time best-selling acts in pop/rock, never officially disbanded. ABBA songwriters Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus both say recent reincarnations of their music have been successful because the group never reunited....

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Ride The Rapid to visit free events throughout July

by The Rapid (TheRapid)

Submitted 07-05-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

We’ve entered one of Michigan’s most magical seasons. Michigan summers are the perfect time for exploration, new activities and, most importantly, fun! Fortunately for Grand Rapidians and those living in surrounding transit-friendly...

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'Greatest Symphony of All Time' concludes Grand Rapids Symphony's 2016-17 season

by Grand Rapids Symphony (GRSymphony)

Submitted 05-16-2017 under NONPROFITS

Classical music fans, naturally, have their favorite pieces of music. So do musicians and conductors. When BBC Music Magazine last year invited world famous conductors to pick the very best symphonies ever composed, the field of 151 working...

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Division Avenue Arts Collective is back with all-ages summer programming

by Mariah Cowsert (mariahcaitlin)

Submitted 05-12-2017 under NEWS

After attending the first meeting back at the space, Kylee Preseau and Charity Klein Lytle, board members for the DAAC, talked to me about the history of the space, getting involved, and what it means to them. What does the DAAC do and how long has...

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