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Eastown first among four districts to host shop hops

by (erictank)

Submitted 05-27-2014 under NEWS

On each Thursday during the month of June, one of four Uptown business districts will host Eat.Shop.Rock., a shop hop including live entertainment and family friendly activities.  On Thursday, June 5 from 5-9 p.m. the first of the four...

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The evolution of Grand Rapids hip-hop

by (douglasdooley)

Submitted 05-05-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

Let's be honest, you don't like rap.  It has been a tumultuous twenty-plus years since rap became more recognizable as an art form in the mainstream, including assassinations of artists, threats laid down in songs, misogynist content...

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Chopping it up with Eastown J

by (douglasdooley)

Submitted 05-05-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

Eastown J is not one to pull any punches.    In our approximately 45-minute conversation at Billy's on the night of his CD release party for "Style By No Style" project, he didn't mince words on the failure of some things in hip hop,...

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A conversation with the SEVENth

by (douglasdooley)

Submitted 04-26-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

I like to consider myself an astute listener to the local trends, and, in particular, the local music scene, especially as it relates to hip hop.  So, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that I had never attended a show by the SEVENth (7th), or...

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Movement of Sound for M.S.

by (Jon Clay)

Submitted 11-23-2009 under NEWS

   Billy's in Eastown was the place to be Sunday, November 23rd. There was a Bloody Mary bar, great drink specials, live music all day, a raffle and art on auction all for a fundraiser to benefit multiple sclerosis.    Anna Fisk...

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