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GRAM on the Green to rock terrace Thursday nights

The Grand Rapids Art Museum will celebrate with free music, zumba and games for a family friendly atmosphere.

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GRAM on the Green 2014 Event Info

EVERY THURSDAY July 10, 2014- August 14, 2014

5-8:30 pm - Outdoor sketching and games on GRAM's plaza

5:30-6:15 - Zumba dance fitness class in Rosa Parks Circle

6:30-8:30 - Free Live Music on GRAM's Terrace


2014 GRAM on the Green Music Line-up

6:30-8:30 pm, with a set break at approximately 7:30 pm


July 10- Rick Chyme with opening act Punksuhate

July 17- Side Pocket

July 24 - David Molinari

July 31 - Grupo Aye

August 7- End Times Orchestra

August 14 - The Moxie Strings with Fritz McGirr

The Moxie Strings are ready to tear it up at GRAM on the Green

The Moxie Strings are ready to tear it up at GRAM on the Green /Photo Provided by Moxie Strings

In its sixth installment, GRAM on the Green is coming back to the downtown area on Thursday nights July 10- August 14. This free event is held on the museum terrace at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) and Rosa Parks Circle right in front of it. GRAM is also teaming up with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation to offer free zumba classes in Rosa Parks Circle from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

On the Wege Plaza, there will be easels and sketching materials provided by the GRAM for the event's attendees. Guests can also play with giant Jenga and chess boards. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a free musical concert will be on the terrace, with local Michigan artists performing. See the sidebar for full list of performers.

There are two big changes to this annual event. First, the event is being moved to Thursday nights to coordinate with the Meijer Free Thursday Nights. In years past guests would have had to pay to get into the museum to see the exhibits during GRAM on the Green, but with this change, there is an added level of entertainment as families can explore the art museum’s galleries for free in addition to all the other activities being offered. Second, there will be food trucks at the event. There will also be a cash bar available on the Museum Terrace.

“We just want to bring the community together,” says Leslie Haviland of the GRAM. "[We want to] let people know the museum is here and anybody can come."

The Moxie Strings with Fritz McGirr, a high energy celtic fusion group, will be playing for a second year at the art museum summer event.

“We always look forward to playing for Grand Rapids crowds,” says Diana Ladio of Moxie Strings. After playing last year, they emailed the museum almost immediately after their first show to ask to come back again the next year. This year, they will be there promoting their new album "Running in Squares" on August 14 at GRAM on the Green.

“It’s just fun to see people out there swaying their heads and tapping their toes. We are excited to be a part of it,” says Ladio. Ladio also is excited for the Moxie Strings to play a venue that allows all age groups to attend. 

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