Tuesday Evening Music Club at the Meijer Gardens
Are you feeling bored? It’s a long summer and there’s nothing fun to do? Is that your trouble?
Here some fun for you. It’s the Tuesday Evening Music Club at the Meijer Gardens. Tonight, and most every Tuesday night, you get to enjoy the talent of local musicians, beautiful summer weather and the ambiance of Meijer Gardens’ sculpture and gardens.
Another cool part of the evening, the entire facility will be open to visitors until 9 PM on concert nights. You can bring picnic food or enjoy the Taste of the Gardens Café and amphitheater concessions. The nice part is that the concerts are free with a paid admission to the Gardens.
Here is the line up for the rest of the season.
July 17 at 7 pm
This barnstorming, country-rock band fuses the best of rural and urban sensibilities; like Carrie Underwood meets Johnny Cash by way of Lynard Skynard. Made up of four dynamic young musicians — with vocalist Amanda Bailey, guitarist Jeremy Temple, bassist Larry Craft and drummer Donovan Tarjeft — their enthusiasm and sound are “all or nothing.” Find Annabelle Road on Facebook.
The Wallace Collective
The Grand Rapids five-piece brings a fresh sound of folk-rock with hints of bluegrass and blues. Their songs have a pleasant blend of bluesy drums, folksy guitar, and violin melodies. Each member plays off the other instruments involved, providing the perfect mix to each song. Find The Wallace Collective on Facebook.
July 24 at 7 pm
Equipped with an orchestral ensemble of banjo, accordion, trumpet, xylophone, various ukuleles, archtop guitar, double bass, foot percussion, and a mechanical-horned violin, this six-piece band is based out of Ann Arbor, Mich. Orphem Bell performs an original “Country & Eastern” songbook of lullabies, stomps, ballads, and gypsy suites and waltzes. Find Orpheum Bell on Facebook.
The Fauxgrass Quartet’s origioniality has quickly landed them a place in the progressive bluegrass community since their 2010 inception. They have toured extensively throughout the Midwest and Northeast. With a heart-felt approach to traditional music, the band performances flow freely of progressive bluegrass with imitations of jazz. Find Fauxgrass Quartet on Facebook.
July 31 at 7 pm
The Crane Wives
The Crane Wives are a home grown indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids that’s strong on harmony and literary lyrics. They formed in late August of 2010, and finished the recording of their self-produced debut album Safe Ship, Harbored in April 2011. The band utilizes three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for songcraft to create organic music. Find The Crane Wives on Facebook.
August 7 at 7 pm
This three piece combines reggae, soul, hip-hop and rock & roll. Skee-Town Stylee has been bringing their reggae-dub grooves to the lakeshore since 2009, drawing crowds both young and old to a fresh take on a classic sound. Find Skee-Town Stylee on Facebook.
Blue Molly is a vocally fueled blend of blues and R&B band with interludes of Gospel that was formed in early 2007. It features Molly Bouwsma as the lead vocalist, Dave Raffenaud on keyboards and B3 , Darryl Mathews on guitar, Brett Beelen on drums, and Daniel Beelen on bass. Find Blue Molly on Facebook.
August 14 at 7 pm
Kari Lynch Band
This danceable country-pop band brings their own individual music styles and songwriting into the mix. Their first self-titled EP was released in May 2011 to top ratings and reviews, and was selected as one of REVUE Magazine’s “Top Ten Artists to Watch.” The band’s preview EP debuted at #3 on the iTunes County “New and Noteworthy” list. Find Kari Lynch Band on Facebook.
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
Mixing their own songs with vintage country/honky tonk hits, rockabilly favorites, and surf gems by such artists as Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Gene Vincent, and Dick Dale, Delilah and the Lost Boys come out on stage looking and sounding like a step back in time. Find Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys on Facebook.
August 21 at 7 pm
Hailing from Grand Rapids, The Icicles are indie-pop, highly reminiscent of eighties pop, a la The Go-Go’s or The Bangles. This five-piece is partially a family affair and their next cd, The Renegade Parade, will close out their first decade as a band. Find The Icicles on Facebook.
This Grand Rapids-based band is a melodic blend of rock, folk, indie, and alt-country music. In three short years Valentiger has independently produced, distributed and toured behind two records. Their most recent effort, “Oh, to Know!” won a WYCE Jammie for “Best Pop/Rock Record of 2011.” They landed their song “Leaving Town” in a Chevy commercial, played Comerica Park and showcased their material at SXSW in Austin, TX. Find Valentiger on Facebook.
August 28 at 7 pm
Ralston and Friends
Ralston Bowles shares the stage with friends and collaborators from the community and beyond. His distinct brand of folk music is a contemporary gem that shares insights brought by the ‘60s and ‘70s, but allows an independent tone. Bowles’ writing has garnered prizes from American Songwriter Magazine, County Music Television and more. Find Ralston and Friends on Facebook.