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Michigan Road Trips A guide to visiting the state’s hidden gems

Friday JOE HERTLER & THE RAINBOW SEEKERS Jimmie Stagger & Lazy Lester Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza! The Red Sea Pedestrians The Turnips


Mungion Hannah Rose & the GravesTones Covert Fauxgrass The Corn Fed Girls Lukewarm & the Not So Hots Tony Lajoye Balsam Brothers Kathleen & the Bridge Street Band Nick Arthur & the Habitat The Grand River Big Band


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June 24 - July 10 “A dazzling, raucous spectacle that sounds like a million bucks!” - New York Magazine Rock ‘n roll, R&B, gospel and country hits raise the roof in this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about the legendary recording session that brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins together for one night only


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July 22 - August 7 “Ingenious! A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs” - New York Times Murder for Two is a hilarious whodunit - the perfect blend of musical comedy and madcap mystery. Every character is a susperct in this witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries.

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What’s Inside

July 2016 | Volume 28, Issue 7

SCENE: 12 What’s Going On This Month 16 Biz Beat 18 All Ages

SOUNDS: 21 Local Music News 22 Local: Devin & the Dead Frets 23 Local: Billy Strings 24 Local: Hip Hop Mixtape

Outdoor dining


26 Touring: Andrew McMahon 27 Touring: Wild Child 28 Touring: JR JR 30 GR Symphony Pops 31 Songs We Like: A WYCE Playlist

SPECIAL SECTION: 32 The Road Trip Issue

SIGHTS: 43 Film 44 Lit Life 46 Theatre 48 Comedy: David Liebe Hart 50 Style Notes

DINING & DRINKING: 53 Restaurant Guide

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56 Outdoor Dining 58 Beer: Northwest MI Brewery Tour 64 The Score

Letter from the Editor Hey readers,

since there are quite a few other Dean-related attractions very close by, the most intense being

Welcome to Revue’s first-ever Road Trip Issue,

his grave site. Dean, who’d moved to Hollywood

where our staff recommends hidden-gem spots

to become a star, was buried back in his home-

across the Mitten State. Fair warning, these are

town after his fatal 1955 car wreck in California.

not your typical Pure Michigan-ish endorsements. They’re personal favorites of our writers and edi-

An assortment of trinkets, cigarettes and hand-

tors — localities we frequent when looking to get

written notes typically line the forever 24-year

out of West Michigan for a day or two.

old’s chipped-at headstone. Fans of old-school Hollywood will no doubt find it worth the gas

Actually, my road trip pick, the James Dean

money. And, recalling Dean’s love for driving fast

Gallery in Fairmount, Indiana (Dean’s hometown),

cars, it’ll also remind you to drive carefully on

isn’t even in Michigan, but it’s the perfect road-

your way back up to West Michigan.

side pit stop when headed down south (less than 10 minutes off I-69), or when you’re simply looking for a semi-bizarre, 3.5-hour road journey. The mini-museum, located in a big old farmhouse in

Safe travels,

the heart of tiny Fairmount — population 3,000 —

Design Creative Director Kim Kibby / Ad Design Rachel Harper, Phil Artz Contributing Writers Andy Balaskovitz Missy Black Dana Casadei Steven G. de Polo Carly Dubiel Dwayne Hoover Matt Jarrells Nick Macksood

Marla Miller Steve Miller Eric Mitts Troy Reimink Nicole Rico Josh Spanninga John Weigand

Contributing Illustrator Anthony Carpenter

Sales / 616.608.6170 / Kelli Belanger /

The gallery is stocked with Dean-oddities, rare visit not only because of its price (free), but also

Editorial Publisher Brian Edwards / Editor Joe Boomgaard / Managing Editor Rich Tupica / Associate Editor Josh Veal /

Revue Minion Elma Talundzic

pays tribute to the late actor and pop-culture icon. photos and memorabilia. It’s the perfect spot to

W est M ichigan ’ s E ntertainment G uide

Rich Tupica, Managing Editor

Digital Editor Kim Kibby /

Find us online!

The Votes are in!

Find out who is the Best of the West in our August issue.

Upcoming issues August: Best of the West Winners

Results from our first-ever reader poll to crown the best of West Michigan — music venues, restaurants, bars, shops and more.

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A complete season preview of West Michigan’s cultural arts scene, artist profiles and ArtPrize coverage.

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what’s Going on this month Ongoing The Dark Crystal and The Neverending Story

The Dark Crystal: through July 7, times vary; The Neverending Story: July 15-21, times vary The Alamo Drafthouse, 180 Portage St., Kalamazoo, (269) 532-7990 Revisit your childhood and introduce your kids to a couple of ’80s classics. The Dark Crystal, a collaboration between Jim Henson and Frank Oz, used Grimm’s fairytales as inspiration and created a shadowy film to match the tone. Meanwhile, The Neverending Story is a cult classic that was originally panned by The New York Times, with critic Vincent Canby stating that parts of it “sounded like ‘The Pre-Teenager’s Guide to Existentialism’” … but doesn’t that just make it sound even cooler?

Michigan Regional Exhibition at Muskegon Museum of Art

Michigan Regional Exhibition

Muskegon Museum of Art 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon Through Aug. 3 $5-$8, Members and Children 17 and under FREE, (231) 720-2571 The 88th annual Michigan Regional Exhibition showcases contemporary work by local artists. This year, 123 artists will be represented, varying in mediums from abstract painting and installations to printmaking and textiles. This year’s juror, Tom Lundberg, said of the exhibit: “These artworks may engage our attention with interesting methods and materials, but they also awaken us to a broad spectrum of human responses.”

Grand Rapids Art Museum 101 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids Through Aug. 21 $5-$8, Members and Children 5 and under: FREE, (616) 831-1000 Documenting how we see ourselves and the world we live in, Mirror Memory is a collection of photographs from Grand Rapids Art Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit includes earlier forms of photography, daguerrotypes and tintypes, as well as experimental works and large-scale digital prints. Among those represented are heavyweights Julia Margaret Cameron, Berenice Abbott, Robert Frank and Edward Steichen.

Sam Jury: To Be Here

Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Dr., East Lansing Through Nov. 27, Free!, (517) 884-4800 Sam Jury’s new video project, To Be Here, was filmed during a two-week residency in Tindouf, Algeria. Jury spent time with exiled Sahrawi refugees during her time in the area and used hand-held cameras to document the extreme living conditions of the camps. An audio recording of a young female refugee musing about the residents’ futures accompanies the visuals, which creates a look into the growing generational divide.

7/5-10 Common Ground

Adado Riverfront Park, Lansing July 5-10, 5 p.m.-12 a.m., prices vary, (517) 267-1502 This annual week-long festival features an eclectic mix of artists on multiple stages. With different themed nights (July 7 is country and July 8 is hip hop, for example), you can catch several artists in the same genre within the same day. This year’s star-stacked lineup includes A$AP Rocky, Rise Against, Jason Derulo,

wednesday 7/6 Gin Blossoms

Bell’s Eccentric Café 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo July 6, 8 p.m. $25, 21 and over, (269) 382-2332 The ’90s are alive and well at this standing room only event. Known for their hits “Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down” and “Til I Hear It From You,” the Gin Blossoms garnered critical applause and churned out alt-rock ballads and a feverish pace while its 1992 New Miserable Experience LP went Platinum four times. Starting in the late ’80s in Arizona, the Gin Blossoms have gone on to rack up sales in excess of 10 million in the United States alone.

through 7/7 The Lobster

UICA, 2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids Through July 7, times vary $4 UICA Members, $8 non-members, (616) 454-7000

Lovers of weird cinema will want to check out The Lobster. This absurdist dystopian film centers on David (Colin Farrell) as he searches for a significant other. If he can’t find one in 45 days, he will be turned into an animal of his choosing and released into the woods. His animal of choice: The lobster, of course. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (who previously directed the cult film Dogtooth), The Lobster won the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and has received plenty of critical acclaim.

saturday 7/9 Def Leppard wsg REO Speedwagon and Tesla Van Andel Arena 130 West Fulton, Grand Rapids July 9, 7 p.m. $29.50-$125, (616) 742-6600

Touring in support of the band’s new self-titled album, released last October, Def Leppard stops into Van Andel Arena this month. Opening acts are REO Speedwagon

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Idlewild Music Festival

Williams Island, Martin Luther King Dr., Idlewild July 9-10, $30-$45, (231) 465-1702

WWE Smackdown

Van Andel Arena 130 West Fulton, Grand Rapids July 12, 7 p.m., $17.50-$102.50, (616) 742-6600

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Let’s get ready to rumble, Grand Rapids! The WWE slams into Van Andel Arena on July 12 and will feature appearances from Dean Ambrose, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte.


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and Tesla. Def Leppard has sold 100 million records worldwide and even recently topped Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. Re-enact scenes from Heavy Metal Parking Lot while you pre-game to “Rock of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Love Bites,” and “Photograph.”

Idlewild was one of the only areas in the United States where African-Americans could vacation or purchase property prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To celebrate the African-American performers who either purchased land or vacationed there, The Idlewild Music Festival features performances by Athena Johnson, Thornetta Davis, the ZAPP Band, Rance Allen and the Rance Allen Group, Chris Bolton, and neo-soul artist Suai, among others.

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Pyramid Scheme 68 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids July 14, 8 p.m. $15, all ages, (616) 272-3758 Series Partner:


Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids Aug. 13, 6:30–10:30 p.m., VIP hour begins at 5:30 p.m. $45 VIP tickets, $35 Advance tickets, contact@ The Grand Rapids Area Brewing Community’s Hopstock offers the public a chance to sample craft beer, cider, wine and distilled beverages from the Beer City Brewers Guild. The event features several West Michigan breweries, brewpubs, distilleries and cideries as well. Also on sight is a roster of food trucks, including: A Moveable Feast, Two Scotts BBQ and Pronto Pups. Live music tops it off, with performances by The Concussions, The Legal Immigrants and Dragon Wagon.

Whose Live Anyway?

Wharton Center 750 E. Shaw Ln., East Lansing Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., Tickets starting at $27, (517) 432-2000 Fans of top-notch improv may want to check out the real deal: Whose Live Anyway? The improvised night of comedy features current Whose Line Is It Anyway? cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Joel Murray and Jeff B. Davis. This spontaneous 90-minute performance thrives off audience participation, so bring your best suggestions and be ready to laugh. All ages are welcome.

If you were too young to experience GG Allin or the Sex Pistols in concert, then you should head down to Pyramid Scheme and check out Atlanta garage-punk legends The Black Lips. Known for their chaotic, high-energy shows, The Black Lips seamlessly meld lo-fi rock with punk-tinged psych and folk rock. When asked about their onstage antics, bassist Jared Swilley remarked, “It doesn’t seem all that crazy to me. It’s not like we have ever done a human sacrifice on stage or anything like that.”

friday 7/15 Grand Rapids Film Festival – Dýrafjörður

Wilcox Park, Grand Rapids July 15, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Free! All ages, (616) 717-0048

This year’s Grand Rapids Film Festival starts July 15 at Wilcox Park with Dýrafjörður. The adventurous film is the creation of professional filmmaker and Grand Rapids’ native Philip Carrel. Dýrafjörður captures the beauty of Iceland and focuses on ways to build community. Along with the flick, there will be games and refreshments from Brewery Vivant. Future events by GRFF include Edward Scissorhands in Ah-Nab-Awen Park on Aug. 5 and a family friendly screening at Lamar Park in Wyoming on Aug. 6.

saturday 7/16 May Erlewine

Bell’s Eccentric Café 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo July 16, 9 p.m. $15, 21 and over, (269) 382-2332 May Erlewine releases her new EP, Lean Into the Wind, at this rootsy concert that also features special guests Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. The disc was recorded at La Luna Studios in March, with help from a few of her friends: Phil Barry, Mack Lockwood, Laurel Premo, Michael Shimmin and Seth Bernard – and they all contribute their musical talents to the tracks. Tickets can be purchased in-person at Bell’s General Store or online.

The Intersection 133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids July 16, 7 p.m. $20 advance, $23 day of, All Ages, (616) 451-8232 Recently spotlighted as leaders of “the new metal revolution,” Of Mice & Men has been gaining traction on Billboard charts, hitting No. 4 on the Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on both the Top Independent and Top Rock Albums Charts. The California-based metalcore band’s album Restoring Force deals with leveling out the band after lineup shifts while also expanding its sound. The result is “pummeling, passionate, and powerful anthems that blend searing screams with magnetic melodies.”

Warren G

The Intersection 133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids July 20, 7 p.m. $20 advance, $25 day of, (616) 451-8232 Regulators, mount up! Warren G cruises into Grand Rapids this month with a stop at the Intersection July 20. Warren G is best known for his 1994 g-funk hit

“Regulate,” as well as his contributions to Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s DoggyStyle. At 45 years old, Warren G continues to produce and distribute music through his own imprint, G Funk Music.

7/21-23 Hal Sparks

Dr. Grins Comedy Club, 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids July 21-23, times vary $10-$20, (616) 356-2000

Starting out his career as part of the famed Second City Troupe, the sharp Hal Sparks was voted “Funniest Teenager In Chicago” by the time he was 17. Since then he’s been in several movies and television shows, including: Talk Soup, Queer As Folk, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Lab Rats, and Spiderman 2, just to name a few. Check him out when he stops into Dr. Grins July 21. 10:30 p.m. shows are 21+. n

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A Roundup of Openings, Closing and other Business News wants you to feel at home (according to its website). Head on over for beer, tacos and live music once doors open.


From an entire high school’s disbandment to the Red Jet Cafe’s disastrous fire, Creston has been through a lot of change in recent years. The owners of Creston Brewery (1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids) hope to transform the northern Grand Rapids neighborhood in a more positive way, however, beginning mid-July. With a focus on community and togetherness, the CB crew

Brew Merchant (442 Washington Ave., Holland) is on track to open this month, pouring unique brews, wines and liquors for the fine folks of Holland. The space that once housed knitting store Friends of Wool will now be a small, cafe-style pub with cozy decor and a conversational atmosphere. RIP Konkle’s Bar (1950-2016). The West Side legend exited the game earlier this year with grace (and wealth) via a buyout. Now, Steel Cat Bar (640 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids) has modernized the space with phone and laptop chargers at every booth, all-new interior design,

and *drum roll please* Grand Rapids’ first-ever Frost Rail. What’s that, you ask? A cheap knockoff of The Polar Express? No. It’s a big ol’ bar-length strip of snow to keep your drink cold. It’s modern innovation at its finest. After mastering the mobile-pizza game, Standard Pizza Co. has embarked on a new venture in Belding. The Kitchen (105 E. Main St., Belding) is decidedly more stationary, serving up breakfast, sandwiches and soup inside Third Wave Coffee from Tuesday to Saturday.


You know that big new building with the constellation of patios jutting out over Michigan Street in Grand Rapids? Speculation over plans for the still-vacant ground floor recently came to an end as 7 Monks Taproom (740 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids) announced a new location. As the name might suggest, the Traverse City-based bar and restaurant is known for its impressive craft beer selection, but its gourmet burgers look killer too. This makes three locations for 7 Monks, following the June opening of a Boyne City taproom.


Breton Village-staple Great Lakes Shipping Co. (2455 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids) was forced to close its doors in May. The property’s landlord, CWD Real Estate

Investment, gave the tavern five months to relocate after the lease expired in December. Unable to afford a bank loan for a new location, the owners had no choice but to put the bar to rest. CWD will tear down the building later this year, likely due to its outdated appearance compared to the recent development in the area.


While workers overhauled the interior, Madcap Coffee (98 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids) temporarily set up shop last month in nearby graphic novel & board game emporium Vault of Midnight. Renovations lasted only a week. The updated design features a lower bar with additional seating, furniture from Anvil Goods, and even a brand new carpet. Cozy! Supermercado Mexico (1160 Chicago Dr. SW, Wyoming) just reopened (with a ribbon cutting and everything) after seven months of renovations. A debilitating fire in November caused around $15,000 in damage to the property, mostly from smoke and water. The authentic Mexican grocery store also houses a taqueria and deli. n —Compiled by Josh Veal If you have any closings, openings or other business news for REVUE, e-mail

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Get Jumping in July It’s summer! Get on out with the family and feel the sand between your toes in Grand Haven, or fly through a forest in Grand Rapids. Jam in the woods of Battle Creek or set yourself on the path to agrarian fame in Holland. Perhaps find the time to do it all. By Steven G. de Polo

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Get ready for thrills, chills and spills at the new Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park next to Celebration! Cinema North. “The park is a heart-pumping ground, tower and treetop adventure,” said Business Manager Amanda Barnes. Located in an urban forest, Treetop gets you off the turf and into the air suspended by rope bridges, cargo nets, swinging logs and zip lines. You will be safely connected to their innovative belay system throughout. Climbers play for up to three hours and choose their level of difficulty. “The course is challenge by choice, and you can go as far as you want,” said Barnes. “Just remember that the further you go, the higher and harder it gets.” The Junior Park gives four- and five-yearolds the chance to climb like a squirrel in the woods, while the most challenging courses present adults with an American Ninja-esque test of athleticism. Cowabunga!

Beast of the Beach: Beach Wrestling Tournament Grand Haven State Park 1001 S. Harbor Dr., Grand Haven July 9; Registration 9 a.m., Grouping 11:30 a.m., Wrestling noon–3:30 p.m. $25 to enter,, (616) 847-1309

Beast of the Beach wrestling tournament is the brainchild of Port Huron Northern Head Wrestling Coach Ken Meinhardt, who has organized the event for nine years: Six on

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8th Street Market Place 150 West 8th St., Holland Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., (616) 355-1138

Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park Lake Huron, which has a prettier beach with rocky sand, and three in Grand Haven, not so pretty but better sand. “Beast of the Beach is not backyard wrasslin’,” Meinhardt said. “The tournament is professionally run and operates under the auspices of FILA, the international wrestling federation.” Matches are three minutes long, with the winner being first to three points or having the most points at the end of time. Open to male and female participants, advanced or beginner. There are middle school, high school and open divisions.

Leilapalooza The Leila Arboretum Music Festival 928 W. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek July 30, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., (269) 969-0270

Leilapalooza returns for the sixth year on July 30th in Battle Creek. The daylong

music festival is organized by the whiskered wizards of the Battle Creek Metropolitan Area Moustache Society. Enjoy great music and food surrounded by a fantasy forest full of carved trees, art and nature at the Leila Arboretum. “It’s a beautiful day in a beautiful place with beautiful people. It’s a great way to spend time with family and friends,” said festival organizer Sharon West. Leilapalooza is free to attend and only $5 to park with folding chairs surrounding the newly constructed main stage. There will be something fun for everyone, starting with the Cereal City Concert Band at 11 a.m. More than 40 bands perform on six stages, such as Troy Jackson (acoustic), Second to None (alt rock), 3rd Coast (Celtic folk), New Day Revolution from Detroit (rock), John Louis Good & the Rose City Troubadours from Jackson (country) and DJ Prime. No outside food or beverages allowed.

The Holland Farmers Market offers parent/ child activities every Wednesday morning in the summer. The market partners with a local nonprofit to host creative, educational and hands-on activities for children ages 3-10. The activities are free to attend and begin with a Market Story Time led by the Herrick District Library. The market also provides hula hoops, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and coloring pages to encourage active play and interaction among the children and their parents or guardians. July 6: E-I-E-I-O — Join the Critter Barn crew as they bring goats, sheep and chickens from the farm to the Farmers Market. July 13: Messy Madness — With the help of staff from Ready for School, children can play with dirt and learn what fruits and veggies need to grow. July 20: Speedy Smoothies — Molina Healthcare will teach kids the importance of eating healthy with their one-of-a-kind smoothie bike. July 27: Healthy Habits — Children learn about eating whole fruits and vegetables from the Holland Hospital Center for Good Health. n

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perfect pairing day or night, inside or out, the West Michigan Wine and Jazz Festival comes to the lakeshore June 30-July 4. The event hosts several area jazz artists as well as nationally-acclaimed performers. Grand Haven group Checkers Morton kick things off with a night of jazz June 30 at The Book Nook & Java Shop (8744 Ferry St., Muskegon). On July 1, Grand Rapids jazz vocalist Kathy Lamar and pianist Robin Connell accompany a wine tasting at the Book Nook, while on July 2, Alma’s Dot Org Jazz Organ Combo get the morning started with a jazz and java set. For the full schedule, including a pre-fireworks performance from the Lakeshore Big Band on July 4, check out


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Also taking local music outdoors this month, Unruly Brewing Company (360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon) is launching Mike G of La Famiglia its Sunday Summer Series L ong-r u n n i ng Gra nd in the beer garden July Rapids-based jam-band 3-Aug. 28. Elk Rapids’ one-man-band Brotha Ultraviolet Hippopotamus bids farewell to James launches the series July 3. Other conits guitarist/singer/songwriter Russ Olmsted certs this month include Manistee country/ with a show at The Intersection (133 folk group Awesome Distraction July 10, an Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids) on July unplugged set from West Michigan rockers 9. The band also welcomes its new guitarist

Andy Kirby to the stage for the first time at the show. Also at The Intersection this month, Grand Rapids bands Seraphim and Martyr for Madison opens July 16 for California metalcore outfit Of Mice & Men. Both bands released records earlier this year, with Seraphim now supporting its new EP Tabula Rasa, and Martyr for Madison playing from its debut LP, Connections. Grand Rapids soul-punk trio I Believe In Julio issues a new cassette July 9 at The Pyramid Scheme (68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids). Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Julio Gomez (formerly of Nathan Kalish & The Wildfire), this is the band’s second release on cassette following its self-titled 2013 EP. Grand Rapids music instruction company The Piano Cottage presents its 5th Anniversary concert, The Piano Cottage ROCKS! show, July 21 at DeVos Performance Hall. The family-friendly show features young area musicians, ages 8-16, performing classic rock and pop hits, as well as some modern favorites. The event is a culmination of the work the students have put into their study with The Piano Cottage’s staff, which is made up entirely of local professional musicians. n


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The popular Tuesday Evening Music Club returns to Frederik Meijer Gardens this month, starting July 5 and running every Tuesday until Aug. 30. The series showcases local music and begins July 5 with Tracing the Roots, a musical montage exploring the evolution of hip-hop, jazz and blues from their African roots. On July 12, La Famiglia frontman Mike G and some of Grand Rapids’ other great hip-hop emcees take the stage with a live band. Other bands in the series this month include Camille and Complicated Animals on July 19, and Zion Lion and The Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza on July 26.


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Devin & The Dead Frets Drop New LP Dorr, Mich. Band Gets ‘Very Raw’ Sound |  by Eric Mitts

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h e n lo cal ro c ke rs D evi n & th e D ead F r ets f i rst starte d playing together just over four years ago, they didn’t have much beyond a few busted guitars, a garage and a dream. But thanks to loads of hard work, they’ve gotten out of that garage and into the studio, set to release their self-titled debut LP on July 9 at Founders. “We don’t practice in a garage anymore, but we hold on very strongly to the garage rock ideals,” lead singer/guitarist Devin Weber told Revue. The band’s name is actually a reminder of those humble beginnings, when they struggled to play on frets that didn’t work. In Devin & The Dead Frets PHOTO: Scott V Photography fact, they still have those old half-functioning guitars hanging out in their new practice space as reminders. Melain Dekker at Studio 4/Dekkm Producpeople around and they seem to like us, so “We’re all kind of gear freaks, so we’re tions in Dorr, the album has been a labor maybe we’re on to something.’” constantly seeing things we like and finding of love for Devin & the Dead Frets over the That something is a combination of the a way to get them,” Weber said, adding that last two years. And while Weber admits his classic rock icons they all grew up listening they probably have enough amps and guitars pickiness played a part in how long the alto, like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The now for three bands. “Some of the gear we bum took, in a way, the timing really couldn’t Rolling Stones, with modern rock heroes like play now is definitely old and be better for the band. The White Stripes, Foo Fighters beat up, but all the frets work.” Now, a year after playing the biggest and The Black Keys. All graduates of Hopkins show of their lives at Founders Fest 2015, “I think part of the reason Devin & the Dead High School, the members of they will triumphantly return to the very we have the unique sound we Frets Album Release the band — Weber, 26, drumsame place that has meant so much to them, do is because of [our] magParty mer Jordan Kerbyson, 27, lead as they look towards turning to the road. nificently broad spectrum of wsg. The Legal guitarist Eric Batenburg, 27, and Immigrants, Brother “We’ve really been waiting on the record influences,” Weber said, adding Adams bassist Zach Nelson, 27 — have to be done to tour, so that when we start to that singers like Roger Miller, Founders Taproom found their way back to their book it we’ve got something we’re really Johnny Horton and Jim Croce 235 Grandville Ave. SW, hometown of Dorr over the proud of to put out there,” Weber said, addall changed his life. Grand Rapids years. Together, they’ve resisted ing that this LP far surpasses their 2013 EP in W hen it comes to t he July 9, 9: 30 p.m. the small-town temptation to writing, production and performance. band’s LP, he hopes people hear $5, 21 and older play covers of “Free Bird” or, “I think this album is a very accurate something sounding like The (616) 776-1195 other classic rock favorites for interpretation of what you’ll get from us live Stones — fronted by Joe Cocker. easy money and casual bar fans. and we want to play it to everyone every“We wanted a very raw Instead, they got their where,” Weber said. “I’m really hoping this sound that was able to evoke first real start playing their own tunes at will be the catalyst to starting a healthy career emotions without the glitz of huge producFounders’ open mic nights in Grand Rapids. as touring musicians.” n tion,” Weber said of the Dead Frets’ self-titled “Their open mics were the first time eight-song LP. we got any positive feedback,” Weber said. Between working full-time jobs and “We thought, ‘These are some of the coolest recording entirely analog with Richie and

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Billy Strings Moves from Traverse City to Music City |  by Dwayne Hoover

And move right in he did, not only to a vibrant music scene, but into a house right next door to Lindsay Lou Rilko and Josh i t h a yo u t h f u l a n d Rilko of Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, resultp u n k- f u e le d exuberance, ing in a musical neighborhood that’s right up picking and vocal capabilities that Apostol’s alley. seem well beyond his years, and “They are my next door neighbors and a heart steeped in traditional music, a live my best friends in the whole world,” Apostol performance by William Apostol (aka Billy said. “It doesn’t matter where we’re hanging Strings) is truly an experience. High energy out, we’re always picking music. A lot of times meets raw talent in an electrifying, twangy right on our block we’ll have little parties and sometimes dizzying way. and people will be at my house or Apostol has made quite a Lindsay and Josh’s house. We’ll go name for himself in the bluegrass back and forth from each house Billy Strings scene as a gifted guitarist out of and a bunch of musicians will wsg. Jesse Ray and Traverse City. He’s spent the last come over and we’ll have some the Carolina Catfish Old Dog Tavern couple of years touring heavily beers, pick tunes and have fun.” 402 E. Kalamazoo Ave., with mandolinist Don Julin and Besides acclimating himself Kalamazoo playing the music he was brought to Nashville and touring, Apostol July 30, 8 p.m. up on as a kid. In late 2015, plans to continue working on $12 advance, $15 day however, Apostol announced he some new, original material as of show was parting ways with Julin and well. And while the move and his, (269) 381-5677 moving to Nashville to embark on hectic schedule have slowed down his solo career. his writing a bit, he released a new But he didn’t exactly venture EP on June 10 while continuing off to the Music City blindly. In fact, it felt a work on the full-length record. bit like home before he even arrived. “I’m still chipping away at it, but I’m “I already had a lot of friends down really busy so it’s just trying to find time,” there,” Apostol said. “I already knew everyApostol said. “I have this batch of tunes that body that I felt like I needed to know. I feel I need to work up. That’s why I put this EP like there was already this beautiful scene that out, so I could have something out there to was just waiting for me to get there, so I just showcase what I’ve been up to as far as the kind of moved right in.” sounds.” n


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fter 28 years of life in Grand Rapids, hip-hop artist Ajax Stacks, aka Avery Jackson, has developed a fierce pride for the city and its culture.

That loyalty was the impetus for Stack Rapids, a free 20-song mixtape featuring 30 of the city’s busiest lyricists — from the up-and-comers to established GR names, like AB and Fable the Poet. The freshly released compilation features executive producer Stacks on every track, alongside a diverse cast of distinctive area talents. “You’re a product of your environment, and this is my environment,” he said. “Especially with Chicago and Detroit being so close, it’s easy to lose track of who we are, rather than trying to find our own sound. Grand Rapids is an upcoming underdog and I want to represent that.” And while there’s a lot of positive vibes on the track list, it also addresses the rap scene’s complicated relationship with its home city. On the opening track, local spoken-word artist Fable The Poet (real name Marcel Price) jumps into a no-holds-barred critique of the city and its music scene, setting the tone for the mixtape’s patent veracity. “I have this undying love for Grand Rapids, but Grand Rapids doesn’t necessarily love black folks,” Fable said. “With the intro track, it’s very much rooted in community awareness and activism. It’s talking about gentrification and the way our city is changing. It’s talking about the marginalization of people of color — which is very much poetic to me.” Fable moved to the city years ago from the state’s east side. Inspired by Ann Arbor Poetry & Slam, he brought a love for spoken word and poetry to the Hookah Lounge in Eastown before founding The Drunken Retort, a weekly open-mic geared towards spoken word and slam poetry. He also works closely with Mental Health America, traveling the country and talking to youth about mental illnesses and encouraging them to use poetry as an outlet. He keeps busy spreading positive vibes — but Fable says that love is not always reciprocated by certain figures in the local music scene. He says some local businesses simply don’t respect hip-hop artists or fans, especially when it comes to dress codes. “Lord knows there are venues that clearly aren’t people-of-color friendly,” he said. “From the signs on their doors that say: ‘No do-rags, no bandanas, no fitted caps’ — we can see who you don’t want there.” At the same time, he believes local rappers need to do their part in demanding that respect. Fable says area artists should demand the same guarantees

Nate Paulson, Fable The Poet, Ajax Stacks and Nych G of Stack Rapids.

slow jam. There are also a handful of from venues as the out-of-town headliners solid hip-hop bangers. Stack Rapids who draw comparable crowds, proclaiming Stack Rapids CD runs the gamut. in the intro track: “As the city grows, make Release Party Billy’s Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St. Some of the tracks are just unsure you get what’s owed.” SE, Grand Rapids mistakably Grand Rapids, though. On the other hand, he is proud some Aug. 6, 9:30 p.m. “Downtown,” featuring Venson Dix, venues show plenty of respect, namely The $10 cover includes one CD, 21+ was basically a chance for the two of Pyramid Scheme, Founder’s Brewing Co., (616) 459-5757 them to come up with as much GRand Stella’s Lounge. He said Stella’s pays centric wordplay as possible, Stacks him and the other organizers to put on said. For example: “Little apple botThe Drunken Retort even though it’s a free tom, no Robinette’s. I tried to kick it on the side, but show. she hurt my pride when she told me I ain’t robbin’ yet,” After the intro, the mood of Stack Rapids lightens and “Stay on point with the scheme like a pyramid,” as up a bit. The mixtape accelerates quickly into “GR well as “I’m a Tip Top edition.” Drive,” a play on words for the city’s basketball team, A collaboration with J Rob and Lady Ace Boogie, via Ajax Stacks, who establishes the pace with a catchy, “Rap In The Rap,” is clearly referencing the city from pitch-altered chorus before Steven Malcolm unleashes the get-go. The line, “That’s the Rap in my rap, can’t his verses in a steadfast torrent. stop ‘til the city on the map,” drives the track. Closing The mixtape also ventures beyond local themes. the cut is Lady Ace Boogie’s proud declaration: “No, “Tender Loving Cheater” is a playful take on likelythis ain’t Detroit, mother****er, it’s GR.” unfaithful lovers featuring guest rapper K Veen, with Stacks worked previously with Lady Ace Boogie in a flow and beat straight out of the 1990s. And “Count founding Love GR Day, initially a campaign to counOn You,” featuring Jous 83 and Rick Chyme, is a classic

teract the homophobic billboard that popped up in the city last summer. Now, the day has transformed into “a way to build awareness for being proud of both who you are and what you’re doing here in Grand Rapids,” he said. The mixtape dropped on this year’s Love GR Day, June 16. While currently only available online, Stacks ran an Indiegogo campaign to press Stack Rapids on CD and will be partnering with local businesses like Screaming Needle to establish pick-up points. Tickets for the physical release party, Aug. 6 at Billy’s Lounge, will also include a free copy. The mixtape ends with “Next Up” (not counting bonus track “One Two”), featuring Nate Paulson, AB and Chan The Man. Backed by a soothing, downtempo piano-driven beat, each emcee takes turns delivering earnest, reflective verses looking both backward and forward. At its close, after the beat has faded out, the track finishes with Nate Paulson’s auto-tuned hook embodying the driven spirit of the Stack Rapids roster: “When you think next up, think us.” n

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Jack’s Mannequin’s Andrew McMahon Talks Songwriting, Being a Dad |  by Eric Mitts


n d r e w M c M a h o n ’ s pat h to stard o m has n’t exactly b e e n paint-by-numbers. Fans of the singer/songwriter already know much of his story: He started out as the teenage frontman for the piano-pop/punk band Something Corporate in the early 2000s. Then there was his side-project Jack’s Mannequin, which chronicled his recovery from leukemia during his 20s. His latest solo project was inspired largely by his life as a new father.

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But even those who haven’t followed McMahon’s music for the last decade and a half can get a quick summary of his life via his 2014 hit single “Cecilia and the Satellite.” Written for his soon-to-be-born daughter as an introduction to who her father was before she came along, the song lyrically spells out his story over a soaring chorus. It became the biggest pop smash of his entire career. “The fact that trying to communicate to my daughter mattered to so many other people is definitely the pinnacle of my creative life as a songwriter,” McMahon, 33, said. “To share these personal moments in such a rich way and to have a connection with so many people is, to me, the ultimate goal of life as a songwriter.”

The inspiration for the song, McMahon’s daughter Cecilia, is now two years old. Naturally, she’s already becoming her dad’s biggest fan. “I know how much the song means to her,” he said. “She always asks to listen to it. And to me that is the deepest form of flattery for a parent – to have their kid celebrate and be a part of what they do. “But I think every parent has got their sort of secret language with their kids, whatever that may be,” he added. “I just feel fortunate that [music] is a bond that I’m sure we’ll share.” Now 15 years into his life as a songwriter, McMahon has discovered that despite his many connections to family, friends and fans, solitude actually helps him tap into his creative self. He wrote most of his debut as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness alone in a small cabin in Topanga Canyon, just outside of Los Angeles. He frequently retreated there to write during the week, while returning to his then-pregnant wife Kelly on the weekends. Earlier this year he started working on his follow-up LP, following a brief reunion tour with Jack’s Mannequin where he revisited the band’s 2005 debut Everything In Transit. The group also celebrated the 10th anniversary of his charity, the Dear Jack Foundation, which helps other young adult cancer patients and survivors. “A good amount of this record was written in a very similar way to how the last record was written,” McMahon said, adding that he’s spent a lot of time away from his family in L.A. while writing and Andrew McMahon in the recording in New York and Wilderness Nashville. “It’s not an easy wsg Civil Twilight approach when you have a The Intersection, 133 Grandville two year old. There’s a lot of Ave. SW, Grand Rapids balancing of professional and July 7, 6 p.m. personal that goes on in my $25 advance, $28 day of show, all-ages life now that I’m making the, (616) 451-8232 record. But I think it’s leading to great music – music that’s got a lot of heart.” Cu r r e nt ly, t he ne w record is about 75 percent of the way written, but McMahon has put it on hold so he can hit the road again this summer. In addition to headlining gigs – including his show July 7 at The Intersection – he’s opening up for two of his favorites bands, Weezer, who he’s loved since his teen years, and Panic! at the Disco, who he’s known since they first broke into the music industry. “I try to have my family out here with me,” McMahon said of his new life as a parent on tour. “It’s different traveling and having a child on the tour bus, but it makes being out here certainly a lot easier. It’s actually kind of a fun way to see the world through my daughter’s eyes, cruising from city to city on a tour bus.” n

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How Wild Child Refuses to Conform |  by Eric Mitts

“We’re going to try this new thing where we just keep releasing new material as we travel,” Wilson said. “The whole two-year rue to their name, Wild album cycle seems outdated. We’re pretty Ch i ld refuses to run with the prolific writers, so we’re going to get them pack or worry much about the out there as we go.” traditional business side of music. It At the end of the year, Wild Child is leavdoesn’t jive with the Austin-based ing it up to fans which tracks make it onto indie-pop band’s artistic process – so the vinyl. they go their own way. “We will have much less to do with it than “When it comes to that side of the music everyone else, which is cool,” said Wilson. industry, we all just kind of freeze up,” said “I’m excited to see what happens. It’s a totally Kelsey Wilson, lead vocalist and random experiment that we feel violinist of the seven-piece outfit. really good about.” “We can write a song a day and Fortunately for the group, Wild Child play a show a day for the rest of they’re signed with a label that’s wsg. Less Is More our lives, but the other side of willing to work with their lessThe Pyramid Scheme things is just so foreign.” than-conventional methods and 68 Commerce Ave. SW, After the release of 2015’s let them focus on creativity. Grand Rapids Fools, Wild Child decided to furJuly 31, 8 p.m., all ages According to Wilson, Dualtone $10 advance, $15 day ther veer away from the traditional Records out of Nashville is a large of show norm and album-release process. enough indie label to help make, Instead, they’re testing the waters things happen, but small enough (616) 272-3758 on a completely new concept for to understand what’s driven Wild the next record. Child’s success. The band wants to bring back “[We’re] not a radio band, all of the artists and producers they’ve met we’ve never been a radio band, and I don’t over the years – what Wilson calls the “Wild think that’s going to change,” Wilson said. Child family” – and collaborate with them on “We’ve done well solely because of our fans new material for this project. But instead of and our live shows, so we might as well keep sitting on the songs until they’re all ready for that going.” n an album, the band wants to release new songs every month throughout the year.


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o s h E pste i n’s ph o n e i s b lowi n’ u p thanks to his band’s summery slice of infectious indiepop, “Gone.” The Detroit duo JR JR’s hit single has gone viral since its 2015 release, racking up over 15 million plays on Spotify and landing everywhere from alt-rock radio to the trailer for the upcoming comedy Sausage Party. “It’s been really cool for us to see that happening more often and get heads turning,” Epstein said about the success of “Gone.” “It’s exciting to see your music spreading, but I guess we’re more excited about the next step of the journey and seeing if we can do it again.” JR JR Epstein, 34, first formed JR JR wsg Flint Eastwood with co-singer/songwriter/multiDistrict Square, 139 S. instrumentalist Daniel Zott in Edwards St., Kalamazoo 2010. Starting out with the name July 21, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. show Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. as a joke, the $20, all ages pair began recording songs in Zott’s, basement in Royal Oak. Later that (269) 312-7246 year, the guys caught the attention of major labels with the release of its debut EP, Horsepower, on Ann Arbor label Quite Scientific. By 2011, the band moved up to the big leagues and released its major-label debut: It’s A Corporate World on Warner Bros. Records. With songs like “Simple Girl” and “Morning Thought,” the group received great reviews, where they were compared to rock ‘n’ roll legends like The Beach Boys and The Beatles thanks to their vocal harmonies, clever lyrics and instantly catchy hooks. “I think the thing that The Beatles and The Beach Boys both do, that Dan and I both strive to do, is make something that sounds easy and memorable, but actually is a little bit more complicated,” Epstein said. “Where you can listen to it a million times and there’s something new going on,” he added. “And I think that’s what both those bands did brilliantly. If we could get to a point where we’re doing that at their level — that would be the end goal. It’s a flattering comparison.” Following the release of their second LP, 2013’s The Speed of Things, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. found their tongue-in-cheek name was causing more confusion than expected. Even though they had contacted the real Dale Earnhardt Jr. — who gave them permission to keep using the name — they found

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“[We] were asked to play the Bernie Sanders rally in Ann Arbor… It was only afterwards we realized that we probably wouldn’t have been asked to do it if we were still called Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.” that NASCAR fans were still occasionally showing up at their shows looking for the famous race car driver, or contacting them mistakenly on social media. So they shortened their name to just JR JR for their third LP. It proved to be a liberating move in more than one way. “You know, it’s interesting, we were asked to play the Bernie Sanders rally in Ann Arbor [earlier this year] and we did it. I think it was one of the most positive experiences that

all of us can remember,” Epstein said. “It just felt so great. And we were so glad to be able to lend our voice to what we felt was a worthy cause. It was only afterwards we realized that we probably wouldn’t have been asked to do it if we were still called Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.” Now Epstein and Zott have started writing songs for their fourth record along with their live band, taking more of the energy of their recent shows and channeling it into new material. “I think both us really love the idea of writing a song as a band and just really hashing it out together,” Epstein said. “We realized through touring that the guys that we have playing with us are way more talented than we are at playing music, so writing with them has been so fun. It’s less cerebral and more about just trying to feel everything out.” n

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Boyz II Men joins the Grand Rapids Symphony on Aug. 4.

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u r s t i ng w i t h s ta r p ow e r , the Grand Rapids Symphony kicks off its 2016 Picnic Pops series with another explosive Classical Fireworks show on July 14. The season, which runs mid-July through early August, also includes performances showcasing the music of legendary rock musicians Queen, The Beach Boys and David Bowie. Then, R&B superstars Boyz II Men join the symphony live onstage Aug. 4 for a one-night-only event to cap off the series. “We pick well-known and much-loved classical blockbusters for our annual Classical Fireworks concerts, plus a few new or less familiar pieces that fit in the same vein and show off the Grand Rapids Symphony,” said Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, public relations manager for the Grand Rapids Symphony. “Naturally, 3915497-01 when we have special guests such as Boyz II Men, the show is all about the music by the artist that the audience loves. That works especially well with a full-size symphony orchestra.” The Grand Rapids Symphony began the Picnic Pops in 1995. Since then, thousands have flocked to the hills of Cannonsburg Ski Area every year. The relaxed, outdoor setting

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said. “We felt it was the right thing to do to and familiar pop/rock tunes have helped remember the life and work of an innovative open the doors for many to experience the artist who played a major role in rock music symphony for the very first time. of the past four to five decades.” “You get to wear comfortable clothes and As for the Aug. 4 season closer with Boyz spread out on a blanket or bring a favorite chair,” Kaczmarczyk said. “Kids can scam- II Men, the special performance showcases several of the group’s many chart-topping hits, per and play on the hills of Cannonsburg including “I’ll Make Love To You,” “Motown Ski Area. You can enjoy conversation with Philly,” “On Bended Knee” and, friends before the show or during of course, “End of the Road.” intermission, and you can nibble The multiplatinum R&B or have a drink while enjoying the D&W Fresh group first rose to worldwide music.” Market Picnic popularity and acclaim in the In addition to the Classical Pops early ’90s with a string of No. 1 Fireworks show, which runs Grand Rapids hit singles. The group’s second July 14-15, the symphony also Symphony’s Classical LP, II, was the first-ever winner performs “We Will Rock You! Fireworks Cannonsburg Ski Area of the Grammy Award for Best The Music of Queen” July 21-22 6800 Cannonsburg Rd., R&B Album in 1995. The group and “The Music of The Beach Belmont released their latest LP, Collide, in Boys” July 28-29. During both performances, rock musicians pops, (616) 454-9451 “Groups typically write their perform live onstage alongside own music, learn it as they go, and the symphony. spend weeks, even months, before On Aug. 2, the symphony recording or performing live,” Kaczmarczyk performs a special one-night tribute to the late said of the symphony’s anticipation for workDavid Bowie. The brand-new show debuted ing with Boyz II Men. “An orchestra such as in Atlanta earlier this summer. It features a the Grand Rapids Symphony has little time full rock band performing with the symphony to learn new music and even less to rehearse and covers songs from the rock icon’s entire with the guest artist. But it’s what we do.” n catalog in a moving symphonic odyssey. “David Bowie passed away in January while the 2016 D&W Fresh Market Picnic For full ticket information and package selection, Pops still was in the planning,” Kaczmarczyk visit

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This is a collaboration among WYCE, AMI Jukeboxes and Revue. Play this mix as a playlist on AMI Jukeboxes, read about it in Revue, and stream it on! From Grand Rapids, Michigan to the world.

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Avalanches — “Frankie Sinatra”

16 years have passed since this Australian duo’s last release and people are stoked they’re back — with good reason. Danny Brown and MF Doom, as well as some surprise audio samples, tie together this unique track.

the fantastic trumpets and guitar seamlessly blending with the slick beats.

Elle King — “Good Girls”

Frightened Rabbit — “Get Out”

The 24-year-old acoustic music prodigy is releasing her fourth album, Undercurrent, just months after scoring her first apartment.

Beck — “Wow”

The Ghostbusters trailer may be feeling the wrath of the internet but this single from the film’s soundtrack stands as an empowering response to all the haters.

Beth Orton — “1973”

Just announced at The Pyramid Scheme for September 20, this Scottish band’s impassioned plea doesn’t leave us with much hope for lovelorn recovery any time soon.

Goofy and psychedelic at times, this song from Beck seems mildly familiar as it serves its purpose as a satirical take on club music.

The British “folktronica” pioneer has spent the last few outings getting in touch with her acoustic side. She returns to her roots in the best possible sense by teaming with producer Andrew Hung for a set of kinetic explorations.

DJ Shadow — “Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels” Killer Mike and El-P masterfully rap on this incredibly catchy track. The ferocity of their lyrics is paralleled by

Peter Bjorn and John — “Breakin’ Point”

The highlight of this charming melody is the uplifting combination of whistling and keys that lead into a memorable chorus on this new PB&J’s release.

Mitski — “Your Best American Girl”

New York-based Mitski offers up a dreamscape, acoustic lullaby that evolves into an emotional explosion of rock. Its equal parts bitter and victorious.

Paul Simon — “Wristband”

The music legend delivers the feel-good object-lessonon-privilege of the summer. Stranger to Stranger is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer’s 13th solo album.

Sarah Jarosz — “House of Mercy”

The Strokes — “Oblivius”

This catchy single off The Strokes’ much anticipated EP, Future Present Past, is proof that Julian Casablancas and Co. are a finely tuned machine, guiding the momentum of the chorus as it expertly heads off with a Daft Punkesque solo.

Summer Cannibals — “Say My Name”

Cut your teeth on this new track from female-led band Summer Cannibals. Jessica Boudreaux’s guitar and vocals are poppy and sweet but still maintain a gritty punch. n

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his summer, resist the urge to sit in your airconditioned abode. Get out of town and hit the highway before the roads are iced over once again. To get you started, Revue’s staff offers up some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations

outside of West Michigan. Instead of compiling an assortment of vay-cay hot spots you’ve likely already visited, listed here are hidden-gem attractions, dives, scenic landscapes and fine establishments — all perhaps worth popping into while you’re gallivanting across the state with friends or family. Safe travels!

Northern MI and the UP Marquette An ideal trip to the Upper Peninsula for a granola goes something like this: Go there. Don’t come back. But for those with more downstate tendencies, I suggest a few days exploring Marquette — modern enough to enjoy some of the best beer in the state, but still close to a first-class array of outdoor recreation. First, the new stuff: Dining at Steinhaus (102 W. Washington St., Marquette), the town’s premier German restaurant. If you don’t enjoy your meal, send a copy of your bill to Managing Editor Rich Tupica for reimbursement* — the menu’s that good. If you can still stomach a pint after all that schnitzel, there’s at least two more choices. Ore Dock Brewing Co. (114 W. Spring St., Marquette) has the feel of a more standard craft brewpub in its larger downtown spot, while the smaller Blackrocks Brewery (424 N. Third St., Marquette) feels more like drinking in your cool uncle’s cottage. Now, the old stuff: The U.P. is a vast, 16,000-square-mile expanse of incredible scenery — too much to list here. But even around Marquette, you can drive less than five miles to hiking/biking trails near Marquette Mountain (4501 M-553, Marquette), as well as fishing in the Carp River. Also, a drive along Big Bay Road about 15 minutes north of town brings you to Little Presque Isle recreation area and beach. If you can, show up around 11 p.m. on a clear night with your significant other and fall asleep on the sand. —Andy Balaskovitz *Offer not valid in Michigan.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising

It’s a bit of a hike from West Michigan, but if you’re willing to cross the Mackinac bridge and take a 2-hour trip into the U.P., you can visit one of the most beautiful lakeshores in the United States. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore lies on the shore of Lake Superior and is home to gorgeous sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, miles of trails and even some historical shipwrecks. The best way to experience the coastline is via boat. I suggest checking out Pictured Rocks Cruises (100 City Park Drive, Munising) for a tour of the area’s world-famous sandstone cliffs. Located in Munising, Mich., Pictured Rocks Cruises has offered an up-close-and-personal view of the lakeshore for more than 50 years. Visitors can choose between the Regular Cruise, Spray Falls Cruise or Sunset Cruise, each one more than two hours long. If cruising isn’t your thing, you can still experience the lakeshore with miles of winding nature trails on land. Or, just drive along the coast, enjoying the scenery and


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Road Trips (continued from page 33) picking up some knick-knacks, pastries and smoked fish from a multitude of roadside stands. There’s a reason Yoopers are so passionate about their peninsula. —Josh Spanninga

Tahquamenon Falls State Park If a day in Paradise isn’t worth a drive across the bridge, I don’t know what is. Way up yonder, an hour north of the Mackinac, lies the Tahquamenon Falls (41382 W. M-123, Paradise). In the late spring, more than 50,000 gallons of amber-tinted water flow over the Upper Falls every second. Spanning 200 feet with a 50-foot drop, it’s the largest waterfall in the state, and an absolutely mesmerizing sight. Downriver, you can take a rowboat out to the Lower Falls, a much tamer series of cascades that are perfect for playing in, or maybe a mid-day (fully-clothed) shower. Personally, I spent a good half-hour with my family just building a rock tower in the middle of the river. If that’s not your speed, check out the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery or traverse more than 22 miles of hiking trails across the sprawling state park. —Josh Veal

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Mackinac Island When one thinks of a visit to Mackinac Island, visions of fudge, carless streets and scenic bike rides are likely among the first things to come to mind. But if you’re curious what your destination’s nightlife has to offer, it’s important not to overlook the island’s 14-stop pub crawl. In just one easily-walkable mile, you can make your way from the Round Island Bar (6633 Main St., Mackinac Island) at Mission Point — home to a striking lake view — to the Grand Hotel’s casual restaurant and bar The Gate House (286 Grand Ave., Mackinac Island). In between are a dozen watering holes that vary in atmosphere and offerings, from the heavy craft beer focus and 50 taps of the Draught House (7463 Main St., Mackinac Island) to the historic Mustang Lounge (1485 Astor St., Mackinac Island), recently remodeled using 200-year-old wood from a fur trading post. And if you’re looking for live music, hit up Horn’s Gaslight Bar & Restaurant (7300 Main St., Mackinac Island) and The Pink Pony (7221-105 Main St., Mackinac Island), each of which offer entertainment almost every night of the week. —Dwayne Hoover

2011, Headlands became one of the first 10 international dark sky parks in the world, which means it’s actually protected specifically for its primo visibility. Headlands is open 24 hours a day to its guests and costs nothing to enter. The park offers an array of organized activities/programs, from trivia nights to Perseid Meteor Shower watching, for those who are interested in a little more than just lazing around under the stars. —Elma Talundzic

Saugatuck/ Douglas Historic walking and trolley tours of downtown Saugatuck and Douglas are a great way to take in the two harbor towns. Feeling more adventurous? Climb the 282 steps to Mount Baldhead and explore forested dunes to the beach, a view of the city and Saugatuck-Douglas Harbor (fall and spring offer better views). While there, hike the dunes and find a spot to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. You can rent a canoe or kayak, or charter a sailboat, and cruise the river to Lake Michigan onboard an old-fashioned sternwheeler. There’s also the option to tour the harbor via a World War II-era amphibious “Duck.” Other natural areas to swim, hike or catch a sunset include Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, Pier Cove Beach and Douglas Beach. —Marla R. Miller

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When a friend told me that El Oasis (2501 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing) was the best Mexican food she’d ever eaten, I had my doubts. It doesn’t look like much, a white-and-orange food truck sitting in a fairly inconspicuous parking lot. If you don’t know it’s there, you’d probably just drive by. But it is, without a doubt, the best and most authentic Mexican food I’ve ever had. El Oasis has been serving Lansing residents since 2005 and has all the old classics — burritos, gorditas and my personal favorite: their tacos. Now personally, I’m good with chicken, but if you’re up for a little adventure go with the beef tongue or tripe. Also, be sure to get an order of chips and salsa (one mild, one hot) and mix them together for maximum deliciousness. Up for a drink after you eat your weight in south-of-the-border cuisine? Stop by The Avenue Café (2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing) or The Green Door (2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing), both of which are right down the street. —Dana Casadei Whether you’re a musician or just an admirer of beautiful instruments, stepping through the door of Elderly Instruments (1100 N. Washington Ave., Lansing) is like crossing the threshold of fretted heaven. You’ll find a heavy traditional music focus here, with lots of acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins and the like, as well as an impressive collection of rare and vintage instruments. Elderly also boasts a highly-regarded, nationally-recognized repair and restoration shop, with about 3,000 square feet of space and a staff of 11 that brings more than 250 years of Continued on page 42 ➤

Mackinaw City If you’re looking to get away from the buzz of the city, but don’t necessarily want to leave the mitten behind, Headlands International Dark Sky Park (15675 Headlands Rd., Mackinaw City) might be worth a visit. Located two miles west of downtown Mackinaw City, the Headlands is 600 acres of pristine protected woodlands. With no light pollution to get in the way, the park offers up a unique opportunity to get a stellar view of the night sky. In


Pink Pony, Mackinac Island

Michigan Roads Worth Traveling by Joe Boomgaard

M-22 Route: Manistee to Traverse City (by way of Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Northport) Distance: 117 miles Attraction: A mix of high-speed and tight curves, great vistas of Lake Michigan, northern Michigan small towns Avoid: Summer weekends If ever there was a #PureMichigan road, it would be the entirety of M-22 in Northwest Michigan. Starting at the southern end near Manistee and the Little River Casino, the road travels north through some of the greatest vantage points from which to observe Lake Michigan — with arguably the best one being the highly elevated Inspiration Point just into Benzie County. The route includes a mix of intriguing small town shopping districts (Fishtown in Leland) and natural beauty (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore). The only problem is, this route has gained popularity in recent years and is full of fudgies crawling along at 25 mph for much of the season. Take advantage of the off season for the best experiences, but keep an eye out for the Five-0.

Route: Hastings to Kalamazoo (by way of Delton, Hickory Corners and Richland) Distance: 30 miles Attraction: Sweeping high-speed corners with a handful of tight curves, rural Barry County, lake views Avoid: Nights, as the deer are plentiful This route might seem unassuming, but it’s become a favorite “backroad” between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Leave U.S. 131 to the


Brockway Mountain Drive in Copper Harbor PHOTO: JOE BOOMGAARD

f you’re ever heading down south for a lengthy road trip, be sure to keep an eye out for the Fairmount, Indiana exit. The small farm town, which sits threeand-a-half hours from Grand Rapids, seems like Anywhere, U.S.A. — until you realize it’s the hometown of the late Hollywood legend, James Dean. Not only is the enigmatic Rebel Without a Cause star buried at Fairmount’s Park Cemetery (be sure to seek out his headstone and snap some photos) — but the house he grew up in, “the Winslow Farm,” is still there, as well. One of Dean’s cousins owns the property and it’s said he doesn’t mind if people pull up and gawk a bit. Just don’t knock on the door.

commuters and hit M-43 through Barry County’s lake district for some engaging curves and a mix of rural landscapes. It doesn’t hurt that one of the best automotive attractions in the state is based along the route in Hickory Corners. The Gilmore Car Museum and its expansive collection has become a mecca for car enthusiasts and history buffs alike, and it only continues to improve with new exhibits and buildings. It’s the perfect capstone to a fall color tour.

U.S. 41 and M-26 Route: Calumet to Copper Harbor and back via Eagle River Distance: 73 miles Attraction: Dense U.P. forests, ghost towns, Lake Superior vistas Avoid: The snowmobiling season, basically September through May (we kid) While it’s easy to love the U.P. as a whole, there’s just something special about the Keweenaw Peninsula. It’s a microcosm of all things Yooper, with its waterfalls, Lake Superior shoreline, mining ghost towns and spectacular views. This route may not feature the best curves for apex carving, but it’s an experience nonetheless. There’s plenty of history in the dozens of stops in the Keweenaw National Historical Park or at Fort Wilkins State Park. Shutterbugs should be sure to check out the Copper Harbor Light and Brockway Mountain Drive, which offers views of Isle Royale on clear days. Stick along the shoreline on M-26 and watch for the lines of parked cars between Eagle Harbor and Eagle River. That likely means Jampot, a monasteryrun bakery, is open. You’ll want to stop in for some of the best breads, baked goods and jams in the land. n

But your first stop should be the James Dean Gallery. The employees are Dean Encyclopedias and super friendly. The staff will gladly hand you a map to all of the nearby Dean destinations — including his old local hangout spots (i.e the old Carter’s Motorcycle Shop building). It’s got an excellent gift shop and a museum of Dean memorabilia. Astounding artifacts from his films and childhood along with old photos from Dean’s short life adorn every nook of the establishment. Entering the city limits of Fairmount is like a time warp. I don’t imagine much has changed since Dean rode his bike through the small town. It’s a nice pit stop for those on the road, or even a day trip. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a cigarette or flower on Dean’s headstone. Upcoming James Dean Events in Fairmount: James Dean Spring Car Show: July 29–31 19th Annual James Dean Fans Weekend: Sept. 23–25 More info at

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ny road trip that’s worth a damn must include roads that are fun to drive. And if we’re being honest, we need to drop this bombshell: Despite being the state that put America on wheels, Michigan has precious few engaging roads for the discerning driver. Yes, we’re looking at you, ruler-straight highways. While it’s fun to put the hammer down on the on-ramp and accelerate to highway speeds, a driving enthusiast finds little enjoyment in blythely cruising along without so much as a curve in sight. Yawn, might as well just text. (Kidding.) But all hope is not lost. Here are three worthy and engaging “drivers’ roads” around Michigan that will get your heart racing, whether you’re piloting a capable sportscar or just a mundane family truckster.

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LCD Soundsystem at Lollapalooza

Joshua Davis at Hoxeyville

Can’t-Miss Road-Trip Concerts


hen temperatures heat up here in Michigan, so does the concert calendar. That’s when it’s time to grab some of your closest friends and hit the road for an adventure you’ll not soon forget. Packed with choices, this quick list crosses our great state, hitting venues large and small — from all-weekend music marathons to one-night-only theater shows worthy of any music lover’s bucket list. Trust us, with a summer soundtrack this good and memories you’ll share for years to come, these are worth the trip. / By Eric Mitts

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Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago July 15-17 For tickets, visit: Hipsters and indie-rock fans take over Chicago’s Union Park each year when Pitchfork Music Festival sets up shop. Celebrating 11 years, the festival presents more than 40 bands throughout the course of three days. The roster is always stacked with emerging bands, along with some alt-rock pioneers. 2016’s roster includes Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds performance (which also stops in Detroit in September), Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, Miguel, FKA Twigs, Blood Orange and many others.

Common Ground Festival Adado Riverfront Park 300 N. Grand Ave., Lansing July 5-10, $12-$112

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modern-country fans here in Michigan. Now in its fourth year, the three-day festival boasts big names like Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Eric Church, as well as more than 40 other artists, including Michigan native Jana Kramer. The onsite camping turns it all into one big weekend party, so throw on your cowboy hat and giddy up.

John Carpenter: Live Retrospective The Masonic Temple 500 Temple Ave., Detroit July 15, $35-$75

Offering something for almost everyone, Lansing’s long-running Common Ground Festival shares the universal love of music with six nights of live performance on three stages. Each night centers mostly on one genre, with alt-rock, country, punk, rap, R&B, and folk all getting their due. Headliners this year include Tim McGraw, Jason DeRulo, Rise Against, AWOLNATION, Dierks Bentley, and A$AP Rocky, while several Michigan musicians also take the stage, including Fauxgrass, Lady Ace Boogie, The SEVENTH, Coldville, Michigander and others.

Hollywood Vampires Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort 6800 Soaring Eagle Road, Mt. Pleasant July 13, $25-$1,500 and DTE Energy Music Theatre 7774 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston July 16, $29.50-$104 How often do you get to see Johnny Depp play guitar? Better yet, how often can you see Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry backed by Guns N’ Roses Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo? Named after a notorious celebrity drinking club Cooper started in the ’70s, this all-star supergroup made its live debut last year and has wowed audiences across the globe ever since. So don’t miss out. Considering how busy these guys all are, there’s no knowing when the Vampires will emerge again.

Faster Horses Festival Michigan International Speedway 12626 US-12, Brooklyn July 15-17, $199-$499 Over the last three years, Faster Horses has quickly become the summer destination for

Film buffs and music fans unite. Legendary director, screenwriter and composer John Carpenter (known for such ’80s cult-classics as Halloween, The Thing, They Live and others) will perform works from his filmography, as well as new compositions, at this incredibly rare event offering a unique glimpse into the creative brain of a sci-fi/horror mastermind. The night will also include a screening of one of Carpenter’s biggest movies, 1981’s Escape From New York.

Vans Warped Tour The Palace of Auburn Hills 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills July 22, $40.50-$50.50 Although it’s now the longest-running touring festival in North America, the Vans Warped Tour finds a way to stay forever young – even

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Concert Road Trips (continued from page 36) as it turns 21. Packed with short, 30-minute sets from over 60 bands – including Falling In Reverse, Good Charlotte, Less Than Jake, New Found Glory, and Sleeping With Sirens – Warped continues to work like a summer sampler of the best and buzziest pop-punk, post-hardcore and ska bands on the scene.

Mo Pop Festival West Riverfront Park 1801 W. Jefferson, Detroit July 23-24, $109.50-$249 Set in one of the nicest green spaces in the city of Detroit, Mo Pop brings in some of the biggest acts on the rise with an eclectic mix of alternative, rap, folk, pop and more. This year G-Eazy, M83, HAIM, and The Head & The Heart top the bill, with Grand Haven native Garrett Borns – aka BØRNS of “Electric Love” fame – and Flint musician Tunde Olaniran joining a two-day lineup of over two dozen bands.

Lollapalooza Grant Park, Chicago July 27-31, $120-$4,200 The biggest festival in the country celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a four-day lineup absolutely stacked with more than 100 bands performing on eight stages. Acclaimed altrock band Radiohead will make their only Midwest stop at this year’s Lolla, which also features headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Lana Del Rey, J Cole, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, and Major Lazer. Although GA tickets sold out almost instantly, higher-priced VIP and Platinum passes, as well as travel packages, are still available to get you into the largest concert of the year.

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Drake & Future The Palace of Auburn Hills 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills July 28, $49.50-$149.50 AND Joe Louis Arena 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit Aug. 16, $49.50-$149.50 Featuring two of the biggest names in hip-hop, this tour sees superstar rapper Drake supporting his sixth-consecutive No. 1 album, Views. He teams with red-hot Georgia rapper Future, whose fourth LP, EVOL, also debuted at No. 1 in February. Together the duo topped the charts last fall with their now-platinum-certified collaborative mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive. This might be the only chance you get to see these two onstage together, so remember: YOLO.

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Dirt Fest Crofoot Festival Grounds 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac Aug. 13, $31.25-$93.75

HAIM at Mo Pop Festival

For heavy music fans, Dirt Fest is the loudest, sweatiest day of the year. Metalcore vets Killswitch Engage will top this year’s lineup, which also includes Asking Alexandria, Hatebreed, Trivium and Attila. Also featuring such Michigan acts as Hastings metal band 6 Prong Paw and Detroit heavy-hitters Wilson and Walls of Jericho, Dirt Fest leaves no rock unturned. It’s become known for uncovering new underground artists amidst the unholy mess of its mosh pits.

Blues Traveler & The Wallflowers wsg. G. Love & Special Sauce and Howie Day Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills Aug. 16, $25-$75 Last year, Blues Traveler resurrected their pioneering H.O.R.D.E. Festival for a stand-alone concert in Detroit that honored the history of their original 1992 tour, which is often credited with helping popularize the modern jam scene. This summer, the band harkens back to the ’90s once again, this time joining up with The Wallflowers for a night of forward-thinking jams and nostalgic hits like “Run Around” and “One Headlight.”

Hoxeyville Music Festival 11130 W. 48 1/2 Road, Manistee National Forest, Wellston Aug. 19-21, $65-$140 Escape to Northern Michigan’s Manistee National Forest for a weekend of music and natural wonder. Headlined by Kalamazoo’s Greensky Bluegrass – who will play two sets – Hoxeyville highlights many of the emerging talents in Michigan’s strong roots music scene, including Joshua Davis, Billy Strings, The Crane Wives, The Accidentals, and many others. Just make sure to pack all your camping gear and keep a lookout for familiar faces from right here in West Michigan.

Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit Sept. 30, $29.95-$225 The legendary creator of the Beach Boys’ California sound, Brian Wilson returns to

Detroit to play at the gorgeous Fox Theatre. This time, he’s celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys’ landmark album Pet Sounds. It’s already been rumored that this tour may be the final time that he will play the masterpiece in its entirety, so don’t miss your chance to see this highly influential classic performed live by a true rock ‘n’ roll icon.

band reunions, (un)ironic DJs — this is not your average rock club. Luckily, Japanese Breakfast is not your average rock band. Headed up by Michelle Zauner, the lo-fi experimental-pop project recently issued the LP Psychopomp, an intense but iridescent listen that’s definitely different from typical summer fare.

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Under the Radar Picks The Julie Ruin Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St., Detroit July 15, $16-$18 Opened just last fall, Marble Bar is one of the newest and most unique small venues in Detroit, so it’s definitely worth checking out. The Julie Ruin is the latest punk-rock project from former Bikini Kill frontwoman and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna. The band is releasing a new album, Hit Reset on July 8, and from early listen this show sounds like the perfect place to experience it.

Japanese Breakfast UFO Factory, 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit July 21, $8-$10 A one of a kind location, UFO Factory hosts shows that just don’t get booked anywhere else. Outsider art openings, zine parties, forgotten

2239 Farmers Block Road, North Allouez July 29-31, $20-$75 Anyone looking to really get away should consider this trek up north to the tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Well worth the trek just for its ultra-relaxed atmosphere, Farm Block is also a fundraiser for the Dan Schmitt Gift of Music Foundation Fund, which supports youth music education and sustainable outdoor activities in Michigan. Kalamazoo’s The Go Rounds will be there, as well as Grand Rapids’ Vox Vidorra, Ann Arbor’s The Macpodz and more than two dozen other artists.

Up North Music & Arts Festival 19405 Reed Road, Copemish Aug. 19-21, $125-$250 Inspired by West Michigan’s Electric Forest, this new festival will launch its inaugural year this summer at the Twisted Trail Off Road Park (near the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort). They plan to host a massive list of mostly EDM acts from all over the map, including Swedish artist Liquid Stranger, HEROBUST, Boombox Cartel, Break Science, and others. So if you’re looking to get weird and rage under the moonlight, you might have just found your new destination. n

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Canterbury Tales at The Penny Seats Theatre Company, Ann Arbor

Broaden Your Horizons: Theater Events Across the State

If you’re already taking a road trip, stop by one of these theaters to take in a play

Greater Tuna The Dio 135 E Main St., Pinckney July 14–Aug. 12, times vary, $42 (includes dinner), (517) 672-6009 Two actors play more than 20 characters in Greater Tuna, which takes place in Texas’s third-smallest town, Tuna. The comedy focuses on smalltown, Southern life with a hint of satire. Heading to The Dio might be a bit of a journey from West Michigan, but you also get dinner. (And it’s delicious.)

or musical. Just check the dates before you go! / By Dana Casadei Summer Retreat

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The Canterbury Tales The Penny Seats Theatre Company 2720 White Oak Dr., Ann Arbor Through July 2, 7 p.m., $10, (734) 926-5346 This retelling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic tale takes a few of the stories from The Canterbury Tales and brings them to the stage. The adaptation still has Chaucer’s biting humor, but keeps the bawdiness to a minimum, which apparently means the kids can come too.

Assassins The Encore Musical Theatre Company 3126 Broad St., Dexter Through July 3, times vary, $26+, (734) 268-6200

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The revue-style (look it up) musical uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to tell the stories of Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth and other assassins. Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman examine the motivations behind the men and women who killed, or attempted to kill, United States Presidents throughout history. Side note: some people did not love Gerald R. Ford.

Spin Theatre Nova 410 W Huron St., Ann Arbor Through July 10, times vary, $20, (734) 635-8450 Premiering at the Nova, Spin takes place in a homeless shelter for LGBTQIA teens

where the young Angelo Mendez has recently ended up. The show follows Mendez and the other teens as they navigate their challenging lives. Spoken word poetry and teen romance collide in this unique, modern-day love story.

Xanadu The Penny Seats Theatre Company 2720 White Oak Dr., Ann Arbor July 14–30, 7 p.m., $10, (734) 926-5346 Based off the 1980 cult classic film, Xanadu follows a Greek muse who is sent to Earth during the ’80s to inspire Californians. There’s roller skating and men in super-short shorts, along with a whole lot of feathered hair.

Williamston Theatre 122 S Putnam St., Williamston July 14–Aug. 21, times vary, $23+, (517) 655-7469 The second premiere on the list, Summer Retreat tells the story of three friends who reunite at the cottage where they used to spend college summers. This reunion isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy though. As the play unfolds, bonds of friendship are stretched and we see just how far these women are willing to go for the people who know their secrets. Sounds intense, but I swear, this does have comedic elements!

American Wee-Pie Tipping Point Theatre 361 E Cady St., Northville July 21–Aug. 21, times vary, $30+, (248) 347-0003

Textbook editor Zed finds himself back in his sleepy hometown following his mother’s death. On the walk to her house, he accidentally steps into oncoming traffic, only surviving thanks to a former high school classmate. Zed starts to rethink the life he’s been living and sets off on a culinary and personal journey that includes joining a gourmet cupcake emporium. Yes, you will definitely be craving cupcakes after this.

Shakespeare Royal Oak 2016 Water Works Theatre Company 320 W 7th St. #200, Royal Oak Richard III (July 28-31), Twelfth Night (July 30 & 31), times TBA, (248) 399-3727 The outdoor venue will be performing two plays written by, you guessed it, William Shakespeare. First up is Richard III, which tells the story of, well, you can probably figure it out. And he’s willing to do pretty much whatever it takes in order to secure his place on the throne. If watching ruthless people do horrible things to others isn’t your thing, then think about seeing Twelfth Night. The comedy centers on twins Viola and Sebastian, separated in a shipwreck. Like all Shakespearian comedies, this play has plenty of disguises and a very complicated love triangle. n

Thrifty Trips:

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ny road trip isn’t complete without a little exploration along the way, whether it’s roadside oddities, outdoor gatherings or shopping local. Flea markets happen to combine all three. Make a list of what you’re looking for (vintage concert T-shirts, beer signs, quirky artwork) and pack plenty of bags or a large vehicle to haul it home with this sampling of flea-market attractions. But back off the retro lawn gnomes — that’s my thing… / By Missy Black

ALLEGAN ANTIQUES MARKET Thrift bedroom arrangement by Kalamazoo Kitty

items. Food is offered, as well as giveaways (from furniture to gift cards). While on the smaller side, it’s still a day event rather than a quick stop. Copeland’s seen a few items that are hard to forget. “I saw a giant wood surveyor stick with the measurement markings. It stood 20 feet tall. I thought that was the coolest thing.” On June 11, the Portage Road location offered a fifth anniversary celebration. An event dubbed Beat The Heat takes place July 16 at the West Main location and on August 20 in Portage, but dates go on into October — it’s hard to stop junking. 4217 Portage St. & 6883 W. Main, Kalamazoo;

KALAMAZOO KITTY This small-scale operation has two locations and is gaining plenty of buzz. There’s “painted furniture, salvaged pieces, handmade pottery — it really ends up looking like a walk through Pinterest,” according to Kitty Copeland, owner of both Kalamazoo Kitty stores in Kalamazoo (4217 Portage Street and 6883 West Main). It’s a mashup of what’s trending, from barn wood and pallet creations to vintage suitcases and industrial

Wurlizter jukebox at Allegan Antiques Market

MICHIGAN ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE FESTIVAL Held at the Midland County Fairgrounds on July 23 and 24, not only does this market let you bring in golf carts, but you can camp there (inner screeching!). It’s a picker’s heaven, with 80 acres featuring a car show, swap meet (bring your garage sale items) and an experience filled with soft, shabby chic attractions. The Industrial Way is home to heavy industrial items and hardware from across the Midwest. Imagine work benches, commercial letters and lots of old manufacturing finds. Stroll through treasures while gawking at nearly a thousand dealers carrying vintage goods, antiques and collectibles. Indulge in hot dogs, hamburgers, Greek

specialties, wood-fired pizzas, Polish delicacies, fresh lemonade and corn dogs. If you can wait, there’s events on September 24 and 25 as well. Important details for both the summer and fall events: $6 admission per person and parking is always free. Times are Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Psst! There’s even Early Bird shopping on the Friday before each show so you get a chance to snag goods before the big crowds move in. Midland Co. Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave., Midland;

BURLEY PARK ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE MARKET If you take Highway 131 to exit 120, you can stop into this flea market in Howard City that boasts 700 to 800 vendors. It’s a woodsy type area that’s huge, as in you may want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs. Browse through antiques and collectibles with a great selection including crafts, auto parts, woodworking items and garden decor. The Fourth of July is a huge attraction and there’s another market the first Sunday in August. There’s carnival-type food offerings, some produce selections, and the Amish community brings in plenty of baked goods. I’ve witnessed a flatbed truck filled with succulent plants and bought some. I’ve watched my sister slip into a makeshift dressing room to try on shorts (not her finest moment). I snagged some old minnow buckets that I’m telling myself can be fashioned into light fixtures (you’ll see!). It’s one heck of a commitment, so plan to stay the entire day to see all the oddities and wares. There’s even a car show held on specific market days. 100 Wild Turkey Blvd., Howard City; n

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This flea market is legit, with 400 quality dealers in every field of antiques and collectibles. You’ll find half the dealers inside and half outside under canopies. You might not think it, but half the fun of flea markets is the food. You can count on three food trucks and picnic areas with tables to help you refuel for the hunt. Today’s market is “décor driven,” says owner Larry Wood, who started the show in 1978. “If it has to do with décor it’s selling much better, and industrial is hot today.” This market is known for its furniture too — from items that can be repurposed to antiques, you’ve got a veritable showroom of style. If you happen to fancy a large furniture piece, you can ring up the courtesy wagon. “We go to the booth, load your item and take it to your car. That’s complimentary and there are three wagons running continuously,” explained Wood. Traditional antiques, a 400-year-old ship anchor, sports memorabilia, vintage art — you’ll find something to throw on the wall back home that makes for a great story. You can check it out on the last Sunday of the month through September (with show hours 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Remember, admission is $4 per person and parking is always free. The show goes on rain or shine, so if you’re serious (and you better be), bring that umbrella and poncho. Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan Co. Fair Dr., Allegan; alleganantiques. com.


Road Trips

Road Trips (continued from page 34) combined experience to the table. So when you find that old, antique ukulele buried in your grandfather’s basement, you know where to take it. The showroom is simply magical, and what truly makes a trip to Elderly worth the trek. If you’re looking to cut your teeth on a new Martin guitar or are maybe in the market for a vintage, $45,000 Gibson conversion banjo, it’s a stop that’s sure to inspire musical awe. —Dwayne Hoover

and baseball diamonds, but my favorite spot is a lot more tranquil — Newburgh Pointe. Located on the shores of Newburgh Lake, Newburgh Pointe is one of those areas where you can get away from it all. Sit on a bench, watch the water and feel yourself start to relax. There’s also fishing docks and a canoe concession if that’s more your speed. —Dana Casadei


Eastern MI Livonia I know the west coast has loads of great beaches and lakes, but if you want to really get away, take a two-hour drive south. Hines Park has been around since the early 1900s and spans across several cities in Wayne County. There’s bike trails, parks, picnic areas

With a city as big as Detroit nearby, it’s easy to overlook Ferndale — but what a mistake that would be. In recent years, Ferndale has revitalized its shopping district with a burst of new shops and restaurants. The best place to start your shopping trip is at The Rust Belt Market (22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale). Located on the corner of Woodward and 9 Mile, this weekend marketplace is home to more than 50 shops, all independently owned by local artists and entrepreneurs. From trinkets and

Sky view at Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City

sculptures to soaps and clothing, there’s a little bit of something for everyone at this eclectic market. And just a few storefronts down you’ll find Found Sound (234 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale), a record store that carries an impressive array of new and used vinyl, cassettes, books, DVDs and VHS tapes. If you’re hungry, head around the corner to try some delicious carne asada tacos at the Imperial Bar (22828 Woodward Ave., Ferndale). Make sure to get their chips and a flight of salsa on the side. If you’re still craving some entertainment after all that shopping and eating, visit The Ringwald Theatre (22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale) for a play, or the Loving Touch (22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale) for hip, live music. And the best part of it all? Everything listed here is literally five minutes away from each other, if not less. —Josh Spanninga

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I’d suggest taking a three-hour trip to Oscoda on the Sunrise Side of the state in Iosco County. Oscoda is a blue-collar resort town on Lake Huron off US-23. Enjoy the smalltown business district by exploring Great Northern Books & Hobbies (209 S. State St., Oscoda) and poking around the roomy McNamara Antique Mall (2083 N. US Hwy 23, Oscoda). Everyone is very friendly. Grab your books and games and head to Oscoda Beach Park, which was where people survived the Great 1911 Oscoda/Au Sable Fire that leveled the communities. After that, get a latte and scone at the Garden View Coffee Mill (120 E. River Rd., Oscoda) with its charming ambience and antique furniture. Finish the day watching a movie at the Lake

Theatre (117 E. Dwight St., Oscoda). The next day, you can explore the Au Sable River by renting kayaks at Oscoda Canoe Rental (678 W. River Rd., Oscoda) Or, take a more leisurely trip on the Au Sable River Queen (1775 W. River Rd., Oscoda) with the Detroiters in the cabin smoking and playing pinochle. Finish your trip in the HuronManistee National Forest hiking around Lumberman’s Monument (5401 Monument Rd., Oscoda Twp.), which recognizes many of the lumbering families familiar to West Michigan. —Steven de Polo

Alpena My family and I like to visit Alpena when traveling up north. The warm and friendly port has charming Victorian mansions to enjoy and excellent restaurants. Spend an afternoon wandering around Rockport State Park down the road in Harrisville, which is the site of a former quarry. Don’t miss the 1870 Sturgeon Point Lighthouse (6071 E. Point Rd., Alpena) on Lake Huron. The attached nautical museum is supported by the Alcona Historical Society. Go down to the rocky beach with thousands of fossils to be discovered in the rocks. After finding the perfect stone for the garden back home, get an early dinner at the Court Yard Ristorante & Olde Roost Lounge (2024 US 23 S., Alpena). The steaks and pasta are excellent. Walk off the lasagna with a hike around the 17-acre Island Park (US-23 at Long Rapids Road, Alpena) in the heart of the city. Managed by Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board, the former hunting reserve boasts a grassland, forest, dunes and a marsh to explore. —Steven de Polo n

indie film

by Josh Spanninga

Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival is accepting submissions until July 15.

Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival Fires Up


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Midnight Movies Series Returns at Celebration! Cinema North


idnight movies are the stuff of dreams. Or, historically speaking, the stuff of drug-induced fever dreams. For years, films like Eraserhead and Pink Flamingos have graced theater screens during the coveted time slot, simultaneously weirding out and winning over audiences. Think of midnight movies as the stepchild of art film in the form of counter-cultural cult classics, B movies and boundary-pushing genre films.

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wo years ago, the folks at The Bandit Zine (a local publication devoted to socialjustice issues) premiered the first-ever Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival. In the short time since, they’ve built quite the audience and drawn in submissions from all over the world. Organizers are currently gearing up for the 2016 iteration of the event, which takes place in October. Back in May, GRFFF announced that it was accepting open submissions to the fest. If you’re interested and haven’t yet submitted your piece, you better hurry: All submissions are due by July 15. Lydia VanHoven, co-founder and contributor to The Bandit Zine, says the group plans to show roughly 30 films at the fest in October, all of which will be curated from the submissions. “In addition, this year we are planning to show some films in the Koning Theatre too,” VanHoven said. “We will still have some panels in this theater, but we’d like to show films as well.” The rules for submitting work to the fest are pretty simple: The film has to be less than 20 minutes, feature themes of social justice and feminism and be made by one or more members of underrepresented groups.

“When we say ‘underrepresented groups,’ we’re talking about anyone who is not your typical Hollywood filmmaker — white and male. We are looking for filmmakers of color, LGBTQIA folks, women and anyone whose story is not usually told in a mainstream Hollywood movie,” Van Hoven explained. “We want to make sure that representation of marginalized groups is not just happening in front of the camera, but behind it, too.”

Celebration! Cinema is no stranger to this term. It started showing midnight movies back in the days of Studio 28 (yeah, I’m dating myself here) and continued up until a few years ago. “It’s something that is part of our history as a company and people who come to our theaters regularly remember it really fondly,” said Eric Kuiper, director of alternative programming at Celebration! Cinema. This past May, the chain brought back the cult favorite with its newly revamped Midnight Movie series. “We really wanted to create something that was more than just another showtime,” Kuiper said. The event takes place every Saturday night at Celebration! Cinema North. Starting at 11 p.m., the lobby atmosphere changes as audiences gather for a pre-show hangout and event. You can also get a special combo pass and enjoy some loaded fries, a beer and one movie pass for a cool $15. Once showtime hits, audiences have a handful of new releases to choose from, as well as an alternative title. “There is always an alternative title of some kind, whether it’s a cult classic like El Topo or The Room,” Kuiper said. The idea to breathe new life into the midnight programming came partially from Kuiper’s time spent in attendance at various film festivals. “These festivals, Sundance, Toronto, they all have a midnight category, a space for these genre films,” Kuiper said. “We just haven’t had a great place to showcase any of that content, so that alternative slot every week is going to be filled by some kind of cult classic or a justreleased independent genre film.” Since May, Celebration! Cinema North has been showing a wide variety of alternative titles, from the aforementioned El Topo and The Room to the 2015 Danish horror flick What We Become. The movies themselves are great, but everything that comes along with them are pretty fantastic too. For instance, the Pop Scholars improv team stops by every now and then to provide live commentary for hilariously bad scifi classics, and the West Michigan Transylvanian Society has performed a live shadowcast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Kuiper says he hopes to continue the program indefinitely, bringing fresh and exciting alternative titles and events to the theater. Some upcoming Midnight Movies in July include Roasting Midnight Movies: From Justin to Kelly, Turbo Kid and Little Shop of Horrors (lineup subject to change). n

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New Book Recounts One of the ’80s Most Influential Rock Bands Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements, written by Bob Mehr (Da Capo, 2016)


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rouble Boys is as much a dissection of the music industry as it is the compelling narrative of an era’s media darlings. Memphis-based author Bob Mehr is a no-frills communicator, crafting a moving chronicle that kept the interest of a reader who doesn’t even dig the altAmericana that put the book’s subjects on the pop culture map. The Replacements formed in Minneapolis in 1978 and put out three LPs on a local label, Twin/Tone, before signing in

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1985 with Sire as part of the major label raid on “alternative” music. The band delivered four more LPs before calling it a day. It’s a brutal tale on many fronts. In the first 200 pages, it becomes clear that the member driving the band’s authenticity was axe man Bob Stinson. He was a loner who worshipped the playing of Yes guitarist Steve Howe, and was booted from the band in 1986. He died nine years later of poor health brought on by drug and alcohol abuse. His little brother, bassist Tommy, approved the dismissal of his troubled big brother, selling him out and jangling all the way to the spotlights. Even their managers and friends were mistreated by the band, especially frontman Paul Westerberg, who comes across for the duration of The Replacements career as a songwriting savant cloaked as a miserable, selfish oaf. “I was playing the character of the creep who demands to be treated like a king,” Westerberg reflectively says at one point. Once Bob Stinson left, the rockin’ dropped several notches, the corporate influences came in and the band was willing to sell its soul for fame. They sought producers who knew when to tweak the EQ and the sound grew increasingly benign and commercial as the years passed. The sellout factor was huge for The Replacements; they didn’t make music for the people anymore. They made it for the corporate wallets and the lowest common denominator, as the book details. The search for a producer who could give them a hit single was incessant, but at least they were realistic about life outside of music. “I don’t want to push a broom, and that’s what I’d be doing if I wasn’t in this band,” Tommy Stinson says. At times, such as the events leading up to a showcase at New York’s Irving Plaza in 1984, the book reads like a well-crafted fictional account of a rock band, with all the clichés firmly in place. Drugs, girls, booze, wrecked tour buses and hotel rooms all make appearances. The story goes like this: band from Midwest accidentally hits upon a formula the suits dig.

Band gets cover story in the Village Voice that includes all of its drunken antics, disregard for the audience, and self-importance. Band has big show lined up in NYC, books an unannounced tune-up show in advance, which the major labels hear about and attend. Band uses tune-up gig to goof off and clown around when it should be impressing. Instead of alienating the Square John and Jill A&R crews, they are delighted by the irreverence and enticed into signing the band. The stories include hearty accounts of life on the road, although it’s clear The Replacements found love from their crowd and the critics from the start, pulling in $350 a show in the early 80s when most bands – even the good ones – were battling for gas money. Cracking the day’s first drink at noon, chasing and coveting the success of R.E.M., and insulting anyone trying to help them; it should make even the staunchest fan doubt their heroes. “We’d go and knock on the road manager’s door to get an advance for the week so we could burn it,” Westerberg says at one point, symbolic for the torching of their career. There is nothing wrong with pop-music success. The difference is a band reared in a culture of truth and musical honesty, that of the late ’70s and early ’80s punk scene, deciding that it had to grow. Was it coincidence that the growth meant seeking the ears of the jocks and jockettes? It’s a great question the Trouble Boys poses. The book is not just a bio of a band but an examination of just how the music industry and the corporations that run it carry on. They worry about image and metrics and airplay and pop mixes and clothing and demographics and … man, that takes the heart of a music lover, so be prepared. However, by the end of The Replacement’s career, they became reflective. Westerberg was pushed toward a solo career and the rest of the guys went their own ways. As sad as the story is, Trouble Boys is as thorough a study of a band as one could wish for. The writing is clear, wisely straight up and, for rock ‘n’ roll, as accurate as can be expected in a land of myth and blurry recall. n Trouble Boys is available locally at Schuler Books and Music, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids.

JULY HIGHLIGHTS Speed Dating for Millennials

Thursday, July 19, 2016, 7:00 pm Grand Rapids Brewing Company – 1 Ionia SW Enjoy a fun-filled night with lots of other singles! Speed daters will have 4-6 minutes to chat with a potential match before moving on to the next. If two people indicate mutual interest, they will be given contact information to schedule a follow-up date. The event is free, but due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. For ages 21 and older. Sign up at


Shakespeare in the Park

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 7:00 pm Riverside Park (bandshell)– 2001 Monroe Ave NE The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company will perform William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fast-paced comedy of mistaken identities. The play follows the adventures of two sets of identical twins, separated as infants. The first set of twins, both named Antipholus, are masters to the second set of twins, both named Dromio. The play begins with Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse traveling to the city of Ephesus, where strange things start to happen. Although they have never been in Ephesus before, everyone seems to know them, including Adriana who claims to be Antipholus’ wife. This production is full of physical comedy and is fun for the whole family. Seating is general admission and low-back lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Bring a picnic meal and enjoy dinner and a show. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

ALSO CHECK OUT THESE EVENTS! The Rise and Fall of German U-boats Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 7:00 pm Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Science on Tap: Tales of a Medical Examiner Thursday, July 14, 2016, 8:00 pm SpeakEZ Lounge – 600 Monroe Ave NW

Tai Chi in the Park Saturday, July 16, 2016, 10:00 am Canal Street Park – 941 Monroe Ave NW

Forensics: Using Science to Solve Mysteries with Dr. David Foran Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:00 pm Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Beyond the Birds and Bees at John Ball Park



Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6:00 pm John Ball Park Pond Pavillion – 1300 Fulton W

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Stagy Summer Shows A rundown of West Michigan theater events

This month, theatergoers can watch an awkward first date unfold, four legends making music history, a two-man murder mystery and more. Be sure to look out for those killer rabbits, too. 221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo July 15-31, times vary, $32+, (269) 343-2727

Million Dollar Quartet

Saugatuck Center for the Arts 400 Culver St., Saugatuck Through July 10, times vary, $25-$46, (269) 857-2399 Put musical legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins in a room and you have the story of one of the greatest jam sessions, well, ever. The jukebox musical dramatizes the actual “Million Dollar Quartet” recording session of Dec. 4, 1956 that brought the four together at Sun Record Studios in Memphis. Hopefully, no one steps on Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes.”

First Date

Circle Theatre 1607 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids July 14-16, 20-23, 24, 27-30, times vary, $27, (616) 456-6656

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Have you ever been on a blind date? If so, then you probably know how nervous blinddate newbie Aaron feels when he’s set up with serial-dater Casey. As the evening

Based off the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this musical follows King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they search for the Holy Grail. Come along for the journey as they encounter killer rabbits, the Lady of the Lake and Knights who say, “Ni!” There might also be a few flesh wounds along the way.

First Date at Circle Theatre unfolds, it turns out these two aren’t exactly alone in the New York City restaurant. The other guests quickly turn into their best friends, manipulative exes, and two people you would never want at your date: mom and dad. Hopefully they’ll be able to get through this before someone gets out the baby pictures.

Monty Python’s Spamalot Farmers Alley Theatre

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Mason Street Warehouse 400 Culver St., Saugatuck July 22-Aug. 7, times vary, $25+, (269) 857-2399


During this 90-minute musical comedy, two actors play 13 different roles (and the piano) as they try to figure out who killed the great American novelist Arthur Whitney. One actor will solve the crime, playing small town police officer Marcus Moscowicz, while the other plays all the suspects. My money’s

July 5, 7, 13, 15, 20, 28; Aug. 6, 8, and 13, times vary, $30, (616) 395-7000 Yes, before Hairspray became that movie remake where John Travolta dressed in drag and danced with Christoper Walken, it was a Broadway-hit musical. Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with a big

heart and even bigger hair in 1962. Tracy has one passion: dancing, and when she wins a spot on a local TV dance program, she becomes a teen sensation. But she’ll do more than just dance, she’ll launch a campaign to integrate the show.


July 6, 21, 29; Aug. 2 and 10, 8 p.m. $30, (616) 395-7000 One of the oldest plays known to man, this classic tragedy follows Oedipus as he arrives in Thebes, a town under the curse of a sphinx who will not free the city until someone solves her riddle. Oedipus solves it and becomes King, but not without unintentionally fulfilling a prophecy where he kills [SPOILER] and marries his mother. He also stabs his eyes out. n

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on whoever got him the most expensive gift and secretly wanted to keep it for himself.

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Holland

Murder for Two


Million Dollar Quartet at Saugatuck Center for the Arts

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Tales of the Avant-Garde Astronaut Tim & Eric Vet Heads to Louie’s Backroom

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he only thing more surreal than the work of outsider artist/musician/comedian David Liebe Hart is the man himself. Known to his cult fanbase for appearances on the latenight Adult Swim show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Liebe Hart, 61, worked as a street performer for nearly 40 years before receiving any widespread exposure.

During that time, those in the Los Angeles area may have seen him performing outside the Hollywood Bowl or the La Brea Tar Pits, where he’d frequently sing songs and paint portraits. He also appeared regularly on public access television, hosting over 12,000 episodes of his show, The Junior Christian Science Bible Lesson Show during its 20-year run. The show was a precursor to his parts on Tim and Eric, as it featured several of the more than 60 unsettling puppets he now has in his vast collection, and began exploring the unusual array of subjects he now approaches in his work, including saying no to drugs, staying in school, religious teachings, alien encounters, and failed relationships. But no amount of backstory does anything to prepare you for speaking with this truly one-of-a-kind performer. In person, Liebe Hart is intensely genuine, his voice fraught with the years of struggle he’s endured. He’s also disorienting and disjointed, railing and rambling about whatever’s on his mind: from his upbringing in Chicago and Park Forest, Ill., where he was raised in the Christian Science Church, to his frequent mistreatment on the road and his lifelong experiences with various races of extraterrestrials. He makes random claims to having been introduced to puppetry by Jim Henson, who he says was his Sunday School teacher in the Christian Science Church, and to

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having gotten into standup comedy alongside Robin Williams back in 1976 when he first moved to L.A. He also counts Orville and Wilbur Wright as ancestors on his dad’s Caucasian side, although he admits to rarely speaking with the few living relatives he has left. What is abundantly clear after only a few minutes of extremely onesided, free-form conversation is that Liebe Hart’s inexplicable onscreen and onstage self is no satirical, avantgarde, anti-humor persona, like some have speculated online. But what remains unclear is if he feels like he’s being exploited by others for comedic or financial gain. “I’m grateful for all the success I’ve had on the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! but I wish they would’ve used me more as an actor,” Liebe Hart said of his experiences working with comedians/show creators Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. He says he wishes he could work with the comedy duo more now, but is happy that he has appearances lined up on the show’s spin-off series, Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule, which stars acclaimed actor John C. Reilly and airs its fifth season this summer on Adult Swim. Wholly himself, Liebe Hart has concocted a live show like nothing you’ve ever seen before. He and his musical collaborator/manager Jonah “Th’ Mole” Mociun perform in front of psychedelic graphics and otherworldly animations, while swirl-

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Louie’s Backroom, 629 Walbridge St., Kalamazoo July 22, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show $10, 18 and older, (269) 389-9359

ing together bizarre electronic music, pseudo-ventriloquism, awkward stand-up, and absurdist performance art. “I myself never really know where David’s reality ends and fantasy begins,” Mociun said of working with Liebe Hart. “It can be aggravating and requires a lot of patience and perseverance. But it’s also really gratifying as an artist to collaborate with David because he’s pretty open to my creative input and he has a

large and open-minded audience to appreciate our work.” Together the two have toured the country for the last two years, supporting his latest string of solo releases, including 2014’s Teleportation Thru Space and last year’s Astronaut. “I sing about the UFO phenomenon. I sing about things I’ve experienced. I’ve written songs about everything I’ve been through in life,” Liebe Hart said about his songs, which he insists are entirely autobiographical. Liebe Hart has been a songwriting member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers for over 40 years. However, due to legal restrictions with Adult Swim/ Cartoon Network, Liebe Hart can’t play popular songs from Tim and Eric like “Salame” and “Father and Son” live, but he does play revamped new

songs like “Dad and Lad,” and “Go into the Light Until Next We Meet” instead. Either way, he’s become a success story and he’s grateful. “I asked Doris Day what is her key for success because she had become so successful as an actress and a singer. She told me to know that ‘I am God in action,’” Liebe Hart said. “[It’s wonderful] to know that I’m successful and that I’m loved, cherished and appreciated. “And I tell kids all the time at my concerts that they need to set goals for themselves,” he added. “That no matter who tells them that they’re no good or not right that they should not accept it and believe in their dreams.” n

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hink you’re mermaid material? Babe Boutique does too. The retail nook inside Cheeky Strut salon offers hair care products, gifts, nail polish, hair accessories and items to make summer-mermaid style happen. Stylists are referred to as “mermaids and unicorns, here at Cheeky Strut,” said Micah Scott, receptionist and social media coordinator. For that beachy look, go for fish tail braids, Balmain hair extensions or extreme volume. Start with the hair then load up on accessories and clothing that scream ocean life. Sea Salt Spray, $25; tank, $18; tinted moisturizer, $31. 216 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids,

These stud earrings have glass globes filled with sand and shells from the sugar sand beaches of Lake Michigan, $20. Candace’s Creations at

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The Colette Sequin Tunic Top with gold sequin detail adds a touch of glam to shine by the pool. Wear it as a beach cover-up during the day or with skinny jeans at night. $44.99. Jean Marie’s, 486 Chicago Dr., Holland,

Pick from a canvas pouch, $14.95, an I’d Rather Be a Mermaid t-shirt, $38, or the Lake Effect Studios’ Mermaid at Heart stamped bracelet, $24, and you’re on your way to being well stocked in mermaid accessories. Pink Lemonade, 703 Bagley Ave., Grand Rapids,

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Grand Rapids Angel’s Thai Café 136 Monroe Center NW. 616-454-9801 THAI. This downtown restaurant makes your order fresh, fast, and hot. You can order your entree with your choice of meat and spice level, or create your own. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Thai Steak and Yum Talay. Big O Café 80 Ottawa NW. 616-451-1887 ITALIAN. The downtown (and downstairs) restaurant has a reliable menu featuring pizza, pasta, and sandwiches that are Italian and Cuban influenced. A great spot for lunch or a quick glass of wine and plate of pasta before a downtown event. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Dead Head Vegetarian Pizza, Cuban dinners on Friday nights. Bistro Bella Vita 44 Grandville Ave. SW. 616-222-4600 ITALIAN. One of Grand Rapids’ best dining experiences, featuring Mediterraneaninspired country cuisine, a swanky yet comfortable downtown atmopshere and personable service. BBV’s culinary team creates authentic, housemade recipes made with locally grown produce, fresh seafood and rotisserie roasted meats. Specialty gluten-free menu, and can prepare custom dishes for lactose intolerant, vegetarian, and vegan diets. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mediterranean Country Cuisine and Martinis.

Bombay Cuisine 1420 Lake Dr. SE 616-456-7055 INDIAN. Offering savory and subtly spiced dishes from northern India, Bombay Cuisine is a hot spot for those who like to add a little flavor to their lives. With a lunch buffet served every weekday, this restaurant provides its eaters with an array of traditional Indian cuisine. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Naan, Butter Chicken. Brewery Vivant 925 Cherry St. SE. 616-719-1604 BREWPUB. Housed in a former funeral chapel, Brewery Vivant crafts Belgian-style

Chapbook Café 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. 616-942-0595. CAFE. Take a break from browsing the shelves at Schuler Books with a homemade selection of soups, sandwiches and quiches. Soups are prepared in-house daily and served with fresh baked bread to accompany a small-but-elegant sandwich menu. Try a quiche or traditional Italian Panini grilled on fresh ciabatta bread, or for a quick bite, grab a bagel or scone from the dessert case. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days GO THERE FOR: Homemade soups and sandwiches CitySen Lounge 83 Monroe Center St. NW. 616-608-1720 AMERICAN. CitySen Lounge, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, is a bar with a big-city feel, offering exciting options for lunch, dinner and breakfast on the weekends. The focus is on fresh ingredients and a full bar with local brews, wine and creative cocktails. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner (Breakfast on weekends). OPEN: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Daily happy hour The Corner Bar 31 N. Main St., Rockford 616-866-9866 AMERICAN. The downtown Rockford tavern serves a solid menu of burgers, burritos, salads and sandwiches, but it is best known for hot dogs — serving almost 1,000 per day. Its hot-dog-eating challenge has been conquered by more than a few, but it raises the question: Why would you want to consume Corner Bar dogs in a hurry rather than savor each bite? » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Hot dogs. The Cottage Bar 18 Lagrave Ave. SE. 616-454-9088 AMERICAN. The Cottage Bar is the oldest operating restaurant and bar in downtown Grand Rapids. Come in for the Cottage Burger, smothered with green olives, bacon, lettuce, tomato, hickory mayonnaise and Swiss and American cheeses. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sundays GO THERE FOR: The Cottage Burger. Divani 15 Ionia Ave. SW. 616-774-WINE. ECLECTIC. Divani offers a sophisticated environment, with chefs using Michigan-made ingredients in their creations, such as Dancing Goat Creamery, Otto’s Chicken, S&S Lamb, Ingraberg Farms, Mrs. Dog’s and Madcap. For the thirsty, the bar serves more than 300 types of liquor, 300 wines and 50 beers to complement each

handcrafted meal. » SERVING: Dinner after 4 p.m. OPEN ON: Everyday but Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Wine and Local Cuisine. Erb Thai 950 Wealthy St. SE #1A. (616) 356-2573. Additional locations at 4160 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Suite B, and 820 Michigan St. NE. THAI. Food rooted in traditional Thai cuisine, but also made to accommodate health conscious and special diets. Not too strong, not too weak, like harmony and melody. Marketing representative Molly Rizor was a Thai virgin when she went and is now glad Erb Thai was her first experience. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Peanut Curry Noodles. Founders Brewing Company 235 Grandville SW. 616-776-1195 BREWPUB. A beer-lover’s paradise with a national reputation for flavorful, award-winning beers. Likewise, the brewpub’s menu consists mainly of flavorful handcrafted deli sandwiches that can stand up and complement the beers (or vice versa). » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Award-winning beer, handcrafted sandwiches. Ganders 4747 28th St. SE. 616-957-0100. AMERICAN. Ganders by Hilton Doubletree presents modern American menu options dedicated to locally grown ingredients representing the best farms, markets and food artisans of West Michigan. The restaurant also features a number of local craft beers on tap and by the bottle. The restaurant works directly with local breweries to create multi-course beer tasting menus featuring beer incorporated into every course. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 Days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh, locally grown ingredients and Michigan-made beer. Garage Bar & Grill 819 Ottawa Ave. NW. 616-454-0321 AMERICAN. This bar and grill serves up real food with fresh ingredients. Known for its all day happy hour with a $2 draft, $3 well drink and $4 glass of wine. Also look for the freshly-ground 7 oz. Garage Burger, served with hand-cut fries. The casual bar’s diverse menu ranges from soups and wedge salads to brisket sandwiches and hand-battered onion rings. A long list of icecold craft beers tops off the experience, with block parties on Wednesday throughout the summer. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Burgers, Chicken Tenders, Live Music. Gilly’s 20 Monroe NW. 616-356-2000 SEAFOOD. Gilly’s may not be the biggest name on the seafood block, but it takes second place to no one in regards to quality, freshness and inspiration. A

vast array of exotic fish is line-caught, flown in and prepared fresh daily. Every facet of Gilly’s speaks to impeccable attention to detail. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Fresh seafood at a great price. Graydon’s Crossing 1223 Plainfield NE. 616-726-8260 TAVERN. An authentic take on the English Pub, with a huge selection of beers on tap and a menu that includes classic English dishes like Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Stew, as well as Indian specialties like Tandoori Chicken and Tikka Masala. A great casual atmosphere for drinking and dining. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer and authentic pub food. G.R.P.D. (Grand Rapids Pizza and Delivery) 340 State St. SE. 616-454-9204 ITALIAN. The current location opened in 2004 as the first established pizzeria in Heritage Hill A common meeting spot for local folks, business professionals and college students, a place where one could gather for a quick meal or a reflective lunch. It offers both hand-tossed pizza and Chicago-style stuffed pizza, as well as pasta, sandwiches, salads, and wings. Online ordering, too. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. Grand Rapids Brewing Company 1 Ionia Ave SW. 616-458-7000 BREWPUB. Good for the environment and your palate, GRBC is Michigan’s first certified organic brewery and features a menu stocked with locally grown ingredients. With a diverse selection of beers on tap inspired by historical Grand Rapids figures and a hearty array of shareables, burgers/sandwiches, and entrees, this place represents the best of the brewery’s 120-year legacy. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Organic beer and locally sourced food. Grand Woods Lounge 77 Grandville Ave SW. 616-451-4300 AMERICAN. The restaurant’s interior exudes a warm, casual ambiance reminiscent of the great eateries of the Pacific Northwest; the outdoor porch features two outdoor bars and a fireplace. Menu stocked with affordable appetizers great for sharing, plus salads, sandwiches, and entrées. Lots of domestics and microbrews, plus an array of martinis including the “Woodstini,” a tasty mix of Stoli Orange Vodka, mandarin oranges and raspberries. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cocktails. Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Dr. SE (616) 233-0063 BREWPUB. Harmony features 12 craft-brewed beers in addition to signature root beer for the kiddos. Named one of the top-five brewpub menus in West Michigan by yours truly, Harmony offers 10" rustic wood-fired pizzas and great soups and sandwiches. Check out their new location, Harmony Hall, at 401 Stocking Ave. NW. » SERVING:

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The B.O.B. 20 Monroe Ave. NW. (616) 356-2000 ECLECTIC. If you’re not sure what kind of dining you want, you can just head into The B.O.B., where you can choose from one of its several venues. Go into Gilly’s, where you can dine on seafood or B.O.B.’s Brewery, the restaurant’s in-house brewery. You can dress down for some pizza at Bobarino’s or dress it up for a steak at Judson’s Steakhouse. For after dinner, take in a show at Dr. Grins or enjoy live music at H.O.M.E. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer and numerous dining options.

ales with a focus on barrel aging. The brewpub also brings Belgian tradition when it comes to food, featuring French and Belgian-style meals to pair perfectly with the beer. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Burger

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Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza and brews. The Holiday Bar 801 5th St. NW. (616) 456-9058 AMERICAN. Tucked smack dab in the “Heart of the Westside,” The Holiday Bar boasts a classic 40-foot Horseshoe bar, along with cheap eats and drinks, both served until 2 a.m., with specials happening daily. The Holiday Bar has a full menu that features pub fare like chicken strips, pierogis, battered homestyle mushrooms and more. It’s a great place to watch the game, listen to music or just hang out with friends. » SERVING Lunch Dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Cheap eats and drinks. HopCat 25 Ionia SW. 616-451-4677 TAVERN. Rated the 3rd best beer bar on the planet by Beer Advcoate, HopCat’s spin on its food is thus: “It’s the food your Mom would feed you, if your Mom loved beer.” That’s specifically true for HopCat’s beerbar cheese, cheese ale soup and porter braised beef, but mom would also love the Hippie wrap (it’s vegetarian), the crack fries (not real crack), and Killer Mac and Cheese. Because what mom doesn’t like mac and cheese? » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Widest variety of beers, crack fries. Marie Catrib’s 1001 Lake Dr. 616-454-4020 ECLECTIC. The East Hills eatery makes everything from scratch with local ingredients, and there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Get there

early for lunch, as there is almost always a wait. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Salads, soups and sandwiches. Mixology 235 Louis St. NW. 616-242-1448 LOUNGE. Casual, upscale service and atmosphere allows guests to relax and enjoy the city views. This type of service allows guests to complete business tasks while still enjoying the accessibility to great food and libations. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails. O’Toole’s 448 Bridge St. 616-742-6095 PUB. This West Side pub offers delicious and outrageously topped burgers, as well as an extensive beer selection, and arguably, the best happy hour specials in town. If food is not your passion, this is a prime place to kick off your Sunday Funday with its $3 Absolut Bloody Mary bar. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days. GO THERE FOR: Gourmet burgers, Bloody Mary bar. One Trick Pony 136 E. Fulton. 616-235-7669 AMERICAN. One Trick Pony unveiled a new menu last April with the tagline “Fresh, Local Fare with a Beat.” The restaurant is a part of FarmLink and supports local growers and remains focused on sustainability. Connected to the Cottage Bar, the menu spans pizza, salads, homemade soups, smoked prime rib and more. Pair the food

with live music, which OTP features weekly. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Eclectic pizzas. Pearl Street Grill 310 Pearl St NW. 616-235-1342 AMERICAN. Dine in a relaxing environment where kids eat free and the chef uses local vendors and suppliers. Conveniently located in downtown Grand Rapids, Pearl Street Grill offers nightly happy hour specials that include signature cocktails and Michigan beer, as well as a $10 burger and beer special, $5 pizzas and more. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Late night specials.

primarily wine-centered menu. » SERVING: Lunch, Dinner OPEN ON: Closed on Sunday GO THERE FOR: Wine and food pairings, charcuterie, happy hour. River City Saloon 1152 Leonard St. NW. 616-451-0044 AMERICAN. Combine your tastes of live music and filling food at River City Saloon. The restaurant and bar has Mexican options, burgers, salads and more. On the weekends, indulge in any of these menu items or a couple drinks while listening to some local music by bands like Hey Marco, OTC, Litt Up, Drop 35 and more. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Wednesday olive burger special

The Pita House 1450 Wealthy SE, 3730 28th Street, 4533 Ivanrest SW (Grandville). 616-454-1171 MEDITERRANEAN. Gyros so big you can club someone with them, the smoothest hummus in town and other Mediterranean fare, including kibbe, kafta and falafel. Additional locations on 28th Street and Kalamazoo SE. Sandwiches are made to order with fresh vegetables and ingredients. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh pita wraps.

Rockwell-Republic 45 S. Division Ave. 616-551-3563 ECLECTIC. Menu offerings range from sushi to burgers and everything in between. The craft cocktail menu runs the gamut from classics like the Manhattan to more modern concoctions and the beer and wine menus are nicely curated. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Specialty cocktails, broad menu, lively atmosphere.

Reserve Wine & Food 201 Monroe Ave. NW (616) 855-9463 ECLECTIC. With 102 wines available by the glass and more than 300 by the bottle, paired with an ever-changing food menu influenced by West Michigan grown foods, Reserve promises diners a unique experience. Cocktails and craft beers add depth to the

San Chez Bistro 38 West Fulton St. 616-774-8272 SPANISH/ECLECTIC. San Chez is both a café and a Tapas Bistro, now both housed in the same room. This is a social setting where people can remember the one rule of kindergarten: sharing. Featuring small, delicious dishes, San Chez can satiate your desire for

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Take a break from the summer heat at CitySeˉn Lounge.

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taste this

The Great Outdoors How to Eat Fly Under the West Michigan Sky / by Troy Reimink

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Rose’s in East Grand Rapids

I will admit upfront that the appeal of al fresco dining is mostly lost on me. Eating outside sounds like a treat until you’re really in the thick of things. “Oh, there’s room for us on the deck? How delightful!” Ten minutes later, I’m wiping sweat off my forehead, shooing insects away from drinks and chasing after a menu stolen by the wind. Meanwhile, the nether-worldly sound of a downshifting semi-truck is drowning out all conversation. Insulation from such discomforts, I thought, was built into the cost of a restaurant meal. But alas, it’s summer, and people want to eat outdoors for god-knows-what reason. Fortunately, the apparently endless expansion of restaurant options in our region has actually made the prospect of dining outside not only tolerable, but, dare I say, sometimes preferable. Even an avid indoorsman such as myself likes to consume the occasional meal without removing his sunglasses, and West Michigan presents a wide variety of ways to accomplish this.* So slather some sunscreen on that bald spot and join us outside at the following locations. *A little enclosure of tables on the sidewalk doesn’t count.

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Donkey Taqueria

665 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids; With a whole lot of money and nothing better to do, one could easily spend an afternoon hopping through the outdoor eating areas of Wealthy Street SE’s 600-700 blocks. There are the leafy confines of The Winchester’s veranda-like outdoor section, the roomy and rustic picnic-table area outside Elk Brewing, and the sunny, round patio of Johnny B’z new location. But if you can only do one, make a taco run to Donkey, whose outside seating is abundant and accented with nighttime lights that approximate a Brooklyn rooftop party (at least in my imagination).

The Green Well Gastro Pub 924 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids;

The bustling Cherry Hill district offers a similar range of options for the outdoor eater, from the cozy, well-to-do front patio at Grove, to the wide, sun-drenched spaces connecting Brewery Vivant and Maru Sushi, to the quaint little space behind Furniture City Creamery and the streetside tables of Marie Catrib’s. Among these, I slightly favor the patio alongside the Green Well, which, while pretty on its own, is rendered even more appealing by its proximity to the welllandscaped lawns of the Inner City Christian Federation.


550 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids; It doesn’t get much more postcard-picturesque than the view from this gem’s deck on the shore of Reed’s Lake. Rose’s, along with its sturdy menu of upscale entrees and wood-fired pizzas, offers year-round ambience that’s unrivaled by any restaurant not requiring a trip to the Lake Michigan shore. Continued on page 58 ➤


Pacific Rim Curry $12 Stir-fried tiger shrimp and scallops with pineapple chunks, red bell peppers, and onions in our mild Pad Nang curry, served with steamed white rice.

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Bostwick Lake Inn

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant

as they enjoy the menu of small plates, sushi rolls and sandwiches.

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1223 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids; Graydon’s is a standout on several fronts. Its outdoor beer garden is large, barricaded from street noise by a wall and vegetation, partly protected from the elements and viewable from another outdoor deck upstairs. The garden is also built around a large tree, an aesthetic bonus for patrons who like to spice up their British Empire-derived cuisine with a bit of Swiss Family Robinson.

Founders Brewing Co.

235 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids; Founders is like the dragons in Game of Thrones — given unlimited space, it will never stop growing. One of the highlights of the mega-brewer’s Grandville Avenue location —

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Rockwell Republic

other than the majestic sight of All Day IPA pallets stacked to the rafters in the production area — is the comprehensiveness of its outdoor eating/drinking experience. If you prefer shade, there’s an elevated area that’s covered. If it’s cold, there are fire pits. Otherwise, there’s a small outdoor bar and marble-topped tables for the merry consumption of sandwiches.

Rockwell Republic

45 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids; Terms like “big-city feel” are often used to promote hip dining spots, as if pretending you’re in a larger city has any effect on how the food tastes. But the rooftop deck shared by these twin South Division eateries actually earns the description. Considering the pace of change happening to the downtown skyline, patrons can literally watch the city grow around them

Cottage Bar

18 La Grave Ave. SE, Grand Rapids; File under “fairly well kept secret.” The patio adjacent to one of Grand Rapids’ oldest bars is easy to miss — after all, it’s basically just a handful of tiny tables in the well-shaded alley between Cottage and its neighbor, One Trick Pony. But if you can nab an outdoor spot on an excursion for one of Cottage’s famous burgers, there’s no better place downtown to pass a couple of hours on a summer night.

Like a West Michigan culinary Manifest Destiny, the 10-year-old Holland restaurant is as far west as you can go without sliding into Lake Michigan. Put a trip to Boatwerks’ waterfront deck on your sunset bucket list. The menu is pizza, burgers and no-nonsense Americana.

Bostwick Lake Inn

8521 Belding Road NE, Rockford; Features a spacious deck facing the titular body of water. Come hungry for pizza, burgers and live outdoor music, a regular warm-weather feature.

Snug Harbor


311 S. Harbor Dr., Grand Haven;

Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant

Watch the boats come and go and ponder the passage of time from the deck of this downtown Grand Haven seafood restaurant, which faces the Grand River near its mouth. n

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by Joe Boomgaard, Revue Beer Czar


Northern Exposure: Craft brewery wanderings

Fetch Brewing Co.

Since this is Revue’s road trip edition and it is summer in Michigan, we decided to head north on a meandering of our own, in search of what the area’s nascent craft beverage scene has to offer. Here’s what we found: Ridge Cider Co.

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351 W. 136th Street, Grant, (231) 674-2040 After just more than a year in operation, Ridge Cider in Grant is ramping up its packaging business with the addition of a new bottling line. The cidery hopes to get six-packs of mainstay and seasonal ciders into the market later this year. Until then, co-owner and cidermaker Matt DeLong remains focused on experimenting with new recipes and concoctions. He’s a fan of dry ciders, which allow the locally-sourced apples to take center stage in the beverages. A relaunched full-service kitchen is also in the works for later this year. We tried the range of ciders — as well as some off-thelist offerings — and found them all to be entirely quaffable. Memorable standouts included: Porch Sittin’, a vanilla cinnamon apple cider; Raschberry, an effervescent cider with raspberries added; and RHAC, a hopped cider.

Newaygo Brewing Co.

19 State Road, Newaygo, (231) 452-6551 The expansive taplist at Newaygo Brewing Co.’s one-year anniversary party in May allowed brewer and co-owner Nick Looman to show off — and to test-market some new beers. In all, the brewery made 78 different recipes in its first year. Now that he’s locked in a few standbys and specialties, the plan is to be more intentional in “serving the huge palate

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spread” that patrons have. The company will start bottling some of its specialty beers in 22-ounce bottles this summer, and looks to expand its newly launched sour beer program. “I had no idea Newaygo would be ready for this,” Looman said of the sours, some of which (including a Gose) will be included in the bottling program. When Revue stopped in, two of us ordered (and loved) one of those new sours — the Sour SMaSH Saison, a dry kettle sour made with Munich malt, Galena hops and saison yeast. Other standouts included the BBA Belgian Double on Cask, which featured rich molasses and dark fruit flavors, as well as the North York English Ale, an ESB-style beer featuring toasted malts. Also, we fully recommend the Four Meat and Seared Veggie pizzas — two opposite sides of the spectrum, but both very delicious.

Brew Works of Fremont

5909 S. Warner Ave., Fremont, (231) 924-6855 Astute readers might have noticed a theme here: Brew Works of Fremont will celebrate its one-year anniversary on July 9. The brewpub, which is located in a newly built industrial-style building and sandwiched between a bowling alley and a golf course, offers an inviting vibe. Fremont may not have an established hive of craft beer drinkers, so the restaurant focuses on its food menu, and offers options like beer-based cocktails. The staff, led by taproom manager Jordan Fitzgerald, were incredibly friendly and hospitable during our brief stop. The

beers seemed to be going for true-to-style offerings. Non-hoppy styles will be your best bet here.

Fetch Brewing Co.

100 W. Colby St., Whitehall, (231) 292-1048 Fetch is the oldest of the breweries of our roadtrip, having opened in September 2014 in a renovated bank building along the main drag in Whitehall. The welcoming space, with its tall ceilings, brick walls, wood floors and bank vault lounge, make for a great place to grab a pint and converse with your fellow humans. Owner and brewer Dan Hain specializes in an eclectic range of very clean, well-made beers, many of them featuring Michigan ingredients. Fetch recently started offering 32-ounce Crowlers for patrons looking for a more portable way than glass growlers to take beer with them on their northern adventures. If you come hungry, there’s often a food truck available and outside food is welcome. Hain said he wants to stick to what he knows best — the beer — and leave the food to others. The brewery is limited by its space, but has started a small barrel-aging program and looks to increase production and distribution this year. “We want to have more flavor experiments. People want new stuff,” Hain said. Revue tackled a foursome of beers during our stop, and we’d recommend all of them: Tree Stump, a coffee stout; Angry Sky, a hop-heavy Midwest IPA with a dry finish; White Lake Sunshine, a Belgian saison packed with fruity esters and a slightly tart finish; and the Ryptide, a rye-based IPA. n

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variety. It’s also a hidden secret for breakfast in downtown Grand Rapids, offering a great start to any day. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days. GO THERE FOR: Tapas, Breakfast, Sandwiches The Score 5301 Northland Dr. NE. 616-301-0600 SPORTS BAR. The Score is the perfect combination for beer and sports lovers. More than 70 TVs carry all major sports packages and there are 128 beers on tap. During the summer months, enjoy live entertainment seven days a week, outdoor dining (complete with real palm trees) and volleyball tournaments. The menu ranges from burgers to pizzas and wings tossed in one of The Score’s 16 sauces. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner .OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Lots of beer options. Six.One.Six. 235 Louis St. NW. 616-242-1448 ECLECTIC. Market-inspired menus, sweeping views and progressive rhythms combine to create a memorable dining experience. The dishes tempt taste buds and is the perfect spot for foodies. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 Days GO THERE FOR: Variety and being seen.

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Stella’s Lounge 53 Commerce Ave. 616-356-2700 TAVERN. The Chicago-style whiskey bar has more than 200 varieties of distilled spirits, old-school video games, and a menu filled with vegetarian and vegan bar food — and stuffed burgers. Did we mention you can sip cans of PBR and other classic beers out of a mason jar? » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Whiskey, vegetarian and vegan bar food.

Wolfgang’s Restaurant 1530 Wealthy St. SE. 616-454-5776 BREAKFAST. The bustling Eastown breakfast spot is home to some of the heartiest breakfast dishes and funniest menu descriptions. Courteous staff never fails to offer a cup of coffee to go after we’ve finished breakfast. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Breakfast all day.

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Arcadia Brewing Co. 103 Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. 269-963-9520 BREWPUB. You’ll find some of the usual suspects on the Battle Creek brewpub’s menu, including wood-fired pizzas and some of the best barbecue in the region. But you’ll also find some delightful surprises — Osso Bucco in a brewpub?! — on the menu, courtesy of award-winning Chef Sean Kelly. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Handcrafted ales and barbecue. Bell’s Eccentric Cafe 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. 269-382-2332 BREWPUB. The Eccentric Café features eclectic fare sourced from sustainable local ingredients, inspired by and designed to complement Bell’s award-winning beers. On tap, you’ll find 30-40 different beers, many exclusive to the Café and brewed right next door at the original brewery. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Beer

Terra GR 1429 Lake Dr. 616-301-0998 AMERICAN. Terra boasts fresh, healthy ingredients in every dish. The restaurant doesn’t feature one menu, either. It offers a Saturday and Sunday brunch menu, as well as menus for lunch, dinner, dessert, beverages, wine, happy hour and kids. The food is inspired by the seasons and ingredients come straight from one of Michigan’s many farms. » SERVING: Brunch Lunch Dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh foods with ingredients from regional growers.

Bravo! 5402 Portage Rd., Kalamazoo 269-344-7700 ITALIAN. Muchlauded restaurant has earned its stripes over 23 years as one of the region’s best dining experiences, including a 3-star rating in the 2010 Forbes Travel Guide. The Tuscan-inspired cuisine is spectacular, the atmosphere comfortable and intimate, and the service first-rate. Also brews its own beer in small batches for pairings with menu offerings. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. (Closed Sat. lunch) GO THERE FOR: A great dining experience.

Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails 67 Ottawa Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. 616-226-3319 AMERICAN. Nestled into the ground floor of Grand Rapids’ new Arena Place tower, this casual/fine dining bistro is all about refined, locally-sourced versions of classic dishes in a modern, yet intimate, atmosphere. With an 85-seat porch, Wheelhouse wants to provide a true community experience. » SERVING: Lunch, Dinner. OPEN ON: 7 days (Sat.–Sun. dinner only). GO THERE FOR: Tartines, outdoor dining.

Central City Taphouse 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall. (269) 492-0100 TAPHOUSE. If Central City doesn’t have the kind of beer you want on tap, you’ll probably find it with the 75+ bottles. OH, you say you’re not a beer drinker? Well, Central City offers 20 wine ‘taps’ and a full bar. If you’re not the drinking type, that’s cool too. There are a number of food options to pick from, including a raw menu, a pizza menu and the all-day menu, which features burgers, soups and entrees. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Diverse beverage selection.

The Winchester 648 Wealthy St. SE. 616-451-4969 ECLECTIC. This upscale bar and restaurant feels like it was plucked from Chicago’s Bucktown or Logan Square neighborhoods. A comfortable spot to drink or dine, with an always evolving menu featuring shared plates, salads and inventive sandwiches and specials. When available, some produce items are harvested from their garden across the street. » SERVING: Brunch Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: DIY Bloody Mary Bar Special, Yucca Fries.

Fieldstone Grille 3970 W. Centre St., Portage. 269-321-8480 AMERICAN. Lodge-retreat atmosphere overlooking the Moors Golf Club natural wetlands. The “field-to-plate” menu features burgers, pizzas, steaks and some eclectic items like quail. Try the FSG chips, a combination of potato, beet and sweet potato chips. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Blue Burger, Almond Crusted Walleye, FSG Chips.

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Aside from grub and brews, The Score is also a top spot for catching well-oiled, hit-cranking cover bands. It’s been hosting ince opening in dance-friendly bands seven days a week for the S e p t e m b e r 2 0 0 7, T h e last five years. Most nights the music starts at 6 Score has been doin’ it big. Its interior is 7,800 square feet, p.m., but Saturdays also include “day bands,” not including its beachy outdoor which take the stage from noon to 4 p.m. “We rotate over 38 bands, and they all have area that houses three full-sized beach volleyball courts, lake-front seating with a great following in the area,” Monroe said. “We have bands that play everything from AC/ real palm trees, a patio and outdoor bars. This summer, the bursting “family-friendly DC to Zac Brown Band covers. It is a lot of sports bar” has grown even more after a few fun and we appreciate all of them.” This month, to only name a construction projects. few, includes shows by: Moonshot “We’ve got a huge new wa(July 3), Livin’ the Dream (July terfront deck,” said The Score’s The Score 10), Niche Band (July 14), Buddy Branden Monroe. “It’s the perfect Restaurant & Twist (July 19), Funkle Jesse (July place to host large parties and Sports Bar 21) and Great Scott (July 31). events. In addition to the deck, 5301 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids The full list of performances is at [we’ve built] an all new kids area with a real wooden pirate boat — (616) 301-0600, With its sunny, shoreline vibe, it’s a play-place for the little ones.” Open 7 days a week from Monroe said he feels The Score The Score, 5301 Northland 11 a.m.–2 a.m. is certainly a spot to hit up when Dr. NE, also keeps a gigantic you’re looking for something unbatch of brews on hand, it boasts like your standard dive bar. 128 beers on tap — “the most in “We like to describe it as a ‘Daycation,’” West Michigan,” Monroe said. “We put a lot he said. “You can sit back and relax under of focus on Michigan craft beers, but always real palm trees, catch a great sunset over the have a great selection of beer from all over.” While Score regulars enjoy its American, water, listen to awesome local music, sip on “never frozen” sports-bar fare along with one of our 128 beers or island cocktails and then enjoy our great made-from-scratch food their beers, they’re also taking in sporting events. And it’s not hard to nab a good view, menu. You feel like you’re in the Keys right because the bar is stacked with, literally, over here in West Michigan.” n 70 televisions.



Food Dance 401 E. Michigan Ave. 269-382-1888 AMERICAN. Food Dance is committed to building a thriving and sustainable local food system, supporting artisans who practice craft food processes. It’s about the connection with people and places the food comes from. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, private dining space, catering and delivery, while an on-site market offers humanely raised meats, artisan cheeses, fresh bread and pastries. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Fresh Local Foods. Martell’s 3501 Greenleaf Blvd., Kalamazoo. 269-375-2105 AMERICAN. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood that overlooks Willow Lake, Martell’s offers casual ambiance and an expansive menu with steaks, prime rib and other comfort food entrées like Italian style meatloaf and pork shank. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days (Sundays-dinner only) GO THERE FOR: Quiet casual ambiance. Old Burdicks Bar & Grill 100 W. Michigan Ave. (269) 226-3192 AMERICAN. Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill features tasty sandwiches, burgers, salads and entrees, as well as a great selection of cocktails, wines and beers. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner. OPEN: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The Old Burdick Burger.

Old Dog Tavern 402 East Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo. 269-381-5677 AMERICAN. The food at Old Dog Tavern is just about as eclectic as the entertainment offered. The menu has so much on it that it might even bring some harmony between picky and adventurous eaters. » SERVING: Brunch Lunch Dinner. OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: The eclectic menu options. Olde Peninsula 200 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo 269-343-2739 BREWPUB. Downtown brewpub serves up the expected (e.g., steaks, ribs), the authentic (e.g., London Broil) and some pleasant surprises (e.g., extensive vegetarian offerings, Italian food). Offers a range of beers brewed on the premises and served on tap, plus a full bar. Check out the seasonal porters on tap right now, including the Vanilla Porter (5.5% ABV) and Stout Chocula (5.25% ABV). » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer-B-Que Ribs, London Broil.

Union Cabaret & Grille 125 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. 269-384-6756 AMERICAN. A partnership with Western Michigan University, Union features eclectic food and cocktails, plus live jazz music performed by WMU faculty and students. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Closed Sunday. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Fries, Bloody Maries with infused vodkas.

Lakeshore 8th Street Grille 20 W. 8th St., Holland. 616-392-5888 AMERICAN. This eclectic grille offers a mix of draft and bottled craft beers and a variety of pub classics and new, American beer-inspired dishes. Happy hour includes half-off appetizers and $1 off drafts. » SERVING: Lunch, Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: 28 taps of craft beer.

Bil-Mar Restaurant 1223 S. Harbor St., Holland. 616-842-5920 AMERICAN. A destination restaurant for more than 60 years. Dazzling sunsets and an all-American menu featuring fresh seafood and hand-cut steaks. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Lake perch, lobster strudel, prime rib. CityVu Bistro 61 E 7th Street, Holland. 616-796-2114 AMERICAN. A distinctive rooftop dining experience in downtown Holland with fresh gourmet flatbreads and an array of seasonal entrees. The contemporary-yet-casual atmosphere, full bar and unique menus make it the ideal spot for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. » SERVING: Breakfast Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: flatbreads

Everyday People Cafe 11 Center St., Douglas. 269-857-4240 AMERICAN. REVUE Publisher Brian Edwards calls Everyday People Café his favorite restaurant along the lakeshore. The atmosphere is casual and upbeat, the staff knows its stuff about wine and food, and the seasonal menu is filled with meticulously prepared, eclectic comfort food like Butternut Squash Risotto, Braised Lamb Shank and Ahi Tuna. A great wine list and tremendous desserts. » SERVING: Brunch (Weekends) Lunch Dinner OPEN: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Gorgonzola Pork Chop, Greek Salad with Grandma Gigi’s Dressing (Edwards).

Fricano’s Pizza Tavern 1400 Fulton Ave., Grand Haven. 616-842-8640 ITALIAN. Claims to be the first pizzeria in Michigan, but customers care less about its longevity than the amazingly crispy thin crust and simple ingredients atop its much-lauded pies. Four other locations around West MI, including Comstock Park, Muskegon, Holland and Kalamazoo. » SERVING: Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Pizza. Hops at 84 East 84 East 8th St., Holland. 616-396-8484 TAVERN. A beautiful taproom sporting reclaimed wood and copper. With 60 beer taps, two English beer machines, eight wine taps and an extensive spirits menu, Hops has a special beverage for everyone. The menu includes brick-oven pizza, burgers and sandwiches, chicken wings and a rotating special of the day. There are

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also gluten-free options, including their famous pizza. Several large-screen TVs adorn the restaurant if you’re in the mood to watch the big game. » SERVING: Lunch, Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days GO THERE FOR: Craft beer and brick-oven pizza.

love affair with Phil’s. Eclectic menu is all over the place, but in a good way, and the staff is super-friendly. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: Open 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Portabella Mushroom Fries.

Kirby House 2 Washington, Grand Haven. 616-846-3299 AMERICAN. The Grill Room doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is — a chop house and grill. Atmosphere is warm with Tuscan tones, atmospheric lighting, classically cool music and leather booths. The menu focuses on steaks and chops and makes no apologies. The steaks are prime USDA choice, the seafood selection immaculate, and the wine and beverage list is top shelf. Relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Nightlife.

Salt of the Earth 114 East Main St., Fennville. 269-561-7258 AMERICAN. Salt of the Earth is a farm-to-table-inspired restaurant, bar, and bakery located in the heart of SW Michigan farm country in Fennville. Focuses on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients whenever possible. Also serves up live music on weekends. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: House made rustic cuisine.

New Holland Brewing Company 66 E. 8th St., Holland. 616-355-6422 BREWPUB. One of West MI’s premier microbreweries serves up better than average pub grub, including savory sandwiches chock full of Michigan ingredients, plus a seasonal entree menu. Also try their artisan spirits. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk. Phil’s Bar & Grille 215 Butler St., Saugatuck. 269-857-1555 AMERICAN. This cozy (some would say “small”) bar and grille in downtown Saugatuck is one of those unassuming spots you might easily overlook, though locals in Saugatuck will tell you about their

Saugatuck Brewing Company 2948 Blue Star Highway. 269-857-7222 BREWPUB. Enjoy a traditional Irish-style pub that features quality beer, wine, food and service. Try one of 12 unique brews that are served in the pub and bottled and distributed throughout the Midwest. » SERVING: Lunch Dinner OPEN ON: 7 days. GO THERE FOR: Beer in a family friendly pub environment.

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July 2016, Revue Magazine  

REVUE is West Michigan's most comprehensive free monthly entertainment guide covering music, arts, beer, dining and more. Each month, we dis...

July 2016, Revue Magazine  

REVUE is West Michigan's most comprehensive free monthly entertainment guide covering music, arts, beer, dining and more. Each month, we dis...