In the valley below, mustard catch and more: concert recap
The first weekend of October saw a plethora of musical events with live music from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids to Cedar Springs. Revisit the action in photos from Local Spins.
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It was a milestone weekend.
Grand Rapids indie rock duo In the Valley Below performed the last outdoor ‘Listening Lawn’ of the season at downtown Studio Park to celebrate the last weekend of ArtPrize, which has returned. this fall after a long hiatus.
On the fourth anniversary of the death of legendary rocker Tom Petty, Grand Haven guitarist and singer Jack Leaver brought his American heartbreakers tribute to the Cedar Springs Brewing Co. festival celebration on Saturday for an evening of Petty classics (led by Leaver’s vintage voice at the Petty).
West Michigan powerhouse ska Mustard Plug, meanwhile, performed its first indoor show at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo since the pandemic, with frontman Dave Kirchgessner thanking the almost sold-out crowd for getting vaccinated and encouraging the science for helping the band get back on stage (with cat bite and J. Navarro and the traitors).
Add to that a solid range of groups – Cosmic Knot, Collectif Benzing-Graves, Wondergem and more – playing Horizen Hydroponics’ Horizen Fest in Walker on Saturdays; Carrie McFerrin play Kalamazoo’s ArtHop on Friday, the same day as the folk singer-songwriter Susan werner and that of Grand Rapids Ralston bowles graced the listening room scene; and Pulaski Days return to over a dozen Polish venues in Grand Rapids and the first weekend in October was packed with music.
Which brings us to some jam-packed photo galleries at Local Spins. Enjoy.
PHOTO GALLERY: In the valley below at Studio Park (Saturday)
Photos by Anna Sink
PHOTO GALLERY: Horizen Fest at Walker (Saturday)
Wondergem, Benzing Graves Collective, Cosmic Knot and more
Photos by Anna Sink