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NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition
The NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition is an annual event with the goal of exhibiting and acknowledging some of the finest photographers in Michigan while encouraging greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. With an entry deadline of June 3, photographers across the state are shooting and printing their favorite subjects for their entries in this year’s competition.
Michigan photographers, 18 years or older, are encouraged to take part in this juried competition. All photographic processes are accepted and each photographer may submit up to two pieces of work for the entry fee of $30. Members of NCCA-Artsplace may submit two pieces for a reduced entry fee of $25. All entries must be framed and ready to display.
Selected works submitted to the competition will be exhibited in the NCCA-Artsplace Ray and Phyllis Jansma Exhibition Gallery June 14 through July 22. The award announcements will be held on June 16 at 5:00 p.m. Photographers awarded first, second or third place will be provided a cash prize. Honorable mention pieces will also be selected. The juror for 2023 is West Michigan photographer, Cathy Finch Martin.
Competition guidelines and entry forms are available at NCCA – Artsplace, 13 East Main Street, downtown Fremont or by calling 231.924.4022. The guidelines and forms may also be printed from www.ncca-artsplace.org or click here!
May Erlewine at Dogwood on May 4
May Erlewine will perform on the Dogwood Center Main Stage on Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. As one of the Midwest’s most prolific and passionate songwriters, Erlewine has a gift for writing songs of substance that feel both fresh and soulfully familiar. Her ability to emotionally engage with an audience has earned her a dedicated following far beyond her Michigan roots.
Erlewine draws from a wide variety of influences to create her sound. Lyrically, her songs are rooted in hard-wrought wisdom, joy and sorrow, simplicity, and stories from her own everyday experiences. Musically, these messages are wrapped up in traditional folk roots, Americana, old-time country swing, soul, and even rock and pop sensibilities.
Erlewine’s music has touched people all over the world. Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness, and held space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times. And, she uses her music as a platform for positive change. She considers her job a service-oriented one and carries the torch of the folk-singer activist. Her voice on stage encourages connectedness and stresses the importance of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment and community building as necessary work for all of us.
Tickets are $17.50 and are available online at www.dogwoodcenter.com, at the Dogwood Box Office, or at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont or click here! The Dogwood Center Box Office is open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For information, phone 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
Ticket details for your favorite performers
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — April 14, 2023 — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is thrilled to announce the complete 2023 Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens lineup, featuring 30 unique shows. This lineup reflects our continued commitment to bringing an eclectic group of world-class artists to Meijer Gardens.
With beautiful terraced lawn seating and spectacular views of gardens and sculpture, the 1,900-seat Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater is Michigan’s most intimate and unique outdoor concert venue.
“We are extremely thankful to the entire Meijer family, Fifth Third Bank, Harvey Lexus of Grand Rapids, Corewell Health, the Grand Rapids Symphony and all our sponsors for their commitment in helping make this series possible and allowing us to welcome more people to experience the arts at Meijer Gardens,” said Charles Burke, President & CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “We are delighted to present another summer of live music in the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater.”
Gate and show start times vary. Check MeijerGardens.org/concerts for details. Information is subject to change. All shows will take place rain or shine, and weather delays are possible.
Nickel Creek with Gaby Moreno, June 8: $67 presale | $70 member | $72 public
O.A.R., June 11: $79 presale | $82 member | $84 public
Michael Franti & Spearhead with The Dip, June 15: $58 presale | $61 member | $63 public
Tegan and Sara with Dragonette, June 16: $59 presale | $62 member | $64 public
The Wood Brothers with Shovels & Rope, June 18: $48 presale | $51 member | $53 public
Peter Frampton, June 19: $94 presale | $97 member | $99 public
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, June 21: $69 presale | $72 member | $74 public
Buddy Guy - Damn Right Farewell with Ally Venable, June 23: $74 presale | $77 member | $79 public
Greensky Bluegrass, June 28: $64 presale | $67 member | $69 public
Umphrey’s McGee, July 2: $59 presale | $62 member | $64 public
Jenny Lewis with Jenny O and Hayden Pedigo, July 10: $48 presale | $51 member | $53 public
Tommy Emmanuel, cgp with The Jerry Douglas Band, July 12: $42 presale | $45member | $47 public
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + Mavis Staples, July 19: $80 presale | $83 member | $85 public
Ben Folds with the Grand Rapids Symphony, July 20: $78 presale | $81 member | $83 public
First Aid Kit with The Weather Station, July 21: $47 presale | $50 member | $52 public
Andy Grammer: July 23: $52 presale | $55 member | $57 public
Melissa Etheridge with ZZ Ward, July 24: $74 presale | $77 member | $79 public
Amos Lee with the Grand Rapids Symphony, July 26: $78 presale | $81 member | $83 public
The Revivalists + Band of Horses, July 31: $79 presale | $82 member | $84 public
Orville Peck, August 2: $52 presale | $55 member | $57 public
Boz Scaggs + Keb’ Mo’, August 3: $89 presale | $92 member | $94 public
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with S.G. Goodman, August 6: $96 presale | $99 member | $101 public
Train with Thunderstorm Artis, August 7: $100 presale | $103 member | $105 public
An Evening With Dark Star Orchestra: August 10, $48 presale | $51 member | $53 public
Three Dog Night, August 13: $55 presale | $58 member | $60 public
The Swell Season featuring Markéta Irglová & Glen Hansard, August 17:
$60 presale | $63 member | $65 public
Maren Morris with Carter Faith, August 18: $99 presale | $102 member | $104 public
Joss Stone with Stephen Wilson Jr., August 20: $65 presale | $68 member | $70 public
The Beach Boys: August 21: $75 presale | $78 member | $80 public
Guster: September 15: $49 presale | $52 member | $54 public
To help members and guests prepare for buying tickets and getting the best entertainment value possible, Meijer Gardens has created an Insider's Guide to Buying Tickets to help make the ticket purchasing experience easy and hassle-free. The Insider’s Guide is available at MeijerGardens.org/concerts
Members may buy tickets during the members-only presale beginning 9 am, April 22, through midnight, May 5. Members save $5 per ticket during the presale. After May 6, members save $2 per ticket. There is a limit of 8 tickets per show, per transaction.
Public Ticket Sale
Sales to the public begin at 9 am, May 6. There is a limit of 8 tickets per show, per transaction. The preferred method to purchase tickets is online, but multiple options are available.
Dogs To Star At The Dogwood
"Stunt Dog Experience" a one-of-a-kind performance
The Chris Perondi's "Stunt Dog Experience" will perform on the Dogwood Center Main Stage on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Perondi has been entertaining audiences of all sizes since 1999. During this “Stunt Dog Experience” you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. The experience has amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, athletic feats, and is the most entertaining show of its kind.
Join us and you will meet a cast of professional performers along with over a dozen talented pound pups. The show is one-of-a-kind and brings forth pet adoption awareness. All the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, and encourage people to spend more time with their pets.
These stars have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, the Tonight Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, the CBS Early Show, and much more. They have also starred in commercials and have been featured on the news and in magazines across the country.
Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for children, 18 and under, or click here now! The Dogwood Center Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.dogwoodcenter.com, at the Dogwood Box Office, or at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. For more information, phone 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
Debut performance coming Friday
When we did the recent piece on the upcoming local live music opportunities this weekend we had contacted Sleep Hotline who are making their first stage appearance at Flying Bear Book Store/Creperie Friday in downtown Newaygo. Breaking away from a torrid pre concert rehearsal regime we heard from the band who responded to a few of our queries
Who are the members and what do they bring to the band?
Nick Looman - guitar and vocals
Elle Covey - bass and vocals
Alex Reed - percussion and vocals
Riley Newfer - guitar and vocals
How did the band come together?
We all met randomly through other friends over the last few years. We all live in the Newaygo area and had been looking for like minded artists to bring a project that Elle and Nick had been working on for a while. Alex joined as drummer a year ago and Riley became our lead guitarist last summer.
Has anyone played with other groups?
We all have! But it's been a while since any of us have been on stage.
Can you describe your music?
Pop rock with some avante-garde ideas, Hippie rock but a little scarier.
Are there any performers or bands that influenced Sleep Hotline?
For fans of R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The Killers, with some hardcore influences
Inspiration for the name?
A long journey of finding a fit without "trying too hard" if that's possible :)
Understand this is your first gig. How does that feel after presumably a boatload of practice?
We are all very excited and a tiny bit anxious. We've definitely put the practice time in and hope it shows. It's been a long, interesting album to write.
What should people who attend expect?
It's gonna be crowded and everyone will be friends. We're bringing bright lights, loud amps, and full hearts!!!
Anything to add?
We are debuting our first album, it's called METONYMY, it's about language, loss, life, and surrender. We will be playing it twice through with a break in the middle between 8pm and 10pm. Come!
3 Nights of Local Live Tunes
The weekend starts Thursday
By Ken DeLaat
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”- Friedrich Nietzsche
From time to time I find myself missing some aspects of living in the city. Being a bit of a foodie the array of offerings in the metro area when it comes to gastronomy are abundant. Grand Rapids tends to be a most accommodating place to dine out on any given night and with any desired cuisine.
And then there’s the music. Live music. Nothing fits the bill like live music in a cozy setting.
This weekend our slice of bi-peninsula paradise is offering up some righteous tuneage in the 3 days leading up to Easter.
Thursdays at the River Stop Cafe in downtown Newaygo have become synonymous with some seriously good listening. They’ve been bringing in performers from throughout the region and this week you can catch Gina & Jordan from 6:30-9:30pm. The duo were in town at the Cafe a couple of months ago and we heard they sent the crowd home happy after a stellar performance. Oh and if you give them a listen and find you wish to hear more of this talented twosome you can catch them at Crankers and the Sawmill up in BR later this month.
And while catching their act at the R-Stop check out the suds selections they have on tap.
Friday’s at Flying Bear Books also in downtown Newaygo is Open Mike night from 6:30-8pm where local musicians take to the stage and deliver their personal style of tunesmanship. This Friday however, beginning at 8pm the bookstore/creperie will also host the worldwide debut of Sleep Hotline beginning at 8pm. We don’t know much about them other than Brewmaster extraordinaire Nick Looman is part of the group. We contacted them for some details and will post their response when it comes in.
So that brings us to Saturday and if you’re still haven’t had your live music itch scratched You can head to the Driftwood to hear Forged in Blue belt out some classic rock, country and blues at the iconic Croton venue where summertime means jams on the deck.
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