Sunday, June 20, 2010

30-Day Challenge - Day 9: We'll do it live!!!

That's right, we'll do it live. We'll also do it outdoors if it's summer.
So GR has to be a great destination for live outdoor concerts this time of year. Let's take a look at some recent outdoor music events that draw well around here.
This weekend is the annual weekend for the B-93 Birthday Bash, the 18th straight to be exact. This years crowds are as big as ever, with yesterday's coming in at close to 60,000 we still have today's to go. Yesterday was also the third annual Founders Fest put on by Founders Brewery in downtown GR. The event has continually drawn several thousand for a day of music and beer in the streets.

Last weekend saw both the LocalFirst event downtown and WGRD Wingstock at 5/3 Ballpark. Both music events drew in the thousands. Earlier in May B-93 put on it's first ever CountryPalooza in John Ball Park which drew about a thousand people for a day of music in the sun, which hopefully gets bigger in the future. Let's not forget the weekly Blues on the Mall series, the topic of discussion earlier.

Muskegon Summer Celebration is coming up real soon, and the waterfront celebration draws tens of thousands to watch big name acts from all over the country. In the previous two summers organizers put together a sort of modern Woodstock up in Rothbury, Michigan (Just North of Muskegon) in the middle of the woods. The several day long event winessed crowds of 50-60,000 camping out witnessing dozens of big-name acts from across all music genres. The event looks to kick-off again in summer 2011 after taking this summer off.

Nothing really says summer like a live music event outdoors in the summer. I encourage you to find something you like, or even stretch your horizons and show up to one. You never know just how much of a good time you'll have.

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