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RANDOM NOTES Sixth Generation


LOCAL MUSIC /// Niles-based rockers The Sixth Generation must be doing something right – since its formation in 1966, the band has not only managed to stay together, but to do so with all of its original members. On July 16, it’s kicking off the Full Circle Tour in Buchanan, Mich. and covering the Upper Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, making sure to make


NEW BAR ALERT! Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill


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N OLD BAR ON Grand Rapids’ West Side is being updated to look … retro. The new Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill will be a throwback to the ‘40s and ‘50s with live


rockabilly music, Southern cooking and a retro look. Tip Top is the brainchild of Ted Smith, general manager of the Orbit Room, and Frank Lehnen, who owns Rocky’s Bar & Grill in the North Monroe corridor, as well as Monarch’s Club and Mercury Bar on GR’s west side. The club’s live shows will cover the gamut of


Americana music, Smith says, including folk, blues, rock, country, rockabilly, bluegrass and some music that ap- proaches punk. Smith and local promoter Ryan “Devlin” Carver will book the majority of the music at the club. Smith has been booking national and international rocka- billy music since 1993, including an Orbit Room show last year by legendary singer-guitarist Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly.


Carver, who has only been promoting shows for


a couple years, will book bands that play punkgrass, psychobilly, speedgrass and other “weird mixed genres that fit somewhere between punk and country,” she says. But don’t look for metal, pop, rap or electronic


music. “We won’t ever stray too far from the core Americana


music,” Smith says. “It’s not like you’re going to hear country one night and the next night it’s hip hop. If someone comes in one night and likes one band, chances are they’re going to like the band the next night, too.” Smith and Carver both expect to book a mix of


up-and-coming acts as well as national and international acts. They’ve met that goal in July with shows by Los Angeles-based Kim Lenz & the Jaguars on July 7 and legendary instrumental rockers Los Straitjackets on July 28. Also on the bill in July: Seattle-based Americana act Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers on July 6. In addition to music and drinks, the Tip Top will


have a varied menu with a Southern flair, including barbecue and New Orleans-style dishes, plus a range of vegetarian and gluten-free offerings. –Brian Edwards


KIM LENZ to perform July 7 at the Tip Top Club (see story on page 57). PHOTO: HOLLY WEST


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numerous stops in and around Michigan. … Grand Rapids Symphony’s Picnic Pops take over Cannonsburg Ski Area on July 14. The annual summer series takes place every Thursday and Friday through Aug. 5. The first pair of dates brings fireworks to classical hits like Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. July 21-22 is Generations of Rock with Michael Cavanaugh who will perform hits from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, including Elton John covers. Beach Boys fans can eat their hearts out for the tribute band on July 28 and 29. Advance lawn tickets start at $12 for students and seniors, $14 for adults. Add $2 for tickets the day of the show … West Michigan NOISE is hosting Dog Days of Summer at Old Dog Tavern July 29 and 30. The festival will feature outdoor and indoor stages as well as music from Chasing the Sky, Fishlips, Jake Simmons and The Little Ghosts, Inflatable Best Friend, Three Cents


Short and more. Tickets are $6 in advance or $10 for a two-day pass.


TUESDAY EVENING


MUSIC CLUB /// A freak rainstorm in Chicago led to Ralston Bowles taking the stage to stall at Frederik Meijer Gardens’ amphitheatre one fated evening 10 years ago. The headlining artist was hopelessly caught in Chicago summer monsoon traffic and hadn’t made it past the city limits as Bowles took the stage. Without the national act, the show was canceled. Yet, crowd enthusiasm made Bowles pick up his guitar and play for an hour. That per- formance birthed the


Ralston Bowles


Tuesday Evening Music Club, which returns July 5. The series functions as a showcase for local artists with Bowles over-seeing. Bowles’ role as programmer and mentor gives him a chance to highlight the truly diverse up- and-comers of the Michigan music scene. The lineup this year includes The Northern Skies, Papa Vegas, Lac La Belle, Bowles and an array of local bands covering all sorts of different genres.Tuesday Evening Music Club is free for Frederik Meijer Gardens members. Non-members pay the park’s general admis- sion fee. Concert s begin July 5 at 7 p.m. and continue every Tuesday through the end of August.


LOCAL CD RELEASES /// Following an extensive acoustic solo tour around Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Louisville, Columbus, Toledo and other


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