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What We’d Like to See


Stephen Marley joining Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to cover Bob Marley songs.


Charlie Daniels with his fiddle dueling against the guitarist from Pop Evil.


Rick Springfield hooking up with Jessie’s Girl after all these years, and Nicki Minaj traveling to Muskegon to join Trey Songz onstage.


Neko Case lending her lovely voice to the Fleet Foxes for some even more beautiful harmonies.


Less overlapping times for bands of the same genre and Girl Talk mashing up Coldplay and Muse while they all play live on Friday night.


Blake Shelton attempt to recruit Willie Nelson to his singing team for the NBC show “The Voice,” followed by a duet.


Band Most Likely To Cause A Sea Of Lighters In The Air


REO Speedwagon


Artist Most Likely To Steal Your


Significant Other 3Pretty Lights Goo Goo Dolls Trey Songz


Best Throwback Artist Your Dad Might Also Listen To


REO Speedwagon


Country Choice Emmitt-Nershi Band


Night Ranger


Aaron Lewis


Lynyrd Skynyrd


Rick Springfield4


Charlie Daniels Band


Lynyrd Skynyrd


Fleet Foxes


Neko Case


Thurston Moore


Neko Case4


Coldplay


3Coldplay


The Cars4


Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses


Lynryd Skynyrd


Ludacris4


Lynyrd Skynyrd


3Willie Nelson


From Rowboats to Battleships


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RAND HAVEN’S ANNUAL Coast Guard Festival, now in its 87th year, didn’t always include what you see today. In fact, it began as a series of rowing races in the ‘30s that has since evolved into one of the biggest summer events in West Michigan. “We have over 400,000 that come to the festival over the 10 days. During the


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parade, there’s about 125,000, and during the fireworks, about 200,000, depending on the weather,” said Madonna Kramer, director of marketing and fund development for the festival. With that many people, one would think that a new venue would be chosen to better accommodate, though Kramer assures Grand Haven lives up to its title as Coast Guard City, U.S.A. “People love it because nobody holds a festival quite like


ours. People honor the Coast Guard and other branches of the military in other ways, but not in the same magnitude. And others don’t have the same communal feeling as we do, where everyone gathers to celebrate the Coast Guard and the city of Grand Haven.” Taking into account the value of community, the festival


has undoubtedly grown from year to year, yet the amount and variety of events has stayed relatively the same. “We do about 26 events and each year we evaluate whether the events have merit or if we should change.


Some years we add, some years we take away events, based on the reception,” Kramer said. These events range from the Grand and Kids’ Parades, the downtown Carnival, ship tours, a tribute to the


Beach Boys, and of course, the fireworks show to mark the culmination of the festival. One thing that is different this year is Senior Day, an entire day dedicated to the seniors of the community that will include athletics, education and celebration.


PHOTO: DAVID RHEM So even if Justin Bieber isn’t going to be rocking the Waterfront Stage, or The Beach Boys (they actually


performed one year), there will be an activity for every member of your family to enjoy during the 10-day festival. From year to year the Coast Guard Festival does evolve, yet, like Kramer said, their goal is to retain what has worked so that it remains a celebration of the Coast Guard and the community. “The festival brings together generations. The whole festival has a celebratory aspect to it, but it’s in different ways, according to generations.” —Garrett Dennert


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