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Jackie’s Top Picks for September


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1. Katy Perry at Van Andel Arena – The pop princess herself will be in Grand Rapids, Sept. 11 as part of her California Dreams tour.


2. 2011 WGRD Dodge Ball Challenge – I am a huge fan of the Ben Stiller flick, Dodgeball, so I was thrilled to hear that Sept. 10 we are bringing dogeball to Grand Rapids, ‘GRD style, teams are open to the public and can be registered at wgrd.com.


3. 2011 Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon – Having ran cross country and track at Ferris State University, I am an extremely avid runner. This triathlon is perfect for people who may be just getting into running, swimming or biking because they allow team-style racing.


4. Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2011 – While we’ve just gotten rid of the ol’ Steam Pig downtown, we are sure to see some more impressive pieces of art at this year’s ArtPrize, which runs Sept. 21-Oct. 9. It’s the perfect thing to do when you’re low on cash and want to get out of the house.


5. Madina Lake at the Intersection – Madina Lake is an alternative rock band and it always puts on a great show. Look for the band to head our way Sept. 13 at the Intersection.


his month there are not only some awesome shows com- ing to Grand Rapids, but


LOCAL MUSIC /// Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids-based acoustic pop rock band Wires and Lights recently finished recording its debut EP. The album, which was engineered by Mustard Plug bassist Rick Johnson at Cold War Studios, will be released on Sept. 14 at MXTP. Wires and Lights will be opening for Ryan Cabrera on that evening … Seth Bernard, May Erlewine and the Earthwork Music family will be celebrating their annual Harvest Festival Gathering on Sept. 16-18 at the Earthwork Farm. Located in Lake City, the Earthwork Farm is home to the collective of musicians, as well as events like Harvest Festival Gathering. Vistis earthworkharvestgathering.com for more information about the festival. Some of the artists included in the long lineup are Abigail Stauffer, Airborne or Aquatic?, Breathe Owl Breathe, Drew Nelson and Highway 2, Gift or Creatures, Hoots and Hellmouth, and of course, Seth and May. Weekend tickets are $70 for adults, $50 for youth (12-20) and


Rica over the summer. This will be the first Grand Rapids show in two months for the band. The Crane Wives is co-headlining with Greensky Bluegrass at the Intersection on Sept. 8. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information, visit the- cranewives.com … Chuck Whiting & His Rowdy Friends has not one, but two CD release parties planned this fall. On Sept. 23, the band will head to Kalamazoo’s Old Dog Tavern and on Oct. 7, the band will travel to Tip Top Deluxe in Grand Rapids. You can also check out the band at Tip Top Deluxe earlier this month on Sept. 8.


Drew Nelson lands record contract


$30 for children (5-11) … Local folk-rocker Drew Nelson has signed a recording contract with Red House Record, the St. Paul, Minn.- based indie label that’s home to roots and folk music legends like Greg Brown, John Gorka and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, among others. Nelson, whose Dusty Road to Beulah Land won the 2010 Jammie award for best album, expects to release his first record for Red House in early 2012 ... Kalamazoo native Matt Giraud, best known for his appearance on “American Idol” a few season ago, plans to head into the studio soon to record his first post-Idol record. Unlike many former “AI” stars, Giraud didn’t rush into the studio after the show ended, opting instead to work on his chops with several successful song- writers from Nashville and Los Angeles. He expects a fall release for the yet-to-be named record … Grand Rapids band The Crane Wives is putting on a welcome home party for band member Kate Pillsbury (vocals/ guitar), who was studying abroad in Costa


TOURING /// It’s nearing the end of summer in Western Michigan, so naturally, the Allegan County Fair is saying goodbye to summer by bringing in Detroit-area native Kid Rock. Catch the Kid on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $65-$85. The Allegan County Fair runs from Sept. 9-16 … Van Andel Arena gets a double dose of pop diva when Katy Perry and Janelle Monáe roll into town. Who doesn’t want back-to-back “Tightrope” and “Teenage Dream?” Be sure to check out the Tweet-to-Screen feature, where audience tweets are posted on giant onstage screens before the show. Tickets are $37.50 and $47.50 for the event on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. … Eclectic synth-pop group Xiu Xiu will bring its tour to The Pyramid Scheme on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. to promote its latest release, 2010’s Dear God, I Hate Myself. Tickets are $12 and additional acts include Kindest Lines, Hedgehog and tokyo morose … Calvin College is well-known for bringing


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excellent musical acts to west Michigan, and this season is no exception with a Switchfoot and Anberlin double-header on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. $25 is worth it to see these two groups of wordsmiths on stage.


NATIONAL CD RELEASES /// New York-based dance-rock outfit The Rapture will release The Grace of Your Love Tuesday, Sept. 6. It’s the band’s fourth LP and a follow up to 2006’s Pieces of the People We Love. The first single from the new album, “How Deep Is Your Love,” is a seven-minute jam with ample saxophone and cow-bell … The Dum Dum Girls’ sophomore album Only in Dreams hits stores Tuesday, Sept. 27. Known for mixing Jesus and Mary Chain-type noise with girl-group hooks and Ramones’ simplicity, the all-female group has found a strong following on the


Pitchfork Media circuit. After forming in 2008, the “eyeliner punk” band garnered some indie cred after Sub Pop released the lo-fi album I Will Be (2010), a hissy home- recorded demo by Dee Dee Penny, the California-based band’s main songwriter (the new LP features the entire band) … Blink 182 will drop Neighborhoods Tuesday, Sept. 27. The 10-song long player, set to be released by Geffen Records, is the aging pop-punkers first studio album in eight years. The mate- rial was recorded starting back in 2009, just after the band reunited for a long-awaited tour. It’s the first Blink-182 album produced


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