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entirely by the band mem- bers at a home studio in Los Angeles, without the help of an outside producer. The first single “Up All Night” premiered in July … Other notable releases: Blitzen Trapper (American Goldwing) Laura Marling (A Creature I Don’t Know) St. Vincent (Strange Mercy) (Sept. 13), Tori Amos (Night of Hunters), Bjork (Biophilia) Wilco (The Whole Love) (Sept. 27).


WINE /// The Lemon Creek Winery Tasting Room is celebrat- ing the conclusion of it first summer season in Grand Haven with a barbecue, hosted by Chef Tom Reinhart of the Real Cool Cooking School. The Sept. 3 event starts at 2 p.m. and will be held at the Grand Haven tasting room. The barbe- cue is free with any purchased Lemon Creek wine tasting, which is $5 and includes five one-ounce pours. In addition, there will be an old-fashioned picnic theme, live music and Lemon Creek’s special batch of Sangria.


NEW VENUE ALERT!


ALICE PEACOCK and Danny Myrick perform Oct. 22 at Seven Steps Up.


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H E N S I NGE R PAT MCGE E PLAYED the second-ever concert at Spring Lake’s new Seven Steps Up venue, he answered fans’ call for an encore this way: He unplugged


his acoustic guitar, walked to the middle of the room and played his song “Beautiful Ways” while standing on a chair. “It was an awesome moment,” recalls owner Michelle


Hanks. Musical moments like that are a big part of what spurred


Michelle, a partner at a CPA firm, and husband Gary, a longtime corporate executive, to open Steven Steps Up and start the Pin Drop Concert Series, which will bring critically acclaimed touring musicians to Spring Lake. Housed in a renovated Masonic Temple, the intimate


venue is made for music. The brick walls and hardwood floors provide a natural resonance for singers and acoustic instruments. For the concerts, the furthest seat from the stage is less than 35 feet and the number of tickets sold is limited to 110 – about 50 fewer than the room’s max capacity – to maintain the intimate feeling for shows. Drinks are available, but no cash is exchanged during the concerts, another nod to keeping things pin-drop quiet during the performance.


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“You can hear the performer’s foot tapping or the nuances


of the fingers on the guitar strings – the things you don’t hear in a big noisy nightclub,” Gary says. The quiet and the proximity between artist and audience


also fuel the performance in magical ways, says Michelle, a singer-songwriter herself. “When you put a performer in a room like this in front


of people who love music – and love to listen to music – the energy and the effect has a way of ratcheting up. When the singers stand up there with the energy of 100 people coming at them, they want to give it back to the audience, and it just keeps escalating. It’s such an amazing thing.” The next Pin Drop show features critically acclaimed New


York singer-songwriter Ari Hest on Sunday, Sept. 25. Tickets are $22; private tables of four are $125. Alice Peacock returns with Danny Myrick on Saturday, Oct. 22 ($28/$170) for a show. In addition to the Pin Drop Concerts, the Hanks intend


to launch a twice-monthly music series featuring up-and- coming acoustic acts on the first and third Friday of each month. The series’ cheeky name: F&3 Acoustic Fridays. n


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FILM /// Celebration! Cinema is kick- ing off the fall with another round of its Cult Classics & Popular Picks. The first film of the series is The Labyrinth, playing Sept. 2-4. The 1986


film stars some puppets, a young Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie in some very revealing tights. Moviegoers will not only be transported to 1985, but also 1955 when Celebration! plays Back to the Future Sept. 23- 25. Also playing in September are Rocky on Sept. 9-11 and Pulp Fiction Sept. 16-18. All shows are $4 a ticket. For more informa- tion, visit celebrationcinema.com.


COMMUNITY /// The annual Celebration on the Grand is hitting downtown Grand Rapids Sept. 8-10. The weekend-long celebration will fea-


ture food, live music and, most importantly, fireworks … Also hitting downtown Grand Rapids that weekend is the annual Hispanic Festival in Calder Plaza. Sample dishes, music and goods from multiple Hispanic countries and learn more about Hispanic history and culture. Both Celebration on the Grand and the Hispanic Festival are free


Labyrinth at Celebration! Cinema


to attend…West Michigan is celebrating recovery this fall in the form of a dry run/ walk and celebration. For the third year, Recovery Palooza will bring attention to recovery from substance abuse in the form of fitness and celebration. On Sept. 15, Riverside Park will host a dry run/walk. Two days later, John Ball Park will have many festivities in-


cluding live music, free food, inflatables and games and activities from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For


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more information, visit recoverypalooza.org … Grand Rapids’ own MadCap Coffee will be featured on the cover of October’s Barista magazine. n


Random Notes is compiled by REVUE staff and minions including Brian Edwards, Meaghan Igel, Lindsay Patton-Carson and Rich Tupica.


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