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by Lindsay Patton-Carson


THE WALKMEN at Prospecto


West MI Steps Up Fall Concert Season


As the weather starts to get colder, music shows in West Michigan start heating up. With fewer things to do outside during the fall and winter months, indoor venues are nabbing some big-name talent, bringing in more exciting entertainment options. “A lot of bands that contact us will ultimately choose an outdoor venue in the summer,”


said Ted Smith, general manager for the Orbit Room. Now that summer’s over, West Michigan venues are announcing their fall lineups —


and getting positive feedback in return. Currently, tickets are available to see Katy Perry, Cut Copy, Panic! At the Disco, Ra Ra Riot and more.


OVER THE RHINE at Calvin College


electro-jam band Sound Tribe Sector Nine (Oct. 5).The venue is also keeping true to its rock roots by bring- ing in Anthrax on Oct. 14, Down, In Solitude and PonyKiller on Sept. 20, as well as punk legends Social Distortion on Nov. 27. Those still coming down off the high of The Gathering of the Juggalos can break out their leftover Faygo to see Insane Clown Posse, which will be playing Sept. 26. “The volume of shows has definitely increased,”


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Smith said, regarding the difference between the previ- ous year’s season and this year’s season. Smith is also looking forward to Deke Dickerson,


who will be playing at the Tip Top Deluxe – the venue he opened this past summer – on Sept. 28. Dickerson last played Grand Rapids a year ago, when Smith booked him at Billy’s Lounge. Audience response was positive, so Smith brought him back for a second year. Also coming back this year are Over the Rhine


and Blitzen Trapper. The two bands played Calvin College’s fall 2010 lineup.


ast year, The Orbit Room diversified its booking and has since brought acts such as Eddie Money, Yes, Girl Talk, and Ben Folds to its usual rock-heavy lineup. Orbit is continuing that trend this fall with Wiz Khalifa protégé Mac Miller (Oct. 9) and


The Calvin show that’s been getting the most buzz,


however, is the Switchfoot/Anberlin double header. Both bands started out in the Contemporary Christian circuit, but had such mainstream appeal that they have gained a wide and diverse audience. These bands will be playing on Sept. 29. More recently, chillwave bands Cut Copy and


Washed Out were added to Calvin’s lineup for a Sept. 21 show. Cut Copy is getting back to touring after hitting the summer festivals, including Pitchfork Music Festival and a headlining spot at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Hope College is getting in on the music action


as well, bringing in famed gospel group, Blind Boys of Alabama. The group first formed in Alabama in 1939, with the three main vocalists and percussionist blind. Currently, the band has one founding member still performing. West Michigan’s Pitchfork readers have been in love


with The Pyramid Scheme’s lineups since it opened. The venue is continuing on with booking established and emerging indie acts by bringing in Xiu Xiu, Nirvana-approved The Meat Puppets, cutesy indie band Ra Ra Riot, colorful hip hopper Dominique Young Unique, and pop/punk band The Wonder Years, among other national and local bands. Similar to The Pyramid Scheme, The Strutt has been bringing in notable indie bands such as The


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