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/// LOCAL MUSIC


Anniversary Concert a Celebration for Musicians and Charity


| by Cat Dugan S


TEVE B LOOM HAD A DREAM. A dream where he and his band, Mid-Life Crisis, did a show for friends at DeVos Performance Hall for the band’s 10th anniversary.


What seemed like a fantasy has turned


into a reality since Bloom threw the idea out to his band mates. “It’s a celebration of making music with


ourselves, our friends and Grand Rapids,” Bloom said. “It’s a chance to get the band together to hang out with friends and help out Kids’ Food Basket.” All the money from ticket sales will go


directly to help Kids’ Food Basket, a Grand Rapids charity that provides sack suppers to children who otherwise may not have dinner. Started about eight years ago serving 125 kids each school day, Kids’ Food Basket now reaches more than 3,700 daily.


“It’s a chance to get [Mid-Life Crisis] together to hang out with friends and help out Kids’


Food Basket.” —STEVE BLOOM


Bloom and the band were able to get


many of their musician friends and local celebrities on board, too. “Nobody has turned us down for any-


thing,” Bloom said. “It’s different than any benefit concert anyone has seen in Grand Rapids.” Confirmed acts are Brian Vander Ark,


Troll for Trout, Domestic Problems and Andy & Billy, as well as a confirmed appearance by Mayor George Heartwell.


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The show, which takes place during


ArtPrize, has a direct correlation to the event. Mid-Life Crisis has entered an original song, “The Grand Rapids Song,” into the contest. Kids’ Food Basket has an entry that will be viewable at the event. Many of the other performers also have entered songs into the competition. “We are over-the-moon excited,” Bloom


said. Music will be virtually nonstop from the


time doors open at 6:30 p.m. until the very end when all the artists will come onstage for a “monster jam” session, Bloom said. Michael Crittenden, one part of Troll


for Trout, said he is thrilled to be part of the event. “We were honored to be asked to be on


the bill,” he said. MID-LIFE CRISIS 10TH ANNIVERSARY


SHOW DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. $15-$20 devosperformancehall.com, (616) 742-6500


Crittenden and Troll for Trout have done


several other concerts with Mid-Life Crisis. Like Bloom, Crittenden hopes to sell out


DeVos and raise awareness for Kids’ Food Basket. “Kids’ Food Basket is one of our favorite


causes to get behind,” he said. “It’s a great excuse to get everyone together for a local music party.” n


SCHEDULE | DINING | SIGHTS | SOUNDS | SCENE


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