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/// GIFT GUIDE MUSIC JUNKIE


Prone to spontaneous humming, toe tapping and improvisational drumming, music junkies are temperamental if you touch their radios and feel the need to help you expand your iTunes catalog. Here’s how you return the favor. BY KEVI N VANANTWE R P E N


DO


Triumph Music Academy is the Holy Grail for wannabe rock stars. Currently the only public


music academy in West Michigan, Triumph doesn’t only teach musical technique, but also the intricacies of performing live. “What we really strive to do is create a bridge between private lessons and playing live shows,” said Founder James Hughes. “We want our students to have an outlet.”


Triumph Music Academy 949 Wealthy St. SE, #200, Grand Rapids triumphmusicacademy.com, (616) 454-2934


DRINK


Whether you want to perform or just tip back a beer and watch, Grand Rapids’ open mic


scene is the place for music junkies to drink.


“You’ll see up-and-coming talent and bands that haven’t played anywhere,” said Nicholas Thomasma, who manages open mic night at Founders Brewery on Tuesday evenings. “…it’s a great opportunity to not only play, but to meet the musical community of this city.” During the week, there are multiple open mic events with Monarch’s, O’Toole’s, Winchester and Bangers Bar hosting on Mondays. Juke’s, Rocky’s, River City Saloon, Founders and Billy’s Lounge have theirs on Tuesday. Ritz Koney, Mulligan’s, Teazer’s, Tip Top and Bobarino’s have open mic nights on Wednesdays.


LISTEN


True music fanatics are fickle people. It’s easier to convince Courtney Love that selling


remnants of Kurt Cobain on eBay is wrong than it is to pin down a junkie’s taste in jams. So in- stead of buying the new Justin Bieber Christmas album and crossing your fingers, why not treat your giftee to whatever they want? The Corner


Record store features a vast assortment of CDs, records and high-end stereo equipment. Looking for that old Vinyl of Nirvana’s Nevermind? If the folks at Corner Record Shop don’t already have it, chances are they can find it for you.


Corner Record Shop 3562 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville cornerrecordshop.com, (616) 531-6578


EAT


Blending a piano-bar feel with a vast array of American and ethnic cuisine, Monaco Bay is


the perfect place to breed high-quality eats with high-quality music. With an array of staff musi- cians (and guest performances) at the establishment’s disposal, it’s no wonder it prom- ises a dining entertainment experience that “until now could only be found in Vegas.” Plus, if you’re a fan of “American Idol,” Matt Giraud spent some of his early days here – it’s rumored he still stops in from time to time.


Monaco Bay 300 East Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo monacobay.biz, (269) 384-6044


WATCH


On Dec. 15, Bell’s Brewery is giving you the opportunity to catch two of West Michigan’s


up-and-coming artists. First there’s Valentiger – an overtly bright sampling of indie rock with just a pinch of folk dashed on top. There to give Valentiger artillery support is The Crane Wives


– the dual female-fronted folk outfit that took West Michigan by storm earlier this year.


Bell’s Brewery 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo bellsbeer.com, (269) 382-2332


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