Listening Lawn series returns to downtown Grand Rapids
For the second summer, Studio Park hosts outdoor concerts with Michigan artists including Jack Droppers, Joshua Davis, Last Gasp Collective, Luke Winslow-King, and Earth Radio.
Accidentals, Pink Sky, Earth Radio, Jack Droppers, Joshua Davis and other Michigan favorites will be playing the Listening Lawn outdoor series hosted by Listening Room at Grand Rapids’ Studio Park from early June.
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It is the second year since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic that the Listening Room has moved its concerts outdoors. The organizers need masks and social distance for the participants in the piazza in the city center south of the Van Andel Arena.
“We always envisioned an open-air space in the piazza for people to gather and this summer, just like last year, we are grateful to have this safe, open-air space for entertainment during this terrible pandemic said Quinn Mathews, general manager of Listening Room and Talent Buyer Local Spins.
“Hopefully we are on the right track so that indoor shows can take place by early autumn. By then we have failed to host shows and will use this outdoor area with state of the art audio. ”
The 2021 series kicks off June 3rd with a number of artists “handpicked” by Lady Ace Boogie, Grand Rapids hip-hop artist who also directs Lady Ace Boogie Presents: the electronic duo Pink Sky, the progressive neosoul band Earth Radio and the one-man band The Brandino Extravaganza.
“I’m very grateful and excited that they trust me to get things started right. I’m so excited that I can barely control myself,” said Linda Tellis, also known as Lady Ace Boogie. “As we all know, the last year and a half has been extremely tough. I hope people come out and catch this mood because there will be enough.”
Tellis called himself “a big fan” of all three artists on the opening bill. “This line-up will go under as a classic. All we need is for people to show up and support the art. We’ll do the rest. “
ALBUM RELEASE, PARTNERSHIP WITH MICHIGAN HOUSE AND DRAG SHOW
On June 18th there will be a special album release show for Grand Rapids rock band Jack Droppers & The Best Intentions as they unfold their third studio album “Dad Rock”.
Other artists on the docket are Kalamazoo’s Last Gasp Collective (June 24th), Grand Rapids Americana / Roots rock band Brother Elsey (July 1st), Traverse City’s Alt-Folk-Trio The accidents (July 8th), singer-songwriter Joshua Davis (July 30), Cadillac Native and Blues / Folk / Americana star Luke Winslow-King (August 12) and The Insider Tom Petty Tribute (26th of August).
The series will also work with Michigan House – an organization that has hosted a pop-up venue in Austins South by Southwest for years – to showcase artists from the east of the state once a month starting June 10th.
And on August 6th, Listening Lawn will host “Get Reel: A Cinematic Drag Show” from Ginger Ambrosia.
As last summer, at least two or four tickets for each concert must be purchased for the listening room. Participants bring their own garden chairs to sit in their own socially distant area in the piazza.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Full bar service is available through the One Twenty Three Tavern.
Tickets for the June 3 show under the Pink Sky headline are $ 70 per couple. for the Jack Droppers concert on June 18, $ 40 per couple. More information is available online at listenroomgr.com. Parking spaces are available next door in the Studio Park Garage.
Revisit coverage of 2020 Listening Lawn shows at Local Spins.
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