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Grand Valley State University's Beacon Since 1963, Allendale, MI
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David Specht


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Bringing the funk to West Michigan

After celebrating its two-year anniversary in January, the Grand Rapids Soul Club continues to find unique ways of bringing the funk to West Michigan.


Founded by local DJs Josh Breuer, Andrew Christopoulos and Mike Saunders, the GRSC gathers on the fourth Friday of each month ? typically, at The Pyramid Scheme or Billy’s Lounge ? to highlight rare funk and soul via turntables and crates.

ScHoolboy Q to bring West Coast sounds to a West Michigan stage

While Lakers have likely spent the last few days struggling to stay awake during their fellow classmates’ final presentations, there’s one last schoolboy set to present this week whose subject matter might be a bit more provocative.

Combined ensembles bring jubilant music to GVSU

Chamber music, due to the intimacy experienced among its performers, has been described as “the
music of friends.” This week, that friendship will extend beyond the members of Grand Valley State
University’s chamber groups to include other student musicians.

Raising awareness through riffs and rhymes

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, another American is sexually assaulted every two minutes.

Annual Spring Powwow brings together students and community members

While it might seem that a pow wow is simply a celebration of Native American culture and spirituality, it is actually an opportunity to come together as a people — a celebration of all walks of life.

Founders Open Mic gives platform to rising artists

Compared to a typical Friday night, a Tuesday evening in downtown Grand Rapids can seem quite uneventful.

Visiting Congolese speaker to give presentations in French

The French language is often recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages worldwide. Literature-loving Lakers who are fluent in the language of love have the opportunity to attend a series of events that involve both French and poetry. Kama Sywor Kamanda, an award-winning Congolese French language poet and writer, will be visiting Grand Valley State University later this month for a number of events that focus on his life and work.

Competition gives composers 60 seconds to create

In January, the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery unveiled “The History of Space Photography,” which features 50 noteworthy images taken during the last 50 years of space exploration. While this exhibit, located in the Performing Arts Center on the Allendale Campus, provides visitors with an astounding visual experience in itself, a group of students has worked to further enhance the gallery by adding a musical element to the mix.

GVSU students showcase talent at Mulligan's Pub

In 2003, The Intersection relocated from 1520 Wealthy St. to its current location, leaving its old neighbor, Mulligan’s Pub, with a going-away gift: a vacant room that housed a stage outfitted for live performances.

Dancing to the beat of a different drum

With electronic dance music now firmly planted in mainstream music and music festivals alike, it’s not often that an artist within the genre can claim to produce a truly unique sound.

The Expendables lift up Grand Rapids during drab winter season

In the midst of the 40-stop Winter Blackout Tour, The Expendables — a reggae rock band out of Santa Cruz, Cali. — stopped by The Intersection on Feb. 6 to share good vibes. Touring with fellow reggae artists Seedless and Stick Figure, bass lines certainly weren’t the only thick and heavy things that the front room stage, The Stache, was filled with.

Grand Rapids Soul Club celebrates two years of bringing the funk

Although the popularity of soul music may have died down since the ’60s, it continues to shine through DJs Josh Breuer, Andrew Christopoulos and Mike Saunders, who represent the heart and, well, soul of the Grand Rapids Soul Club.

Run That Sh!t proves vinyl isn't dead

When an entire music library can be stored on a device smaller than a stick of chewing gum, it seems unlikely to find a DJ combing through rows of milk crates resembling a section of a record store on stage during a performance. Unless, of course, that DJ was one of the hosts of “Run That Sh!t” — an all-vinyl rap takeover hosted by The Pyramid Scheme on Jan. 15.

Winter Wheat brings summer feel

While Michigan music festivals have certainly been on the rise in recent years, organizers would be hard-pressed to draw an audience during the cold winter months.

Not a '90s coffee shop event

Entertainment, while a major attraction in downtown Grand Rapids, is not as prevalent early in the week as it is on the weekend. However, if you find yourself inside Stella’s Backroom Bar on a Monday night, there are just four rules:

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