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The 'Beat' goes on Saturday

Matt DeYoung • Aug 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Seventy musical acts will play at 35 different venues throughout Grand Haven during the annual Walk the Beat event Saturday.

The music begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 5.

Most of the venues are located along the Beechtree Avenue corridor on Grand Haven’s east side, although there will also be 10 musical gatherings on the city’s west side.

The Harbor Transit trolley will be making constant runs to and from several pick-up and drop-off locations — including Fricano’s Pizza, 1400 Fulton Ave.; Clover Bar, 601 S. Beechtree St.; Corner Record Shop, 1114 Washington Ave., and the Loutit District Library parking lot.

Each musician or musical act will play two one-hour sets.

The event is free to attend, although raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 before and during the event at each location, offering up a chance at hundreds of door prizes in addition to a grand prize of $5,000.

The event is put on by Dave Palmer and Walk the Beat, an organization that raises money to support local musicians by purchasing equipment, lessons and other needs.

Attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite musical act via a text message. The People’s Choice best band wins recording time with Third Coast Recording, a music video, website assistance, a photography session, an interview on WAWL (103.5 FM) and a tour with Local Spins.

Last year’s winner was Third Degree Burns, a collection of young musicians from the Detroit area.

While many of the acts come from across the Midwest, several are local. According to Palmer, local musicians and bands include the Martin Brothers, Grant Teeple Trio, Steel Doin’ It, Chris Wiser and Andy Frisinger, Kevin Kozel, Loren Johnson, Jack Leaver, Grand Haven Bucket Drummers, Avery Jorgensen, Bri Baron, Bill Ellingboe, Room Full of Elephants, Boardwalk Brass Band, The Ringtones, Robinhood Academy, Rachel Wright, Jessica in the Rainbows, Ice Station Zebra, and Miriam DeYoung.

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