(Tribune photo/Julie Angell)
Some good music around town. My only complaint was the act in Central Park. The girl had an amazing voice, but you would never know that because of the solid wall of distortion coming out of the underpowered DJ loudspeakers they had set up (it was clipped BAD). It was a shame; it would have been a good performance otherwise.
I was just out of frame in image #7 btw :)
Hey, I was there too (I think the Trib photographer was following me around all day based on her pics here) and I agree, it was really distorted when she started to wail. I listened to about 3 tunes and then had to leave because the distortion was driving me nuts.
Were you there to see the guy that was playing before? I thought he was very good, loved his voice and his original tunes. Caleb Holmes was his name. I bought his CD, which he played tunes from and for my money he was one of the best I saw during the day. The other act I dug was called Tailshaker. They played at Baker Lumber. A good example of a nice tight blues band.
I hope it was a successful venture all around, would love to see it happen again, although it was maddening to have so much live music to hear and so little time to hear it.
Nah, I didn't make it down in time to hear the previous act. I only saw the ones around downtown unfortunately (people were driving like idiots today and I didn't want to risk it with riding to the locations further out. It was awesome seeing a massive amount of people commuting on bike as well.
It was a really neat event, and I honestly think they should do it a couple times per year. I would definitely come back (just please, fix the sound issues)!
Didn't care too much for the sidewalk sales though since I am not into buying crap I don't need just because it is on sale, but they seemed to be doing okay as well. One of the guys at the Rock 'N Road booth noticed me and my bike from the internet though which was pretty neat.
One of the best bands/music/quality by far all day was a GH band named "Quarter Below" who'd played at the Z Tire lot location on Robbins Rd. Not a busy downtown location but seemed very popular with the people who saw them that we'd talked to today and also this evening when we were eating at Culvers.
Great mix of musicians and local venues. Almost too much happening at once in town though....sidewalk sales, St. Pat's festival. Traffic overkill made it hard to visit all. Look forward to next year already though. Great day with fantastic weather!
Yep, Walk the Beat should be a weekend-long (Fri-Sat-Sun) event with a bit fewer venues, but more artists staggered through the weekend.
It is one of the up and coming events here in town that holds a LOT of promise. It was also very nice seeing that it was not all teenage garage bands; instead there was a wide variety of musical styles to fit all tastes.
I am admittedly one of those people that finds faults in things (I don't like it, but it is a bad habit I am trying to break). However, with walk the beat, other than the shoddy sound quality at the Central Park venue, I could not find fault. I genuinely had a great time riding my bicycle between the downtown venues and listening to a few songs from each artist. Just the experience of riding from venue to venue listening to various artists and musical styles that may not be mainstream was a really great feeling. It genuinely made me proud to live in a town that embraces events like this.
Walk the Beat has the potential to become huge here in town; will the organizers run with it? If there are volunteer opportunities for future events like this, I would love to help!
Lots of great music and I hope this can be a regular thing in the summer. Really liked a band playing at Grand Haven Redi-Rental called "The Buster Blues Band".
Lots of late 40-something moms.
Not my bag baby.
Sounds right up Barry's alley.
Wow. That hurts.
Sorry, it was meant as a compliment, since you seem to be popular with the ladies, both young and youth challenged ;-)
Yup. It's a gift and a curse all in one package. No pun intended.
He's a legend in his own mind!
Here's the link to Caleb Holmes and his album The Bailout Sessions: http://calebholmes.bandcamp.com
Thanks for the Bandcamp link! I bought a copy of The Bailout Sessions from him on Saturday, after his performance. Love Clockwork Man and Adam and Ora.
I've already got it in my Itunes library. I have a friend in Hamburg, Germany who I share music with and I'm gonna send him the Bandcamp link right now.
You're welcome! Sorry I couldn't post it as a reply to your original post- the "reply" buttons weren't loading earlier. *shrug*
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