Read the March 3 Tribune story about how the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is helping to raise money for the Fourth of July fireworks show in Grand Haven: "Bucks for booms."
Agreed. And I believe you can be progressive and patriotic at the same time, but the past couple years have had meh soundtracks at best.
In my own personal opinion, the fountain portion should be good 'ol patriotic (and I don't mean solid Lee Greenwood songs throughout, I mean peppy, modern if possible, but definitely patriotic) with absolutely STELLAR choreography and audio quality. The fireworks can be a bit more edgy IMO as you don't want the show to turn into a snooze-fest. The whole show must also remain suitable for all ages in my opinion.
This year with the fountain, you are going to see some pretty good changes with regards to the quality of the choreography (MUCH better), as well as many family-friendly themed programs that I promise will blow your socks off and much better audio quality as well.
One of the programmers goals (myself and one other guy) is to have an entire library of new programs (both individual songs and completely themed 'packages') that are much more modern, complex, and exciting, yet bring back the tradition of a family-friendly attraction. This doesn't mean that we will play kids music 24/7, in fact we have a Beatles show, Beach Boys, Classic Rock, Pirates, Jimmy Buffett, two Disney shows, as well as modern pop music shows currently in production; it simply means that MUCH more thought will be put into show creation to make sure EVERYBODY will enjoy it. We are pushing to create an EXPERIENCE that draws visitors into town, rather than simply something to see if you are already at the waterfront and bored. So far, I have over 290 hours of volunteer time in this year alone to make this a reality, and the other guy has just about as much time invested I believe. Personally, I was never much a fan of randomly tossed together shows from the dated and very mixed jukebox-style library.
As for the fireworks shows (including the musical fountain)... I don't have a horse in that race.
The classic shows have been played on Wednesdays the past couple years, and will most likely be making a comeback on Wednesdays this year.
The reason the season was cut short last year was due to a MAJOR upgrade of the fountain's control system. We will have a few new features this year thanks to the upgrade :)
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