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New Year's Eve concert at Wealthy Theatre to celebrate local favorites, host food drive

Celebrate New Year's Eve with The Go Rounds, The Crane Wives, Seth Bernard and Vox Vidorra on Saturday, December 31, 2016. There will be a canned food drive for those in need. Refreshments provided by Creston Brewery.
Vox Vidorra

Vox Vidorra /Courtesy of Vox Vidorra

The Crane Wives

The Crane Wives /Courtesy of The Crane Wives

Artists promoting the canned food drive

Artists promoting the canned food drive /Bill Chesney

The holiday season is in full swing. 2016 is coming to a close. For many it has been an emotionally taxing year. We have seen the loss of musical icons, we have seen the inflammatory political rhetoric testing the boundaries of our interpersonal relationships and political ideologies, we have witnessed the increasing ubiquity of unsubstantiated truths disseminated through the media forcing us to reconcile with the very way we perceive the world.

Through this hopefully heightened awareness, artists and musicians, teachers and organizers and various groups and individuals have stepped up to deliver intelligible content to help all of us internalize the challenges we face and the strengths that we may employ.

Some of the most deliberate and hardworking bands in Michigan will celebrate this important marker at The Wealthy Theatre on New Year’s Eve! The night of music will be brought to you by Seth Bernard, The Crane Wives, The Go Rounds, and Vox Vidorra. The end of the night will culminate in a bombastic performance featuring everyone!

In 2016, Seth Bernard released "Eggtones for Peac"e, an expansive album with intentional, provocative lyrics and a signature Bermard sound. The Crane Wives released "Foxlore", the sister album to last year’s "Coyote Stories". Solid grooves provide the framework for seamless vocal harmonies--this, paired with such a powerful live performance, produces an unmistakably recognizable aesthetic. The Go Rounds released an EP entitled "i promise i won’t get hurt"; this release presents a collection of songs that illustrates the transition from traditional Americana roots toward the implementation of more ambient and synthetic elements. Vox Vidorra sounds like a beautiful fusion of contemporary R&B and groove music, spotlighting a powerhouse female vocalist surrounded by a collection of multi-instrumentalists. Vox Vidorra is currently back in the studio working on their next record. 

If you live in the Grand Rapids area, chances are you have seen one or more of these bands as they have played throughout the state. It is a rare opportunity to have these touring bands together on this phenomenal bill.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with the first band hitting the stage at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased online here, or at the Wealthy Theatre box office.

The event will feature a non-perishable food drive. Guests who bring food will be given tickets to win one of the bundles of prizes including shirts, music from each of the bands, event posters and more.

Creston Brewery will be on site providing beverages.

Here’s to ushering out the Year of the Monkey: 2016. Here’s to reigning the year of the intellect and the depth of emotional engagement. Here’s to producing the most authentic work we all can. Here’s to not burying our heads in the sand and retreating into consumer comforts, but instead, to use music and art as a conduit for inspiration--spurring us ever forward into the process of progress!

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