Top talent lines up for Midtown venue

Suzanne Vega will perform at Midtown GR in April. Photo courtesy of Studio C.

Some well known musical acts are slated to perform at one of the area’s most unique musical venues this Spring. Midtown GR, the intimate 200-guest live music space located in Studio Park, has announced a starry lineup. 

Quinn Mathews, Manager of Music Programming for Studio C, the venue’s parent company, is excited about the season ahead. “We see tremendous regional talent in the winter,” said Mathews. “Midwesterners know how to navigate Michigan’s variable weather, but springtime inspires confidence from nationally touring artists. This leads to an increased diversity of performances.” 

The venue provides in-seat service of specialty drinks and cocktails, a  world-class sound system and a semi-circle of seating, “for more engaged musicians and a more captive audience,” according to information provided by the venue to Grand Rapids Magazine. Midtown was built for music, with attention to design of the room and the stage, the acoustics, and audio design. The venue was a recipient of “Best Green Room” award for its care for touring artists while off-stage, and perhaps the reason they were able to drawn in the following upcoming acts: 

March 23
May Erlewine – Prepare for an intimate evening of music and togetherness. Songwriter May Erlewine’s songs cut right to the heart of things. Joining Erlewine on guitar will be the incredibly talented Packy Lundholm.

March 30
Charity – Charity’s Motown originals cover subject matter like religion, loss, self-love and coming-of-age with a disarming vulnerability. Her live shows are a sanctuary.

April 6
Hot Club of Cowtown – Since 1998, this Western swing-gypsy jazz trio has traveled the world, bringing their own brand of magical musical chemistry to audiences far and wide. They have created a legacy of the preservation of musical traditions that have often been overlooked by the mainstream.

April 23
Raul Midon – Having formerly toured with Shakira and collaborated with Spike Lee, Raul Midon is “…a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” – New York Times

April 24
The Accidentals – All female, multi-instrumentalist, indie power duo, The Accidentals, Sav Buist and Katie Larson added powerhouse, Katelynn Corll, on drums last year and blew the doors off the Festival scene. NPR calls them some of the most compelling songwriters of our time. Come enjoy their Cover Art Album Release Show, honoring women who have inspired them.

April 27
Suzanne Vega – Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk revival of the early 1980s. Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who observes the world with a clinically poetic eye (The New York Times), Vega’s songs have tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real-world subjects. Suzanne Vega will be joined on stage by her longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard, performing a career-spanning show including favorites like Tom’s Diner, Luka, and more!

“We are committed to being a favorite venue for performers and audiences alike,” said Mathews. “Music sounds its best here, and the staging is conducive to storytelling and a more direct encounter. You’ll gain a whole new love of live performance at Midtown.”

Tickets and more can be found on the Midtown website.

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