Billy Strings to headline Van Andel

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    Billy Strings. Courtesy photo by Emily Butler.

    The highly celebrated bluegrass musician, Michigan’s own Billy Strings, has extended his  tour with a stop at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday, October 31. The Halloween night gig starts at 7:30 p.m.

    “After making an auspicious solo debut with 2016’s self-titled EP, Strings impelled bluegrass towards heretofore-uncharted new terrain on his extraordinary debut album, Turmoil & Tinfoil,” states the musician’s biography. “Released via Strings’ own Apostol Recording Company, the markedly powerful collection rocketed Strings to the forefront of contemporary Americana, debuting at #3 on Billboard’s ‘Top Bluegrass Albums’ chart whilst earning critical applause equivalent to its popular success.”

    Now based in Nashville, the Lansing area native has been catapulted into the national spotlight. Strings was awarded Best Bluegrass Album (63rd Grammy Awards), Artist of the Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Awards (the organization also named him Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year in 2021), Best New Headliner at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic at the 2021 Pollstar Awards and has performed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” PBS’ “Austin City Limits” and “Bluegrass Underground.”

    After the Grand Rapids show, Strings heads to Europe, with stops in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Cologne, Munich, Luxembourg, Paris, London, Manchester,  Birmingham, Glasgow, returning to the U.S. in December to finish out the world tour.

    For current ticket prices visit Ticketmaster.com.

     

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