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    Music in Grand Rapids

    Love music? So does Grand Rapids. You’ll find something for every musical taste here, at 100+ live-music venues ranging from massive arenas and rollicking nightclubs to intimate coffeehouses and unique outdoor settings. See the world’s biggest touring superstars, discover hot up-and-coming acts and explore a flourishing local music scene – your ears will thank you!

    Terms to Travel By: Tunetrotter

    (n) a person who travels in search of great live music


    Listen Local

    Want to get a taste of the local music scene? Listen right now to WYCE, an independent, community radio station serving the communities of Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Experience our local music passion through interviews with artists, in-studio performances, album reviews, and where to find great local music.

    Listen online!

    Listen Live

    GR Live is a live radio program happening every Thursday at noon in downtown Grand Rapids at The Listening Room and broadcasts live over the air on WYCE 88.1 FM. The show will be hosted by Quinn Mathews and will feature live music from groups playing in Grand Rapids and interviews with people involved in our regional music community. Listeners will learn about music events happening in and around the city while being able to relax and enjoy the performances.

    Touring Acts

    You don't have to go to the biggest cities to see the biggest stars. Everyone from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to Bruno Mars and Bruce Springsteen puts Grand Rapids on their tour schedule. See your favorites - without the hassles of traveling to Detroit or Chicago - at:

    Surprising Spots


    A wide variety of smaller venues host a mix of national, regional and local favorites. The freshest cutting-edge acts are liable to appear at The Intersection and The Pyramid Scheme. Many bars and restaurants also offer live music.

    Grand Rapids Symphony

    One of the crown jewels of the local culture scene, the Grammy®-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances each year, playing everything from the classics to today's top hits. The Symphony also accompanies Opera Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Ballet Company performances.

    Outdoor Concerts

    Summer never sounded so sweet as it does in Grand Rapids, thanks to a genre-busting lineup of concert series at outdoor venues, including:

    Musical Theatre

    • Actors' Theatre specializes in the very latest off-Broadway fare
    • Broadway Grand Rapids offers touring productions of big Broadway shows
    • Circle Theatre presents three main-stage musicals every summer, plus a host of concerts spotlighting local theatrical talent (and what talent it is!)
    • Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, one of America's oldest and largest community theatres, stages big, crowd-pleasing productions of well-known favorites.

    Choirs & More

    From a Chamber Choir and Bach Chorale to Blues and Jazz Societies, we've got a great-sounding scratch for most every musical itch. Check out this list of specialty music organizations and performing arts groups.

    Check out the hottest upcoming shows. For a complete list of music in Grand Rapids, see our events calendar.

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      Insider's Guide to Music in Grand Rapids