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Local Spins Live Series

For 129 years St. Cecilia Music Center has upheld its mission of promoting the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan. Today, St. Cecilia Music Center is known by audiences and artists alike as one of the finest establishments to hear and see world-renowned musicians.

The newLocal Spins Live Series will feature well-known folk musicians in an "uplugged" performance, giving audiences the opportunity to hear some of their favorite local artists in a whole new setting.

"The idea of this series came about during this past fall's ArtPrize event where SCMC hosted 58 live performances in 4 days featuring musical ArtPrize entries," said Cathy Holbrook, Executive Director. "Our jazz and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series brings in performers from around the world, but we also want to highlight some of Michigan's great talent and this series will do that."

John Sinkevics of the "Local Spins" radio show attended many performances at SCMC during ArtPrize where he and Holbrook started discussing the idea. "The vibe that I pick up during the ArtPrize performances was that musicians were excited to play at St. Cecilia and would love to play in Royce Auditorium which has great acoustics," Sinkevics commented. "When Cathy Holbrook said they might start a local series I said I would be very interested in helping make it happen." Michael Crittenden, owner of Mackinaw Harvest Music Studio, has helped organize the music evolution in ArtPrize at St. Cecilia for the past two years and is also involved in the development of the new series.

Local Spins Live 2013 Series

The series kicks offon January 10, 2013 with a concert featuring six well-known singer/songwriters performing "in the round." The concert will includeRalston Bowles, Michelle Chenard, Michael Crittenden, Lux Land, Karisa Wilson and Lucus Wilson. Each artist will have their time at storytelling and singing original music. This acoustic concert will showcase these performers in a way that audiences rarely get to hear them.

OnFebruary 21, 2013 the series brings two ArtPrize music award winners to the stage.Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys bring their own brand of folk rockabilly to the first half of the concert. One of Grand Rapids' most popular groups,The Crane Wives takes the stage after intermission to play songs from their first two albums in a semi-acoustic performance.

The last concert of the series will take place onMarch 28, 2013 and will bring the well-known "royal couple" of Michigan's folk and Americana sceneSeth and May to Royce Auditorium. Beginning the evening will be the eclectic and playful band,Fauxgrass Quartet.


Tickets are $15 per concert. A subscription to all three concerts in this series is available for $40 ($5 savings.) Student tickets are $10 with a student ID. Advance reservations are encouraged for those who wish to reserve a specific seating location. Tickets will be available the night of the show if not sold out. (SCMC flex passes do not include the Local Spins Live series.) A cash bar will be available prior to the show and during intermission. A post-concert "Meet-the-Artists" reception is included for all ticket holders the night of the concert. The reception includes a cash bar and dessert and will feature a performance by an "emerging artist" from the area. Tickets are available by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting the SCMC box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE in downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets are available online

Local Spins Live Series

January 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Singer/Songwriter performance featuring:

Ralston Bowles

Michelle Chenard

Michael Crittenden

Lux Land

Karisa Wilson

Lusas Wilson

February 21, 2013 7:30 p.m.

The Crane Wives

Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys

March 28, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Seth Bernard and May Erlewine

Fauxgrass Quartet

Thursday, January 10, 2013
 Starts at 07:30 PM


St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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