West Michigan Is Home to Michigan’s Largest New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Can you believe 2023 is almost behind us? And what a year it was!. The year was filled with countless food recalls, business openings and closings, and plenty of debate on Kalamazoo's new bike lane system, but it's time to wipe the slate and start over fresh in 2024. It's...
Super Secret McDonald’s Spin-Off Restaurant Set to Open a Short Drive from Michigan
McDonald's has a menu and a concept that is comfortable to the millions and millions to dine there. A new restaurant that is kind of like McDonald's but not quite is set to open its first test location in south suburban Chicago, a short drive from Michigan. The Story Behind...
Michigan Considers the Removal Of Another Interstate From the State Highway System
Michigan's Department of Transportation is studying the removal of another interstate from the state's highway system. Interstate 194 in Battle Creek is reaching the end of its lifespan and MDOT needs to make a decision - rebuild the freeway as is or convert it to a boulevard with cross traffic.
Will Joe Satriani Play ‘Eruption’ on Sammy Hagar Tour?
When Sammy Hagar announced that he would embark on a Van Halen-focused tour in 2024 with guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham, many fans likely had the same question: Would Satriani play "Eruption"?. Don't count on it. The guitarist told Rolling Stone he "[doesn't] think" he'll...
Don’t Worry About Grinch Stealing Xmas, He’s Been Arrested
For those of you in Michigan who had any concerns about the Grinch stealing Christmas in the Great Lakes State, no worries he has been arrested. Recently the story of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" turned 65 years old. The classic holiday story was written by Theodor "Dr. Suess" Geisel in 1957 not long after creating "The Cat in the Hat."
How Target is Banking on you Having Booze-less Holidays This Year
For as much as alcohol is associated with gatherings around the holidays, you'd think it would be an odd time for a store to go all-in on booze-free drinks. According to CNN, Target has solidified a partnership with Sechey, an online seller of alcohol-free spirits and wines. The drinks will be added to nearly 450 Target stores nationwide.
Pearl Street Big Boy A Grand Rapids Landmark for Decades
We almost lost a great local landmark spot in Grand Rapids, but it's still alive! It's the Pearl Street Big Boy!. It opened in 1964 and has been one of the great gathering spots downtown for over 50-years. However, Kum & Go, LLC has been seeking a special land use...
Portage Northern High School Graduate Lands on Forbes 30 Under 30
Keegan "KBeaZy" Bach just landed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2024. Who doesn't love seeing a local person succeed on a global level? In the Spring of 2019, Keegan Bach graduated from Portage Northern High School. By 2020, Keegan also known as KBeaZy, was the youngest music producer ever, to have a #1 hit. He was only 19 when "Mood" by 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior topped the charts for 8 consecutive weeks and broke a radio play record for 17,707 spins according to Wikipedia. So, what is the Forbes 30 Under 30 list? EMS1 describes it this way,
Will New Strain of Pneumonia in Ohio Infect Michigan Children?
Just when you thought there weren't enough ways for kids to get sick another new type of pneumonia has been infecting Ohio children and kids in Michigan could be next. We have the flu, pneumonia, strep throat, and COVID-19 to worry about our kids and ourselves catching, and now something is going on in Ohio that has doctors and parents scratching their heads.
Mammoth WVH Announces 2024 North American Headlining Tour Dates
Mammoth WVH has announced another leg of North American tour dates for early 2024 in support of their recently released sophomore album Mammoth II. The Wolfgang Van Halen-fronted band will launch the trek on Feb. 21 in St. Louis and wind down on May 17 in Louisville, Kentucky. Current tourmate Nita Strauss will open the February and March dates, and instrumental progressive metal band Intervals will open the May shows.
Gene Simmons Credits Family For Making It to End of the Road
Gene Simmons says his family helped him make it to the conclusion of Kiss’ final tour. In an emotional live interview on pay-per-view TV soon after the band completed their End of the Road farewell road trip on Dec. 2, he admitted he was “lost for words” for one of the few times in his life.
New Asian Food Hall with Three Restaurants Opens in Grand Rapids Area
There's a new food hall open in the Grand Rapids area with three different dining options!. Three Asian food eateries have joined forces to create the Amazing Food Hall in Kentwood. You may already be familiar with Amazing Myanmar Asian Cuisine at 3740 28th St. SE. The restaurant is locally...
West Michigan Police Looking for Man Who Stole Cat From Pet Shop
Walker, Mich., Police posted to Facebook on Monday, Dec. 4 they were looking for a man who stole a cat from a local pet shop. They are asking for the public's help identifying the man who was caught on video. The cat's name is Cole. He was recently adopted and...
Paul McCartney to Release Expanded Edition of ‘Band on the Run’
A 50th anniversary edition of Paul McCartney and Wings' Band on the Run will arrive next year on Feb. 2. The 2LP / 2CD version includes the original U.S. album (with the vinyl remastered at half speed using the original master tapes from 1973), plus nine "underdubbed" mixes. (Also included are two Linda McCartney Polaroid posters.)
30 Greatest Trios in Rock History
Good things come in threes, and our list of the 30 Greatest Trios in Rock History proves it. There have been plenty of three-piece bands throughout music history who have left a unique mark. Our list of trios features Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, music icons and lesser-heralded influencers. The variety of styles is impressive – including punk, folk, metal, blues, reggae and even acts who mixed hip-hop with rock – yet all of them blazed these trails with just three members.
Hey Michigan! How to Fly Your Kids Home For the Holidays for $25
Hey, Michigan college students and parents! Amazon has just made your holiday travels a whole lot more merrier! They want to help you jet-set home for the holidays without breaking the bank. Amazon is offering Prime Student members a ticket home for just $25! That's right, you read that correctly,...
Why Doctors Once Cut Off John Mellencamp’s Head
John Mellencamp describes himself as the luckiest person in the world while recalling the dangerous surgery he underwent as an infant. The 71-year-old was born with the most serious form of spina bifida. His spine and spinal cord weren’t fully formed, a potentially fatal situation that can lead to lifelong problems for those who survive.
There’s One City in Michigan That Never Needs to Plow Its Roads
Imagine a city where the streets and sidewalks are always clear and snow magically melts away as soon as it hits the ground. That city exists, and it's right here in Michigan. Since 1988, the residents of Holland, Michigan have been enjoying snow-free streets and sidewalks thanks to an underground snowmelt system.
Rush’s Alex Lifeson Admits ‘It’s Not In Our D.N.A. to Stop’
Surviving Rush members Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee have offered the strongest hint yet that they could tour again. The band ended after the 2015 retirement and 2020 death of drummer Neil Peart, which appeared to rule out the chances of a return. However, in recent months, both Lifeson and Lee touched on the idea of working together again, and Lee recently revealed that they’d made arrangements to start writing songs again.
Paw Paw, Michigan Shares A Name With This 1980’s Hanna-Barbera Cartoon
When I first got to Southwest Michigan when moving to Kalamazoo in 2017, I heard about the town of Paw Paw, but it took me a few months to be able to make it over there. Papa is a really cute area with a great downtown. that is thriving with many different businesses.
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