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Review: CCR Rocks Fred Meijer Gardens

I've never seen CCR - the original, as the band officially broke up in 1972, and well, that was that. Creedence Clearwater Revisted was formed in the 90's and hasn't looked back since.

They played the Meijer Gardens last night, and it was non stop 100 minutes of Great Music. They didn't miss a song that was a hit. They sounded great from beginning to end.  Yes, they even included the 14 minute version of "I Heard it through the grapvine". They only song they didn't do that I could think of was Forgerty's "Someday Never Comes" - which is a bit slow. Otherwise, they played every hit CCR ever had that I can remember...

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Al Green Plays Grand Rapids – But a Very Short Show

Grand Rapids Own Al Green played at the Fred Meijer Gardens last night. It would be a homecoming of sorts for Mr Green - who left here in the mid 1960's.

The reviews are in - the show was great, but started late, and Mr. Green barely played for an hour before leaving the stage. Citing the Weather (Which, in his defense was a dark to the north, but it never rained here) he left the stage after just under 60 minutes.  Now, with tickets at $70, I'm not sure I would have been a happy camper, regardless of who was on stage.

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Grand Rapids Restaurant Comings And Goings.

One restaurant opens. One closes. And one gets rave reviews on a national level. Just another week around West Michigan! Sad news out of Walker. The Fire Mountain buffet closed last weekend. Owned by the Ryan's Steakhouse chain, increased competition from Golden Corral and other local buffets had to lead to the Fire Mountain decline.

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Barry Manilow Lights up Van Andel Arena [Review]

What a show!  Barry Manilow, who is now 68, put on a fantastic show at the Van Andel Arena last night and did not let his fans down.    Everyone who came through the door got a red glow stick, and when the lights went down at Van Andel Arena, it was awesome

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Way To Go West Michigan! We Have A “10 Best Cities for Cheapskates” Winner!

Congrats to my hometown of Kalamazoo! The "Mall City" was just named one the the "10 Best Cities for Cheapskates" according to Kiplingers' magazine! Good job Kalamazoo! Way to be cheap! No, I'm kidding! The city has a fair amount of free or low cost activities plus a lower cost of living, all within a 3 hour drive of Chicago and Detroit. Perfect!

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A “Worst Of” List Grand Rapids Stores HAPPY To Not Be On!

The annual list of "Worst Grocery Stores in the US" just came out, and with one exception, none of these retailers are even in Michigan, let alone Grand Rapids! Go us! According to The Fiscal Times, the list of forgettable food stores is based on "ratings from 24,203 responses, and the four categories – service (includes employee courtesy and checkout speed), perishables (food quality), price and cleanliness – were scored from “very satisfied,” “fairly satisfied,” “neutral, “fairly unsatisfied” and “very unsatisfied.” Yikes!

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Riders What Do You Think? New Helmet Law Signed By Gov. Synder

So today it happened. Gov Synder signed a bill that would allow motorcycle operators 21 or older to ride without a helmet. The Riders will need at least $20,000 in insurance to ride in the state sans helmet. Groups who supported the bill are overjoyed. They felt Michigan lost millions of dollars to other states where people can ride with no helmet. People who opposed the bill feel more money will be needed for insurance and injuries.

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Meijer Gardens Announce 2012 Summer Concert Series!

You KNOW it's spring now! The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announces its 10th Outdoor Summer Concert Series! Great acts like the B-52's, Grand Rapids' own Al Green, Fiona Apple, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris and former Interlochen music student Rufus Wainwright. Lyle Lovett, k.d. lang and Huey Lewis and the News are also coming back, plus Steve Miller and Foreigner hit the Meijer Gardens stage this summer!

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How Did I Miss THIS National Day?

Last Friday (March 30) was a very special national day. You know like "National Hot Dog Day" or "National Drink lots of Rum day". If you are one of the 6 other people who have been reading my little blog posts over the last 15 months or so, you know a couple of things about me. I like Chicago sports teams, White Castle, Mountain Dew, and ...

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Grand Rapids-Best City In US For Rasing A Family!

According to a new Forbes magazine (unlike the RelocateAmerica article from last August that got all the attention a couple of weeks ago) Grand Rapids is the "Best place to raise a family"! Yay us! Grand Rapids not only is a great place to live, but we keep getting all these public accolades!

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Downtown Grand Rapids’ Quizno’s Out–Subs-N-More In!

Downtown Grand Rapids has a new sub shop in place of the old Quizno's. It's Subs-N-More! A fixture in Holland and South Haven, the homemade sub and pizza place has set up shop in the McKay Tower. The grand opening is this Thursday with free pizza samples and more! Yummm!

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Craig Russell, Grand Rapids’ Most Accurate…

...Movie Reviewer! Ha! It's nice when I get on my little sap box, declare something terrible, and then get it back up by people who really do it. What am I talking about? Last Fall, I saw an ad for the latest Adam Sandler movie called "Jack and Jill". It's like it was only yesterday when I said...(cue the squiggly dream sequence...like on Wayne's World)

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