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The weekend was full of surprises, including a giant turnout at City Built Brewing’s Bridge Fest on the 6th Street Bridge with sets from J.Rob, Biomassive and more, as well as a tribute to the start of summer at David Bowie.

Bridge Blast Bliss: Crowds flocked to the Grand River and Sixth Street Bridge for Saturday’s festival. (Photo/Holly Holtzclaw)

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You could say it was a weekend that had it all when it came to live outdoor music.

How about a free beer festival on the Sixth Street Bridge in Grand Rapids, with thousands flocking to City Built Brewing Co. Bridge Explosion featuring eclectic performances from Biomassive, J.Rob & Bedroom (with special guests), Goat Trip, Elijah Russ Collective, Cosmic Knot and Nathan Walton and the Cure?

Saturday’s one-day affair celebrated City Built’s fifth anniversary with a surprisingly large and upbeat turnout: fans even told Local Spins they ran out of beer on the bridge itself at one point. for an event that some say served as something of a replacement for the popular Founders Fest that hasn’t taken place since 2019, before the pandemic. The successful event was also a benefit for the Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation.

The scene: The park, the bridge and the riverside on Saturday evening. (Photo/local tours)

By the time J.Rob & Bedrock took to the stage in the early evening, people were really in a celebratory mood, with the set energizing the crowd with a hip-hop performance aided by special guests on stage. Goat Trip followed with African drum beats that got people dancing.

A large crowd remained even at 10 p.m. when Traverse City electronic rock band Biomassive took the stage to close out the night with an EDM-infused performance.

Elsewhere in the evening, Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Brie Stoner introduced her new band to fans at Studio Park plaza in downtown Grand Rapids for the Listening Lawn series, rolling out rock and pop treats of dreams in the middle of a visually striking scene. (Photo, video clips below.)

Meanwhile, Saturday’s early summer celebration at Rockford Brewing’s beer tent focused on the legendary David Bowie, in particular his classic 1972 album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” courtesy of the Grand Rapids band. foggy past.

After an entertaining opening set, the band embarked on an impressive piece-by-song recreation of the glam rock collection to the delight of fans who twirled, fist-pumped and sang along to tracks like “It Ain’ t Easy”. and “City of the Suffragettes”. (Video, photos below.)

In Kalamazoo, the city’s newest live music venue, Factory Coffee (just south of the old Gibson Guitar Factory), held a tour on Friday Brief Candles – who last played in the city as part of the Kalamashoegazer festival.

That same night, the singer-songwriters Eric O’Daly and Max Lockwood played sets at Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe, followed by a post-punk party on Saturday featuring Outside, coffin lottery and 1984 Tigers. Also on Saturday, Old Dog Tavern’s Backyard hosted Iconix (after songwriters such as Ron Casebeer performed on this stage on Friday).

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PHOTO GALLERY: Bridge Blast 2022 in Grand Rapids
J.Rob & Bedrock (with special guests), Goat Trip, Biomassive
Photos by Holly Holtzclaw and John Sinkevics

PHOTO GALLERY: Brie Stoner at Studio Park (Listening Lawn)
Photos by Loren Johnson and John Sinkevics

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