Diverse range of West Michigan bands to feature at Local First Street Party

LOCAL FIRST STREET PARTY BOASTS WHO’S WHO LINEUP OF WEST MICHIGAN BANDS

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Heaters, The Accidentals, The Concussions, Seth & May and Molly Bouswma-Schultz will lead a who’s who lineup of West Michigan bands playing this year’s Local First Street Party in downtown Grand Rapids on June 6.

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Once again, the 12th annual party held on the street just outside Bistro Bella Vita will be held the same weekend as Festival of the Arts, with Founders Brewing beer, food trucks and booths, sidewalk chalk art, hula-hooping and recycled art also part of the celebration.

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Performing this year will be fast-emerging Grand Rapids psych-rock band Heaters, feminist pop-punk’s The Lippies, soul-blues singer Molly Bouwsma-Schultz & Friends, surf rock’s The Concussions, Traverse City-area folk duo Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Traverse City folk-rock/gypsy swing trio The Accidentals, Grand Rapids blues/rock/folk singer Hannah Rose Graves, breakdancing group 61Syx Teknique, DJ Colin Clive and hula-hooping ensemble Audacious Hoops.

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Hanna Schulze, program and events coordinator for Local First, said last year’s party drew more than 12,000 people, the biggest crowd yet for the event.

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The street party on Weston Street SW takes place the same weekend as Festival 2015, which will take over much of the downtown area just to the north June 5-7. (Bands and performers who applied for Festival performances were notified of their time slots last week – a bit later than promised – with the schedule expected to be finalized in May.)

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“We have selected different dates in the past to avoid Festival weekend, to see how it might affect us, but these last two years we have partnered up with Festival to help co-promote both events in an effort to get all of Grand Rapids downtown to enjoy all that our local businesses and artists have to offer,” she said. “It has proven to be a very advantageous partnership.”

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The street party will take place from 3 p.m. to midnight. 

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Originally published at localspins.com

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