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Friday, October 24, 2014

West Michigan Weekend Round-Up: October 24-26, 2014

From free visits to the Hackley & Hume historic sites through the end of the month, to the Grand Bridal Expo at Castle Farms, there's lots going on this weekend in West Michigan!

Friday, October 24

Battle Creek The Great ZooBoo

Boyne City Live Entertainment
Boyne City Latin Churraso
Coopersville Learn to Line Dance
Coopersville The Famous Pumpkin Train
Grand Junction Shadow Hollow Haunt
Lansing Boo at the Zoo
Paw Paw Taylor's Halloween Attic

South Haven Children's Corn Maze
South Haven Shadow Hollow Haunt
Traverse City Wine Dinners at Chateau Chantal
Traverse City Holiday Art Fair

Saturday, October 25

Alto Park Into Dark
Baroda HalloWine
Battle Creek The Great ZooBoo
Boyne City Live Entertainment
Boyne City Latin Churraso
Grand Junction Shadow Hollow Haunt
Lansing Boo at the Zoo
Pentwater Spooktacular

Traverse City Latin Churraso
Traverse City 2014 Old Mission/Leelanau Winery Passport
Traverse City Jacob's Corn Maze
Traverse City Holiday Art Fair

Sunday, October 26

Battle Creek The Great ZooBoo
Boyne City Live Entertainment
Coopersville Learn to Line Dance

Fennville Get Lost in Our Corn Maze!

Gaylord Fall Spooktacular Crop and Shop
Grand Junction Shadow Hollow Haunt


Lansing Boo at the Zoo


Saugatuck Touching Strangers Exhibit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Slows Bar-B-Q to Open First Expansion in Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market today announced Slows Bar-B-Q, the nationally renowned barbecue joint based in Detroit, will open a new, full-service, barbeque restaurant inside the Downtown Market. It is the first restaurant to commit to the Market, and the restaurant’s first expansion outside of Detroit.

Slows Bar-B-Q Grand Rapids will be located in the Market’s southeast side, at the corner of Ionia and Logan streets. It will feature a similar menu to the Detroit location, including slow-cooked barbecue favorites such as brisket, ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, jambalaya and more, along with several dozen Michigan-based artisan and craft beers on tap. The restaurant plans to open in spring 2015.

“Slows is a notable success in downtown Detroit. Its upcycled atmosphere, delicious menu, commitments to their communities and their craft make them an ideal addition to the Downtown Market,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Downtown Market. “Unlike any other place, the Market offers us the chance to know our food and the people who make it. We are thrilled to introduce Slows and their authentic take on barbeque to West Michigan.”

The Market is tasked to create a thriving ecosystem of food entrepreneurs who commit to locally produced ingredients and to community building. Created by owners, Chef Brian Perrone, Phillip Cooley and others, with the intention of becoming a neighborhood joint and a contributing force in the community, Slows has become the anchor of a neighborhood’s commercial revitalization and a Detroit destination.

“The Downtown Market is just the type of community-centered, neighborhood location that fits who we are,” said Brian Perrone, executive chef and co-founder. “We are completely devoted to barbecue — studying it, making it and teaching customers about the process. We are excited to join such a great group of artisans to create a friendly, welcoming, accessible and open environment.”

In addition to its restaurant space, Slows plans to expand its popular Slows-To-Go service, which includes catering. The program will launch with special events at the Downtown Market and plans to expand to serve a larger area in the future.

Slows opened in 2005 on Michigan Avenue, at the edge of downtown Detroit, in Corktown, across from the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station. Today it has become one of the most popular barbecue joints in Michigan and has received significant recognition in national food and entertainment media. It is owned by Brian Perrone, Phillip Cooley, Ron Cooley and Mike Metevia.

“If it’s possible for one restaurant to have done more than its share for Detroit, it’s Slows,” added Fritz.

Construction on Slows’ Grand Rapids location will begin in early 2015. The restaurant plans to open in spring of 2015.

About Slows Bar-B-Q
Slows Bar-B-Q in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood has been serving a distinct spin on classic American barbecue since September 2005 in two restored 1880’s buildings.  Slows was created by the owners, Chef Brian Perrone and Phillip Cooley, with the intention of becoming a neighborhood joint and a contributing force in the community.  After numerous awards and accolades, Slows has become the anchor of a neighborhood’s commercial revitalization and a Detroit destination.  Slows-To-Go opened in a 6,000 sq. ft. abandoned building in Midtown in December 2010 offering full service catering to Metro Detroit.  In three years, Slows-To-Go has become a caterer of choice for weddings and events and a fixture at Detroit-area festivals.

About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market
The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall and large outdoor farmer’s market. More at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Area Wineries Invite Holiday Shoppers to Save on Wine and Gifts

The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’s annual Cellar Sale takes place in the tasting rooms the first two weekends of December

Planning to purchase for a wine lover this holiday season? Look no further than the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. Twenty-three tasting rooms along the trail are participating in the annual no-cost event, scheduled for December 6 & 7 and 13 & 14, 2014.

Head out to Leelanau Peninsula and check off your shopping list when both wine and gift items are at the best prices of the year. In addition to gifts, local wine adds the perfect touch for holiday entertaining and taking to dinners and parties.

While shopping, stay for a while to taste wine and relax in the comfortable tasting rooms. Fires will be roaring and wine will be flowing from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

For more information about discounts and deals, visit www.lpwines/cellar-sale.


The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) is a member-driven, winery association founded in 1998. The mission of the LPVA is to spread the word about all the good things happening along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. The trail is divided into three mini-trails for easy touring: the Sleeping Bear Loop, the Northern Loop and the Grand Traverse Bay Loop. The Leelanau Peninsula AVA is home to 25 wineries located within diverse microclimates uniquely suited for a variety of wine grapes. Among the internationally acclaimed varietals are Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The local wines continue to achieve national and international accolades with each passing vintage.

Niles Haunted House Greets 1,600,000th Visitor

The Board of Directors for the Niles Haunted House Scream Park is pleased to announce that they welcomed interior visitor number 1,600,000 on Friday, October 17th, 2014. The lucky individual is Meghan McNulty of South Bend. As a result of her good fortune, she received a special “ghost pack” from the Niles Haunted House.

Now 14, Meghan’s first trip to the Niles Haunted House Scream Park was in 2008 when she was 8 years old. She cried the whole time! She wasn’t brave enough to come back the following year, but in 2010, she came to the Scream Park again and has been coming ever since. Her older sister, Lily, started coming in 2006 and her brother has also visited!

Meghan comes because she “likes to be scared,” and her favorite things are the strobe lights, the Field of Screams and the main Niles Haunted House. Her favorite character at the Scream Park is “Death.” Her father, Kevin, brought Meghan and her friends for this visit, but her mother didn’t come because she “doesn’t do scary stuff”!

Open weekends until November 1st plus Thursday, October 30th, the Scream Park is located on Mayflower Road in Niles, Michigan. The Park easily is accessed by taking Exit 5 (Niles-Buchanan Road) from the US 31 Expressway.

For more information call 269-687-FEAR or check out the website at www.haunted.org.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Think You're Brave Enough to Make it Through The Haunt in Grand Rapids this Halloween Season?

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Enter on our West Michigan Facebook Page to win free SpeedPasses to The Haunt! Contest ends 10/22/14 at 4pm.


We've heard reports of grown men crying, groups demanding to be let out before they've reached the end, and even those who needed a new pair of pants by the time they reached the end... Sound like fun to you? The Haunt in Grand Rapids delivers world-class scares, and should definitely be on your "Must List" of Halloween activities this year!

Now on their 14th year of scaring the people of West Michigan, The Haunt has perfected the art of terror. As you make your way through their 20,000 square feet of scares, you'll encounter whatever it is that lurks in the back of your brain & shows up in your nightmares. Clowns, zombies, spiders, ghosts, and more lurk in the shadows, just waiting for you to come closer.

You'll feel immersed in the atmosphere as soon as you arrive in the waiting area, where the Haunt Dancers will entertain you & set the mood as you wait to be admitted to the main attraction. Only six people at a time are admitted, so be prepared to split your group up if it's bigger than that. The Haunt itself takes about 25 minutes to walk through, but feels like much, much longer than that as you weave your way through their maze of surprises.

The Haunt takes pride in preying on all of your senses as your journey through. You'll be disoriented by strobe lights, unnerved by noises where you're sure nothing was lurking, and even startled by the brush of an unseen monster. The Haunt enforces a "no touching" policy among its workers, but there are a number of props that could reach out & get you, just when you thought it was safe. Also adding to the realism of the experience are the smells you'll encounter. They got a new scent to use in The Haunt this year, and I'm told its official name is "Raw Sewage," so try to prepare yourself for that encounter!

You'll travel through setting after setting on your journey through The Haunt, moving from a forest to a cave, from a sewer to a graveyard, always building the excitement and suspense in your head. There's no time to rest and recover; once you're in, you're in until the end. You'll definitely want to bring along a friend or two to help you make it through, but don't be surprised if you find yourself separated from the rest of your group...

We obviously can't give away too many of the surprises here, so take a look at their schedule for the rest of the season and plan your visit! Tickets for all three of The Haunt's attractions are $20, with the option to upgrade to a SpeedPass and skip the lines for an additional $10.

The Haunt is located at 2070 Waldorf St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544. For more information, visit them on Facebook, or online at The-Haunt.com.

Grand Rapids Symphony Embarks on Music Director Search

Exceptional conductors from around the world will lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in concerts as the orchestra plans for the conclusion of David Lockington’s remarkable tenure as Music Director.

The Grammy®-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony, the second-largest performing arts organization in the State of Michigan, is receiving strong interest in the Music Director role from outstanding conductors from across the United States and internationally. One of the guest conductors on the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series will be named as the new Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

International Music Director Search
The organization’s Music Director Search Committee is comprised of members of the Grand Rapids Symphony, members of the GRS Board of Directors, and other community leaders, working closely with the organization’s senior administrative leadership. The Search Committee is Co-Chaired by GRS Board Members Larry Robson and Mary Tuuk.

Subsequent to David Lockington’s announcement of his intention to conclude his tenure as Music Director, numerous conductors expressed interest in the possibility of succeeding Lockington in this role leading the Grammy®-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony, which has been recognized nationally for the excellence of its concerts and educational programs.

Kynan Johns, Marcelo Lehninger and James Meena are guest conductors who are candidates that will conduct the Grand Rapids Symphony during the 2014-15 Season.

This month, Kynan Johns will lead the orchestra on October 24 and 25 in concerts featuring Copland and Brahms. Later this season, Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger will lead the Symphony in music of Dvorak, Bernstein and Haydn on February 20 and 21, 2015. Subsequent to this, James Meena conducts music of Mozart, Barber and Tchaikovsky on March 27 and 28.

Along with conductors who led the Symphony last season, including Mei-Ann Chen, the 2015-16 Season will introduce up to eight guest conductors who will lead the orchestra as it seeks its next Music Director.

Upcoming guest conductors will lead performances on the Symphony’s Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Seasons. Conductors have been chosen from an international slate of talented artists from around the world.

In addition to each conductor’s remarkable musical skills, the Symphony seeks a leader who is willing and able to provide leadership in the multi-faceted role of Music Director of an organization with a busy and wide-ranging schedule of performances.

Sustaining Excellence
Search Committee Co-Chair Mary Tuuk spoke about the Search Committee’s approach for selection. “The role of Music Director requires a talented musical leader with a diverse range of abilities on and off the podium,” said Tuuk. “At the same time, the Search Committee recognizes that the music comes first. Musicianship is our top priority. Candidates who demonstrate the desired artistic excellence will then be further differentiated utilizing other considerations in our decision process.”

“The appointment of a new music director is an extraordinarily important decision for our Symphony,” said Larry Robson, Co-Chair of the Music Director Search Committee. “Our musicians, board members, staff and other community leaders will continue to work together as potential candidates are considered for this fundamental role affecting the future of our orchestra and its role in our community.”

Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO Peter Kjome spoke about the search process and importance of sustaining artistic excellence. “Our orchestra continues to receive wide attention for achievements related to both artistic and operational excellence, and our Symphony is well positioned for the future,” said Kjome. “We are encouraged by the very high level of interest by exceptional conductors who are excited by the possibility of building on David’s work as a superb artist and community builder.”

Appointment of Music Advisor
The Grand Rapids Symphony has appointed a Music Advisor to help ensure continued artistic excellence during the term of the search process. Larry Rachleff will guide planning for the 2015-16 Season and will conduct the orchestra for several weeks. Rachleff is not a candidate for the Symphony’s Music Director role. Rachleff is the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music and Music Director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and serves as Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic in addition to his guest conducting engagements.

Lockington Appointment as Music Director Laureate
Following the Symphony’s 2014-15 Season, David Lockington will conclude his tenure as Music Director, a record 16 years in this role. At that time, he will become the first Music Director Laureate in the Symphony’s history. Lockington will continue to hold leadership roles with orchestras in California and Spain and maintain a busy guest conducting schedule.

About the Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts and educational programs. Led by Music Director David Lockington, ten concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony’s Affiliated Organizations include the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. The Symphony also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. To learn more about the Symphony, please visit www.grsymphony.org.

Grand Rapids, Michigan Welcomes Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference — October 21-23, 2014

Craft brewers will gather in Grand Rapids, MI, this fall to learn about water quality, water conservation, waste water treatment and alternative energy systems, with presentations by industry experts and speakers donating their time and expertise. The sixth Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference (@GLWater) will be held Oct. 21-23 at the Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University Downtown Campus.

Panels and presentations begin on Wednesday of the conference, with a welcome address by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, a city honored as “Beer City USA” and as a leader in water sustainability.

Conference speakers include Marc Smith of the National Wildlife Federation with an update on the Great Lakes Compact; a panel with Kent County Water Conservation and Clean Water Action; Karl Ockert, technical director of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, discussing emergency preparedness and water quality; Chuck Skypeck of the Brewers Association discussing sustainability case histories; Walker Modic of Bell’s Brewery discussing waste water treatment at Bell’s Brewery; Jason Spaulding of Brewery Vivant and Autumn Sands of BarFly Ventures discussing sustainable on-premise and kitchen operations; and an afternoon panel of case histories on waste to energy alternatives with breweries such as Goose Island, Sun King, and more. View samples of past presentations and speaker bios at www.conserve-greatlakes.com.

Tours for registered attendees are planned for Tuesday at Founders Brewing Co. and on Thursday, a bus tour will be offered to Bell’s Brewery in Galesburg and HopHead Farms in Hickory Corners. The bus tour is limited to 45 attendees, at an additional cost of $20 per person, thanks to donations by Bell’s Brewery.  Conference sponsors include Briggs of Burton, Inc., The Antea Group, Williams Creek Consulting, with in-kind donations from S. S. Steiner, Inc. and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

“Why participate?” says Lucy Saunders, conference organizer. “Water policy in the Great Lakes region – the source of 20 percent of the world’s supply of available freshwater – is changing rapidly. The Great Lakes Compact requires all water-intensive businesses within the watershed to implement water conservation practices.  This conference offers case histories and practical solutions for water and energy efficiency.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

West Michigan Weekend Round-Up: October 17-19

This weekend brings lots to do in West Michigan! Check out the motorsports swap at the West Michigan Snowmobile Museum, a youth theatre workshop from +LowellArts!, and all the great Fall & Halloween events, noted in orange!

Friday, October 17

Battle Creek The Great ZooBoo
Boyne City Latin Churraso
Boyne City Live Entertainment

Coopersville The Famous Pumpkin Train
Coopersville Learn to Line Dance
South Haven Children's Corn Maze
South Haven Shadow Hollow Haunt

Thompsonville Crystal Mountain Scenic Chairlift Rides and Haunted Forest
Traverse City Wine Dinners at Chateau Chantal
Traverse City Jacob's Corn Maze
Traverse City Latin Churraso
Traverse City 2014 Old Mission/Leelanau Winery Passport

Whitehall Depot to Depot


Saturday, October 18

Battle Creek The Great ZooBoo
Boyne City Live Entertainment
Boyne City Latin Churraso
Thompsonville 2nd Annual Downhill Trifecta Race Finale
Thompsonville Founders Peak 2 Peak Mountain Bike Classic
Thompsonville Crystal Mountain Scenic Chairlift Rides and Haunted Forest
Traverse Cit 2014 Old Mission/Leelanau Winery Passport
Traverse City Jacob's Corn Maze
Traverse City Latin Churraso

Whitehall Depot to Depot


Sunday, October 19

Augusta Birds of Prey LIVE!
Battle Creek The Great ZooBoo
Boyne City Latin Churraso
Boyne City Live Entertainment
Grand Junction Shadow Hollow Haunt

Traverse City Jacob's Corn Maze
Traverse City Latin Churraso

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Peak Fall Color for October 16, 2014


Moving into the weekend, most of the Lower Northern Peninsula counties, as well as the West Central Lower Peninsula counties are less than one week away from peak conditions.While the Southwest counties are one to two weeks away from peak.

A drive around Lake Charlevoix will provide beautiful views as well as a chance to cross the Ironton Ferry and visit the small towns around the lake. The view from atop Mt McSauba will be spectacular this coming weekend. The colors along the Lake Michigan shoreline are especially vibrant; however, you’ll also find gorgeous colors inland as well. Peak conditions are less than one week away. If traveling to the area this weekend, we suggest you contact the Charlevoix Convention & Visitors Bureau for additional details.

Most maples around Traverse City area are now showing at least a touch of color, while others are entirely aflame with orange, red and gold, and a few are still completely green. Black walnut and box elder trees are now adding a buttery yellow to the mix, and in the higher elevations toward Bellaire in the northeast and in the Forest Lakes area south of town, we are seeing some oaks adding their own russet, crimson and purple tints and aspen and poplars with their bright gold. A wonderful drive through these colors can be found in the highlands just south of Traverse City, dotted with dozens of small lakes and dense forests of evergreens and hardwoods--as well as the majestic Boardman Valley. Much of this intensely varied landscape is contained in the Pere Marquette State Forest, and it is best explored by heading out into the maze of twisting roads that wind through the forests, around lakes and along the tops of high wooded bluffs. (But beware of the roads around Arbutus and Spider Lakes – they’re beautiful, but so confusing to the newcomer that this area is known by locals as the “Arbutus Triangle!” Leaf color in the Traverse City area at this stage is still being supplemented by highlights of crimson, gold and scarlet from early-turning vines and some purple, orange and gold from low-growing shrubs. Conditions are expected to peak in less than one week. For details, contact the Traverse City Tourism.

Colors around the Cadillac area are bright and contrasting. Mixed hues of yellow, orange and reds are around Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, a stroll or drive shows the reflective colors dancing along our shorelines. Along the western hills of M-55 towards Caberfae Peaks, Mother Nature is still showing mixed valleys of yellow, red, bronze and purple as you crest the hilly terrain. The Manistee National Forest overlook also by Caberfae Peaks, takes you more than 60 steps up a lookout tower affording vast views of the Manistee River valley of over 500,000 acres. Just south of Mesick on M-37, is an MDOT turnout and an excellent view of the Hodenpyle Dam Pond is waiting. Just north of the dam, and at the northern end of the Manistee River Trail hikers will find color all around them. For a popular route with great color and food as you traverse through farmland and forest, head east of Cadillac towards Lake City to the Cadillac Pathway trail and further east to Lake City and Merritt. Cadillac Pathway offers hikers and bikers a stunning meander along the river to see colors turning, leaves blanketing the forest floor and a glimpse of forest animals readying for winter. The Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau anticipates peak conditions will spread over the region this week.

Take a drive down Blue Star Highway to see the beautiful colors between Saugatuck and South Haven, a peaceful drive on a quiet road, perfect for a couple's getaway. Also, drive along Lake Shore Drive to Pier Cove beach and then enjoy a walk along the water to stretch your legs while enjoying the spectacular views of the colors reaching their peak. Contact the Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau for more details.

Thanks to Pure Michigan for the color updates!

Joan Belgrave brings Dinah Washington to the Dennos

The +Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the Detroit based Jazz vocalist Joan Belgrave in Joan Belgrave sings Dinah Washington: featuring the Lisa McCall Dancers on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $27 advance, $30 at the door and $24 for museum members plus fees. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Museum Box office at 231-995-1553 or on line at www.dennosmuseum.org, also at 1-800-836-0717 or www.MyNorthTickets.com.

Calling herself the "Queen of the Blues” and considered “the most popular black female recording artist of the '50s,” Dinah Washington, was born Ruth Lee Jones (1924 – 1963). She was recognized mainly as a jazz vocalist, though she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues, R&B, and traditional pop music. Ain't Misbehavin, Unforgettable, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, Teach Me Tonight, and Please Send Me Someone to Love were among her many hit songs.

Joan Belgrave (vocalist, producer, and songwriter) began her musical career like so many others, singing in the choir of the Baptist church. While her gospel roots run deep, (as did Dinah’s), her study of classical voice allowed her to perform in various genres of music from Jazz, Blues, and Gospel to Soul.

She has her own powerful jazzy/blues style, and lists Billie Holiday as her influence. On this, “Joan Sings Dinah Washington” show, she performs songs from Dinah’s hits’ on the Blues, Jazz & R&B charts. While Dinah was born in Alabama, later moving to Chicago, you will learn of Dinah’s deep Detroit connections in Belgrave’s tribute to her.

Joan will be joined on stage by her husband, the noted Detroit trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave, surrounded by an equally significant cadre of noted jazz musicians including Marcus Elliott - Tenor, Michael Malis -Piano, Marion Hayden - Bass, Gayelynn McKinney - Drums, and Al Chishom (The Contours ) - on vocals with special guest - Jeff Haas. Rounding out the production will be the Lisa McCall Dancers.

Joan Belgrave sings Dinah Washington has been reviewed as... "explosive",... "Joan has Dinah in her soul"...".. powerful soulful story of a great jazz legend"...."Joan brings Dinah's story to life".....you'll laugh and you'll cry... a must see show!

What others are saying about her as a performer:
"The versatile jazz vocalist Joan Belgrave knows her way around a lot styles, and she’s a lively entertainer to boot" ---Mark Stryker Detroit Free Press

“Belgrave's voice is so soothing and sexy, she could give a pit bull goose bumps” -- Charles Latimer-
Detroit Metro Times

"a class act...gospel, jazz, blues and neo soul... Joan is the evolution of the blues" -- Afrikahn Jahmal
Dayvs, KKUP San Jose, CA

"Joan is a real treat, and together with Marcus Belgrave, this is an act that is a must see and hear.. a great voice, well trained, her voice is deep, smooth and polished...a class act and a beautiful talent" --Paul Youngman - jazzreview.com – Toronto

"Vocalist Belgrave deserved the standing ovation in her tribute to Ray Charles with You Don’t Know Me, transporting patrons (of the theatre) to a smoky nightclub with her soulful voice."- -- NATANGA SMITH-Barbados, WI- Nation paper

The 2014-2015 performance season at the Dennos Museum Center is made possible with support from arts Midwest, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert T and Ruth Haidt Trust, and the Osterlin Performance Endowment with media support from WNMC 90.7, WCMU Public Broadcasting, Northern Express and TV 29&8 – 7&4. Housing for our performers is provided by the Cambria Suites and Country Inn and Suites.

The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday’s until 8 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to www.dennosmuseum.org or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.