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It’s Coming to Grand Rapids August 15 & 16!

The 97.9 WGRD staff has been bouncing off the walls with excitement over the craziness that is coming to Grand Rapids. Now, we are thrilled to invite you to come bounce with us at the Insane Inflatable 5K!

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Photo Courtesy of Amway
Photo Courtesy of Amway
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Amway Family Fireworks Return to Downtown Grand Rapids July 4th

The Amway Family Fireworks will light up the Grand Rapids skies on July 4 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids in celebration of Independence Day.

The 2015 event marks the fifth year of Amway’s title sponsorship of the annual fireworks display.

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Flashback Friday – Johnnie’s Past Memorial Day Weekends of Rock

It's Memorial Day Weekend, when we remember those who have served our country, and those that have given their lives for us. We usually have a lot of things planned for the family, fun things to celebrate our freedoms.

Back in El Paso, they're having the annual KLAQ Balloonfest, with some big bands playing, including Volbeat and Anthrax this weekend. This is only the second Memorial Day Weekend I haven't worked this event in decades!

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Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott
Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott
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Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry Night Is On Menu Thursday at The Bistro [Sponsored]

The Bistro at the Downtown Grand Rapids Courtyard by Marriott is celebrating medical and pharmaceutical professionals with a special Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry Night this Thursday.

Socialize with other medical and pharmaceutical professionals from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT Thursday (March 26) at The Bistro, 11 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

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Watch Free Beer and Hot Wings Antiquing Former Interns From the Live at Night Show [Video]

Saturday night, the Free Beer and Hot Wings show hit the DeVos Performance Hall for their annual Live at Night show, and they killed it in front of 2,000 plus people!

Here's some NSFW video from the beginning of the evening, where they brought out some former interns for a little bit of 'Intern Perfection'. They had to complete the Perfection puzzle within 60 seconds, or get 'Antiqued' by Joe!

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Free Beer and Hot Wings Rocked DeVos Performance Hall Saturday Night [Photos]

The Free Beer and Hot Wings Show hit Devos Performance Hall on Saturday night to entertain over 2,000 people in Grand Rapids, MI! The guys even outsold Lewis Black, the national comedian who played DeVos the night before!

The evening started at The Bistro with the last chances to win free tickets to the evening for those still looking to get in, and also at DeVos for those lucky (and smart) enough to get their VIP tickets before they sold out!

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John Walker/ 9.79 WGRD, Ethan Miller/ Getty Images
John Walker/ 9.79 WGRD, Ethan Miller/ Getty Images
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Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach Announce Co-Headlining Tour– Cast Your Vote to Get Them to Play Grand Rapids!

Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach have announced a co- headlining tour this coming fall!

But, instead of the bands setting the destinations, fans get to decide!

Want FFDP and Papa Roach to come to GR? Cast your vote!

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Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images
Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images
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Halestorm to Rock Grand Rapids at the Orbit Room July 2! [Video]

Another huge show is set to rock Grand Rapids!

Halestorm just announced they are playing the Orbit Room July 2!

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GRD is Giving Away Vinyl Today to Celebrate Record Store Day!

Okay, so technically, Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 18th. We've got all the details on the Grand Rapids' Record Store Day happenings, but since we're on the air now, and we want to give away stuff to celebrate it, let's go a bit early!

Listen to Janna and me (Johnnie) today for your chance to win some new vinyl records in honor of Record Store Day! Here's what's in our stacks:

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drsabrinacercelovic/ ThinkStock
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Happy National Beer Day! Celebrate with WGRD Beers of the Month!

A whole day dedicated to the awesomeness of beer?

I'll drink to that!

It might sound like a made up holiday, but today (April 7) is National Beer Day!

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Rick Kern/Getty Images for Screen Gems
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Entertainer-Comedian Kevin Hart Readies What Now? Tour, with Grand Rapids Stop May 17

Entertainer, actor and comedian Kevin Hart is headed out on a North American arena tour hitting 45 cities in the U.S. and Canada, including Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena on May 17.

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Insane Inflatable 5K Grand Rapids Coming to Millennium Park Adds Second Day in Mid-August [Video]

The Insane Inflatable 5K -- a dynamic fun run series comprised of inflatable obstacles -- coming to Grand Rapids at Millennium Park is now on Aug. 15 and 16.

The second day was just added because of local demand.

The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile run) isn’t focused on running. Instead, it's about having fun negotiating oversized inflatable obstacles on a challenging course requiring imagination, creativity and a heaping helping of insanity.

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