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#GRFireworks: Amway Family Fireworks Rocks Live via Twitter, Instagram on ‘GRD!

The Amway Family Fireworks today at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids is more than just the rockets' red glare celebrating the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It's music, food, and fun, in downtown GR, from mid-afternoon to past dusk and which 97.9 WGRD's Janna, Johnnie Walker and Metalhead Ned will all be on hand for the festivities.

Share what you're doing and seeing via Twitter or Instagram, posting those tweets and pics using the hashtag #GRFireworks, and see it all posted below.

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Michigan Bands Coldville and Torrid Rocked Grand Rapids with Halestorm Thursday Night [Video]

On Thursday night, Halestorm rolled into The Orbit Room for their sold out show, and crushed Grand Rapids. Before they hit the stage, they had a couple of great local openers warm up the crowd. Our very own Coldville and Torrid kicked off the night, and got the crowd worked up!

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Halestorm Rocked The Sold Out Orbit Room on Thursday Night [Photos/Video]

Thursday night, Halestorm rolled into town to a sold out Orbit Room, on tour for their new album, 'Into the Wild Life'. The last time they were here, they killed it at 5/3 Ballpark with Theory of a Deadman. They even raced Go Karts with some winners!

This time, the band met up with some winners before the show, signed some stuff, took some photos, and thanked everyone for coming to the show and selling out the place!

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Halestorm This Thursday is SOLD OUT! [Video]

Thinking about going to Halestorm at the Orbit Room this Thursday?

Think again.

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Want to Laugh a Lot and Maybe Meet Women in GR? Go See Avenue Q at GR Civic Theatre

I did something different last night. Something I didn't think I would ever do, but so many people have told me about how fun it is, and I caved.

I went and saw a musical. Avenue Q, at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

I know, I know. But this musical is really funny, and adult. Not like most musicals, where the singing just seems out of place and silly. These songs are silly on purpose, and make fun of a lot of things, which I like.

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Lzzy Hale Almost Performed in Grand Rapids with Lindsey Stirling on Monday Night [Video]

On Monday, June 8th, Lindsey Stirling appeared at the DeVos Performance Hall here in Grand Rapids, for her sold out show! If you don't know who she is, she's the 'Dub Step Violinist'. She's a classically trained violinist who writes her music with ambient and dub step style sound to it.

Why would care? One, it's pretty cool; two, it's impressive that she can play a violin and dance at the same time; and three, she recorded a song on her new album with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm! It's called 'Shatter Me', and is the title track to the new album, too.

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Art of Dying Rocked Grand Rapids with Apocalyptica Sunday Night [Pics/Video]

Sunday night, June 7th, Art of Dying hit The Intersection with Apocalyptica for a great show in support of the new album, due out this summer.

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Apocalyptica Rocked The Intersection on Sunday Night [Pics/Video]

Sunday night, June 7th, Apocalyptica hit The Intersection with Art of Dying for a great show in support of the new Shadowmaker album. If you haven't seen Apocalyptica, they're a great band from Helsinki, Finland. They first made waves in 1996, when they released an album of Metallica covers performed entirely with four cellos.

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Don’t Miss Apocalyptica This Sunday at The Intersection!

Apocalyptica hits Grand Rapids on Sunday at The Intersection, with Art of Dying, and it's going to be a great show! Get your tickets now, and we'll see you there on Sunday night!

A lot of years ago (1993), there was a really cool idea spawned and released, where some guys got together and recorded some Metallica songs on cellos. They decided to call their project Apocalyptica, and they became a big hit.

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Geek Out With Wayland Gear – Phil Vilenski’s Guitar Gear [Video]

Wayland's show with Royal Bliss on Saturday night was fantastic! Hopefully you were one of the people at the show, rocking hard with us!

Before the show, I met up with the guys to film some cool bits with the band of their gear. I've always loved the rig rundowns and gear tours, and wanted to do them with the guys. Little did I know, they've always loved them, too, and wanted to do them!

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Geek Out With Wayland Gear – Mitch Arnold’s Gear [Video]

Wayland's show with Royal Bliss on Saturday night was fantastic! Hopefully you were one of the people at the show, rocking hard with us!

Before the show, I met up with the guys to film some cool bits with the band of their gear. I've always loved the rig rundowns and gear tours, and wanted to do them with the guys. Little did I know, they've always loved them, too, and wanted to do them!

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Geek Out With Wayland Gear – Dean Pizzazz’ Bass Gear [Video]

Wayland's show with Royal Bliss on Saturday night was fantastic! Hopefully you were one of the people at the show, rocking hard with us!

Before the show, I met up with the guys to film some cool bits with the band of their gear. I've always loved the rig rundowns and gear tours, and wanted to do them with the guys. Little did I know, they've always loved them, too, and wanted to do them!

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