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Ohio’s Red Sun Rising Rocked Grand Rapids with Pop Evil and Aranda [Videos/Photos]

Friday, August 21st, Pop Evil hit Grand Rapids for their CD release party, and they had a couple great bands in tow, Red Sun Rising, and the amazing Aranda! Red Sun Rising has been here with Pop Evil before, last December at the Intersection, for the sold out show, and they were really good then. They're amazing now!

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Gabe Aranda
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Aranda Powered Through Some Adversity to Rock Grand Rapids with Pop Evil [Videos/Photos]

Friday, August 21st, Pop Evil hit Grand Rapids for their CD release party, and they had a couple great bands in tow, Red Sun Rising, and the amazing Aranda! I'm a big Aranda fan, they are really nice guys, and rock the hell out every show, either with the full band or acoustic. These guys bring it.

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Leigh from Pop Evil
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Pop Evil Rocked Grand Rapids at Their CD Release Show on Pop Evil Day [Video/Photos]

Friday, August 21st was a special day for Grand Rapids and Pop Evil. Not only was it the day a great concert was scheduled, but it was also the day the new Pop Evil album 'Up' was released, and the day Mayor Hartwell appeared on TV with the band to declare it 'Pop Evil Day' in Grand Rapids!

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Aranda Hangs with GRD Listeners, Talks New Album, Rocks Acoustic Performance at GRD Studios [Photos, Video]

Aranda rocked Grand Rapids August 21 at the Intersection with Torrid, Red Sun Rising, and hometown rockers Pop Evil!

Before the show Aranda stopped by WGRD to chat, hang out with GRD listeners, and play "One More Lie" live on the air!

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Red Sun Rising Talks New Album, Musical Influences + More with Janna at WGRD Studios [Video]

Before rocking the Intersection Friday night with Aranda and Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising stopped by the GRD studios!

They talked with Janna about their new album Polyester Zeal, what bands inspire them, and more!

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Aranda is Coming to Visit Grand Rapids with Pop Evil Get Ready [Video]

Aranda is a great band from Oklahoma, formed by two brothers, Gabe and Dameon Aranda. They are a really great band, and kick so much ass live with both the full rock band, and when it's just the two brothers playing an acoustic set. They have a new album, 'Not the Same' out now, and you've heard 'Don't Wake Me' here on GRD.

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Johnnie and Wendy Attempt the Insane Inflatables 5K – Terribly [Video]

Okay, so Wendy and I started out our first day of the Insane Inflatables 5k at Millennium Park totally innocently. We wanted to get some cool photos and videos from the race. Good shots of people having fun, maybe some video of actual conquering the inflatables...little did we know, things would get out of hand for us.

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Heritage Guitars
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Tour the Heritage Guitars Factory – In the Original Gibson Guitars Plant in Kalamazoo [Photos]

During my vacation last week, I made a short trip I've been wanting to make since I moved here to Grand Rapids. I drove down to Kalamazoo and took a tour at the original Gibson guitars factory. When they moved their operations down to Nashville in 1984/1985, some of the employees didn't want to make the change to moving down south, and decided to open up their own company, making guitars in the factory they'd been working in for years.

Heritage Guitars was born in 1985, and they're celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, with some special guitars!

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August 23 Jackyl Concert Postponed Until December 5 [Video]

Were you planning on checking out Jackyl on August 23 at the Intersection?

I have some good news and some bad news.

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Pop Evil Release New Lyric Video for ‘Dead in the Water’ [Video]

Pop Evil is building the excitement for their fourth album's release this month, with a new lyric video for another song from 'Up'! This song is called 'Dead in the Water', and freaking rocks!

I hope they play this one live at their show on August 21st at the Intersection! Get the album that day, and then come out to the show, it's going to be awesome!

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Random: Bret Michaels Wandered The Crowd at the Aerosmith Show in Grand Rapids

The Aerosmith show at the Van Andel Tuesday night was really good, maybe one the best Aerosmith shows in years, and the opening band Living Colour even had Brad Whitford jump on stage and jam with them!

That wasn't the only musician meet up last night, as it turns out that Bret Michaels from Poison was also in Grand Rapids, and hanging out with people at the show! Apparently, Bret wandered through the crowd, hanging and taking pics with people, and went backstage and spent time with Living Colour. He didn't get on stage and play anything, but it's cool that he spent time with fans.

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Aerosmith Rocked the Van Andel Arena on Tuesday Night [Video/Photos]

Tuesday night, Aerosmith hit the Van Andel Arena, and rocked a packed crowd harder and better than they have in years! So many people have been talking about how good the show was, and that it's the best they've seen from Aerosmith in a long time. And they're a band that's known for great shows.

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