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Local Rockers Fled Five Set to Open for Theory of a Deadman & Halestorm!

If you checked out the Motley Crue Pre-Party on July 2nd, you would have seen these guys rockin' The BOB parking lot. Turns out they got an even bigger show on the horizon as they have been selected to open the big show on August 28th at Fifth Third Ballpark!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Music Friday Songs for August 1

Each Friday, “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show” replaces its regular “back-with” music with songs from our own music collections.

They can be anything, from corny mash-ups, rock, country, mid-Michigan '70s butt rock or anything in between.

Here’s the list of Music Friday songs from today:

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San Antonio metal band Nothing More (Photo: Jody Domingue)
San Antonio metal band Nothing More (Photo: Jody Domingue)
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97.9 WGRD’s August 2014 Top Songs Playlist [Video]

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Courtesy Berlin Raceway
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Our Pace Lap at Berlin Raceway [Video]

On Wednesday night, we were the grand marshals at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., for the Money in the Bank 125.

We also got the opportunity to ride along in the pace truck, and Producer Joe and Free Beer got to wave the green flags before a couple of the races!

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Photo Johnnie Walker
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These Rock Metal Acts Should Come to Grand Rapids ASAP

We get some really big name acts in Grand Rapids, and they all put on amazing shows!

We have The Eagles, Boob Lady (a.k.a. Katy Perry), Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Arch Enemy, etc., all coming to Grand Rapids!

However, there are a few bands that I wish would make an appearance here

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: WZZM-13 Goes Behind the Scenes with ‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ [Video]

A few weeks ago, the folks from WZZM-13 in Grand Rapids stopped by the 97.9 WGRD studio with a camera to interview us after the show to put together a "behind the scenes" piece about us.

Then this morning, while Producer Joe was guest hosting with Lauren Stanton on WZZM-13's morning news show, the ABC affiliate aired the piece.

You can see it in its entirety below.

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Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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On Tap with Summer Craft Beer Festival 2014 [Photos]

John Ball Park was the venue and craft beers were the main course Saturday.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival poured, played, entertained and fed hundreds from across Grand Rapids, West Michigan and beyond on a summery afternoon and early evening with sunshine and temperatures creeping into the low 80s.

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Young Guns Unveil Oct. 10 Grand Rapids Stop on 2014 North American Tour [Video]

Young Guns are in the process of finalizing their new album, but will spend the fall touring North America.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: We’re In Wayland’s New Music Video for ‘Get a Little’ [Video]

Our friends in the band Wayland just released a music video for their new single, "Get A Little," which debuted last week.

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Fourth Annual Summer Craft Beer Festival: July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids

The Summer Craft Beer Festival is returning.

The fourth annual Summer Craft Beer Festival is 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids, and is co-sponsored by 97.9 WGRD, Channel 95.7, 98.7 WFGR, 100.5 The River and 1410 AM The Touch.

At Summer Craft Beer Festival, enjoy samples of more than 100 beers, ciders and mead from some of the country’s best craft breweries -- currently at about four dozen confirmed and still counting!

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Tyler Howe, The Campanellis, Upstage Crew Bring Their Tunes to Summer Craft Beer Festival!

Not only great brews and great food, but great tunes as well are on tap for the Summer Craft Beer Festival on July 19 at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids.

Don't miss the live entertainment that will be performing at the fourth Summer Craft Beer Festival! 

Have a listen to all the great bands slated to play!

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‘GRD Rocks Everything – The Elevator’ [Video]

Over the weekend we were bored, and had a silly idea for our elevator. So, we filmed our first funny short, that we call:

"GRD Rocks Everything - The Elevator"

Admittedly, not the most creative name ever, but we don't want to give away the punch line before you see it!

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