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Redlight King Rocked on the Range – Coming to Grand Rapids

Redlight King is a great Canadian band, led by Kazzer (Mark), and they're on tour with Seether and Black Stone Cherry right now...heading to Grand Rapids to hit the Orbit Room tonight!

Here's the first song from Redlight King's set at Rock on the Range to get you pumped for the show.

If you want tickets, GRD has your last chance tickets for tonight's Seether show at The Orbit Room!

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Get Black Keys Tickets for Grand Rapids Concert Now Before Anyone Else Can

On Sept. 7, The Black Keys will hit the Van Andel Arena with Cage the Elephant for a show here in Grand Rapids!

Tickets won't go on sale until Friday morning to the general public, but since you're one of the 'GRD peeps, we can hook you up with access to tickets before that!

Right now, follow this link for tickets, and enter this code word

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Downtown Grand Rapids Time-Lapse Day into Night

Okay, I got bored last night, so I set up a GoPro camera to shoot a time-lapse out my window here at the station.  I've never done one before, but it's pretty cool!  I had to download a program to stitch them all together, but still, it came out pretty cool!  Watch my view of downtown as the sun goes down and night takes over downtown Grand Rapids last night.

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The Black Keys Announce Grand Rapids Tour Stop on September 7 [Video]

The Black Keys have a new CD titled "Turn Blue," and to support that album the band is hitting the road throughout the United States with Cage the Elephant and others.

The best part, is The Black Keys are coming to the Van Andel Arena on Sept. 7!

Tickets go on sale next Friday morning, May 16, to everyone. However, if you're a WGRD Freeloader, you have access to get your tickets early beginning Thursday morning, May 15!

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WGRD Celebrates Jackie Green’s 29th Birthday

Today is Jackie's 29th birthday!  Make sure to call her on the request line and wish her a happy birthday!

We got her a cake and had a little party before the Liquid Lunch started, so we could get her all sugared up and hyper for the show!  You're welcome.

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Three Days Grace Rocked Grand Rapids at The Orbit Room on April 24th

Thursday night, April 24th, Three Days Grace and Framing Hanley came to Grand Rapids to rock the Orbit Room in front of a packed house!  Framing Hanley rocked the crowd with a nice long set of songs, getting the crowd really pumped up for the return of Three Days Grace to Grand Rapids.

Three Days Grace came out with the intent to show everyone in Grand Rapids why they're such a great band.

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Check Out Video and Photos from the Three Days Grace Sound Check Party

The guys in Three Days Grace and WGRD hosted a fun sound check party for everyone who won tickets to the show on the air with GRD before the show, and they band even brought pizza!  What could be more awesome than getting exclusive access to watch the band prepare for their show, and hang out with them and get autographs and pictures?  Free pizza, too!

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Nothing More Performs Live at WGRD Studios – ‘I’ll Be Okay’ and ‘This is the Time’

Nothing More is a great band from Texas (my home state), and they came through town on Monday as one of the openers for the Chevelle show at The Orbit Room.  They also stopped by the station to meet some winners and play a couple songs for us in their special "acoustic" format.

These guys do their acoustic thing a bit different from most.

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Middle Class Rut rocks The Orbit Room on Monday night. (Photo: Johnnie Walker/97.9 WGRD)
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Middle Class Rut Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Video/Photos]

Middle Class Rut was the second band to play during the Chevelle concert on Monday night, with Nothing More opening the show.  

These two dudes jumped on stage and rocked with a lot of energy, with a huge sound for two guys being the only ones up there. They had some backing tracks going to fill things out, but they weren't playing too loud.

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Nothing More Rocked The Orbit Room with Chevelle [Videos/Photos]

Nothing More is a great band from Texas, and right now they're on tour with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut.  

The guys stopped by the 'GRD studios Monday before their show at The Orbit Room to play for a few WGRD Freeloaders Club winners and the staff, and then joined Jackie on the air to talk about the show.

Their "acoustic" setup is a bit different from most, as they run everything through a computer using Ableton Live to run effects and patch changes. They play the songs live, but the computer controls the sounds.  It's pretty bad ass, actually, and the audio I recorded is fantastic!

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Chevelle Rocked The Orbit Room [Video/Photos]

Chevelle brought their tour for "La Gargola" to Grand Rapids yesterday, with Middle Class Rut and Nothing More making a lot of noise in The Orbit Room.  

It was a really cool day, with a visit from Nothing More here at the 'GRD studios, the awesome meet-and-greet soundcheck party with Chevelle that afternoon and then the show!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Eric Zane’s Grand Entrance at Grand Rapids Griffins’ Hockey Game [Video]

As we've talked about many times on the air with "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," Eric Zane has another job with the local AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

He's the in-house public-address announcer during all their home games at Van Andel Arena.

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