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Win Tickets to See Streetlight Manifesto and Reel Big Fish

97.9 GRD welcomes Streetlight Manifesto and Reel Big Fish, with special guests Rodeo Ruby Love and Lionize, December 6 at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids! GRD Freeloaders can enter to win a pair of tickets to the show.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings Show Host Another Edition of ThinkFast

97.9 GRD and the Free Beer & Hot Wings Show continued the Thanksgiving Eve tradition of putting on the Big Fancy ThinkFast Game Show last Wednesday night (November 23) at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids. Teams of four competed for a chance to win up to $1,000! However, ThinkFast is not for the timid. Check out photos from the event in our gallery.

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Five Finger Death Punch Assault Grand Rapids at The DeltaPlex

Metal fans have been looking forward to November 5, 2011, for a really long time now as Five Finger Death Punch finally brought their Share The Welt tour to The DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids. All That Remains, Hatebreed and Rains (who filled in for Rev Theory) came along for the ride. Re-live the brutal moments or see what you missed by checking out our photo gallery from the show.

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Bush Make Their Return to Grand Rapids at The Orbit Room

After a near 10-year hiatus, Bush returned to the music scene last year with frontman Gavin Rossdale once again leading the charge. After releasing their latest album The Sea of Memories last month, the first since 2001's Golden State, the band hit the road to promote the record. Bush headlined The Orbit Room last night (Tuesday) and met with lucky GRD listeners before the show. Check out our photo gallery from the show.

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Bush to Headline The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids October 4

U.K. rockers Bush have been on an extended hiatus since they disbanded back in 2002. That all changed when frontman Gavin Rossdale reformed the band in June of last year. Bush will embark on a North American tour this fall, making a stop at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids on October 4.

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Tickets to See Social Distortion at the Orbit Room on Sale Now

Punk icons Social Distortion are ready to do some damage at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids for a GRD show on November 27. The date is part of the just announced fall tour for the band, who are currently promoting their album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.

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Beer Drinkers Brave the Storm to Attend the GRD Craft Beer Festival

Thunder, lightning and a torrential downpour could not deter GRD listeners from getting a taste of all the great brews available at the first ever GRD Craft Beer Festival, presented by D&W Fresh Market, this past Saturday at John Ball Park in Grand Rapids. A line of people was already forming before gates were scheduled to open at 1pm. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had to be a little uncooperative as a massive thunderstorm delayed gates for an hour. Luckily, the skies cleared up and people drank up.

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Grand Rapids Hottie of the Week- Alicia Kozfkay

Name: Alicia Kozfkay
Height: 5’3.5 (the half is important when you are short.)
Weight: 105 pounds
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Long & Blonde.
Favorite Food: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
Favorite Michigan Sports Team: Croswell Lexington Pioneers!
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter
Go-to karaoke song: Anything I can da

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Motley Crue Kickstart Grand Rapids’ Heart at Van Andel Arena

Glam metal was the theme in Grand Rapids Wednesday night (August 3) as Motley Crue, Poison and the New York Dolls took over the stage of Van Andel Arena for a GRD show. Fans busted out their vintage band t-shirts and some even dressed up as their favorite Sunset Strip icons. Take a look at photos from last night's show.

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Grand Rapids Hottie of The Week- Courtney Marie

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 120
Eyes: green
Hair: Strawberry Blonde
Favorite Food: HOTWINGS! I grew up a tomboy, best thing in the world to go with a boxing match or football game are hotwings. Hot BBQ, YUM!

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Taking Back Sunday Take Over The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids

Taking Back Sunday played an awesome set at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids Thursday night. It was a good mix of some new songs but more older tunes for the crowd to enjoy. If you didn't go to the show last night, see what you missed after the jump.

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Taking Back Sunday Come Full Circle in Grand Rapids

Taking Back Sunday have gone through a lot of changes over the years. Members have come and gone, albums have become more ambitious and the remaining roster have matured as time went on. That maturity has not been more evident than in the return of guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper, part of the beloved Tell All Your Friends lineup. Nolan and lead vocalist Adam Lazzara sat down with me before their show at the Orbit Room Thursday night to talk about the evolution of Taking Back Sunday and how going back brought them forward.

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