November 21, 2019

Miss Jackson’s Metamorphosis

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | June 22, 2019

Soulful R&B/dance diva Janet Jackson just launched her much-anticipated Metamorphosis residency at Las Vegas’ Park MGM Resort, but the shows have been so popular that her stay there has already been extended. Jackson will stick around the Park for three additional shows — Aug. 14, 16, and 17 — with ticket presales allotted to members of her fan club. The show includes Jackson’s music from her earliest hits onward, plus energetic choreography, complex visuals, and an in-show 30-year anniversary celebration of her album Rhythm Nation

Another new concert series has launched here in Michigan: Between the Silos, a food-drinks-and-live music event that’ll take place through on an historic 130-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan (just outside Grand Rapids). Started and hosted by the Wildwood Family Farms, Between the Silos kicked off June 5 with the Mark Lavengood Band, and the series continues July 19 with Detroit singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin and her trio. Aug. 1 will feature the country-rock of the Kari Lynch Band, and Oct. 27 brings Between the Silos’ big fall festival, with performances from The Crane Wives, Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Ralston Bowles, indie-folk band Political Lizard, and the return of Lavengood. Get tickets and all the info at

Holler Fest is returning to southern Michigan late this summer, with a whole host of familiar performers and a few new ones, too. The fest will take place Aug. 23–25 on Frog Holler Farm, an organic destination in Brooklyn, Michigan (south of Jackson). Attendees can enjoy several different performances stages in a scenic setting with walking trails and a community ambiance. Performing at the 2019 Holler Fest (so far) will be Earth Radio, The Go Rounds, Jesse Ray, Jill Jack, Breathe Owl Breathe, Appleseed Collective, Delilah DeWyle, and the Dave Sharp Quartet, among others. Learn more at… 

Kevin Ford, Trevor Dahl, and Matthew Russell make up the electronic trio Cheat Codes, an outfit that’s getting plenty of buzz on dance charts and streaming/radio outlets. Cheat Codes’ single “No Promises (featuring Demi Lovato)” spent six months on the Top 40 charts, helping the band notch a nomination for Dance Artists of the Year from the 2018 iHeart Radio Awards and Top Dance/Electronic song from the Billboard Music Awards. Haven’t heard of the band? You will. It just snagged a big deal with United Talent Agency; expect the trio’s music to go into worldwide promotion mode pronto …

More shows are coming up at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids as we move toward July, including a pair of standout singer-songwriters, Amos Lee on July 15, and Andrew Bird on July 18 …

Also in Grand Rapids, Concerts in the Park will feature the band August live on the park stage July 8 …

Grand Haven band Full Cord is reportedly in Third Coast Recording studios to record its third studio album …

The new Allman Betts Band (Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman, and Duane Betts, son of Dickey Betts) have been booked into Grand Rapids’ 20 Monroe Live on Aug. 28, with tickets on sale now… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
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