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Adessa & the Beat to kick off Grand Rapids area concert series

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Adessa and the Beat stand together in an alley at the backstage door of a theater.

The weekly noon concert series kicks off June 6 with Adessa and the Beat at Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River.

GRAND RAPIDS — For more than 20 years, churches in the Grand Rapids area have provided the stage for a wide array of one-hour musical acts throughout the summer.

This year’s lineup of noon music includes a wide range of genres from chamber orchestra to folk music and big brass sounds.

Cathy Shields and Darcy Reich have been part of organizing the musicians and rotating church venues since the initiative began. They stopped by the KAXE Morning Show to discuss the artists participating in this year’s series.

Listen to their conversation above and check out the full listing of Tuesday noon concerts below.

Concert schedule

All concerts begin at noon on the date listed.

  • June 6, Adessa and the Beat at Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River. 
  • June 13, Vocal Perspective (Laurie Antonson and Wayne Leeds), First Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. 
  • June 20, Stories from Deer River’s Uncle Ed (Daniel Johnson-Wilmot and Mary Ellen Haupert), United Methodist Church. 
  • June 27, Broadway Love Songs: From First Thoughts to the Aisle (Adam Giebner and Rachel Coppock), St. Andrew’s Church. 
  • July 11, Twentieth Century Music for Piano and Vocal (Ross Larson and Friends). 
  • July 18, The Grand Tango, Third Coast Chamber Collective, Community Presbyterian Church. 
  • July 25, Eclectic Mix: Designed to Please (Sarah Mason & Family), St. Andrew’s Church. 
  • Aug. 1, Sisters in Song (close harmonies from a local sextet), Community Presbyterian Church. 
  • Aug. 8, Rapids Brass, Zion Lutheran Church.  
  • Aug. 15, Grand Rapids Community Big Band, Grand Rapids Assembly of God Church. 
  • Aug. 22, Family Favorites: Songs Across the Generations (Deer River LaTourelle, Greenside, and Rukavina families), Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. 
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