‘Concerts Under the Stars’ Hosts Major Murphy at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) continues the 2018 Concerts Under the Stars series in the Chaffee Planetarium with new music from Grand Rapids’ band Major Murphy on Thursday, April 12.

Major Murphy reimagines 1970’s radio rock with bristling sensitivity for our present era. They have debuted three albums with the newest “No. 1” being released just recently on March 30, 2018, combining the sounds of rock, pop and dream pop.

This concert will feature a chilled-out tempo and atmosphere, and the sprawling jam, expanding in effervescent layers of psychedelia. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Major Murphy is the collaboration of Jacob Bullard, Jacki Warren, and Brian Voortman. Their first EP was recorded before they had ever formally played a show, but in the months following its release, the band hit the road and begin playing out regularly. These shows gave Major Murphy a new perspective and confidence to their music.

This concert will feature a custom light show on the planetarium’s dome, which boasts state-of-the-art technology with 4k visuals and surround sound for an amazing immersive concert experience.

Tickets are $10 for GRPM members, $12 for non-members if purchased in advance, and $15 for non-members on the day of the concert. Tickets are currently on sale at, by calling 616.929.1700 or at the Museum’s front desk.

The final 2018 Concerts Under the Stars will take place on May 15 with local band Mertle.

Concerts Under the Stars is sponsored by WYCE 88.1 FM Radio and Rebel Reclaimed.

Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

The recently renovated Chaffee Planetarium offers a variety shows featuring the latest Digistar projection technology and immersive surround sound for an unbelievably rich and realistic experience. The Chaffee Planetarium reopened in March 2014 after a major renovation, including all new technology, sound system, full dome and seating. The renovation was made possible through the generosity of our donors, including the lead gift from The Wege Foundation.

The Planetarium is named for Grand Rapids native, Roger B. Chaffee, who died with fellow Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White during a pre-launch test in 1967. The Planetarium was originally opened in 1994 and underwent a multi-million dollar renovation fall 2013 to spring 2014.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit