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Concerts Under the Stars Return to the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is excited to announce that Concerts Under the Stars is returning for 2020. Concert-goers will enjoy a fully immersive experience of audio and visuals in the Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium, highlighting local music and visual artists.

Beginning on January 16, join the GRPM for the first performance in the Concerts Under the Stars series, featuring the unique sounds of synth-pop played by How to Live Together.

Concerts Under the Stars will run January through March 2020. Attendees will sit back and experience the wonders of the cosmos alongside thrilling music performances featuring the sounds of folk, rock, electronic and R&B.

“The Museum is thrilled to continue providing a space for local artists to showcase their talents with the community in an unconventional and fun way through the Chaffee Planetarium,” said Kate Kocienski, VP of Marketing & Public Relations. “Live music has become a staple activity in Grand Rapids and we are excited to provide our visitors with a new way to experience live entertainment.”

At each concert performers will play two sets, with a short intermission in between. Refreshments, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12 for GRPM members and $17 for the public. Tickets are currently on sale and available at grpm.org, by calling 616.929.1700 or at the Museum’s front desk.

The 2020 Concerts Under the Stars series will continue on February 6 with rock and roll sets performed by Coffin Problem, February 27 with the smooth sounds of Indie rock from Seth Beck and will conclude on March 19 with a unique mix of surf, pop rock by Hollywood Makeout.

2020 Musicians and Artists

How to Live Together I January 16

Grand Rapids residents, Jesse Kaczmarczyk and Steffanie Rosalez, utilize digital and analog synthesis to compose their synth-pop songs. The duo sample lighthearted Nintendo blips while creating dark analog sounds, which became an ongoing parallel for their own relationship and their relationship to the world around them. Using the limitless world of synthesizers, they examine the joy and dysfunction of being an interracial couple in the current cultural landscape of race, politics and social norms.

Nate Eizenga 

Nate is a video artist who has been participating in the Concerts Under the Stars series since 2017. The Grand Rapids native’s work focuses on accompanying his intricate visuals with live musical performances. By using controllers intended for digital music production to create, mix and manipulate video in real time, he crafts a visual experience that connects the line between artistic spontaneity and musical synchronicity.

Coffin Problem I February 6

Coffin Problem is rock band whose music resembles an abrasive, yet familiar sound to the genre. The group consists of four talented musicians including Sean Stearns, songwriter; Billy Bartholomew, bass guitarist; Trevor Goldner, guitarist and Ben Weissenborn, drummer. The group’s songs intrigue audiences with a sound that is bruising and bright, yet cavernous and cathartic.

Sean Kenny
Sean is a psychologist and experimental filmmaker who founded the Picke Fort Film Collective, Montessori-style cinema lab that specializes in hand-made 16mm film loops of improvised sound performances. Sean’s work has been shown in festivals around the world including the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Seth Beck I February 27

Seth is a singer and songwriter who specializes in Indie rock. He creates music as a means of self-discovery by preserving memory with swaying melodies, while writing plain-stated songs that speak truth to innocent moments and the incense of love rooted in body. Seth’s unique twist on the genre transforms the music into scenes of romantic optimism and complication, allowing listeners to become lost in the smooth, melodic sounds.

Calvin Garvey 

Calvin is pursuing a BFA in Visual Studies degree at Grand Valley University, with an emphasis in 3D computer animation. Calvin enjoys engaging with listeners’ sense of wonder and awareness in relation to the complexities of the world through their art.

Hollywood Makeout I March 19 

Hollywood Makeout is comprised of a talented trio including lead vocalist and guitarist Erin Lenau, backup vocalist and bass guitarist Cedric Canero and backup vocalist and drummer Tim Broderick. The group’s music embodies the sounds of surf pop-rock in a familiar, yet refreshing manner.

Vic Martinez
Vic is a visual artist, based in Grand Rapids, who is currently pursuing a BFA in Visual Studies at Grand Valley State University. Vic’s work intends to explore the experiences they have encountered connected to their identities, through a variety of disciples and mediums.

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 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 www.grpm.org.