Arts flourishing in Rockford area

The arts are enjoying a resurgence in the Rockford area. In addition to the upcoming Art in the Park event on September 7, art-lovers have much more to enjoy coming up in the next couple of weeks. First Friday Art Walk-Rockford will have new exhibits from Michigan artists in place for the First Friday of […]

Local writer a finalist for new ArtPrize publication

This year, art enthusiasts will find an exciting addition to ArtPrize: the literary publication Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology. It will add the written word as a new art form to the acclaimed festival. ArtPrize is one of the world’s largest art competitions (by cash awards) and is held each year in Grand Rapids, Michigan. […]

National Night Out draws crowds, photographer catches the smiles

Photos by Tom Scott, t. scott photography

WMBMA celebrates 18th Annual Fallfest & Bluegrass Jam

Bluegrass music is American music, pure, honest and beautiful in its simplicity. It came out of the mountains of Appalachia from a rich musical heritage of Scotch/Irish immigrants and was passed down from generation to generation. The West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association has set its own tradition with the annual Fallfest and Bluegrass Jam. You […]

From The Voice to open mic night in Rockford

A couple weeks ago, Rockford natives Matt Vermeer and Michael Sunday had an opportunity afforded to few people; they were invited to a callback for a national television show. They went to New York to audition for The Voice with high hopes and low expectations, and were passed through the first round of auditions. At […]