Arts & Entertainment
Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding riders traded in their saddles for paintbrushes and enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the center to become part of an entry for the ArtPrize event. Artist Corey VanDuinen is pictured with his entry for the ArtPrize event (as well as something special for Equest Center), which is exhibited in front of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.
by TOM SCOTT photos by TOM SCOTT The Rockford Area Arts Commion (RAAC) kicked off its 2011 summer seasonwith the Rockford Performing Arts Spring Concert featuring the Rockford Community Choir, The Rockford Community Orchestra & the Rockford Community Concert Band. The event was held at Rockford High Schools Fine Arts Auditorium Sunday, April 17. The Choir was led by conductor Renee Vande Wege with Suzanne DeVries~Zimmerman as accompnist.The Orchestra was lead by conductor KevinLewis and with Tiffany Engle leading the concert band as conductor. Rockford Community Music Ensembles are made possible by the generous support of the Rockford Area Arts Commission, The Rockford Public Schools and the patrons who support the Arts. Those interested in more information and possibly becoming a memberof the RAAC may go to the organization’s new website, www.artsrockford.org.
Squire photographer Tom Scott was again granted a media pass with the understanding The Rockford Squire be the only publication to publish his photos. This is his second big concert at the Van Andel, following a photo shoot with Lady Gaga in concert last month. As expected, Bob Seger rocked the house for a sell-out crowd of well over 12,000 fans. Opening the show was Battle Creek’s own country music star Larry Ballard. Fans heard through the grapevine that Kid Rock was attending the show to enjoy the rock and roll of Seger and, sure enough, Rock joined Seger on stage for an electrifying rendition of “Real Mean Bottle” that brought the house down and the fans to their feet. The show went well over two hours and, of course, Seger played all his favorite hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s. At 65 years old, Seger still has his energy from the yesteryears and, with his raspy voice, fans were all taken back some 30 years ago, at least for the two-plus hours of the show.