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Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge -Official Music Video-

The Red Hot Chili Peppers 1991 track "Under the Bridge" was written about Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Grand Rapids is Michigan's second-largest city, and the largest city on the west-side of the state. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 188,040. With city-wide events such as Art Prize, and Festival of the Arts, GRAM on the Green, Blues on the Mall, Relax at Rosa, Local First, and Lamplight -- Grand Rapids caters to the creative community, especially musicians. The city developed a folk niche in the 2010s, and had a strong punk scene during the early 2000s.

Anthony Keidis, was born in Grand Rapids, and resided in the city with his mother until he was 12 years old.

Michigan Music Wiki Endorsements:

  • Best GR Ultra-High Capacity Venue: The Deltaplex
  • Best GR High-Capacity Venue: Frederick Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
  • Best GR Mid-Range Venue: The Pyramid Scheme
  • Best GR Band: The Crane Wives

[Could use pages on the GR punk scene in the early 2000s, and the folk movement in 2010s].


Ultra-High Capacity Venues []

These are the ultra-high capacity venues in Grand Rapids, Michigan that hold above 5,000 people.

  • The VanAndel Arena (10,834 Capacity)
  • The Deltaplex (7,000)

High-Capacity Venues []

These are the high-capacity venues in Grand Rapids, Michigan that hold between 1,000 and 4,999 people.

  • Frederick Meijer Gardens Amphitheater (1,900)
  • The Orbit Room (1,800 Capacity)
  • 20 Monroe Live (1,700 Capacity)

Mid-Range Venues []

These are the mid-range venues in Grand Rapids, Michigan that hold between 100 and 999 people.

  • The Intersection (835 Capacity)
  • St. Cecelia Music Center (650 Capacity)
  • The Pyramid Scheme (420 Capacity)
  • The Wealthy Theater (400 Capacity)
  • The Stache (The Intersection Front Room) (400 Capacity)
  • Billy's Lounge (250 Capacity)
  • Mulligan's Pub (100 Capacity)

Small Venues[]

Small venues with below 100 person capacity that regularly host live music in Grand Rapids include:

  • 36th Street Lounge (Wyoming)
  • Creston Brewery
  • Elk's Brewing Company
  • Flamingo Lounge
  • Grand Rapids Brewing Company
  • Harmony Hall
  • Ladies Literary Club
  • Monarch's Club
  • One Trick Pony
  • Rocky's Bar and Grill
  • Tip Top Deluxe
  • The Woods

Closed Venues[]

  • Skelletones
  • MXTP
  • The Venue (Standale)
  • Keith's Theatre/The Empress (1,900 Capacity) (Operated from 1914-1962)

Major Acts[]

These are the musicians and musical acts from or based in Grand Rapids, Michigan who have or still do operate on an international level, have been signed to a major label, or have national or worldwide notoriety.

  • Born
  • The Crane Wives
  • DeBarge
  • The Good Luck Joes
  • Jefree Star
  • Kevin Max, of DC Talk
  • La Dispute
  • Mustard Plug
  • N.F.
  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Sleeping with Sirens
  • Still Remains
  • The Verve Pipe
  • Whirlwind Heat

Recording Studios[]

Each studio should be contacted for a list of artists they've recorded (to include on the studio page, and to create an artist page).Studios contacted for artist list include: Mackinaw Harvest Studios.

Grand Rapids Albums (To Get Its Own Page Soon)[]

Grand Rapids Music Timeline:[]

Keep album releases separate, we can combine them eventually. This is for anything else.

Out of Print Albums to Seek Permissions To[]

These are albums by Grand Rapids artists which are now rare or out of print and difficult to locate. As part of the Michigan Music History Initiative, we are seeking locations of these songs and permission to share for free or for profit as a donation to charity.

  • Christopher Andrus - Cut to the Quick
  • Kate Pillsbury - Solo Demo
  • Middlefield - The Right Amount of Rock (released under the band name Slant)
  • The Juno Blacklist - Original Demo