Hot Tix along the Lakeshore: Ordinary Elephant, Adam Ferrara, Bill Bellamy and more

West Michigan nightlife has changed since clubs and theaters emerged from the forced hiatus of the coronavirus pandemic.

So many more acts are visiting West Michigan. Check out what’s coming up this month with live music, comedy, and performance at a few of West Michigan’s blossoming venues.

Seven Steps Up

116 S. Jackson St., Spring Lake

Seven Steps Up requires proof of vaccination with a valid I.D. and masks when not eating/drinking.

Jack Broadbent
Wednesday, Oct 6 

Jack Broadbent (Guitarist)
Showtime — 7:30 p.m.  

Hailed as "the new master of the slide guitar" by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “the real thang” by funk legend Bootsy Collins.

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Crystal Bowersox
Saturday, Oct. 9, Sunday, Oct 10 

Crystal Bowersox, American Idol runner-up (Singer)
Showtimes — 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday

Since her introduction to the world, Crystal Bowersox has released 3 LPs, two EPs, several singles, and is currently developing an autobiographical, theatrical rock concert titled, “Trauma Queen.”

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Rachael Sage + Ralston Bowles
Wednesday, Oct 13

Rachael Sage + Ralston Bowles (Musicians)
Showtime — 7:30 p.m.

Rachael Sage is a six-time Independent Music Award winner.  Ralston Bowles is an American poet, songwriter, producer, musician, and singer from Grand Rapids.

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Sophie B. Hawkins
Saturday, Oct 16

Sophie B. Hawkins (Musician)
Showtime — 8 p.m. 

Sophie B. Hawkins burst onto the international music scene with her 1992 Platinum-selling debut album Tongues and Tails, and earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.

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The Contendenders
Saturday, Oct 23 

The Contenders (Band)
Showtime — 8 p.m.

A follow up to their outdoor 2021 summer performance at Grand Haven's Lynn Sherwood Waterfront Stadium. Two guys who sound like a 4-piece band on stage. 

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Peter Asher Band
Sunday Oct 24 

Peter Asher—A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond (Band)
Showtime — 7 p.m.

A multimedia concert with one of the most famous producers and artists of the 60s. One half of the Peter and Gordon British pop duo.


Ordinary Elephant
Saturday, Oct 30 

Ordinary Elephant + Scott Cook (folk music)
Showtime — 8 p.m.

International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year, Ordinary Elephant marks their second appearance at Seven Steps Up.  The Associated Press calls their latest album, Honest, "one of the best Americana albums of the year."  No Depression Magazine calls Cook "As good a modern folkie as we have these days."

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Park Theatre
248 S. River Ave., Holland

Jair Driesenga hosts the Park Theatre open mic nights.Tuesdays

Park Theatre Open Mic Night
Showtime — 8 p.m.
$3 entry fee

Every Tuesday night, the Park Theatre celebrates West Michigan talent with its extremely popular Open Mic Night. From comedy and spoken word poetry to rap, country, and funk music, the ever-changing lineup is sure to have something for everyone. Jair Driesenga hosts. Sign up in advance at

Tickets — Available at the door

Sunday, Oct 17

Bill Belamy (Comedian)
Showtime — 7 p.m.

Perhaps best known as one of the original MTV VJs, Bill Belamy hosted MTV Jams and MTV Beach House, but he has also starred in numerous Showtime comedy specials and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.

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Davy Knowles
Friday. Oct. 29 

Davy Knowles (Blues guitarist)
Showtime — 7 p.m.

“They call him one of the best modern blues players in the world,” Park Theatre General Manager Brandon Blank says.

Davy Knowles has released two top 5 Billboard Blues albums with his band Back Door Slam and two more released as an independent artist.

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Friday, Oct. 22 

Rocky Horror Picture Show (Interactive film)
Showtimes — 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

For the past several years, the Park Theatre has joined in the Halloween tradition of that cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show. The theater will also have for sale a Rocky Horror Prop Pack with all the rolls of toilet paper, rice, newspaper, rubber gloves, party hat, hand clappers, and squirt guns hardcore fans need to experience the film in all its glory.

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Paul Rodriguez
Sunday, Oct. 24 

Paul Rodriguez — the King of Latin Standup
Showtime — 7:30

Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences all over the world laugh (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his brand of humor, a blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream, and universal appeal.

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Elton Rohn
Saturday, Oct. 30

Elton Rohn (Elton John tribute)
Showtime — 8 p.m.

Although Elton Rohn is a tribute act, those who have seen it, say it’s so “on the money,” you might just forget that fact. 

The Park Theatre show will be a Halloween costume party celebration, so be prepared to get dressed up and get down to some classic ‘70s Elton John.

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Back Alley Comedy Club

1531 West Sherman Blvd., Muskegon

Saturday, Oct. 9

Adam Ferrara (Comedian)
Showtime 8 p.m.

Adam Ferrara’s TV credits include Top Gear US, Rescue Me, and Nurse Jackie. He has also co-starred in films such as Definitely Maybe and Paul Blart:Mall Cop.

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Saturday, Oct. 23

Paul Rodriguez (Comedian)
Showtime — 7:30 p.m.

Paul Rodriguez will bring his brand of humor to the back alley stage as part of the Full House Comedy circuit.
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Saturday, Oct. 30

Rodney Norman (Comedian)
Showtime — 7 p.m.

Rodney Norman is more than an entertainer, he is an experience. His insights are sometimes profound, sometimes absurd, but always hilarious.

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