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Muskegon hip-hop duo HDOE, Doughboyz Cashout to headline Interstate 96 Tour at L.C. Walker Arena

Now the Muskegon hip-hop duo HDOE is bringing their high-energy concert to the L.C. Walker Arena in downtown Muskegon starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26.

MUSKEGON, MI – They’ve played the Beardsley Theater within the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts. They’ve played on the deck aboard the USS LST-393 – the first-ever hip hop group to do so.

Now the Muskegon hip-hop duo HDOE is bringing their high-energy concert to the L.C. Walker Arena in downtown Muskegon starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26.

The group, which features cousins Jose “Jodi Dro” Loera and Jaron “Pape” Loera, are co-headlining the show as part of The Interstate 96 Tour with Doughboyz Cashout ahead of StuntHard HotBoyz, GCG, Nique Gotti and Gwalla Boyz.

Loera said he wants the downtown Muskegon area “to boom a little more” and he feels like bringing hip hop to the area could move the needle in that way.

“We don’t have a lot to get into in Muskegon,” Loera said. “There’s no nightclubs, the bars are limited. I want it to be a good thing, not a negative thing like, ‘Oh, my God, there’s a rap concert in the area.’”

Despite heavy rainfall throughout the show, HDOE still drew considerable interest for their concert aboard the USS LST-393 on Aug. 16 and have entertained local audiences since the group formed five years ago.

Since the groups’ inception, they’ve opened for Mike Posner, Big Sean and LMFAO at Party in the Park in Grand Rapids as well as for Ludacris and T-Pain at Rock the Rapids in 2011. The group has come to know the Beardsley Theater as a top venue to play and they’ve sold it out in two appearances there.

But for Loera, the show on the LST gave the community a taste of what HDOE can do – and it held considerable weight for the group as well.

“We got on the front page of the (Muskegon) Chronicle and that was a big deal for us,” he said. “The only people we see that we know on there are people who have killed or get killed.

“That was a huge deal for that show to be that for us.”

The Interstate 96 Tour show’s co-headliner Doughboyz Cashout currently is signed to Young Jeezy’s CTE World record label and has an 18-city tour announced on its website at the start of 2015, making stops in Detroit (Feb. 19), Grand Rapids (Feb. 20), and Flint (Feb. 27). The group is known for a few of its top songs, among them “Da Mob.”

Several of the acts scheduled to perform earlier in the night, including Detroit-based StuntHard HotBoyz, GCG, Nique Gotti and Gwalla Boyz, are lesser-known acts, but are interested in making waves in the music industry, as HDOE does.

General admission tickets for the show are available for $20 and there are a limited number of VIP tickets available for $35, but Loera expects VIP tickets to be sold out well before the concert. The show reportedly will feature an “intimate setting” in the annex of the arena featuring limited seating, handicap accessibility, room for dancing and a full-service bar.

Tickets can be purchased through the L.C. Walker Arena and Event Center Box Office during business hours from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday-Friday or by calling 231-724-5225.

For more information about the concert, visit HDOE online at teamhdoe.com or contact Jodi Dro directly on Facebook.

Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at ddavis11@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.

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You haven’t missed it: One more chance to see Tom Harryman’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Muskegon

Muskegon Community College theater instructor Tom Harryman took to the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts stage for his one-man performances of Dickens’ classic tale on Friday, Dec. 19. Harryman will perform the same show on Saturday, Dec, 20 at 7:30 p.m.

MUSKEGON, MI – “It’s Christmas Day!” Scrooge said to himself. “I haven’t missed it.”

Just as Charles Dickens so eloquently put it in his timeless novel, “A Christmas Carol,” residents in the Muskegon area haven’t missed their chance to see one local actor’s take on the classic story.

Muskegon Community College theater instructor Tom Harryman took to the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts stage for his one-man performances of Dickens’ classic tale on Friday, Dec. 19.

Harryman will perform the same show on Saturday, Dec, 20 at 7:30 p.m. Harryman first began performing the show in the area in 2006 when it was very well-received.

The show is done in a black-boxed environment with only Harryman onstage. There are no costume or set changes, so the veteran actor must find ways to take on more than one persona through the narrative.

“It’s a challenge doing what is essentially a 70-minute presentation,” Harryman said in an interview with MLive earlier this month. “You come to hear a story and use your imagination. It’s a little more direct contact with the audience.”

Harryman has said he gets requests for his shows all the time. However, it’s his love of the craft that keeps him coming back to the stage.

“I think that a lot of the themes that are addressed in ‘A Christmas Carol’ are probably as relevant today as they were when Dickens wrote them in terms of helping people, in terms of how we treat one another.”

Tickets cost $13, and they may be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by calling 231-727-8001. Tickets are also available at www.startickets.com or by calling 1-800-585-3737.  

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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Muskegon-area figure skating club to present ‘Holidays on Ice’ at Lakeshore Ice Centre

Skaters of all ages will take to the ice when the Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club presents its annual Christmas show on Saturday, Dec. 13.

MUSKEGON, MI — Skaters of all a…

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MLive Chief Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa in Muskegon for weather presentation Thursday night

In an effort to help explain weather patterns and how Lake Michigan influences Muskegon-area weather, MLive statewide meteorologist Mark Torregrossa will lead an informal presentation at the MLive Muskegon Chronicle hub, 379 W. Western Ave., tonight at 7 p.m.

MUSKEGON, MI – The Muskegon area is no stranger to wild and wacky weather.

In an effort to help explain weather patterns and how Lake Michigan influences Muskegon-area weather, MLive statewide meteorologist Mark Torregrossa will lead an informal presentation at the MLive Muskegon Chronicle hub, 379 W. Western Ave., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.

The presentation is free and open to the public and MLive will provide snacks and beverages. Torregrossa has been in the weather business since he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s of science degree in meteorology in 1989.

Since, he has been a television weather forecaster for stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Traverse City, Green Bay, Wis., Saginaw and Flint.

The presentation will last about an hour, but there will be plenty of time for questions afterwards.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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Emmy-winning composer Mark Wood to perform with Muskegon students at ‘rocking concert’

In conjunction with music students at Muskegon Public Schools, international recording artist and Emmy-award winning composer Mark Wood is set to perform at Muskegon High School.

MUSKEGON, MI – Get ready to be electrified.

mark5_big.jpgMark WoodCourtesy Photo | Electrify Your Strings 

In conjunction with music students at Muskegon Public Schools, international recording artist and Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Wood is set to perform at Muskegon High School, 80 W. Southern Ave.

The concert, titled “Electrify your Strings,” will take place at the school’s performing arts center at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Elizabeth Knoll, director of orchestra and high school choir instructor at Muskegon Public Schools, said the show will be “unlike anything they’ve ever done before.”

“We just want to put on a rocking concert,” she said. “A lot of times is people think orchestra is very classical and boring, it’s not that at all. We’re going to have a lot of fun electrifying the orchestra and choir and, in turn, electrifying the audience.”

Wood, an original member of the Multi-Platinum-selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra and creator of the revolutionary Viper electric violin, has worked with Celine Dion, Lenny Kravitz and Billy Joel, among others.

Wood will perform onstage with students involved with all of Muskegon Public Schools’ music education programs. Laura Kaye, Wood’s partner and wife, will also perform with members of the choir. Kaye has worked with the likes of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Kravitz and Sean Lennon, among others.

Knoll hopes the experiences of training and performing with Wood and Kaye will not only help the students become better musicians but also understand what it means to be a performer.

“The big thing is that he will come in and teach them to be performers,” Knoll said. “Music is not just notes on a page. He knows how to put on a performance. The students don’t always get the opportunity to work with professionals.”

“Electrify your Strings” will feature Wood’s original material, as well as arrangements from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and more. A professional sound crew is also being brought in for the performance.

“We’re going all out,” she said.

The concert, which cost the program close to $15,000 to arrange, is being funded by school fundraising, parents of the students and several grants from local agencies. Knoll is hopeful the concert will sell out the 1,100-seat auditorium, but she said she will be happy if at least the lower level of seating is filled.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will be used to benefit music education programs at Muskegon Public Schools.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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10 historic homes to be showcased during Christmas tour in Muskegon’s Nelson Neighborhood

Ten of Muskegon’s most historic homes will be on display when the Christmas Heritage Home Tour returns to the lakeshore this holiday season.

MUSKEGON, MI – Ten of Muskegon’s most historic homes will be on display when the Christmas Heritage Home Tour returns to the area this holiday season.

The event, which benefits the Nelson Neighborhood Improvement Association, is scheduled for noon-5 p.m. on Dec. 6. Each house will be decorated with Christmas-themed items. Tour chairperson April Thompson’s house, which was built in 1891, features 19 rooms and four Christmas trees.

The tour has been held in the Nelson Neighborhood since 2005 but was not held last year due to lack of participants. Thompson said she is glad it’s returning this year.

“It’s fascinating,” Thompson said. “The homeowners that are on the tour go all out. It’s fun and it’s a part of Muskegon that people don’t realize we have.”

The tour begins at the Union Depot in Downtown Muskegon, 610 W. Western Ave., and is self-guided by car. A map and historic information for each home will be provided. The Union Depot is home to the Muskegon County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The tour features some of the historic homes in Muskegon, including some that were built as early as the 1800s. Among the homes included in the tour are those owned by state Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright and Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson, who recently restored his home on Jefferson Street.

“He (Peterson) has totally redone the inside,” Thompson said. “It’s amazing the work he’s done.”

Cost to take the tour is $10. Children younger than 12 are free. Some of the proceeds will benefit reading programs at Nelson Elementary. Refreshments will be provided at the Depot and at some of the houses but homeowners have requested that visitors only eat in designated areas, Thompson said.

Here is a complete list of the homes featured on the 2014 tour (see some of them in the photo gallery included with this post):

1. Bill and Marcia Hovey-Wright, (Howden House) 452 W. Webster Ave.
2. Brandon and Liz Morrison, 453 Webster Ave.
3. Kevin and Jackie Huss, 421 W. Webster  Ave.
4. Jon and Morgan Witmer, 372 Muskegon Ave.
5. Greg Borgman, 228 Houston St.
6. Dan and Arlene DeKam, 77 W. Forest St.
7. Stephen Radtke and Michael Ramsey, 1669 Peck St.
8. Frank Peterson, 1593 Jefferson St.
9. John and April Thompson, 1693 Jefferson St.
10. Larry and Robin Doctor, 1706 Sanford St.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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Let’s dance: See who’s participating in 2015 Dancing with Local Stars charity event

The Women’s Division of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has announced the participants for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event

MUSKEGON, MI – The Women’s Division of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has announced the participants for its annual Dancing with the Local Stars charity event.

The event will be held Feb. 26-28 at the Muskegon Harbor Holiday Inn. Proceeds from the event will be used to support local food pantries in southern Oceana, northern Ottawa and Muskegon counties. More than $409,000 has been donated in the first seven years of the event.

Twelve prominent people from the community have been selected and will be paired with 12 local dance professionals to compete in the event.

“It’s Mardi Gras time in Muskegon,” said Mary Kendall, event co-chair. “The performances will be colorful, with great music, great food and great fun. There will be beads for everyone.”

The 2015 Dancing with the Local Stars participants include:

  • Steve Leatherman, Firefighter, Norton Shores, with Lisa Jirikovic, Physical Therapist, Knollview-Heartland; Dancer, Singer and Actress
  • Ann Schrader, Public Health Sanitarian, Muskegon County, with Dr. David Armbrecht, Orthodontist, Armbrecht Orthodontics, Grand Rapids
  • Joseph J. Marous, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist Radiology Muskegon PLLC, with Andrea VanBeek, RN Case Manager; Porter Hills Home Care; Dancer
  • Andrea J. Riegler, architect, PLLC, with Sean France, Owner, Studio France School of Dance
  • Renee Rouwhorst; Co-owner, Ryke’s Bakery, with Dave Kennedy, Owner of Kennedy Custom Builders and Dancer
  • Dr. Dena Thayer, DO; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Muskegon Surgical Associates, PC, with Byron Doss, Instructor, Social Dance Studio, Grand Rapids           
  • Denise Amidon, Elder Law Paralegal, Parmenter O’Toole, Attorneys At Law, with Rodney Sprader, PhD, Facilities & Maintenance Leader and Special Projects Manager, GE Aviation – Muskegon; Musician; and Dancer
  • Brian Johnson, Co-owner, Tridonn Construction Company, with Carly Switze, Child Care Provider, Explorer’s Preschool & Daycare; Dance Instructor, Cassell Gymnastics and Dance
  • Luke Reynolds, Executive Director, Life Circles-PACE, with Francine Sagan-Kilcrease, Wellness Office, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, AgeWell Services, Tanglewood Park
  • Sherri Schuitema-VanderWier, Owner, Schuitema Moving Company, with Patrick  Johnson, GRCC Dance Faculty Instructor; Co-owner PT Arts, LLC Consulting; and Director, West MI Flight Academy
  • Matt Schmitt, Founder, Zonifi Athletics; President of Operations, Muskegon Risers Soccer Club; with Mary Switzer, Owner, Fitness Instructor, The Gym, North Muskegon
  • Marty Sytsema, Owner, Shoreline Sport & Spine, with Brenda Sprader, Criminal & Family Law Attorney, Brenda E. Sprader, Attorney At Law; and Dance Instructor

“We have exciting new community stars as well as four new pro dancers this year,” said Karen Mogdics, event co-chair. “Choreographed by our professional dancers, we will have opening and closing numbers that are creative, authentic and full of enthusiasm. The dancers will glow.”

Tickets for the event will be available beginning Jan. 2, 2015. For more details on the event, visit www.womensdivision.org or visit the group’s Facebook page.

Brandon Champion covers arts and entertainment, business, sports and weather for MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at bchampio@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter @BrandonThaChamp.

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‘A Christmas Story’ delights crowds, fosters holiday spirit at Muskegon’s Frauenthal Center

“A Christmas Story” has become part of the winter holiday zeitgeist.

MUSKEGON, MI – “A Christmas Story” has become part of the winter holiday zeitgeist.

“You’ll shoot your eye out!” “Oh, fudge.” “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.”

Every bit of the 1983 movie is well known and well received among audiences of all ages – and many of the same charms are on display in the late-November showings of The Muskegon Civic Theater’s production of “A Christmas Story.”

The show, taking place at Beardsley Theater inside the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, tells a story based on the memoirs of Jean Shepard in his 1966 novel, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.”

The basis of the story follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his story navigating the perils of school and family life while remaining in pursuit of the perfect Christmas gift – a Red Ryder carbine action, two-hundred shot Range Model air rifle. It has many of the same plot points that make the movie a timeless winter classic including the wet tongue on a cold lamp post, the mystique of The Old Man’s lamp shaped like a woman’s leg and the Parker family’s exploding furnace.

In the movie, Ralphie is played by actor Peter Billingsley, but the role is filled by Brendan Lee in the Muskegon Civic Theater production.

Additionally, the play stars Christopher Beaman as the adult Ralph Parker, Kendyl White as Mrs. Parker, David Riegler as Mr. Parker or “The Old Man,” Leo Ackerman as Randy, Tiffanie Miller as Miss Shields, Kyle Penland as Flick, Caleb Crawford as Schwartz, Carly Hubbard as Esther Jane Alberry, Myla Kar as Helen Weathers and Jacob Klanke as Scut Farkus.

Following Friday’s showcase, there still are six more chances to see “A Christmas Story” in Muskegon on Nov. 29-30 and on Dec. 4, 5, 6 and 7. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee times are at 3 p.m.

Tickets still are available and cost $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit www.startickets.com, call the Frauenthal’s box office at 231-727-8001 or visit the box office.

Dillon Davis is a staff writer at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at ddavis11@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and on Twitter

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