january, 2017

19jan7:30 pmSold out: Concerts Under the Stars7:30 pm


Event Details

The new series – Concerts Under the Stars – takes place in the Chaffee Planetarium, where visitors sit back and experience the wonder of the cosmos and the wonder of music to electronic, folk, funk and jazz inspired local music acts.

The first concert is sold out and will take place on January 19 and will feature electronic and house music by Joshua Tree. His music is described as contemplative yet provocative analog electronic movements in the classic techno/IDM style.  Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.

The 2017 Concerts Under the Stars Series will continue on February 9 with funk music by Janga, March 16 with jazz music by Mishigami, and on April 6 with folk music by Emma Loo and Sam.

Joshua Tree is an electronic music artist originally hailing from Metro Detroit who has been living and working in West Michigan for nearly 15 years. His strict demand for high audio quality has led him to choose synthesizers, creating a semi-modular live rig which includes the unmistakable deep bass sounds of the Moog Voyager RME monosynth, the inordinately deep and complex Prophet 12 polysynthesizer by Dave Smith Instruments and the handcrafted pure analog Vermona DRM1 MK3 drum machine. The results are ethereal, pulsating movements that evolve organically according Joshua’s strict techno aesthetic. He will be composing, arranging and performing a completely original and unique set of works for his performance January 19 at the Chaffee Planetarium.

The January concert will also feature visuals by Nate Eizenga. For the past decade, Nate has been fascinated by performances that use visual imagery to enhance the experience of live music. Frustrated with preprocessed, press-play videos, he taught himself to mix and manipulate video in real-time, finally playing his first live show with musician Darkly in early November 2015. Since then he has continued to refine his craft, playing alongside Darkly as well as DJs from Rocksteady Disco, FourFour SoundSystem and Vinyl Fetish. Possessing both musical synchronization and artistic spontaneity, his work is guaranteed to mesmerize even the most reserved viewers.



(Thursday) 7:30 pm


Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504