June 2011: Our best month of live entertainment…ever??!

Looking at our entertainment calendar, one can’t help but be taken aback by the incomparable quality of entertainment we’re offering this month. We at Founders strive to not only bring you some of the best beer in the world, but to bring you high-quality, affordable entertainment that resonates personally, while contributing to the surrounding culture.

Take a look at June’s events, then keep reading for more info on each show.


Thursday, June 2nd, saw Randy Marsh’s Big Organ Trio entertain a lively crowd with their upbeat, jazzy take on the classic organ trio. A great way to kick off an incredible month!

On Saturday, June 4th, we’re pleased to welcome the return of two of Michigan’s most iconic singer-songwriters, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, both a part of the legendary Earthworks music collective. Seth and May are both beautifully-voiced storytellers, oozing sincerity and compassion. The show is just $5, and begins at 9:30pm.

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On Sunday, June 5th as well as Sunday, June 19th, you can enjoy a free afternoon performance from the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, an extremely talented 16-piece ensemble playing classic arrangements as well as original compositions. Catch them starting at 5:30pm!


On Thursday, June 9th we’re pleased to welcome the return of Friction Records’ Charles the Osprey, a furious, yet fascinating math-rock duo from Grand Rapids. Joining them will be Reverend, Tokyo Morose, and Jake Simmons. It’s an incredible, eclectic bill that will begin at 9:30pm and be absolutely FREE.

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On Saturday, June 11th we will once again be the presenting sponsors for The Local First Street Party, conveniently located a block north of Founders, in front of Bistro Bella Vita. It all begins at 3pm, then make sure NOT TO MISS the Official Afterparty, located in our Taproom, which is FREE with your Local First wristband.

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On Saturday, June 11th, we are absolutely elated to welcome one of indie-rock’s hottest bands, Lovers, from Portland, Oregon. Lovers plays some of the most beautiful, catchy, well-written, yet heart-string-tugging songs you’ll ever hear. Finan will start off the evening with a DJ set beginning at 9pm, followed by Nervous but Excited, and Founders-fave Jes Kramer. Then the Afterparty TRULY gets going at midnight when Lovers take the stage, followed by a very special closing dance set from DJ Muchas Gracias.

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On Thursday, June 16th, we’re so very excited to be hosting one of our BIGGEST, BESTEST ‘No Cover Thursdays’ ever, starring Portland, Oregon’s Horse Feathers, on the legendary Kill Rock Stars record label. Also joining them will be Portland’s Hello Mtn, as well as St. Louis’ Benjamin Riley Band and Kentucky Knife Fight. Don’t miss this special engagement beginning at 9:30pm, also dubbed, ‘The Official Founders Fest Pre-Party’!

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On Saturday, June 18th, it’s the event you’ve all been waiting for, a year in the making…2011 Founders Fest, a full day celebrating the things we love most: great beer, great music, great food, and the city of Grand Rapids. The musical lineup features: legendary New Orleans band Galactic, Boston’s Rubblebucket, Chicago’s Terrapin Flyer featuring Melvin Seals of The Jerry Garcia Band, Ann Arbor’s The Ragbirds, Lansing’s Steppin’ In It, Grand Rapids’ own AB! & Coconut Brown and DJ Sypdre Murphy, as well as The FBC All-Stars, our employee all-star band rumoured to feature iconic actor and Founders superfan Mark-Paul Gosselaar!!

All your favorite Founders beers will be on tap, including a bunch of surprises, some made just for the event, and the long-awaited debut of Blushing Monk!! Food will be available from The Cottage Bar, The Pita House, Maggie’s Kitchen, and The Corner Bar of Rockford. Founders and band merchandise will be available for purchase, as well as a local artist’s row featuring some of the area’s finest artisans.

Advance tickets are available in our Taproom and Company Store as well as at the gates day of the fest.

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On Thursday, June 23rd, we’re pleased to welcome Denver’s folk-heroes The Chimney Choir, making their first Founders appearance alongside Midnight Cattle Callers. We hope you can join us at 9:30pm for this special free engagement.

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On Saturday, June 25th we’re very pleased to welcome the long-awaited return of the area’s favorite progressive jam band, Glean Infusion! Show starts at 9:30pm, and is just $5.

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On Sunday, June 26th, come down to the Taproom at 9:30pm for what will be yet another rousing Discfunktional Sunday starring The Boogiman, featuring special guest DJs from all over the world, spinning the rarest classic funk ever committed to vinyl. Bring your dancing shoes and your thirst for delicious beer, but don’t worry about paying a cover…it’s ALWAYS free!

On Thursday, June 30th, we’re happy to continue the tradition of providing you with the coolest free shows ever, welcoming the return of Ribbons of Song! Joining them on the bill will be The Soil and the Sun, as well as Vermont’s Chamberlin, and Connecticut’s Bronze Radio Return. What an incredible way to round out an incredible month. We hope you’ll join us, beginning at 9:30pm.

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Miscellaneous: All Thursday and Saturday shows begin at 9:30pm unless otherwise noted. For a complete list of upcoming shows, check out our live music calendar.

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Thank you so much for supporting Founders and supporting live music. We are so SO lucky to be able to do what we do, and to serve you. Hope to see you soon, and thank you again. 🙂


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