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ArtRat's Americana Sundays

A monthly live music series that brings West Michigan's top Americana artists to Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood! 

Americana Sundays run monthly on Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm at ArtRat Gallery (46 Division Ave. S). 

ArtRat Gallery is located 350 feet from the Weston Commerce Parking Ramp (less than a minute’s walk), and directly across the street from Rockwell Republic (the popular gastropub and bar at 45 Division Ave. S). Rockwell Republic is offering our Americana Sundays audience free appetizers with purchase — stop by ArtRat when you arrive to pick up a voucher!

Upcoming guests

Jan. 15: Drew Nelson (featuring Michael Robertson). A Michigan-born Navy veteran, Drew is a storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, fly fisherman and world traveler. He writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles. (Admission $15; tickets available on Eventbrite.) 

Feb. 19: Rollie Tussing. The award-winning finger-style guitarist performs timeless classic and country blues, dewy-eyed tunes of the '20s, and godforsaken songs of the 19th century. His own compositions are influenced by those same lonesome, haunted and abandoned melodies that we all forgot to remember. (Admission $15; tickets available on Eventbrite.) 

March 12: Aaron Jonah Lewis. Virtuoso banjo player and fiddler Aaron Jonah Lewis has been elbow-deep in traditional American music since their first lessons at the age of five with Kentucky native Robert Oppelt. Their concerts take audiences on a journey through the back roads of American old time and folk music, with detours through ragtime and early jazz. Lewis has taken blue ribbons at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV, and at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA, the oldest and largest fiddlers convention in the country. (Admission $20; tickets available on Eventbrite.) 

April 16: Chris Bathgate. Chris Bathgate is an American singer/songwriter born in rural Iowa, raised in rural Illinois and currently residing in Michigan. He began drawing attention as a solo artist in 2005 upon the release of his first album, Silence is for Suckers, after a slew of self-produced EPs / Singles and a stint in the short-lived (but much loved) group The Descent of the Holy Ghost Church. (Admission $15; tickets available on Eventbrite.) 

May 21: Kyle Rasche and Dan Bracken. Kyle Rasche is a father, husband, and songwriter who has released his seven albums under the moniker Chain of Lakes. Kyle writes what he knows: family, friendship, and the beauty and strife that comes with an unflinching compulsion to sing about his feelings. Joining Kyle for the Americana Sundays series is songwriter and finger-style guitarist Daniel Bracken. Dan plays music informed by his rich history as a recordist and producer for Public Media, and as a performer in the US and Ireland. (Admission $20; tickets available on Eventbrite.) 

June 11: Hearth & Hymn. Celebrate Pride Month with Hearth & Hymn! Hearth & Hymn is a close-harmony, minimalist folk project produced by songwriters, song collectors and multi-instrumentalists Samantha Cooper and Elisabeth Pixley-Fink. Beloved artists in the Michigan folk scene, their masterful harmonies and seamless vocal blend capture a room. Raiding family songbooks and sharing old tunes, Hearth & Hymn reimagines songs that move them through a queer, feminist lens. (Admission $20; tickets available on Eventbrite.)