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Old 01-23-2020, 04:37 PM   #31
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Re: ***OFFICIAL Michigan Summer 2020***

Hopcat crack fries are WAYYY overrated. Beer selection is top notch though (can only speak to the one in Kzoo)
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    Here I will help keep the hype up:

    Best Restaurants Nearby:
    Stella's - Hole in wall place, that has real good burgers and spicy food. Old fashioned arcade inside, and considered a whiskey bar. spicy fries which are great but can't remember the name
    Hopcat - Same owners as Stella's - more of a family restaurant, but a good choice of beer and food - cosmic fries are great - used to be called crack fries if that tells ya anything but our PC culture ruined it.
    Founders - IMO the best beer around (besides maybe bells) - this place is HUGE and has a sweet beer garden and good sandwiches
    Butchers Union - Best food in Grand Rapids IMO - also a whiskey bar - can get a burger for $10 or steak for $40.

    Good Bars:
    Peppinos - Just a big sports bar right around the corner that has decent food and typical beers
    The B.O.B. - 4 story bar with multiple restaurants - is a good place to hang before a show because they typically have specials and its right across the street

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    Grand Rapids Market - has Social restaurant which has a great brunch and slows bbq which is great
    Yesterdog - this is in east town but not too far, and has some grimey delicious hot dogs - open to like 3 am.

    There is A TON more than this, but these are my favorites. Pumped that DMB is heading to my city.
    Taking an uber to Yesterdog post show is always an excellent idea.

    The BOB will likely be an ideal place for a meetup, although not my favorite spot.

    I went to college in GR but it's been so long! Now I only make it back a few times a year.
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    Old 01-23-2020, 05:55 PM   #33
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    Re: ***OFFICIAL Michigan Summer 2020***

    Hey we made it to two pages already!
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    Old 01-23-2020, 07:56 PM   #34
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    Hey we made it to two pages already!
    That's what I'm talking about!
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    Old 01-23-2020, 08:54 PM   #35
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    Anybody already book a room? If so, where are you staying?
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    Old 01-23-2020, 10:00 PM   #36
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    I'm at the homewood suites
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    Old 01-24-2020, 12:28 AM   #37
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    Anybody already book a room? If so, where are you staying?


    We booked the courtyard and JW prior to announcement based on the rumors.
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    Old 01-24-2020, 10:23 AM   #38
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    We booked the courtyard and JW prior to announcement based on the rumors.
    Yea, I have the courtyard but debating on if I want to even both staying over.
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    Old 01-24-2020, 10:24 AM   #39
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    Hopcat crack fries are WAYYY overrated. Beer selection is top notch though (can only speak to the one in Kzoo)
    I have not a fan of the fries either. Though they are no longer called crack fries.
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    Old 01-24-2020, 10:27 AM   #40
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    I have not a fan of the fries either. Though they are no longer called crack fries.


    Everything at Hopcat is overrated except the beer selection.

    The ONE good item on the menu, they no longer have!! (The Royal with cheese...)
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    Old 01-24-2020, 11:23 AM   #41
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    Everything at Hopcat is overrated except the beer selection.

    The ONE good item on the menu, they no longer have!! (The Royal with cheese...)
    I've only been once (to the Detroit location) and don't see a reason to go back but then again I'm not a drinker. I'm guessing most will the at the BOB for the GR show since it's right by the hotels and the venue.
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    Old 01-24-2020, 12:35 PM   #42
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    I really don't like arena shows, but I'm actually pretty excited about the GR show!

    I am from Kalamazoo/Portage, went to GVSU, and now live about 10 mins from DTE.

    I think a ton of HS and college friends who are casual friends will definitely be going to the GR shows. Seen lots of FB posts from people I didn't even know were fans, and would certainly never travel for a show. Or even drive to DTE on a weeknight for that matter. But now that the band is playing in their backyard so to speak, everyone wants tickets.

    Hanging out downtown GR pre-show doesn't hurt either
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    Old 01-25-2020, 01:17 AM   #43
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    I live in Rockford about 20 minutes from van Andel I am so excited we all need to meet somewhere
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    Old 01-25-2020, 10:36 AM   #44
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    Bulls head always great food and people not from area have to visit Amway
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    Old 01-25-2020, 02:15 PM   #45
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    I really don't like arena shows, but I'm actually pretty excited about the GR show!

    I am from Kalamazoo/Portage, went to GVSU, and now live about 10 mins from DTE.

    I think a ton of HS and college friends who are casual friends will definitely be going to the GR shows. Seen lots of FB posts from people I didn't even know were fans, and would certainly never travel for a show. Or even drive to DTE on a weeknight for that matter. But now that the band is playing in their backyard so to speak, everyone wants tickets.

    Hanging out downtown GR pre-show doesn't hurt either
    I feel the same way but am thinking about making the trek as my sister lives in GR. Happy to hear people say this venue is good for live shows. Some arenas the sound is just so brutal.
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    Old 01-25-2020, 07:06 PM   #46
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    I’m tempted to drive from northern MN through the u.p and go to the Grand Rapids show
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    Old 01-26-2020, 10:45 AM   #47
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    Iím tempted to drive from northern MN through the u.p and go to the Grand Rapids show
    Check out the SS Badger that goes across the lake from milwaukee. Not sure if that helps save you some time but migth a good change up going one way or the other.
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    Old 01-27-2020, 05:51 PM   #48
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    For all the beer lovers!

    https://www.experiencegr.com/things-...aft-breweries/
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    Old 01-27-2020, 06:31 PM   #49
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    Check out the SS Badger that goes across the lake from milwaukee. Not sure if that helps save you some time but migth a good change up going one way or the other.
    I believe the Badger is the older coal ship...itís a 4 hour journey from Manitowoc (sp?) to ludington. There a newer high speed from Milwaukee. I donít know what ďhi speedĒ means but FYI if you look into this option.
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    Old 01-27-2020, 08:16 PM   #50
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    I believe the Badger is the older coal ship...itís a 4 hour journey from Manitowoc (sp?) to ludington. There a newer high speed from Milwaukee. I donít know what ďhi speedĒ means but FYI if you look into this option.
    I think you are right but I could only think of the Badger.

    Not a bad drive from Ludington to GR
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    Old 01-28-2020, 11:24 AM   #51
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    Lake Express is the one from Muskegon. About 2-1/2 hour ride.

    https://www.lake-express.com/
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    Home wood suites. Bringing family, plan on a pool swim/tailgate. Canít wait
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    Old 01-29-2020, 01:35 PM   #53
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    Just so everyone knows, there is not a bad seat in this place. Sound is good everywhere, and vision is always good. Honestly I think the seats behind the pit would be the worst, but that is my opinion.
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    Old 01-29-2020, 06:43 PM   #54
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    Just so everyone knows, there is not a bad seat in this place. Sound is good everywhere, and vision is always good. Honestly I think the seats behind the pit would be the worst, but that is my opinion.
    I would agree with you about the seats on the floor behind the pit unless you are tall, even then I might rather have front row on the side.

    Sucks because I am just not a PIT person
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    Just so everyone knows, there is not a bad seat in this place. Sound is good everywhere, and vision is always good. Honestly I think the seats behind the pit would be the worst, but that is my opinion.
    This is great news
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    Old 01-29-2020, 09:55 PM   #56
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    I'm going to come in from the northern burbs of Chicago to see this show. These random one-off Midwest shows are the best... Maybe we get a set like Des Moines did last year??
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    I'm going to come in from the northern burbs of Chicago to see this show. These random one-off Midwest shows are the best... Maybe we get a set like Des Moines did last year??
    And I was referring to Grand Rapids... And while I'm in MI might as well go to DTE!
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    I'm going to come in from the northern burbs of Chicago to see this show. These random one-off Midwest shows are the best... Maybe we get a set like Des Moines did last year??


    Historically DTE has gotten some pretty good sets

    I lived in Chicago (downtown) for 12 years and we always came back for the Michigan shows. Great to get out of the city and so many places to visit!

    You can hit up the lakeshore Sunday- new buffalo, union pier, three oaks. st joe etc
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    Just so everyone knows, there is not a bad seat in this place. Sound is good everywhere, and vision is always good. Honestly I think the seats behind the pit would be the worst, but that is my opinion.
    Why would you say this? I am buying tickets to Luke Combs there in a couple weeks.
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    Did anyone in here see them at the Van Andel shows in '98 or '99?
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