GV professor puts Grand Rapids on music map with upcoming festival

GVL Staff

Grand Rapids has a vibrant music scene, with local and national talent performing any night of the week.

A Grand Valley State University alumnus and professor wants to spotlight his home city’s appreciation for music during the second-annual Prospecto Musical Showcase and Sonic Experience.

Prospecto is a three-day music festival held in downtown Grand Rapids. Three different venues will host dozens of bands of every level of recognition.

The festival begins tomorrow night and continues through Sunday.

The venues participating this year are the Intersection, the Pyramid Scheme and Founder’s Brewery.

Benjamin Hunter, the creator of Prospecto, has a close relationship with GVSU. Hunter completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at GVSU and has been an adjunct communications professor since 2002.

Hunter’s professional career has taken him in many different directions, but his most visible endeavor is Prospecto.

Hunter and the rest of the organizers use the festival to bring national attention to the Grand Rapids music scene. The festival allows for local talent to share the stage with famous, accomplished artists.

George Clinton and his band Parliament Funkadelic, an international touring group that has influenced many of today’s popular musicians will be featured during the festival. Other featured artists include the Walkmen and Pharcyde.

Three day and single day passes are available. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Grand Rapids Red Foundation, an organization dedicated to the education and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

Visit www.prospectogr.com for more information.

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