Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DeVos Place Leading Continued Green Efforts with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

DeVos Place is expanding on their leading efforts to make the venue as ‘green’ as can be with the installation of two charging stations for electronic vehicles inside the venue’s basement parking lot.

DeVos Place has installed two CT2003 charging stations on the northwest wall of the building’s basement level parking garage near the Michigan Street exit. The stations will provide power for the increasing amount of electrical vehicles from existing power panels. Parking signs, indicating
and differentiating the spaces, are also installed.

We’re genuinely excited about having charging stations here,” Eddie Tadlock, Assistant General Manager said. “In keeping with the goals of our Sustainability Initiatives, we want to encourage cleaner transportation options for our patrons. Helping add to a nationwide network of charging stations in DeVos Place Convention Center is one way of doing that. We are taking progressive strides to expand our sustainability efforts and partnering with ChargePoint America was the next logical step. The City of Grand Rapids was instrumental in the brokering the grant application and continues to be a catalyst for a number of green projects in West Michigan. ”

ChargePoint America is a program sponsored by Coulomb Technologies to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure to nine selected regions in the United States. This made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the Transportation Electrification Initiative administered by the Department of Energy and the objective is to accelerate the
development and production of electric vehicles to substantially reduce petroleum consumption, reduce greenhouse gas production, and create jobs.

This past January, Mayor Heartwell announced the availability of five (5) other Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging stations at various parking ramps and on Ottawa Street in downtown Grand Rapids. Mayor Heartwell stated, “This is a great step for the community. Providing the
necessary infrastructure will encourage and support those choosing to own electric vehicles and support the auto industry and supporting industries both in the City and throughout Michigan.”

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

West Michigan Mom’s Sale Moves to DeVos Place and Adds Parenting Expo

The Midwest’s largest Mom-2-Mom Sale just keeps growing, and this spring the organizers are adding a Parenting Expo. The GR8 Parenting Event and the West Michigan Mom’s Sale will be held on Saturday, May 19, at DeVos Place. The West Michigan Mom’s Sale runs from 9am-3pm and the GR8 Parenting Event runs from 9am-5pm.

The GR8 Parenting Event will feature local businesses and non-profits that relate to family life. Free classes will also be offered all day long, including “Rethinking ADHD” and “Baby’s First Real Foods”. All classes will be offered by experts in the community. You may view available
classes and register to attend classes on the GR8 Parenting Event’s website, Space is limited.

The West Michigan Mom’s Sale will offer over 250 booths filled with gently used children’s clothing (newborn-16), maternity wear, nursery furniture, baby gear, toys, and so much more, all at garage sale prices.

Admission is free for both events. Families with strollers are welcome. There will be activities for children, including inflatables, a butterfly tent, a reptile show hosted by Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park and puppet shows.

For more information or to register as a vendor at one of the events, visit or

The GR8 Parenting Event is sponsored by Gerber and Meijer.

Gospel Musical “I Need A Man” Cancels Several Dates Including Grand Rapids

T. Rose Entertainment has announced that Michael Matthews' Gospel Stage Play, I Need A Man, has cancelled their performance scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 at DeVos Performance Hall.

“After reviewing the current ticket sales for the Grand Rapids performance; Matthews Productions and the National Tour Directors of I Need A Man, stage play have decided to cancel the April 24 performance date,” they announced.

“T. Rose Entertainment appreciates everyone who auditioned; and showed support for the upcoming performance. Unfortunately, the sales and support was not progressing at a satisfactory level for the tours' National Directors.”

The Toledo, Saginaw and Cleveland shows have also been cancelled.

The production had held an open audition several weeks ago for community members to partake in one of I Need A Man’s scenes, something the play did in all of its receiving cities.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, are adding a second leg (50 cities, 70 performances) to their current sold-out nationwide concert tour and will play DeVos Performance Hall on Sunday, October 14 at 5:30pm. More than 200,000 fans will have seen the live show by the end of the first run making it one of this year’s most successful music tours. Tickets and Fresh Beat Band VIP packages will be available at, the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster outlets,, or charge at 800-745-3000 beginning Friday, April 13 at 10am for $29.50 and $39.50. Nickelodeon and Ticketmaster will offer pre-sale tickets and VIP packages beginning Thursday, April 5, at 10am local time in each city. Citi® card members will also have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, April 5, at 10am through Citi’s Private Pass Program at

“The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert tour has ignited a fan frenzy and we’re thrilled that so many kids and parents want to come see the Fresh Beats perform live,” said Paula Kaplan, Executive Vice President, Talent Strategy and West Coast Operations, Nickelodeon Group. “The additional tour dates will give more kids across the country an opportunity see their favorite rock stars – Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout.”

The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert Tour Presented By Nickelodeon features Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry) and Twist (Jon Beavers) performing The Fresh Beat Band hits from seasons one, two and three of the Nickelodeon live-action music series that teaches preschoolers about music appreciation. Songs performed include “Here We Go, “A Friend Like You, “Bananas,” and “Just Like A Rockstar,” among others. The first-ever The Fresh Beat Band soundtrack – The Fresh Beat Band: Music From The Hit TV Show -- is currently available on iTunes and in stores everywhere.

Nickelodeon will premiere a new episode of The Fresh Beat Band, “Keeping It Green,” on Earth Day, Friday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The Fresh Beat Band debuted in 2009 and is now in its third season on Nickelodeon. The Fresh Beat Band centers on four best friends – Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist – in a band who love to sing and dance. In each episode, preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges. Preschoolers learn the fundamentals of music such as melody, rhythm, tempo and performance styles and the importance of friendship, working together, and respecting each other’s differences. Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber and Jason Mraz have all hung out with the Fresh Beats and additional celebrity guests will appear throughout season three.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Yanni to Answer Questions from Fans during Live Webcast – April 11 at 1pm

After an incredibly successful webcast together last year, legendary composer and performer Yanni will be sitting down again with Emmy award-winning journalist and TV personality Lauren Sanchez for a LIVE webcast from Yanni’s studio in South Florida. Join them on April 11th at 1pm EDT as Yanni answers questions from fans and speaks to Sanchez –a Yanni fan herself – about his plans throughout the rest of the year including the upcoming April 17th release of CD/DVD Yanni: Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico (Sony Music) and a 75-date North American tour that includes a date at DeVos Performance Hall on May 7th.

Fans can submit questions via Facebook at, Twitter at – tweet questions using #YanniWebcast – and at More details at or sign up direct on his channel:

Yanni: Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico – which made its nationwide PBS debut on March 3 – captures two sold-out concerts in December 2011 at the historic 16th-century Castillo San Felipe Del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico – the first-ever performances at this recognized UNESCO Heritage Site. Performing at the castle builds on the legacy of iconic global sites that have played host to Yanni’s concerts including the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Forbidden City in China.

The April 17th release date coincides with the kick off of Yanni’s North American Tour which runs through August. Tickets for the Grand Rapids date can be purchased at the DeVos Place or Van Andel Arena box offices, Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone: 800-745-3000.

Yanni, whose contemporary symphonic music has inspired millions of fans around the world, completed a very successful webcast in March 2011 with Sanchez, who is best known as the host of “Good Day LA” and “Extra.” Sanchez’s experience as host of the premiere season of FOX's global smash-hit, "So You Think You Can Dance,” along with frequent guest appearances anchoring FOX-11's top-rated “Ten o'clock News” and contributing to hit shows like ““Larry King Live”, “The Talk”, “Showbiz Tonight,” “The Joy Behar Show” and “The View,” make her an ideal, poised and charming host.

After great reception for Yanni's “All Access” weekly episodic Web TV series, the program continues throughout his global touring campaign for the next two years. Episodes will focus on Yanni’s new family member, the adopted baby panda “Santorini,” who the Chinese government invited Yanni to adopt while touring in China this past year. Traditionally such an honor and privilege is reserved for countries rather than personalities. Other episodes will focus on tales from Yanni’s recent trip through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Mexico.