Nine months after a band last played the stage at Grand Rapids’ Tip Top Deluxe with a live audience on hand, The Moonrays brought their surf-rock ‘mojo’ to the West Side venue Friday. Local Spins has the photos.
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Bassist Jim Braun ofcalled it “very fitting” that the band’s first gig in a year was at Grand Rapids’ .
One of the band’s favorite venues reopened Friday for live music — amid limited capacity under the state’s COVID rules — for the first time since a brief re-start last June.
A robust, sold-out turnout of happy fans eagerly embraced the West Michigan group’s early evening romp through surf-rock faves. (Some also embraced masks even at their tables; others did not.)
After they heartily cheered the “welcome back” announcement, The Moonrays wasted little time giving them more reason to applaud.
And that’s just the cozy West Side venue’s opening volley of live music this weekend. Young, up-and-coming old-school country artistwill fire up the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.
“We are beyond excited to be playing back at Tip Top. It’s one of the most unique places we have played,” Elkins told Local Spins. “One night it can be a honky-tonk, the next it can be a bluegrass hootenanny, and the next a blues lounge. That place has something that most venues are missing: mojo.”
Otsego’s Elkins said fans can expect “a funky, country folk-rock sound” for Saturday night’s performance. Tickets for the 21-and-older show are $5 and available. will open Saturday night’s show.
Elkins and his bandmates, by the way, plan to record a full-length studio album in May.
PHOTO GALLERY: The Moonrays at Tip Top Deluxe
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek