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“Trent Speaks” Coming to GR

Trent Podskalan is a motivational speaker from Grand Rapids and the founder of the podcast “Trent Speaks”.  He has had a passion for people and hearing their stories since senior year of high school when he became involved in a program called Peer Assisted Listeners (PALS). Since creating his podcast in February of 2018, Podskalan has had people on there to share their stories. It’s become an outlet for everyone to speak, including Podskalan himself.

“Vulnerability is the strength of our weakness.” Trent Podskalan

Podskalan said that while the most difficult part about his career has been starting, the far more rewarding part is the impact he has left and the people he has met along the way. When asked about where he anticipates this journey taking him, he said his goal is to “continue going to high schools and colleges and sharing (his) message with others…to show people it’s okay to not be okay and to be open about the struggles they may be experiencing”.

More information about Podskalan and his podcast and upcoming projects can be found at www.trentspeaks.com/trent-speaks.

Tebow Talk at Calvin University

During his hour visit at Calvin University, ESPN commentator and New York Times bestselling author Tim Tebow spoke little about his time as a professional athlete and more about his path and upbringing. He talked about the difficulties in making decisions and choosing God’s will and way, how he questioned his choices once he made them.

“Adversity may take your momentum, but it can never take you passion.” – Tim Tebow

Tebow spoke about what success meant to him, and how important it is to be significant rather than successful. This mindset was the result of his founding of the Tim Tebow Foundation, which strives to provide opportunities for those less fortunate and those with special needs. After his trip to the Philippines with his church, and meeting the boy with his feet on backwards, Tebow was inspired to do more and be more than compete in professional sports and a celebrity icon.

Speaking to an audience of mostly college students and visiting high school students, Tebow spoke about adversity, how people shouldn’t be discouraged by difficulties but rather let them be an encouragement. One’s purpose isn’t tied to anything on earth, Tebow reminded the crowd. “Adversity may take your momentum, but it can never take your passion,” Tebow told Calvin’s audience.

Grand Rapids’ Upcoming Visitor: Tim Tebow

Photo: BRYAN SODERLIND

NFL quarterback and devoted Christian Tim Tebow will be making a visit to Calvin University’s campus on Thursday, October 24. Tebow will serve as the keynote speaker for the Second Global Congress on Sport and Christianity conference, which is being co-sponsored by Calvin University and Hope College. 

While maintaining his spotlight in professional athletics, Tebow also started the Tim Tebow Foundation, with its main purpose to serve children in need in the United States and abroad. He is also an author of three bestselling books and currently pursuing a career in professional baseball; spending the last four seasons within the New York Mets minor league system.

For more information on Tebow’s upcoming talk at Calvin, visit the event’s Facebook page. For information on tickets to attend his talk, visit www.calvin.universitytickets.com

Celtic Festival Comes to Sparta

If you are looking for fun this weekend or something unique for the family, look no further than this weekend’s Sparta Celtic Festival in Rogers Park. This marks the festival’s 10th Anniversary and is sure to be fun for people of all ages.

Events kick off tonight at 5pm for Founder’s Night with music by Lee Mulder, traditional Irish dance performances by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain, more live music by the Conklin Ceili Band and Hazard.

The fun begins again Saturday morning at 10am. The day will be jammed packed full of entertainment and fun with Mona Shores Fiddlers, Battle of the Clans, Doubles Cornhole Tournament, the Celtic Soccer Rebellion game, Scottish Heavy Events (Ancient Athletics), Leprechauns, Puppet shows and several more groups of Irish dancers and musical talent.

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat and lead you to this weekend’s Sparta Celtic Festival!

Billy Currington Follows ‘Good Directions’ to 20 Monroe Live

Downtown Grand Rapids was hopping with cowboy boots and laughter the night of August 3rd, as fans started to file into 20 Monroe Live. Billy Currington is an award winning country music performer that attracts all ages to his events. As expected, Currington stole a piece of our hearts.

The night started with a new artist on the country scene, Madison Kozak. Her first EP was just released, as she signed with Big Loud Publishing’s record label. Although fans may not have known who she was when they arrived, she quickly made an impression. Her hit song “First Last Name” was a crowd favorite, and expressed a relationship with her father. After a few songs of her own, and a mashup of Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” and Lorde’s “Royals”, she left the stage for Currington to take.

Grand Rapids exploded as Billy entered the stage with his band and greeted the city. Currington played hit after hit throughout the night, including, “Do I Make You Wanna,” “Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” and the heavily award-nominated song, “People Are Crazy.” Currington also played his newest release, “Details,” and his most recent song to reach the top of charts, “Bring It On Over.”

Currington bounced around the stage, with his guitar and signature backwards ball cap, to each song. He threw out multiple guitar pics and laughed with enthusiastic fans. Everyone was singing along and didn’t want the night to end anytime soon.

Currington and his band wished a fun and safe night upon the crowd as they exited the stage, but this did not bode well with fans. Less than a minute later, “Billy” was being chanted until the man and his band took one more stand. Currington, being lured back onto the stage, played three more songs, including the fan favorite “Good Directions”. After the singing had come to an end, Currington stayed on stage and gave high fives and guitar pics out to fans as others began to make their way out of the venue.

Without a doubt, Billy Currington left a positive and memorable impression on country music fans, and would be welcomed to ‘Bring It On Over’ back to Grand Rapids anytime!

Billy Currington performs at 20 Monroe Live.

Michigan Native NF Brings “The Search” Tour to Grand Rapids & Sterling Heights this September

Nate Feuerstein, NF as he is known to fans, will be making a highly anticipated return to his home state for a tour promoting his new album, The Search, released July 26, 2019. He will be making stops in Grand Rapids (Sep. 13 at Deltaplex Arena) and Sterling Heights (Sep. 14 at Michigan Lottery Ampitheater) on a tour that will take him across the country and internationally for the first time.

Feuerstein has managed to gain relevance with lyrics that touch on serious subjects that are largely ignored by others in the genre and harnessing the power of social media, YouTube and Spotify. This has enabled him to gain fans across the musical spectrum, ranging from Christian teens to hardcore hip-hop enthusiasts.

While many fans may have learned of NF most recently during his meteoric rise on the back of his 2017 album, Perception, and its triple platinum track, “Let You Down,” his fans will be quick to remind you that he is not new to the hip-hop scene. Feuerstein addresses this notion directly in the first single to be released from The Search, “Why,” when he says, “Let You Down’s the only song you’ve heard of? Well then you’re behind.”

This sentiment has made its way into Feauerstein’s lyrics before as well. In his song, “All I Have,” from his third studio album, Perception, he echos the same: “And y’all know what’s stupid? I thought all you had to do was get a record deal and yo things start moving. But that’s not the case because most of the times the artists you hear, You keep on thinking that artist is new but that artist has probably been at it for years.”

Courtesy of NF Facebook Page

After releasing his first three studio albums through Capitol Records (Mansion in 2015, Therapy Session in 2016 and Perception in 2017), Feuerstein has released The Search on his own label, NF Real Music, in partnership with distributor, Caroline Records. It is a gamble that has already paid dividends as sales of his album and forthcoming tour are already beating projections. The Search is locked in a battle with Chance the Rapper’s new release for the #1 album in the country this week.

Tickets for both shows can be purchased through his website and start at $46. Purchases of two tickets or more come with a complimentary copy of the album, marking another departure from the standard moneymaking model in the music industry. It is clear NF values deep connection his fans have with his music over his career and he is showing no signs of slowing down.