I think it is time to start calling Monday the new Sunday. As this city begins to struggle to fit all the events on to our traditional Friday - Sunday schedule, it is clear that our options are expanding to include days once thought as off-limit.
This Monday is the new Sunday thinking has been in place at many venues including Billy’s, were the weekly DJ series Bassbin just passed the five-year mark. So, it should not be a problem to get folks to add a stop at Long Road Distillers this Monday as they welcome The Bootstrap Boys live in concert.
Long Road Distillers is hosting this special night of music to support another westside organization, WYCE, which is in the middle of its annual Spring Fund Drive.
The Bootstrap Boys are a newer Grand Rapids-based band pulling off a very Southern-roots country sound, complete with a catchy melodies of heartache — but always with a healthy twang of the guitar.
The band, made up of veteran performers, includes singer/guitarist Jake Stilson, drummer Jon Pataky, guitarist Nick Alexander, and bassist Josh McBryde.
The sounds Stilson is able to produce echoes of country music past glory but is given an alt-country sound given the contemporary feel of this act live. The Bootstrap Boys usher in a musical honesty delivered with a smoothness of a soul singer with 10,000 miles under their truck, but always with a country vernacular that makes each song feel not retro but like the debut of something new. And that is a high compliment to the band, which is catching so many fans in our region thanks to the effortless style on their last recording.
The Bootstrap Boys will be hitting the road to tour soon, so look for their touring vehicle named Delta Dawn when they roll your way.
Long Road will be donating $2.00 of each drink sold to the WYCE Spring Fund Drive, so down a few — or four — at this free event. If you are feeling extra gracious, then by all means you are encouraged to donate to WYCE — our local, independent, community radio station serving the diverse communities of Grand Rapids and West Michigan at 88.1 FM.