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Verve Pipe 'Family Show' at the State Theater Bay City

Verve Pipe Family Show Big Hit With Local Area Kids

Verve Pipe Performs 2 Shows at Bay City State Theater

March 13, 2011       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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The Verve Pipe recently performed two shows at the Bay City State Theater on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

The Verve Pipe rock band, who is, Brian Vander Ark (Lead Singer), Donny Brown (Drummer), Randy Sly (Keyboard), Andy Reed (Bass), Lou Musa (Lead Guitar), and Graig Griffith (Harmonica), put on a spectacular double show.

The afternoon at the State Theater was buzzing with kids for The Verve Pipe 'Family Show' which was the band's first family show concert, at the State Theater featuring songs off their "A Family Album" CD.

Also, adding a popular Toy Story "You got a friend in me" sing-along, and more interaction with the kids which kept the interest and energy level high every minute of the hour long show.

The kids were geared up and ready to go and so was the Verve. Not sure who had more fun the band, the kids or the adults!

As this writer cannot decide which concert was more entertaining. It was two great, spectacular shows for sure!

The band, who put out a children's CD entitled a 'A Family Album' in 2009, received great raves with children as well as adults.

The band has performed songs from the album at elementary schools, including Deter, Michigan. Craig McCalla, Principal at Cornerstone Elementary said, "If you are looking for a musical experience for your students, this band will provide that like no other. I would highly recommend The Verve Pipe for any school assembly."

The adult rock show stage was also full of energy with the 6 piece band, including members from the local area, Bay City, Essexville and Saginaw.

Griffith's harmonica playing added extra energy to the stage and the audience, and in the end the band received a well deserved standing ovation. Vander Ark said, "What an awesome night!" The State Theater in Bay City is one of Vander Ark's favorite venues to perform in Michigan. And his primary love is for the fans and it definitely shows as Vander Ark & The Verve always takes the time out for the fans with a meet & greet after the show.


(Above) This group of young fashion divas were ready to enjoy the concert


(Above) One of the most exciting moments of the concert, (I think) is when Brian Vander Ark, busted his guitar like a piƱata and fruity pebbles cereal exploded out!



(Above Photos) Donny Brown (Drummer) was the ice cream man and handed out ice cream to the kids. How great was this! Crowd (Kid) interaction was a big part of the show, which made for a exciting participation for the kids.



(Above) Dylan, Savannah, Angela, Jenny, Emma and Lilly. Jenny said when she was at Michigan State she saw the Verve Pipe perform and when she heard they were coming to the State Theater with a family show, she knew it would be a good idea, to bring the kids.


(Above) Madelaine and her Dad Chris, stop to smile for MyBayCity cameras


(Above) Justin, Jaden and Brady were all smiles and full of energy during the show


(Above) Mike Bacigalupo, Executive Director of the State Theater, and Jona Williams smile for MyBayCity.com



(Above) The Verve Pipe invited Bacigalupo on stage to perform their encore with them, another surprise of the night.


(Above) Brian Vander Ark visiting with kids after show for meet & greet segment


(Above) Andy Reed takes pictures with fans after the show





(Above) Bring on the night! At 7:30 that night, the stage changed for an adult rock concert performance





(Above) Lead singer Brian Vander Ark will return for a solo performance at the State Theater on October 8, 2011 as part of The State Theater's, Tri Star Trust Bank, Dow Corning, and Team One Credit Union 2011 Concert Series.


(Above) The Avery Set from Nashville, Tennessee was the opening act of the nights rock show concert



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