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Destination 1111: A Grassroots Art Event

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The Artprize-induced hustle and bustle is well under way in Grand Rapids with the Top Ten entries being announced this evening. The focus may be on impressive pencil drawings, welded elephants, and a giant penny made up out of smaller pennies, but there is still much to discover downtown. Destination 1111, an event that has hosted local artists and musicians for years, is one weekend activity that should not be overlooked.

Destination 1111 had its inaugural year in 2004, and is returning again this weekend (Oct. 1-3) to expose Grand Rapids' artists, bands, theatrical performers, and fashion designers to the community. The event's namesake is derived from the location of the abandoned warehouse where it is held, 1111 Godfrey SW. The venue is a well-established creative hub, and artists in the area gather there yearlong. There is no voting involved in this art exhibition; instead, the presence of attendees supports the local art scene. Admission is free, with live music and food galore.

There will be an extensive list of local musical acts performing at Destination 1111. Bands can be viewed on two separate stages within the venue, the Main Stage on the first floor of the building, and the Darkroom Gallery on the second floor where most of art is on display. On Friday, alternative/folk band Valentiger performs at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. Ribbons of Song, now finished recording with its new album Pocket Dreams, will be on the same stage at 10:00 p.m. You can listen to them on their website or in the video provided. On Saturday, check out experimental group Paucity at 8:30 p.m., and hard rockers Lazy Genius at 10:00 p.m. on the main stage.

The full list of bands is available on their website, and performance times and stage locations are available on Desination 1111's Facebook page.

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