Date Event
  Exhibits in Grand Rapids
November 7, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics, explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom. Using video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals and artifacts, Louder Than Words showcases the intersection between rock and politics. It explores how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change.

Beyond music’s influence on the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and gender equality, the exhibit also features other significant moments and figures, such as Bob Dylan, who rallied people against social inequality, and the hip-hop music of the 80s that discussed police brutality in poverty stricken neighborhoods.


  Programs in Grand Rapids

December 13, 2017
7:00 p.m.

70's Punk Night
featuring the Young and the Savage

doors at 6:30 p.m.

Experience the raucous subculture music that shook up the 70's with THE YOUNG and THE SAVAGE, featuring members of local music giants Mustard Plug, Lokella, Shoebox, and Triumph Music Academy! The show is part of celebrating the temporary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit, Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics. free event. refreshments. all ages. ear plugs on demand! Click here to RSVP.

January 9, 2018
7:00 p.m.

DJ Panel: Tony Gates, Ed Buchannan and Steve Aldrich
Moderator: Dr. Ed Martini, Associate Dean WMU

Join us for an interesting panel. Guests will have the opportunity to listen and interact with Classic Rock WLAV DJs who have spent much of their careers in Grand Rapids playing music from some of the most renowned rock artists from the 60s and 70s and continue playing their music today.

Panelists will also share what it feels like to have influenced West Michigan's music scene by playing the music of those featured in the "Louder Than Words" exhibit and beyond. Click here to RSVP.

January 30, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The Vietnam War Lecture Series
Richard Camp (Col. Ret.)
Ringed by Fire, the Siege of Khe Sanh

Hear Richard Camp recount his experience while serving in Vietnam during the 1968 TET Offensive.
The '68 TET offensive began with a barrage of artillery fire on the afternoon of 21 January. At that moment, the far-off "pop" of incoming rounds sent me racing to a trench a few feet from my above ground bunker. Within minutes a stretcher party loped past carrying one of my Marines, who had been struck by a piece of shrapnel. For the next three months my days were spent dodging artillery, mortar and rocket rounds, while preparing for an expected
North Vietnamese assault.
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