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  • New Venue Spotlight: 20 Monroe Live

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     
  • New Venue Spotlight: 20 Monroe Live

     
    FROM THE Summer 2017 ISSUE
     

20 Monroe Live brings an extra dose of urban sophistication to downtown Grand Rapids.

The sleek new space, which opened Feb. 1 and is owned and operated by House of Blues Entertainment, will allow planners to create surprising, dynamic and memorable events for crowds of up to 2,600.

The look of the space is inspired by the beautiful art deco clubs and theaters of years past, according to Lindsay Lerette, director of sales for this versatile, state-of-the-art live-music venue. Event planners will appreciate the interior’s plush red seats, vintageinspired lighting fixtures and golden curtains, all theatrically lit from above. 

“The flexibility of our moveable and scalable stage helps create more intimate experiences and the ability to accommodate a wide variety of events,” Lerette says. 

Indeed, the main floor offers a blank canvas for a wide range of layouts and interactive entertainment options. The upper level features a swanky VIP room, the Vanguard, which includes a private bar for up to 75 guests, an open-air patio, a four-season beer garden and, of course, access to the very best seats in the house. 

No music club would be complete without an incredible sound and lighting system, and 20 Monroe Live delivers. The venue is already attract - ing some big names to Grand Rapids. Young the Giant and The Verve Pipe have already staged con - certs here, and Peter Frampton and The Flaming Lips took the stage in April. 

Since the staff expertly handles entertainers like these on a regular basis, you can rest easy knowing that your sound, lighting and event production all will work in perfect harmony.

Girlie elegance and sophistication were the theme of a recent bat mitzvah planned by Elm Events. Bat mitzvahs, the coming-of-age celebrations for 13-year-old Jewish girls, walk a tightrope—they must celebrate a teen girl in a way that pleases her friends and adult family alike. Hundreds often attend the parties, which follow a religious ceremony and often raise the bar for personalization and opulence.

 

Chris Rowley, the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's executive director, recently acquired her certification as a Government Meeting Specialist from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals .

The SGMP certifies employees of government entities through the voluntary GMS program whose  goal is to teach planners and suppliers to plan meetings and events in the most effective way possible for their government employers. The program requires participants to fulfill the ethical, personal and professional requirements that the SGMP specifies.

 

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.