Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Comprised of some of West Michigan's most experienced underground musician’s grrRoPoLis produces inventive, cutting edge, rock and roll. They have toured nationally with The Breeders and have continued to expand their passionate fury to where ever the road takes them.


grrRoPoLis has evolved numerous times during the past four years. High school friends, Michael Cunningham and Ryan Eardley, have been playing music with each other since 2000. Dustin Anderson has been recording and playing live for over a decade, releasing 12 solo albums as Dust A.C. He also has been recording and playing live in Mitchell, Jason’s Trash, Moss and The Cedar Rock Basement Program. Eric Deacon has been contributing to the Grand Rapids musical scene for several years including as a member of Polynomial Operations and Gauss and work with End Times Orchestra and Wickerbasket. Fay Nielson combines his technological expertise with his visual imagination to provide a beautiful visual landscape during the set.

Michael and Ryan both moved back to Grand Rapids in late 2003 and decided to again join musical forces. They started the band grrRoPoLis in 2004. In late 2004 on the advice of Kimya Dawson they went to New York to play Lach’s acclaimed Anithoot. The amazing reception motivated the duo to expand their sound by adding Casey Chervenka on drums and to start playing move live shows. In early 2006 the desire to consistently play more led Michael to find Dustin Anderson.

grrRoPoLis continued to attack the Midwest and East Coast playing several successful shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Detroit and throughout West Michigan. In early 2008 a demo found its way to Kim and Kelly Deal of The Breeders to see if they were interested in the band opening for them. Kim and Kelly had listened to over 60 bands before hearing the demo. Upon hearing the demo The Breeders extended the invitation to open their entire national tour.

In early 2009 Ryan, Dustin, and Michael started jamming with Eric Deacon on drums. Their previous drummer, Pat Wieland, wanted to concentrate on leading his own band. Eric’s mix of electronic and acoustic drums allowed the band to explore new musical soundscapes. The band wanted to explore the visual aspect of their live performance and asked Fay Nielson to add projected visuals syncopated to the music and to help with other live performance ideas. Each show is unique. You will just have to come to the show to find out what is next.

Each member brings different musical backgrounds and influences. Bent on embracing the past, as well as, exploring new sounds, new places, and new experiences, grrRoPoLis strives to push the envelope and observe the delicate balance of the sacred and the profane, balance in song.

grrRoPoLis has had the privilege to play hundreds of shows over the past few years. Here are a few of the venues we have played:

• 9:30 Club – Washington DC
• Webster Hall – New York
• Toads Place – New Haven, CN
• First Avenue – Minneapolis
• Ogden Theater - Denver
• The Fillmore – Philadelphia
• The Metro – Chicago
• Paradise Rock Room – Boston
• House of Blues - Cleveland
• Magic Stick – Detroit
• Emerald Theater – Detroit
• Pearl Street – Northampton, MA
• Sidewalk Café – New York
• The Fire – Philadelphia
• The Strutt – Kalamazoo, MI
• The Cave – New York
• Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
• Weathly Theater – Grand Rapids, MI
• Lemonjellos – Holland, MI
• Dreamland Theater – Ypsilanti, MI
• Founders Brewery – Grand Rapids, MI
• Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
• The Bob – Grand Rapids, MI
• Mejier Gardens Ampitheater – Grand Rapids
• Corner Bar – Kalamazoo, MI
• Way Side West – Kalamazo, MI
• The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
• Billy’s – Grand Rapids, MI
• Union Station – Traverse City
• Swing State - Chicago
• The Bro Shop – Big Rapids, MI
• Club Rox – Alma, MI
• Local First Festival – Grand Rapids
• Avenue of Arts Festival – Grand Rapids
• Vertigo Festival – Grand Rapids


"Werk in Prague" EP/Demo - grrRoPoLis - Spring 2005
"grrRoPoLis SUCKS! Live" - grrRoPoLis - Winter 2006
"The Montana Boys" EP/Demo - The Montana Boys - Winter 2006
"3" EP/Demo - grrRoPoLis - Fall 2006
"Id y Bonobo" - grrRoPoLis - September 2007
Cedar Rock Basement Program - Compilation - Fall 2007
"Montana Boys" - Montana Boys - Spring 2008
"Travoltas" EP - Montana Boys - Fall 2008
"Bonobos" - grrRoPoLis - Spring 2009
Cedar Rock Basement Program: Volume II - Compilation - Summer 2010
"Boof" - Spring 2011

Set List

grrRoPoLis always has 30 - 40 original songs and a few covers prepared for any length set. The band can play 1/2 hour or 3 hours.

When choosing another artists work to cover, one must choose wisely and exciting songs, that are fun to hear and fun to play.

Some Covers We Know And Like To Jam On Occasion:
Pumping on Your Stereo - Supergrass
Well Well Well - John Lennon
Everybodys Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey - The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeah's
We Gotta Get out of this Place - The Animals
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
Hang Me Out To Dry - Cold War Kids
Now It's On - Granddady
Dance With Me - Adam Green
Colorshow - The Avett Brothers
Swept Away - The Avett Brothers
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Hyacinth House - The Doors
Big Brother - David Bowie
I Like Birds - The Eels
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Random Rules - Silver Jews
Stockholm Syndrome - Yo La Tengo
How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
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