HopCat 9th Anniversary
Jan
21
11:00 am11:00

HopCat 9th Anniversary

From the official release: We're actually celebrating the HopCat family's 9th birthday on Saturday, the 21st. We'll be hosting a Crack Fries eating contest, giving away free Crack Fries, pouring some special beers, and just having a good time. 

Free Crack Fries

We're giving away free Crack Fries from 11a to 5p with any other purchase. One per person.

Crack Fries Eating Contest

Come 3p, we’ll be hosting a Crack Fries eating contest. There's a $5 entry fee that will be matched by HopCat and donated to charity. Contestants must sign up in advance, either by email, by phone, or in person by 2:30pm on January 21st. To sign up, contact our General Manager, Chris Funaro at cfunaro@hopcat.com or call 269.210.0075, or sign up in person at the restaurant by asking your server/bartender.

    Once the contest begins you’ll have six minutes to eat as many Crack Fries, by weight, as you can. The 1st Place winner will receive a $500 HopCat gift card and the chance to compete for the grand prize - $2,000 and eternal glory as they're pitted against the other HopCat locations' winners in the World Championship Crack Fries Eating Contest at the 2017 Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Festival
    
If you don’t want to subject your stomach to that, you can
just come and hang out, get some food and enjoy the festivities. 

Other Details
The winner will be provided a travel voucher worth up to $500.
Second place winner gets a $100 HopCat gift card.
Third place winner gets a $25 HopCat gift card.
Fourth place has to sit on the bar while everyone
 points and laughs…not really…maybe. 

Tibbs Brewing Company Presents: The CANtucky Derby at the State Theatre
Jan
21
2:30 pm14:30

Tibbs Brewing Company Presents: The CANtucky Derby at the State Theatre

The State Theatre is teaming up with Tibbs Brewing Company during the 2017 Kalamazoo Beer Week for a CANtucky Derby! This all ages event will include beer can car racing, a collectible art show, a canning demo, and other family fun. Kalamazoo State Theatre will be featuring a full bar along with a variety of Tibbs beer and the release of their 3 collaboration beers with Millgrove Brewing Co., Territorial Brewing Co., and Final Gravity Brewing Co.! Tickets are $20 to partake in the race and only $5 to attend. All proceeds from the event will go to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Participants can pick up their materials for this beer can styled, pine car derby from Tibbs during their normal business hours.

This is an all ages event with general admission.  $20.00 participants to be paid at Tibbs Brewing Company the week of 1/9-1/14

  • $5.00 for event attendees

BUY TICKETS HERE
RSVP On Facebook HERE

Little River Band at Miller Auditorium (WMU)
Jan
21
8:00 pm20:00

Little River Band at Miller Auditorium (WMU)

With special guest Ambrosia. With 11 hit songs breaking the Top 40, Australia’s Little River Band was one of the most successful groups to emerge from down under. With the perfect sound, LRB’s polished style was draped all over radio throughout the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. From Portland to Fort Lauderdale and New York to LA, fans of the band are treated to an entertaining mix of classic songs, including “The Night Owls,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Lady” and “Cool Change” and new material, delivered as always with that trademark blend of impeccable vocals, soaring harmonies, kick-ass playing and the unmistakable feeling of a band really enjoying itself. Joining LRB is another iconic group—Ambrosia. Ambrosia garnered five Grammy Nominations, five Top 20 singles including “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me,” heavy FM airplay and the admiration and respect of the musical community. Today, the band is more alive than ever! http://www.millerauditorium.com/little-river-band or http://www.littleriverband.com/ 

Downtown Kalamazoo Winter Restaurant Week and Chili Cook-Off (21st-28th)
Jan
22
Jan 23

Downtown Kalamazoo Winter Restaurant Week and Chili Cook-Off (21st-28th)

Kick off the New Year right with the Annual Downtown Kalamazoo Winter Restaurant Week and Chili Cook-Off!  Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week is a FREE, culinary celebration highlighting the uniqueness of the many downtown restaurants.

January 21st through the 28th, select restaurants will feature special “prix fixe” menus at either $10 or $25, which allows for more innovative parings, affordable food options and the affordability to visit multiple spots during the entire week.  The perfect time to be adventurous and try something new or stick with your favorites! View the Restaurant Week menus here.

Restaurant week will kick off, January 21st with the 11th Annual Downtown Kalamazoo Chili Cook-Off.  Downtown Kalamazoo has kept visitors warm in January with their Saturday, Chili Cook-off for the past 10 years, by offering over 40 different samplings and unique chili recipes prepared by our downtown retail stores, restaurants and food trucks.

Once downtown, stop by the Chili Headquarters at Consumers Credit Union, on the Kalamazoo Mall to pick up your “Chili Passport!” The Holly Jolly Chili Trolley will be making the rounds, transporting chili tasters all over downtown so you don’t miss a single stop!

When you’ve had your fill, help select this year’s winner and vote for your favorite chili! Voting ends at 2 p.m.  Official voting spots are conveniently located throughout downtown or text-to-vote with instructions listed on your Chili Passport.  Winners are selected for first place in the categories of Best Retail, Best Restaurant, and People’s Choice.  Oh, and did we forget to mention that this event is FREE!

2017 Chili Cook-Off Participants:

Arcadia Brewing
Bell’s Brewery
Berkshire Hathaway
Boatyard Brewing
Chau Haus
Central City Tap House
Down Dog Yoga Center/Organic Gypsy
Food Dance
fuze
Green Door Distilling
Harvey’s on the Mall
Hop Cat
Kalamazoo State Theater
Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Louie’s
Mangia Mangia
mLive
MRC Industries
Nature Connection
Old Burdicks
Old Dog Tavern
Olde Peninsula
Ouzo’s
Peoples Food Co-op
Pop City Popcorn/ Bomba’s
Spirit of Kalamazoo
The Station
Sticks and Stones
Taco Bobs
Tempo Vino Winery
Tibbs Brewery/ Gonzo’s
Tudor House Tea & Spice
The Union
V&A Bootery
Water Street Coffee Joint
Websters
The Wine Loft
Zazios

Visit Downtown Kalamazoo Restaurant Week’s website and Facebook page for updates.

Jan
22
3:00 pm15:00

2017 Lecture Series: “The Dust Bowl.” Gilmore Car Museum

Presented by John Burton and Robin Nott, Teachers and Historians. Join us for an afternoon of a fascinating history of America’s “worst hard time” told through story and song. 3 pm. 269-671-5089. $. 

The Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is a highly anticipated event! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January-April, guests can enjoy a different guest lecturer each weekend speaking on a variety of intriguing topics.

http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/event/2017-lecture-series-the-dust-bowl/?instance_id=295

The Gilmore Rising Star Series Presents: Roman Rabinovich
Jan
22
4:00 pm16:00

The Gilmore Rising Star Series Presents: Roman Rabinovich

Praised by The New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling,” eloquent young pianist ROMAN RABINOVICH is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Rabinovich has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall in London, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, as well as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cité de la Musique in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Event URL: http://www.thegilmore.org/event/roman-rabinovich-israel/

DWEEZIL ZAPPA: 50 Years Of Frank & Dweezil Zappa (State)+Guitar Masterclass
Jan
24
8:00 pm20:00

DWEEZIL ZAPPA: 50 Years Of Frank & Dweezil Zappa (State)+Guitar Masterclass

Dweezilla On The Road. Kalamazoo State Theatre. Master Class: 4:00pm, VIP Soundcheck Party: 5:30pm; Doors: 7:00pm; Show: 8:00pm. Join Dweezil Zappa, the son of legendary Frank Zappa, at the Kalamazoo State Theatre as he celebrates 50 years of his father's music this January! With this year marking the 50th anniversary of Zappa and the Mothers of Invention debut album, "Freak Out," Dweezil will be playing a lot of his father's early material, giving fans the chance to hear jams like "Who Are the Brain Police?" alongside other works from Dweezil. Don't miss this opportunity to experience Frank Zappa's deeply rich catalogue of music as Dweezil Zappa keeps the legacy alive with his own instrumental & vocal talents. http://www.kazoostate.com/event/dweezilzappa/

The Temptations at The Kalamazoo State Theatre
Jan
26
7:30 am07:30

The Temptations at The Kalamazoo State Theatre

The Temptations. Doors: 6:00 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m. Motown legends, The Temptations, return to Kalamazoo State Theatre January 26th for one night only! For more than 50 years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits and sold-out performances throughout the world. Come experience their chart topping classics such as “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” along with their counterculture top hits like “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Just My Imagination,” and many others. Join Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, and Willie Greene Jr. and experience the nostalgic era of the 60’s & 70’s at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre!

Molly Konzen Music -- Jazz at Webster's Tasting Room
Jan
27
Jan 28

Molly Konzen Music -- Jazz at Webster's Tasting Room

Molly is an accomplished vocalist and musician with two albums. "Play Me" is an album of my original jazz and blues tunes.  The style of that album is reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.  The album "It's Only Right" has more of an old-time country-blues feel with varying styles.  She's performing in one of Steve and Steph's favorite little intimate spots in the city--The Tasting Room, located at the Radisson Hotel.  Her web site is: http://www.mollykonzen.com/ 

 Legendary rock band AMERICA at the State Theatre
Jan
27
8:00 pm20:00

Legendary rock band AMERICA at the State Theatre

America was formed in London, England in 1970 by 3 sons of US Air Force members stationed in England, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek and Gerry Beckley. Peek departed the band in 1977, and passed away in 2011. America singles include "Horse With No Name", "Ventura Highway", "Sand Man", "Sister Golden Hair", "Don't Cross The River", "Lonely People", "Tin Man", "You Can Do Magic", and "Daisy Jane". Tickets for the America concert in Kalamazoo go on sale this Friday December 16 at 11 00 am at the Kalamazoo State Theatre Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com  and charge by phone 800 / 745-3000. Ticket prices are $69.50 and $59.50, and there will be a limit of 10 tickets per person on the first day of ticket sales.

Blackberry Smoke at the Kalamazoo State Theatre!
Jan
28
8:00 pm20:00

Blackberry Smoke at the Kalamazoo State Theatre!

 Blackberry Smoke has performed throughout the United States both as headliner and as the supporting act for artists such as Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynrd, and more recently completed a tour with Gov’t Mule. This five-piece group is set to release their self-produced new album, “Like an Arrow,” Blackberry Smoke’s fifth studio record. rockers Blackberry Smoke this January at the Kalamazoo State Theatre!

Postmodern Jukebox at Miller Auditorium
Jan
28
8:00 pm20:00

Postmodern Jukebox at Miller Auditorium

Created by Scott Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years amassing more than 500 million YouTube views and 2 million subscribers, performed on “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes and Billboard charts and played hundreds of shows to packed-house crowds around the world. As NPR put it, they’ve done this by “taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.” In one such remake, Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox turned Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” into a doo-wop ditty that’s garnered over 16 million views. Last year, they envisioned Radiohead’s alt-rock hit “Creep” as a torch-like ballad that’s racked up over 21 million views and was named one of the “9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015” by People magazine. The group's accomplishments has earned them praise from a plethora of media outlets, including Mashable, who wrote, “Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox are all about reimagining music and framing it in beautiful new ways.”

Gold Company: Royally Dunn
Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

Gold Company: Royally Dunn

Gold Company and GCII are back and bigger than ever in their new show, Royally Dunn! Come enjoy of some of music royalty's greatest hits, rearranged in true Gold Company style, with a special nod of thanks to retiring WMU President John Dunn.  Experience the songs of Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and more, plus some of Gold Company's traditional hits. Gold Company and GCII will be joined by Grammy-nominated GC Alum Jeremy Fox and the University Symphony Orchestra for this Royal Extravaganza! With the show including some of the greatest music ever produced, plus the comedy, choreography and showmanship that make this WMU award-winning vocal group an audience favorite, it's a must-see at Miller!

Two shows: 2pm and 8pm

http://www.millerauditorium.com/gold-company-royally-dunn

Love & Laughter Pt 3 – Jagged Edge Ft: Donell Jones & Kelly Price
Feb
17
8:00 pm20:00

Love & Laughter Pt 3 – Jagged Edge Ft: Donell Jones & Kelly Price

One of the most popular R&B groups, Jagged Edge, will be performing at Kalamazoo State Theatre this Valentine’s Day weekend! This R&B & Hot 100 chart topping group will be performing some of their hit singles such as “Walked Outta Heaven,” “Where The Party At,” “Let’s Get Married,” and many more.

Also joining this lover’s lineup will be Donell Jones, an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is most notable for the hits “U Know What’s Up”, “Where I Wanna Be”, and his cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet.” Rounding out the evening will be, Kelly Cherelle Price, a six-time Grammy-nominated American R&B singer and songwriter.

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with reserved seating. Tickets go onsale Friday, January 6th, at 11am. A VIP add on will be available day of show at the merch table. There will be a price increase of $2 per ticket day of show.

  • $100 Gold circle – Closest available seats to the stage! Limited to ONLY 150 fans!
  • $69 Front orchestra (A-H)
  • $59 Remaining orchestra (H-R) and first three rows of the mezzanine
  • $49 Remaining mezzanine & all balcony

 

BUY TICKETS HERE
RSVP On Facebook HERE
Visit The Band’s Website HERE

The Gilmore Rising Star Series Presents: Seong-Jin Cho.
Feb
19
4:00 pm16:00

The Gilmore Rising Star Series Presents: Seong-Jin Cho.

Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in October 2015 when he won First Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Four years before he had won 3rd Prize at the Tchaikovsky competition when he was only 17.

This season, Cho makes his debut at the Concertgebouw Recital Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, London International Piano series, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Prague Spring Festival, Klavier Festival Ruhr, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

Dinner and a Show

The Gilmore has partnered with the Millennium Restaurant Group to bring you “one stop shopping” for an evening out. Reserve a 3-course meal at Central City Tap House following Seong-Jin Cho’s Rising Stars recital for only $30. Ticket URL: http://tickets.thegilmore.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=4371

DRUMLine Live
Feb
23
7:30 pm19:30

DRUMLine Live

DRUMLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind thehit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College andUniversity(HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. They’re back with a BRAND NEW show for the entire family and we promise... you will be on your feet by Halftime!!

Menopause the Musical
Feb
25
2:00 pm14:00

Menopause the Musical

Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years! It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®

March 4 Brewery Bus Tour to support Irish Fest
Mar
4
11:00 am11:00

March 4 Brewery Bus Tour to support Irish Fest

11 a.m. – noon, Old Dog TavernRegistration; noon departure
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m.Final Gravity Brewing Co.Samples; Meet-and-greet
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Paw Paw Brewing Co.Tour; Samples; Logo pint glass
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Tibbs Brewing Co.Tour; Samples or pint
5:30 p.m.Old Dog TavernRaffle drawing; Entertainment (TBA)

Each tour participant receives bus transportation between stops through West Michigan Beer Tours, samples or a pint at each of the three breweries, a logo pint glass from Paw Paw Brewing Co., one ticket in our gift basket raffle, half off one day's entry to this year's Irish Fest, and complimentary water and snacks during the tour.

Reserve your seat early at a discounted price: $69.99 through Jan. 31; after Jan. 31 all seats cost $79.

All proceeds go to support Kalamazoo Irish Fest, June 23-24, 2017 at Old Dog Tavern.

To reserve a seat, fill out the form on their web site at: http://www.quinnirishdancers.com/irishfestbrewerytour.html

Girlfriend Getaway Weekend in Kalamazoo
Mar
11
9:00 am09:00

Girlfriend Getaway Weekend in Kalamazoo

Get your girlfriends together for a day full of activities and events created just for you! Girlfriends Getaway Kalamazoo invites women from all over to explore, relax, shop and dine downtown Kalamazoo, and we roll out the red carpet!

Whether you make a weekend trip of it, or live local and want to get out and about for the day, this is your chance to getaway with your girls.

Here’s how:

Once registration is announced at Chili Cook-Off on Jan 21, simply check out the website, www.girlfriendsgetawaykzoo.com and select from a wide variety of events and activities hosted by downtown businesses. Enjoy a mimosa at registration and head off to you first event. Experience a 2 p.m. fashion show at The Union. Food specials will be available, and the clothing in the show will be featured at a special rate for a limited time after the show. Other events throughout downtown include a cooking demonstration, wine tasting or even a yoga or spin class!

Some classes have a registration fee and some are FREE to attend, registration is required either way to reserve your space.  Spaces fill up quickly so register early!  A list of activities will be listed on girlfriendsgetawaykzoo website.

There will also be an end-of-the-day finale event at the Alamo Drafthouse, where the hit movie, Magic Mike, will be  featured! A fun way to wrap your day of fun!

Girlfriends Getaway will be partnering with 103.3FM conducting a week-long contest for a chance to win a VIP entry into any event of their choice, a night’s stay at a downtown Kalamazoo hotel, dinner for two and breakfast in the morning!

The Gilmore Piano Masters Series Presents: Sir András Schiff.
Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

The Gilmore Piano Masters Series Presents: Sir András Schiff.

SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer. The Hungarian-born virtuoso has been recognized with Grammy Awards, Gramophone Awards, the Gold Medal from the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize, and the Golden Mozart Medal of the International Stifung Mozarteum – an honor received by only four other pianists in the past 70 years. Schiff was awarded a Knighthood by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2014 Birthday Honours. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7 PM. Ticket URL: http://tickets.thegilmore.org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=4373

WILCO performs at The Kalamazoo State Theatre
Mar
14
7:30 pm19:30

WILCO performs at The Kalamazoo State Theatre

Doors: 6:00pm; Show: 7:30pm. The Chicago band Wilco’s 10th studio album Schmilco is out now. This album is the sextet’s follow-up to last year’s surprise release, the raucous Star Wars.  “Quieter, but not safer” than its 2015 predecessor, said The Chicago Tribune, “…as comforting as this album can sometimes sound on the surface, it’s also strange and unsettling.” “It’s sad in a lot of ways, but not in any that reach a conclusion of doom or hopelessness,” said Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. “I just had a lot of fun being sour about the things that upset me.” Wilco is Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Patrick Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen. <More>

Cinderella (Rogers and Hammerstein's) at Miller Auditorium
Mar
24
Mar 26

Cinderella (Rogers and Hammerstein's) at Miller Auditorium

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes. http://www.millerauditorium.com/cinderella

5K Walk to End Homelessness - Housing Resources Inc
Mar
25
9:00 am09:00

5K Walk to End Homelessness - Housing Resources Inc

Join Housing Resources, Inc. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for a 5K Walk to End Homelessness. You can Walk, Run or Jog! On Site Registrations starts at 9:00 a.m. We start walking at 10:00am. Starting Location: Homer Stryker Field -  Home of the Growlers Baseball Team: 251 Mills St, Kalamazoo MI. Crowd friendly dogs on a leash are welcome.

www.firstgiving.com/housingresourcesinc/2017walk

Contact Galyn Barnum  269-488-091

 The Gilmore Rising Star Series Presents: Sara Daneshpour.
Apr
2
4:00 pm16:00

The Gilmore Rising Star Series Presents: Sara Daneshpour.

SARA DANESHPOUR is a 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. She is the First Prize winner of the XII Concours International de Musique du Maroc (Morocco, 2012), 2nd prize winner of the 2007 William Kapell International Piano Competition, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition, and First Prize at the 2003 Beethoven Society of America Competition. Ms. Daneshpour has studied under the direction of Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music and is currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ticket URL: http://tickets.thegilmore.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=4369

Tommy Castro & Mike Zito With The Painkillers, Six Strings Down Tour (State Theatre)
Apr
21
8:00 pm20:00

Tommy Castro & Mike Zito With The Painkillers, Six Strings Down Tour (State Theatre)

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Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge. It’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks and grooves. It’s where he learned to turn his band into a dynamic, high-performance engine, able to bring down the house with a soulful ballad and then bring fans to their feet with a blistering blues rocker. On April 21st 2017, the road leads to Kalamazoo State Theatre.

Tommy Castro, Mike Zito, and The Painkillers return to the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for their Six Strings Down Tour on Friday, April 21st 2017! Don’t miss this soulful lineup!
Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with reserved & general admission seating.

  • $29.50 General Admission Floor & Balcony
  • $40.00 Reserved Mezzanine

BUY TICKETS HERE

State Theater page is here.

Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters
Apr
21
8:00 pm20:00

Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters

Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her unabashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece backing band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 70s including "We’ve Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," and of course, "Close to You."

Blues Traveler at the Kalamazoo State Theatre
Apr
25
8:00 pm20:00

Blues Traveler at the Kalamazoo State Theatre

One of the most popular rock bands of the mid-1990’s, Blues Traveler, will be returning to the Kalamazoo State Theatre! If you missed their KST performance in 1992, you can catch their return during our 90th season on April 25th. This Grammy-Award winning blues-rock band led by singer-harmonica player John Popper, is best known for the hit singles “Run-Around,” “Hook,” “But Anyway” and many more.

Blues Traveler continue to chart new musical directions evident on their latest record Blow Up The Moon. A clever collaboration between various artists, Blow Up The Moon sees Blues Traveler keep an open-minded perspective on making music and enlists an eclectic mix of songwriters influenced by the band’s remarkable 25+ year career. Blow Up The Moon is an exciting collaboration featuring a range of artists across the spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop. You can catch 3OH!3, JC Chasez, Thompson Square, Plain White T’s, Jewel, Dirty Heads and many more guest artists on this album.

http://www.kazoostate.com/event/BluesTraveler/ 

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with general admission seating. Day of show price increases to $40. There’s 8 ticket per person limit.

  • $37.50 Every seat in the house! **Before 4/25**

BUY TICKETS HERE
RSVP On Facebook HERE
Visit The Artist’s Website HERE

Mowtown The Musical at Miller Auditorium
May
9
May 14

Mowtown The Musical at Miller Auditorium

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!  

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:30pm

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:30pm

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:00pm

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:00pm

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:00pm

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 1:00pm

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:30pm

http://www.millerauditorium.com/motown-musical

The Gilmore Rising Star Series Presents: Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner
May
14
4:00 pm16:00

The Gilmore Rising Star Series Presents: Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

2014 Gilmore Young Artist LLEWELLYN SANCHEZ-WERNER began piano studies at age two in his native California, and by the age of six made his orchestral debut as soloist. He became a full-time student at Ventura College at age five, where he became the youngest person to earn an associate of arts degree. He now resides in New York while continuing his studies at The Juilliard School of Music College Division. He studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin, and composition with Lowell Liebermann. http://tickets.thegilmore.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=4366

KIA Annual Summer Arts Fair 2017
Jun
2
3:00 pm15:00

KIA Annual Summer Arts Fair 2017

The fair is the first summer art fair in the region, and draws patrons from Kalamazoo and surrounding from Lake Michigan, Detroit, and Northern Indiana looking to shop for fine art by artists from throughout the Midwest and beyond.

Fair hours are Friday, June 2, 3-8 pm, and Saturday, June 3, 9 am-5 pm. Food vendors and music are featured throughout, with a beer garden, food, and music outdoors at the KIA Friday, and children's activities in the park all day Saturday.

Interested artists are welcome to apply by submitting images of their work in 13 mediums: 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Drawing/Pastels/Prints, Fiber/Leather, Glass, Jewelry-Non-Precious, Jewelry-Precious, Metal, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Wood.

KIA Annual Summer Arts Fair 2017
Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

KIA Annual Summer Arts Fair 2017

The fair is the first summer art fair in the region, and draws patrons from Kalamazoo and surrounding from Lake Michigan, Detroit, and Northern Indiana looking to shop for fine art by artists from throughout the Midwest and beyond.

Fair hours are Friday, June 2, 3-8 pm, and Saturday, June 3, 9 am-5 pm. Food vendors and music are featured throughout, with a beer garden, food, and music outdoors at the KIA Friday, and children's activities in the park all day Saturday.

Interested artists are welcome to apply by submitting images of their work in 13 mediums: 2-D Mixed Media, 3-D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Drawing/Pastels/Prints, Fiber/Leather, Glass, Jewelry-Non-Precious, Jewelry-Precious, Metal, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Wood.

http://kalamazooinstituteofarts.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/r/E31542CF3753A4EF2540EF23F30FEDED/5F2CBF21DE88430C5281BC0AA5ABFD98


Jan
18
7:00 pm19:00

Harlem Globetrotters at Wings Event Center

Wings Event Center. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five sessions for fans (subject to availability). 7 pm. 269-345-1125. $.

Delilah Dewylde & The Lost Boys at Bell's Eccentric Cafe
Jan
6
9:00 pm21:00

Delilah Dewylde & The Lost Boys at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

A long time ago, at the dawn of the Atomic Age, a succession of no-good punks and ill-mannered teenagers took the best of American roots music — hard-partying honky tonk country, searing gutbucket blues and lonesome hillbilly twang — and distilled it into a potent moonshine known as rockabilly. This combustible formula, passed down through the generations, forms the heart of the revved-up stylings of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys.

Mixing their own self-penned songs with vintage country/honky tonk hits, rockabilly favorites, and surf gems by such artists as Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Gene Vincent, and Dick Dale, Delilah and the Lost Boys come out on stage looking and sounding like a step back in time. Dressed to the nines in the tradition of pre-color television, the band has thrilled audiences across the Midwest with its spirited performances since 2004.

https://www.bellsbeer.com/event/delilah-dewylde-lost-boys-0

Art Hop--Throughout Downtown Kalamazoo
Jan
6
5:00 pm17:00

Art Hop--Throughout Downtown Kalamazoo

ART HOP. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The biggest and best Art Hop stop! 5-8 pm. 269-349-7775. FREE.  

For details visit: http://www.kalamazooarts.org/event/detail/441999303/January_Art_Hop_2017

Official Cotton Bowl Watch Party
Jan
2
1:00 pm13:00

Official Cotton Bowl Watch Party

The Kalamazoo State Theatre is an official watch site for this year’s Cotton Bowl!  Catch the Western Michigan Broncos play the Wisconsin Badgers on the BIG screen.  Never miss a moment with our 43×28 projection screen! Bronco or Badger fan, all are welcomed.  Gather your friends, put on your fan gear, and head on down to the State Theatre!

We will be offering multiple full bars with your favorite daytime drinks such as bloody marys, mimosas, and good ol fashioned brews.  We will also be hosting a raffle where you can enter for a chance to win WMU merchandise & concert tickets!  If you’re worried about work, make sure to tell your boss that 1/2/17 is a FEDERAL Holiday and he / she should let it slide.  We’ll also have food options & popcorn in lobby available for purchase for those who get the munchies.

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages FREE event.

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus at the State Theatre (note: Inn is closed that night)
Dec
31
9:00 pm21:00

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus at the State Theatre (note: Inn is closed that night)

 Ultraviolet Hippopotamus WSG The Mainstays, Kalamazoo State Theatre. Spend NYE with Ultraviolet Hippopotamus at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre! Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band with a rapidly growing fan base across the U.S. and more recently, Europe. Described as “brightening the future of the jam band scene,” Ultraviolet Hippopotamus mixes tight, funky jams with new dance beats, heartfelt lyrics, compelling composition, eccentric effects and a vibrant light show for an incredible, one-of-a-kind musical experience. Known for its on-stage musical alchemy – cultivated from years of relentless touring – the band performs an eclectic selection of technically demanding compositions and improvised material along with unconventional and fun covers. http://www.uvhippomusic.com/ http://www.kazoostate.com/event/ultraviolet-hippopotamus/

New Year’s Eve in the District
Dec
31
6:00 pm18:00

New Year’s Eve in the District

Entertainment District. Join us in the Entertainment District as we ring in 2017 in grand style. Feast from our Grand Buffet. Catch a comedy show. Dance the night away in one of our seven super-charged venues. Stay the night in one of our two penthouses. This will be Kalamazoo's biggest and best NYE celebration! 6 pm-4 am. 269-312-7246. $.

See http://nyekalamazoo.com/ for more details

New Year's Fest in Downtown Kalamazoo
Dec
31
5:30 pm17:30

New Year's Fest in Downtown Kalamazoo

New Year's Fest is an all ages showcase of performing arts that takes place New Year's Eve in downtown Kalamazoo. There are a variety of activities that take place including music, magic, comedy, exhibitions, fireworks, and great food! New Year's Fest's vision is to be a premier event that introduces the greater Kalamazoo community to the performing arts by providing an array of quality, unique artists and activities.

Event Specifics:
New Year's Fest is hosted on December 31st from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be a ball drop & fireworks at midnight in Bronson Park.

5http://www.newyearsfest.com/ 

Soul Filled Sundays: Sarah Brunner (Arcadia Brewing)
Dec
18
5:00 pm17:00

Soul Filled Sundays: Sarah Brunner (Arcadia Brewing)

Sarah comes to Arcadia from East Lansing:

Sarah Brunner combines a soulful folk-rock voice with acoustic guitar in her own unique style of music -- in her own writing and cover songs. 

She has released two EPs of original music, "Brink Of Love" EP in 2016, and "Under Painted Skies" in 2015. 

With her 100 + cover song repertoire, she enjoys playing hours of music at restaurants, coffee houses, festivals and other venues. Since September 2013, she has played over 1,200 gigs. She has played music at Potbelly Sandwich Shop and several coffee shops in Seattle, WA between August 2015 and March 2016."

*Show is 5:00 to 7:00pm https://sarahbrunner.bandcamp.com/

 

Kalamazoo Symphony: Night Before Christmas Musical
Dec
18
3:00 pm15:00

Kalamazoo Symphony: Night Before Christmas Musical

The Night Before Christmas. Chenery Auditorium. We are proud to present this KSO original production featuring original music by Daniel Capelletti, dramatic adaptation by Adam Pasen and staging by Ben Zylman. Join us as we bring this timeless tale to life which has passed from generation to generation for more than 190 years. This series offers a delightfully entertaining introduction to music for children ages 4 and up. These programs feature symphonic music, dance and interactive drama for a lively and educational family experience. Each concert lasts about one hour. Arrive early for the pre-concert activities such as the Instrument Petting Zoo and Meet the Conductor! 3 pm. 269-349-7759. $.

Dec
17
4:00 pm16:00

Irish Music Jam At the Boatyard Brewing Company

Join us every Sunday for a great afternoon of Irish music with the Sunday Irish Music Jam at the Boatyard Brewing Company. Our Sunday food special...take $2 off any panini or pizza. It is a fun time with great food, beer, and music!

Learn to Curl at Wings Event Center
Dec
17
3:00 pm15:00

Learn to Curl at Wings Event Center

Saturday, December 17th, 2016: Learn to Curl. Wings Event Center. A Learn to Curl clinic is a great way for anyone, age 7 to 70, to get your first exposure to the sport.  Each lesson is a 2-hour introduction and instructional session that teaches people the basics of curling.  Participants learn physical play, rules, and strategy.  We strive for a low instructor-to-student ratio with an emphasis on active participation.  Within minutes, you are throwing rocks and sweeping.  You finish off the session playing a mini game. 5 pm. 423-829-1449. $.

Public Winter Walking Brewery Tour
Dec
17
12:00 pm12:00

Public Winter Walking Brewery Tour

West Michigan Beer Tours present a Winter Walking Brewery Tour. Duration: 5 hours; Price: $39; Departs: 12/10/2016 Celebrate the holiday season with our festive walking tours of downtown Kalamazoo breweries where guests are strongly encouraged to don their ugly holiday sweaters or dress in a costume of your favorite holiday character.The tour will visit three downtown Kalamazoo breweries, include either samples or a pint at each stop and the brewery will award a prize to its favorite holiday reveler (one prize per person, per tour). December 17th Itinerary: Itinerary
Origination: Shakespeare’s Pub, noon-1 p.m. registration
Stop 1: Arcadia Brewing Co, samples, tour and festive winner announced, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Stop 2: Boatyard Brewing Co., samples or pint, meet-and-greet and festive winner selected, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Stop 3: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, samples or pint, tour and festive winner selection, 3:45-4:30 p.m. Termination: Shakespeare’s Pub, 4:45 p.m.