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

Mar
25
12:00 pm12:00

Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries. Shakespeare’s Pub

Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries. Shakespeare’s Pub. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean we can’t brave the chilly temperatures on foot to sample a trio of downtown Kalamazoo breweries. Consider joining us for this outing as spring is just around the corner. 12-4:30 pm. 269-350-4598. $.

Mar
26
2:00 pm14:00

Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra at Bell's

that the GLJO's first concert of the Spring season will take place at Bells' wonderful music venue in downtown Kalamazoo from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, March 26.  All of the great Bells brews will be available along with a nice selection of wines and soft drinks and, if you want to stick around, you can avail yourself of the tasty food offerings in Bells cafe after the concert.  We are excited to have this opportunity to perform at Bells and hope you will help make it a "first time" success with your attendance.  Admission will be $12 to help cover the cost of putting on this event since food will not be served during the concert.  Both table and single chair seating will be available and tickets can be purchased at the door or at Bells General Store next to the venue.  If you have any questions, please feel to call me at 269-268-9199!

Thanks for your continued support of the arts, especially live music!

Harry

Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét The M.E. Tour
Apr
2
7:30 am07:30

Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét The M.E. Tour

Platinum-selling recording artists and songwriters Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét will unite this spring at Kalamazoo State Theatre for The M.E. Tour.  Marsha Ambrosius has been at the forefront of soul music since her beginnings in Floetry and continues to reinvent herself as a solo artist as she prepares for two new singles via Human Re Sources Records ahead of the tour’s kick-off.  Nominated for a total of six Grammys and honored as BMI’s Songwriter of the Year, Marsha’s music is a frank and candid glimpse of her life and perspectives as a woman.

 Ambrosius will be joined onstage by contemporary R&B artist Eric Benét, known for his dedicated commitment to crafting authentic music that engages the soul.   Benét, a fellow Grammy nominee, perfects the smooth and crystal clear sound of traditional R&B, with influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, and Queen.   His 2016 single “Sunshine” climbed the radio charts, reaching TOP 5 Urban AC and is featured on his self-titled album that debuted on the Billboard charts at #7 on R&B.  The two have promised a once in a lifetime concert experience, with electrifying collaborations and a soulful, creative sound.

 

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with reserved seating. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit. Day of show all prices increase $3. All ticket holders receive a commemorative gift redeemable at the merch table.

·         Tickets ranging from $44-$102

·         VIP meet & greet package available through Ticketmaster.com

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Artist Website - http://www.metour2017.com/
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 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

Art Hop--Throughout Downtown Kalamazoo
Apr
7
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

Jacquees WSG Nick LaVelle at the State Theatre
Apr
8
6:00 pm18:00

Jacquees WSG Nick LaVelle at the State Theatre

Billboard R&B chart topping artist Jacquees will be performing at Kalamazoo State Theatre on April 8th with special guest Nick LaVelle! Tickets onsale TODAY!

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with general admission. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

  • $55 Pit Pass
  • $30 General Admission – Prices incrementally increase as we approach day of show. Make sure to buy early to secure the lowest price!
  • $75-$100 VIP & Ultimate VIP – VIP includes a pre-show reception with an artist meet & greet, light hors d’oeuvres, and a drink ticket. Ultimate VIP includes all VIP offerings plus premium access.


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Los Lobos--The Kalamazoo State Theatre
Apr
9
7:30 pm19:30

Los Lobos--The Kalamazoo State Theatre

Join four time GRAMMY award winning band, Los Lobos, at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on April 9th! Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.  Their 24th album “Gates of Gold,” was released recently in 2015. “Gates of Gold” brings their powerhouse mix of Rock, Tex-Mex, Country, Folk, and Blues to life. From start to finish, the lyrics and mood evoke a rich American saga in the tradition of Faulkner and Steinbeck from this truly original multi-Grammy award winning band from East LA on their first studio album in five years.  

Set a reminder for Thursday’s presale for your chance to hear chart topping hits such as “La Bamba,” “Come On, Let’s Go,” and “Will The Wolf Survive” LIVE at Kalamazoo State Theatre this spring!

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Artist Website - http://www.loslobos.org/site/
More Information - http://www.kazoostate.com/event/LosLobos  

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
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Visit The Artist’s Website HERE

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at The State Theatre
May
2
7:30 pm19:30

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at The State Theatre

Kalamazoo State Theatre will be welcoming Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on May 2nd as they celebrate over 35 years together. A four-time Grammy winner, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong Together.” And “Invincible.” 

Neil "Spyder" James Giraldo has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for over four decades now, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980's with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar.

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with reserved seating. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

  • Tickets ranging from $59.50-$99.50
  • VIP package available through Ticketmaster.com


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Mike Posner & The Legendary Mike Posner Band (State Theatre)
May
3
8:00 pm20:00

Mike Posner & The Legendary Mike Posner Band (State Theatre)

This May Kalamazoo State Theatre will welcome singer, songwriter, and record producer, Mike Posner! This Southfield Michigan born, lyrical genius, can be recognized for his Billboard topping hits “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” “Bow Chicka Wow Wow,” “Cooler Than Me,” and “Please Don’t Go.”.

In previous years, Posner has been credited for writing more songs than he could possibly record himself, approximately 100 every year by his own estimation. He began shopping them around and scored a major hit co-writing and producing Justin Bieber’s 3x-platinum smash “Boyfriend.” He’s also worked with British up-and-comer Labrinth (“Beneath Your Beautiful” featuring Emeli Sandé), as well as songs for Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Nelly, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, Avicii, Austin Mahone, Big Time Rush, Iggy Azalea, Riff Raff, Olly Murs, and Rixton – just to name a few.

In May 2016, Posner debuted his second studio album “At Night, Alone,” which is now available on iTunes. Coming March 17th 2017, Posner will be releasing “Tear Drops and Balloons,” a collection of poems. It comes as a breath of fresh air in a time otherwise polluted with catch phrases, "ism's", and cheap quotes that have slowly permeated what used to be poetic expression.

 

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages general admission event. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

·         $25 General Admission

 

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Artist Website - http://www.mikeposner.com/
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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 Mersey Beatles Four Lads From Liverpool Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary Show (State Theatre)
May
13
7:30 pm19:30

The Mersey Beatles Four Lads From Liverpool Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary Show (State Theatre)

The World’s Only ALL LIVERPOOL BORN Beatles tribute band was the resident band for over a decade at the world famous CAVERN CLUB, where The Beatles got their start. These childhood friends have played in 20 countries, selling out shows worldwide.

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. To celebrate the occasion, The Mersey Beatles will perform the entire album live! This special set will constitute the first half of an unforgettable Beatles experience. The second half of the show will see the boys return in the familiar black suits of Beatlemania and via a quick change they will take the audience on a trip down Abbey Road with 20 of the greatest hits from all eras.

See for yourself why JOHN LENNON’S sister, Julia Baird, said: “There are a lot of Beatles tribute bands from all over the world, and I’ve seen them all, but The Mersey Beatles are the most authentic I have heard.”

Ticket Information:
This is an all ages event with reserved seating. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

·         $45 Gold circle + VIP meet & greet with merchandise

·         $25-$33 Remaining venue

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Artist Website - http://www.themerseybeatles.com/
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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


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

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.

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/ 

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. $.