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

Conor Oberst at the State Theatre
Sep
10
8:00 pm20:00

Conor Oberst at the State Theatre

Join folk singer-songwriter, Conor Oberst, at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre this September! Conor Oberst joined his first band at the age of 13 and has been releasing music since 1993. Over the next two plus decades, he’s released cassette-only recordings, split 7-inches, and a dozen albums of uncommon insight, detail, and political awareness with his band Bright Eyes, under his own name, as a member of Desaparecidos, as leader of the The Mystic Valley Band, and with the Monsters of Folk supergroup. On October 14, 2016, Conor released his seventh studio solo record, titled Ruminations. Recently, on January 18, 2017, Oberst announced a companion album to Ruminations, called Salutations.

Come experience why Conor was named Best Songwriter of the year by Rolling magazine!

 

Ticket Information:
All seating is general admission. This is an all-ages show. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

  • $35 – Every Seat! Gold Circle, Mezzanine, Orchestra & Balcony.

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Visit Conor’s Website HERE

 

Jeff Daniels WSG Ben Daniels Band, State Theatre
Nov
3
8:00 pm20:00

Jeff Daniels WSG Ben Daniels Band, State Theatre

Join us at historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for a performance by Jeff Daniels! Don’t miss out on experiencing this actor, musician, and playwright right here in his home state of Michigan! In 1976, Jeff Daniels bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New York City. That guitar led to a creative outlet, became a solace, the guitar was a road into an artist he didn’t know existed!

Now, fifty years later, he has authored about 400 songs, played over 300 gigs the past twelve years from Maine to Alaska to Californ-i-a with his preferred venue of choice being clubs and hundred year old opera houses, drank from the fountain of youth by touring with his son’s band (the Ben Daniels Band), founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan for which he has written 15 plays (working on #16), and with great pride and a range that would drive a normal actor straight to Betty Ford, can most recently be seen as Will McAvoy on HBO’s THE NEWSROOM, and after twenty long years, with the one and only Jim Carrey in DUMB AND DUMBER TO. The rest you can Google.
 
 
Ticket Information:
All seating is reserved. This is an all-ages show, however this event is recommended for a mature audience. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.

  • $35 – Every Seat! Gold Circle, Mezzanine, Orchestra & Balcony.

BUY TICKETS HERE
RSVP On Facebook HERE
Visit Jeff Daniel’s Website HERE


Apr
29
8:00 pm20:00

Mo’Nique. State Theatre.

Mo’Nique. State Theatre. We are pleased to welcome actress & comedian Mo’Nique! Her acting career has placed her in notable film roles in movies such as “Blackbird,” “Precious,” “Beerfest,” “Domino,” “Soul Plane,” and “Hair Show.” Mo’Nique will bring her risqué comedy routine to Kalamazoo State Theatre.   8 pm. 269-345-6500. $.

Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries
Apr
29
12:00 pm12:00

Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries

Walking Tour of Downtown Kalamazoo Breweries. Join West Michigan Beer Tours for a walking tour of some of downtown Kalamazoo's 8 breweries, held every Saturday from April 1 through Oct. 28.

Each tour will include:

  • Registration at a craft beer bar/restaurant, brewery or other businesses, including Shakespeare’s Pub, Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, Central City Tap House and more (noon to 1 p.m.)
  • Stops at 3 featured breweries – with samples or pint at each stop
  • Featured Breweries: Arcadia Brewing Co. Kalamazoo, Bell’s Brewery Inc., Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co., Olde Peninsula Brewpub, Rupert’s Brew House, Tibbs Brewing Co., Brite Eyes Brewing Co., Boatyard Brewing Co.
  • Knowledgeable tour guide providing a history of Kalamazoo, the Michigan craft beer industry
  • Beer-related Souvenir

Registration will be at noon.  Departure at 1 p.m. Tours officially conclude at approximately 4 pm. 12-4:30 pm. 269-350-4598. $.

Play It Again Marvin. Miller Auditorium.
Apr
28
8:00 pm20:00

Play It Again Marvin. Miller Auditorium.

Play It Again Marvin. Miller Auditorium. The life and legacy of Broadway’s legendary composer, pianist, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, Marvin Hamlisch, is celebrated in this multimedia concert. Experience Marvin Hamlisch in the company of J. Ernest Green conductor, Kevin Cole pianist/host, his closest musician friends, and his spouse, Terre Blair-Hamlisch.  8 pm. 269-349-7759. $.

And don't miss the museum exhibit: 

Remembering Marvin Hamlisch - The People's Composer

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: open April 15, 2017 to May 14, 2017 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. For details go to KalamazooMuseum.org.

MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER:  Len Prince will be at the Museum to meet visitors to the exhibit on Saturday April 29th from 1-3pm to talk about his photos of Mr Hamlisch.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON LECTURE SERIES: A Conversation with J. Ernest Green, Music Director of Play it Again Marvin! Sunday, April 23, 2017 1:30pm
Ernest Green is the Artistic Director of Live Arts Maryland and the Music Director of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale. He will be the KSO’s guest conductor for the April 28th KSO concert.

*The exhibit, Meet Len Prince, and lecture are free and open to the public.

- See more at: http://www.kalamazoosymphony.com/calendar/play-it-again-marvin-marvin-hamlisch-celebration#sthash.Enxc8otI.dpuf

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**

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Visit The Artist’s Website HERE

Apr
15
8:00 am08:00

Weekend Kalamazoo Indoor Flea & Antique Market.

Weekend Kalamazoo Indoor Flea & Antique Market. Kalamazoo County Expo Center. Special Weekend Market! Come check out the market for some great deals and great merchandise! Choose from new and used items, handcrafted items, fresh and local foods, and much more! Held in Main Expo. 8 am-3 pm. 269-383-8761. FREE.

Apr
7
9:00 pm21:00

Kalamazoo Late Night Food Truck Rally.  W. Water Street.

Kalamazoo Late Night Food Truck Rally.  W. Water Street. Responding to a need to address late night “bar hoppers,” turning Water Street into an “After Hours Live Food Truck Corral,” will occur in April and May, July, September, and October starting at 9 pm with food being served until midnight.  Tailored after successful food truck rallies in the United States, the Kalamazoo Food Truck Rally includes food trucks, artisans, booths, music, and networking.  The event is designed as a pop-up event where people come and go as they celebrate downtown’s entertainment hot spots. 269-388-2830.

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

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/