When a stage is set with just two pianos, it’s often for a duel. But Tuesday night’s performance from Ingrid Fliter and Katherine Chi was a delicate, and at times forceful, dance between equally matched partners.

On Monday night, 1998 Gilmore Artist Award winner Leif Ove Andsnes astonished and delighted a modest crowd among the gilded trim and glittering chandeliers of Kalamazoo's Chenery Auditorium.

Having spent his life spreading joy with his outlandish costumes and unique style of playing the piano in concert halls, on television and as the consummate Las Vegas act, Liberace has returned from the dead to set the story straight, so to speak, because he feels redundant in heaven where everyone’s just perpetually happy.

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe was abuzz and looked a bit different than usual Thursday night. From the sounds of things, it could have been a club in Greenwich Village at any point in the 20th Century — but without the cigarette smoke and with better beer. 

Fine Fine Titans released its new LP, Renaissance, back in November. This month they’ve unveiled a new video for the band’s latest single, “In All Your Glory.” The video was filmed and edited by Three Goats Moving Pictures, a Kalamazoo-based company. Check the video out.

Published in Artist Spotlight
Saturday, 30 January 2016 22:02

February Eclectic Events

What’s sweeter than a sweetheart in February? Free events. Catch pretty “punk” paintings, enjoy snow frolics and get a fabulously dressed dose of flapper feminism. If you’re game, score a symphonic Pokémon experience, too — but that’ll cost ya.

Published in Eclectic

A band doesn’t acquire a cult following overnight. Longtime beloveds of the jam scene, Umphrey’s McGee have played nearly 2,000 shows in its 18-year existence. The diligent band has toured the world, played the first-ever Bonnaroo Music Festival, and even hosts its own Summer Camp Music Festival for more than 20,000 fans each year.

Published in Artist Spotlight

Given his pedigree — producer of platinum and revered maestro — Todd Rundgren’s opinion carries some weight and he’s fearless in expressing it. Let’s start with Adele, whom he calls “a victim singer.”

Published in On Tour

You might not believe in Santa Claus, but what about bar-hopping Santa Clauses? Now in its eighth year, SantaCon Kalamazoo aims to spread holly-jolly merrymaking across the streets of downtown for one night a year — as well as to give something back to those in need, just like good old Kris Kringle would.

Published in Holidays
Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:38

West Michigan’s Oldest Bars

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. That’s how the saying goes, anyway. And at Nick Fink’s, the oldest bar in Grand Rapids, they’re absolutely fine with that adage. While developers are continually constructing flashy, new breweries and trendy pubs across the state, other more ripened watering holes hang their hats on heritage.

Published in Libations
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