One of the ways to really get to know a city’s vibe is to find the arts district and spend a little time hanging out. Art tells stories of time and place, even while being timeless and universal. Artists reveal truths about humankind within the context of their cultural and historical setting.
Top picks this month include two Earth Day events, an evening egg hunt and a funny first grader. If you’re into making this world a better place, the Kalamazoo Nature Center has loads in this direction. Just want to gather eggs? An egg hunt under the lights switches things up a bit. If your final choice is the first grader, there are no worries—she’s a firecracker.
Genre-defining changes don’t happen very often. You don’t wake up every day to find something new that’s going to change the world in a hugely significant way. That’s why, when these things do happen, it’s a pretty big deal, and so are the people who bring them about.
Free music in its many facets can be difficult to fully appreciate nowadays, but breaks norms for musical outreach. Michigan’s Chiodos will adhere to the free model for hometown fans after recently creating its own label imprint on Razor & Tie: drk/lgt.
It’s all about the groove for The Mainstays as their emergence as a modern day funk-soul band aims to revive a style of music from a bygone era, playing such classic sounds that legendary soul masters would have loved to recreate.
The growing musical affection Stepdad has received through its steady growth as a rising band may be just enough to soon push them over the edge into the indie pop mainstream. Don’t think it’s as easy as it sounds, as reaching this level of popularity doesn’t just happen overnight.
The Joe Marcinek Band is an ever-evolving musical entity. Front man Joe Marcinek loves to bring in his uber talented friends to get in on the action, much to the delight of an eager audience starved for an off-the-cuff jam session. On March 6, the Crown Point, Ind.-based funky jazz group will return to Kalamazoo.
The local music scene has been struck with yet another subgenre of rock 'n' roll music, but this time it’s one whose musical quality doesn’t fall short of a pure commitment to the genre.
The people over at West Michigan Beer Tours love The Big Lebowski. They love it so much that they have created a beer tour around the Kalamazoo area that is directly inspired by The Dude himself. But you’re probably asking yourself, why beer? Why not a White Russian tour? Well, while on The Big Lebowski Beer Tour, you’ll get the best of both worlds including a specially made White Russian-inspired beer just for the tour.
The last time Chicago-based Veil of Maya visited Grand Rapids was in late 2011, when its latest full-length album Eclipse (2012) was looming on the horizon. The band returns to town at the onset of spring, and it will find itself in more familiar territory than geography alone.
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