Local entertainment guide for Kalamazoo, Battle Creek & Marshall Michigan.

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SMASH Magazine P.O. Box 1376 Battle Creek, MI 49016 smashmag@live.com SmashmagS.com Well, here’s to another issue in the bag. This one is dedicated to some of our favorite Michigan bands from the oldest to the newest, from all genres and all over the state. All of which are going to be gracing a stage near you. If there is one thing you have to say about Michigan its We Love Our Music! We hope to see everyone out at the Kzoo Folklife Benefit concert on the 22nd. It’s going to be a great time and it’s definitely for a good cause. Publisher/Graphic Designer Smash is going to be giving away a lot more tickets for shows in November so be on the lookout for a Facebook post telling you how to win! We have some Greensky Bluegrass, Sponge, Jackyl and a bunch more. Writers And last but not least we would like to welcome a new writer to Smash, Kathryn May we are looking forward to tearin some shit up with you! Robin Cunningham Robin Cunningham Corinne Harter Rose M Dixon Kathryn May Colin Smith Bruce Tuck Now we are going to bed cause its 5am and this thing is finally going to the printers! Hasta La Vista Smashers!! Advertising Robin Cunningham 269-986-3912 smashmag@live.com Events and Shows Submit listings to SmashmagS.com smashmag@live.com Disclaimer SMASH Magazine is dedicated to providing a platform for artists and musicians to promote and display their work. Because they have a unique way of expressing themselves it is important for people who pick up the magazine to understand you might not always like what you see. There are also articles that may contain sarcasm and adult content. This publication is intended for a mature audience. N
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Jeswana Bees artists take trash to treasure What do an old boot, cardboard drink holder, gourd, bra, hubcap and clipboard have in common? To most people, nothing. But to the painting group the “Jeswana Bees,” their items hold opportunity. The groups motto: “We paint almost everything on almost anything.”“We use things you're going to throw away and get something cool out of it,” the group's leader DeCoster said. “If it doesn't move, we will paint it. But we also joke that we will chase it down and if it will hold still, we 'll paint that too.”Jeswana Bees is a group made up of seven women from all around the Kalamazoo area who have been painting together for nearly 17 years.The group's name began as “Just Wanna Be Able To Be Artists” which later morphed into the “Jeswana Bees.” “As you can see, we don't take it real seriously,” said one of the members Libby Flickinger. The members of the group include Flickinger, Nancie Coates, Sharon Haase, Jennie Hayward, Bert Kreg, Patty Roberts and DeCoster, who taught many of the other members to paint. DeCoster was teaching painting at “Little Red Hen” in Plainwell when she met many of her now longtime painting friends. “Sandra was our teacher,” Flickinger said. “We all took beginning painting from her, and from there developed a friendship that was based on painting together. We've all become good friends and have went through illnesses together, deaths of loved ones and problems with our kids.”Laughing, DeCoster added, that the group has “kind of become therapy for us.” The group members, which are now beyond the basic painter stage, get together a few times a month to paint, they attend local craft shows together and they always support each other's artistic goals. “We all encourage each other, help each other when stumped on what colors to use or how to paint on a surface or how to master a technique,” Flickinger said. The group has painted on items such as: ice skates, candles, beverage containers, rocks, watermelons, pumpkins, tins, canvas and other fabrics, leaves, driftwood, furniture, slates on an old barn, crocks, pails, vases, fruit jars, wine bottles, etc. “We paint on anything we happen to find,” Flickinger said. “With the proper preparation can paint on just about anything.” DeCoster said they find their inspiration for their work by looking at things other artists have done, the landscape, photographs or each other's work. “Sometimes sitting around laughing about something silly and then we do it,” she said. “We like to make things that are a useful as possible.” November 2014 “We are a fun group that has a sense of humor and has a good time painting together,” she said. “They are all very good painters, expect for me, but I have fun doing it. Some of my things turn out well, some are awful, but they say it's normal when you don't think you're art is as good as everyone else's.” DeCoster, however, really enjoys Kreg's art; she even bought an old milking stool in which Kreg painted a cow's head on. Kreg said she has also bought the other members' artwork and given them away as gifts to family and friends. Kreg bought mirrors from Haase for her daughter's which were painted to say, “Mirror, mirror on the wall. I am my mother after all.” “What's great about painting is that you can do what you want, you can express yourself, do it your way,” Kreg said. “I never thought I could paint, let alone get into a painting group. People should really try it. They might like it.” DeCoster's daughter Patty Roberts, who was born in 1978 with Down Syndrome, is also part of the group. Roberts started painting in 1994 to help improve her cognitive and fine motor control skills. “I enjoy painting with my friends and my mom,” she said. “I really like to paint a lot, and I like all the different colors. My favorite painting was of a wolf.” Coates has been part of the group for many years and really enjoys hearing everyone's input.“We each bring our own projects and give input to each other on how to help the project,” she said. “It's nice to have a lot of support. It's good to get to hang out with friends and have a good time. Everyone needs a group like this, where you can laugh and have a good time. It's better than sitting at home and watching TV.” One piece that Coates said she was particularly proud of was an old wardrobe that she painted a peacock on, with a multitude of bright colors. “I enjoy painting on furniture,” she said. “It took me years to do, but I'm selling it.” Haase said what she enjoys most about the group is the camaraderie.“We have a good time; it's fun to paint,” she said. “I always get ideas when I'm there. A lot of times we think we are done painting, but then we find out we should do a little more of this or a little more of that. We just really enjoy each other's company.”One of Haase's favorite pieces she had done was a motorcycle tank she painted for a friend with dragons, skulls and ghostly looking clouds. SmashmagS.com The group does mostly custom work for people, but also just paint to have fun, always trying to come up with new ideas. One of the recent ideas DeCoster had was painting an eye on a bra. She said it's “for the guy that won't look you in the eye” or a black bra with owl eyes that was called “Hooters.” “Our work is eclectic,” DeCoster said. “We have everything from serious to silly. We are very versatile: some whimsical, some a little off beat, some more serious art.” The group sells their work across the nation to small businesses, consignment shops, at craft booths at art shows or antique shows or sometimes even to each other. “None of us make a million bucks doing this,” Flickinger said. “It started out being a hobby I wanted to learn, so I would enjoy my retirement years, but the friendship and making things that others may enjoy in their lives that makes it worthwhile. We figure if it touches us, maybe it can touch someone else as well.”Kreg, who is the newest member to the group, said all the Jeswana Bees' members are very different in their level of technique and their interest in artwork. WRITTEN BY: Corinne Harter 4
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K zoo Folklife Organization Presents The 17th Annual Benefit Concert Saturday, November 22, 2014 Trinity Lutheran Church 504 S Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, Concert 6;30pm Doors Open 6:00pm Admission is free with donation of non-perishable food item such as peanut butter, tuna, canned meat. Cash Donations always welcome. With Performances by SmashmagS.com The Crescendo Fiddlers Formed in 2006, to give Crescendo Academy of Music students the opportunity to explore their interest in folk fiddle music. Since then the group has grown to include not just violinists but violas, guitar and bass. Membership has always spanned multiple generations. Currently the youngest member is seven years old and the oldest is seventy! Their music also spans multiple cultures, from American to Celtic to Swedish fiddling styles. Winsome Hags Ruth Andrews, Randi Pickley and Bev Smith are the Winsome Hags. "Old is good!" Some of our favorite songs are about freedom, justice and democracy. We also love celtic music and good old songs with tight, three part harmonies. We live in Cass County. For more information visitwww.winsomehags.com N
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Matt Cosgrove Has been playing the guitar since the summer of 1990. His performances have been nationally televised and Matt has recently performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony. He currently teaches at Kalamazoo college and has taught guitar, bowed string instruments including cello and music theory. Joel Coburn Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Joel Coburn is a finger-style acoustic guitarist and singer. After earning a PhD in chemistry from Purdue University, Joel was employed at major chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Now, after retiring, he is bringing his passion for science to his music. Bell Book and Canto Is a five-woman vocal group based in Kalamazoo. They have been performing since mid-2009 and enjoy harmony in a variety of musical genres and themes, performing in a range of venues from children’s holiday events to Renaissance festivals. They are currently working on their fourth cd, and are delighted to be participating in KFO’s benefit for Loaves and Fishes once again. The Sodbusters started in 2006 when Charlie Burgstahler asked Pat Mertaugh if he would perform with him for relatives at the White Oaks assisted living facility in Lawton, MI. Two years later Fred Shultz joined the group and since then they have regularly played at many venues. The Sodbusters also played a monthly gig for three years at the Koffee Klutch in Galesburg. In 1992 Miles Kusik formed the Third Coast Guitar Trio with classical guitarists Jackie Zito and John Hosley. Since then they have performed across Southwest Michigan and with the addition of Jane Vaught and Ron Cleveland form Third Coast Ensemble. Instrumentation is now: guitar, mandolin, mandola, octave mandola, Irish tenor banjo, concertina, harp and voice. Third Coast’s purely acoustic musical styles run the gamut from classical music to modern, from Americana to American Songbook, from novelty songs to swing styles. Franklin, Meade & Webster & Vaness are seasoned musicians playing bluegrass and traditional country music. Paul Franklin on fiddle, Russ Meade on guitar and vocals, Susan Taylor Meade with occasional vocals, Fred Webster on the 5 string banjo and Mike Vaness on bass. It all started about 3 years ago when they met at the local music evenings at Scotts Community Center in Scotts and the Coffee Klutch in Galesburg. They all agree that it’s important to have fun, and to carry the tradition of this very special kind of American Roots Music. SmashmagS.com Third Coast Ensemble F Inf or ormation June Kucks 269-649-4529 Email archival39@aol.com November 2014 6
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THE Temptations It's All About Soul The legend lives on and on and on. After 50 years these giants of Motown are still touring, recording, and keeping the flame of traditional R&B still alive. Their influence is indescribably powerful, and can be seen, felt, and heard throughout the entire music industry. Kalamazoo's own State Theater will be graced with the presence of the Temptations come November, and this promises to be a show of a lifetime. The Temptations formed their first solid line up in 1961. Known as the “Classic 5”, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Elbridge "Al" Bryant, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams laid the ground work for some of the most influential albums in music history. While the group's first releases weren't widely received, the game changed when Smokey Robinson and fellow Miracles bandmate Bobby Rogers began writing and producing The Tempations work. Songs like “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, “My Girl”, and “Don't Look Back” became instant classics, and are still adored today by old and new fans alike. Good, solid music simply never goes out of style. Five albums were released under this line up, spawning a few hits but nothing to really make the group shine. Eventually the group fired Ruffin due to his drug use, poor attitude, and shoddy attendance for concerts(rather important for the lead singer to attend his own show every now and then). Soon after his termination, new kid on the block, Dennis Edwards, was brought in to fill the void left by the fan favored vocalist. At one point Ruffin was allowed a second chance to reclaim his spot as lead vocal thanks to his numerous attempts to jump on stage and sing with the band after he was fired (seems Ruffin had better attendance to the shows after he was fired). However, Ruffin was summarily dismissed again when he missed his come back show, presumably due to his love of Cocaine and absent mindedness. Hey, Cocaine is a hell of a drug. November 2014 From there on, The Temptations experienced numerous line up changes with reasons ranging from drug addiction, poor performances, death, drama, personal issues... the list goes on. Every incarnation of the group spawned ground breaking releases that while some didn't make a bleep on the music industry radar, others rocked the charts like no other. The Temptations have released over 30 Top Ten R&B albums with over 30 songs on the USA and UK Top Ten Charts. They have been honored with 3 Grammys including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and on August 7th, 2013 the group was inducted into the R&B Hall Of Fame They are regarded as one of the most influential bands in the industry, and have carved their placed in music history. They will live forever in the memories of music lovers of nearly ever genre for decades to come. I highly recommend catching their November 15th show at Kalamazoo State Theater in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which will feature lone Classic 5 surviving member Otis Williams. This is truly history in the making, and a show that needs to be experienced at least once in your life. SmashmagS.com Norman Whitfield was an up and coming producer/writer with his eye on The Temptations. Certain he could out write and out produce Smokey Robinson, Whitfield proposed a wager that if the next Robinson produced song didn't chart well, Whitfield would get his shot and produce The Temptations next release. When Robinson's song “Get ready” with Kendricks on vocals didn't chart, Whitfield was brought in as an assit to get The Temptation's music mojo flowing again. “Ain't Too Proud To Beg” was Whitfield's chance to show what he could do, and with the addition of new comer David Ruffin on vocals, the song blasted past “Get Ready” on the Billboard charts. Whitfield became the group's new producer, and ushered in a new area for the group by changing their Robinson inspired sound (heavy on the ballads and lite on the funk) to a more edgy, brass heavy soul sound reminiscent of the stylings of James Brown. WRITTEN BY: Rose M. Dixon 8
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SmashmagS.com SMASHINTERVIEW Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album “Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles)” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status. Sponge’s follow up CD, the critically lauded “Wax Ecstatic” (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including “Wax Ecstatic” and “Have You Seen Mary?” The band’s music was also featured in popular movies “The Craft,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records.” Sponge’s star continued to rise with network appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.” Smash Magazine had the extreme pleasure of speaking with Vinnie Dombroski, (lead singer) of Sponge and only remaining original member. SMASH - Being the lone original member of Sponge and keeping it kicking ass all these years, how have your lineup changes affected the writing style? SMASH - Detroit has a lot of music History in every genre, who were your biggest influences and how did they guide your musical direction? SMASH - The music scene is ever changing and ever evolving and Sponge has maintained a certain niche even in todays market – why do you think that is? VINNIE - I guess going to see the Count Basie Orchestra with my Dad, It was the loudest thing I have heard in my life, the drums were kicking my ass – You know the standard influences of Alice Cooper, etc were helpful in guiding my direction, but it was anything loud from the Civil Defense Sirens on top of the fire station down the street to old amplifier feedback.Those kind of things turned me on. VINNIE - We have been pretty lucky, when I look back on the 20 plus years after releasing Rotting Piñata, we had plenty of radio airplay back then and eve now songs like Plow, Molly, Have you seen Mary and Wax Ecstatic are still being played, so ya we have been pretty lucky especially since the radio climate is getting smaller and smaller every year. VINNIE - Years ago we would all get in a room and flush out ideas, someone would come in with a skeletal idea or a riff that we would build on and it still happens that way today. SMASH - How does working with a huge record label like Sony Records compare to working on a smaller label and does it affect your creative freedom? VINNIE - We had total creative freedom back in the day, no one was telling us we had to write a certain way and if they told us we had to write with an outside writer we simply went to a different label. We always maintained creative control – I don’t know why any band would give up creative control for a record deal it defeats the purpose of writing music.
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SMASH - Sponge has been a part of the Michigan Music scene for many years and I think we can all say confidently that you guys will go into the history books with all the other Michigan rockers – how does that make you feel? VINNIE - It was bizarre back then, that we achieved what we did. I look at it today and it was insane. We are extremely grateful, It is a real privilege to make music for all these people. We did not expect all this success, all we wanted to do was make music. VINNIE - We had great gigs at places like The Music Factory (Planet Rock then) and truly love playing the small venues, but we have done quite well in the big venues as well. It has always been like that whether its 10 people or 10,000 people we are always playing for 10,000. SMASH - Do you tend to agree with the statements made by Gene Simmons about the status of rock music today? VINNIE - I vaguely recall his quote, but the groups that gained tremendous popularity in the 70’s and 80’s and November 2014 SMASH - The road can be a tiring experience, how do you keep yourself occupied during the down times? VINNIE - Re-tile the bathroom, that is what I am doing right now haha. I have 2 other bands and I have been writing like a mad man for the new Orbisons record, always doing music, unless I’m re-tiling the bathroom. SMASH - Thank you again for allowing Smash Magazine to have this interview, we look forward to the show at The Music Factory on November 28 VINNIE - Thank You Bruce, Ill bring pictures of the bathroom. SmashmagS.com SMASH - Sponge has played in every size venue in front of amazing crowds big and small, how if at all does that affect your performance and do you prefer one venue over the other? still have success today may see that as a fact. Rock is whole different world today and there are so many new rock bands like Black Veil Brides and many others that, for young people, rock is a great thing. Guitar rock, that is what pumps me up and I know he is speaking of the monster groups. They cant stop Rock and Roll, especially when young kids are embracing it, forming bands and bringing people to their shows. I just say, go see one of those shows then come back and talk to me. Written By: Bruce Tuck 10
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November 1st - Rumblehouse 6th - Honeydew Squeeze 7th - Criptic Wisdom 8th - COVERT 13th - Thursday Salsa 14th - First Fuse 15th - Affiliated 20th - Super Thursday 21st - Citizun Feat. The O.G.’s 22nd - Chicago Funk Mafia 28th - Greensky After Party 29th - End of Reason Every Monday ✧Open decks ✧$2 You-call-it Every Tuesday ✧$2 Tuesday W/ Dj Chuck ✧$2 Miller Lite and Bud cans ✧$2 Long Island’s 502 South Burdick Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 388-2196 Every Wednesday ✧Open Mic Night ✧$3 You-call-it Open 7 days a week SmashmagS.com November 2014 12
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F SmashmagS.com or fourteen years Greensky Bluegrass has been cranking out kick ass banjo pickin, steel guitar slappin toe tappin bluegrass jams that have helped change the way people, especially young people perceive bluegrass music. It’s not just for grampa any more so get rid of the notion that this music genre is dead or even sleeping because it is alive and well. R olling stone said Greensky Bluegrass was “representing the genre for a whole new generation” and they certainly are doing just that. Back in 2000 when these Kalamazoo college friends got together to play, Mike Bont on Banjo, Dave Bruzza on guitar and Paul Hoffman on Mandolin, were experimenting with acoustic sounds playing in living rooms and open mic nights. Mike says, “I never would have thought we would end up here.” I had the pleasure of speaking with banjo player extraordinaire Mike Bont who has been playing guitar since he was 10 and started with the banjo when his Mom got him one for his 21st birthday, after an interest sparked by Jerry Garcia. He says, “Once he started picking the banjo he never wanted to put it down.” W hen I asked Mike how he got started playing Bluegrass he told me it was through his love of playing acoustic and just being able to pick up his instrument and jam. “ Once you discover the bluegrass community people really embrace new players. Then you go to all these bluegrass festivals and everyone wants to teach you all the songs and eventually it’s like learning another language of music. When we first started playing that’s what we would do is go to all the late night pickin parties, then you go back to your tent and play till the sun came up.” L ater joined by Mike Devol on upright bass in 2004 and dobroist Anders Beck in 2007 to round out the acoustic powerhouse that is the Greensky Bluegrass we love today. W ith their 5th studio album just released, If Sorrows Swim, the band has taken off for a west coast tour that will be ending up back here in Kalamazoo at the State Theatre. N
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SMASHFocus Greensky Bluegrass Bluegrass for a new generation B ut they won’t be home for long, leaving again for Mexico in December and then back on the road in the states in January. I T W he studio is much different than playing on stage, especially when it comes to acoustic. hat I find really interesting is that bluegrass music has evolved so much over the years and Greensky has been a big part of that. During a time when rock was king in the late 90’s and early 2000’s not a lot of younger people were playing the banjo and steel guitar. M ike explains “People have gotten past the stigma that it’s a bunch of old people wearing overalls sitting on the porch playing the banjo.” “There are so many more acoustic based young bands now here in Michigan; it’s a really cool feeling to be a part of that”. November 2014 Y ou can also go to their web site greenskybluegrass.com and take a listen. By Robin Cunningham SmashmagS.com asked him what the new album was like. Mike explained, “If Sorrows Swim is kind of a continuation of Handguns”.” When in the studio we try to get into the process of it all and try to present it as more of a piece of art in a way.” S o if you love a good acoustic jam session, you should definitely experience this incredibly talented group of musicians and get a splash of refreshing bluegrass music live at State Theatre in Kalamazoo on November 28th. 14
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SMASH MUSIC CORNER Genre: Hard Rock Nonpoint - The Return Release Date: September 2014 http://nonpoint.com November 2014 Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the ‘80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of ground breaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. Occasionally, his music can be maddeningly inconsistent because of this eclecticism, but his experiments frequently succeed; no other contemporary artist can blend so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole. Art Official Age is the thirty-third studio album by American recording artist Prince. The album was released on 30 September 2014, by NPG Records under a renewed license to Warner Bros. Records, marking the second collaboration of both parties since 1995’s The Gold Experience. The title is a homophonic pun of “artificial age”. Prince also released the long-awaited album Plectrumelectrum, with his all-female touring band 3rdeyegirl, simultaneously Genre: Country Kenny Chesney - The Big Revival Release Date: September 2014 www.kennychesney.com/ Like Jimmy Buffett in a cowboy hat, Kenny Chesney keeps assuring us there’s virtually no problem that a cold beer on a tropical island won’t set right. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems isn’t just the title of his 2002 multimillion-selling album -- it’s Chesney’s motto. Chesney returns to that sentiment again and again on his 15th studio album, The Big Revival. He’s referring to life, not liquor, on “Drink It Up,” while “Beer Can Chicken” isn’t a recipe -- it’s a reminder to embrace the “little things that make life worth living.” Chesney bookends The Big Revival with two stories about entertainers preaching their own gospel. The stomping opening title track tells of a mountainside tent meeting led by a Pentecostal minister (“Praise the Lord and pass me a copperhead”). But the Word is much more personal on the album’s closer, “If This Bus Could Talk.” One of a handful of tracks that Chesney co-wrote, the song chronicles the artist’s career on the road. “Twenty years of summers, and I hope it never ends,” he sings, looking back on a travelogue of hopes, heartaches and high points. It’s an intimate, sentimental love letter to all his fans -- even those who haven’t been on the journey since that first night in 1993 when Chesney opened for Patty Loveless . SmashmagS.com The Return is the eighth studio album from American rock band Nonpoint. The work was released on 30 September 2014 in the United States via Razor & Tie and worldwide via Metal Blade Records. “Breaking Skin”, the first single from the album, was presented on 12 August 2014 This album marks Nonpoint’s third lineup in as many albums so it’s hard to gauge the band’s progress when there’s remarkably little consistency. Still, it’s only sort of surprising that the newest lineup sounds like what I would expect Nonpoint to sound like. New guitarists Rasheed Thomas and Dave Lizzio keep that almost-trademark sound while new bassist Adam Woloszyn keeps the low end popped out as ever. Robb Rivera’s drums are still the thunder that propels this band forward and Elias Soriano’s war cries are as loud and impressive as they’ve ever been. There is a lot of headbanging to be done on this album, for sure, and I’m pretty confident that this batch of tunes will make Nonpoint’s live shows that much more varied in terms of tune selection - these songs sound like they were written for the people in the pits. There’s so much catchy groove here that it’s hard to deride the band for sticking close to the sound that has worked for them in the past. Genre: R&B Prince - Art Official Age Release Date: September 2014 www.facebook.com/prince 16
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November Music Board Backroads Saloon 15325 W Michigan Ave Marshall 269-781-7091 Aly’An Saturday 1st Chameleon Friday 7th Dani Jamerson Saturday 8th Ty Herndon, Dani Vitani, Ten Hands Tall Thursday 13th, 7pm Dani Vitani Friday 14th Bullwhip Saturday 15th Jamie O’Neal, Megan Rae Thursday 20th, 7pm Sierra Shame Friday 21st Brian Lorente Saturday 22nd Hairmania Wednesday 26th David Shelby Friday 28th Megan Rae Saturday 29th Bell’s Eccentric Caf e SmashmagS.com 355 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-382-2332 Cosby Sweater, Citizen Saturday 1st, 8pm Dopapod Thursday 6th, 11pm Jubilee Riots Friday 7th Slim Gypsy Baggage Saturday 8th, 8pm Trout Steak Revival, The Appleseed Collective Thursday 13th, 8pm Steppin’ In It Friday 14th, 8pm Corn Fed Girls Saturday 15th, 8pm Sarah Borges, Girls Guns Glory Thursday 20th, 8pm Blue Dirt Band Friday 21st, 8pm Pert Near Sandstone Saturday 22nd, 8pm Jay Gavan, Guitar Up, The Long Players Friday 28th, 8pm The Diggity Saturday 29th, 8:30pm The Dock@Bayview 12504 E. D Ave Richland 269-731-4911 The Blue Effect Saturday 1st Denham Springs Friday 7th Blue Star Highway W/ Nathan Douglas Saturday 8th TYPO Fri. 14th & Sat. 15th Shelagh Brown Band Saturday 22nd Drop 35 Wednesday 26th Decades Fri. 28th & Sat. 29th Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N Rose St Kalamazoo 269-373-7990 Delilah DeWilde & The Lost Boys Friday 7th, 6pm 33rd Street Band Friday 14th, 7pm The Moxie Strings Friday 21st, 7pm Koff Klutch ee 2 W Michigan Ave Galesburg 269-665-5282 Don Mathews & Friends Friday 7th, 6:30pm Coyote Moon Friday 14th, 6:30pm Charlie Mench Friday 21st, pm Dana Scott Feiday 28th, 6:30pm London Grill 214 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo 269-381-9212 Brook Farms Friday 7th David Lloyd Friday 14th Whiskey Before Breakfast Friday 21st David Lloyd Friday 28th Louie’s T rophy House Grill 440 East North St. Kalamazoo 269-385-9359 The Waxies, Sailor Kicks, Jessie Ray Carolina Catfish Saturday 1st 9PM Bonehawk album release, Blue Snaggletooth, Fossil Eyes Friday 7th, 9PM Life In Vacuum, Guppy, Mold, The Freight Bandits Saturday 8th, 9PM Deerhoof, Priests, White Reaper Wednesday 12th, 8PM “IN THE ROUND” With Mechelle Peters, Matthew Borr, Ian Gorman & Chris Schlueder Friday 14th, 9PM The Electric Jug Band, Funky Marbles Saturday 15th, 9PM Ed Genisis, Big Yak G Friday 28th, 10PM Mangia Mangia 209 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo 269-226-3333 Mike Jellick & Keith Hall Saturday 15th, 7pm Maude’s T aphouse 117 E Allegan St Otsego 269-692-3377 Gabrial James Saturday 1st Tom Duffield Thursday 6th Bruce Matthews Friday 7th Moxieville Saturday 8th Schlitz Creek Thursday 13th Tom Duffield Duo Friday 21st OFB Trio (Joel Krauss) Saturday 22nd Steve Damstra Wednesday 26th Dan Agne Friday 28th Nathan Douglas Saturday 29th Nob Hill 4218 S S prinkle Rd Kalamazoo 269-349-2965 Absolute Addiction Saturday 1st, 9pm Post 530 Fri. 7th & Sat. 8th, 9pm Megan Rae Fri. 14th & Sat. 15th, 9pm Bronk Bros. Fri. 21st & Sat. 22nd, 9pm Dani Jamerson Band Wednesday 26th, 9pm Dani Jamerson Band Fri. 28th & Sat. 29th, 9pm The Music F actory Mangia Pizza & Pasta Co. 3112 S. 9th Street Kalamazoo 269-372-4600 Noah and the erl Kings Thursday 6th, 6:30 Dave and Gator Thursday 13th, 6:30 Steve Kramerling Thursday 20th, 6:30 191 Angell St. Battle Creek 269-962-2121 Avatar, Romantic Rebel Saturday 1st, 7pm Gears, Losing September, Know Life, The Novella Wednesday 5th, 7pm Pink Droyd Friday 7th, 7pm Faster Pussycat Saturday 8th, 7pm Days Of The New, Ignoring The Echoes Friday 14th, 7pm Through The Ashes, The Dread Return, Fides In Us, Massive Repulsive Saturday 15th, 7pm Screaming For Silance, Blameshift, The Novella Thursday 20th, 7pm Tantric, Blackened Earth, Emperors & Elephants, Indestructible Noise Command Saturday 22nd, 7pm Jackyl Sunday 23rd, 7pm Sponge Friday 28th, 7pm Old Dog T avern 402 E Kalamazoo Ave Kalamazoo 269-381-5677 Tom Duffield Tuesdays at 5pm Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5-8pm Saturday 1st 7th Son Blues Jam 6-9pm Sunday 2nd Jenna Mammina and Rolf Strum 6-9pm Thursday 6th Jenna Mammina 5-7pm Jet Beats/Real Fantastics 9-1am Friday 7th Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5-8pm WIDRAMA 9pm Saturday 8th Old Time Jam 2-5pm Gator Boys 6-9pm Carter Hulsey and Brett Newski 9-12am Sunday 9th Hired Hands 5-8pm Branden Mann and the Reprimand Friday 14th N
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November Music Board Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5-8pm Moxieville and the Tip Rail Ramblers 9-1am Saturday 15th Jack Grelle & Ryan Koenig 12-2pm Cats and the Hat 6-9pm Sunday 16th Full Frontal Cortez wsg Jesse Williams 9-1am Friday 21st Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5-8pm Dumela Project 9-1am Saturday 22nd Crossroads Blues Jam 6-9pm Sunday 23rd Ben Jammin and Analisa 10am Duffield Caron Project 5-8pm Evan Escamilla Reception 2-6pm Saturday 29th Blues Jam 6-9pm Sunday 30th Papa Pete’s Rumblehouse Saturday 1st Honeydew Squeeze Thursday 6th Criptic Wisdom Friday 7th Covert Saturday 8th First Fuse Friday 14th Affilated Saturday 15th Super Thurstday Thursday 20th Citizun ft. the OGs Friday 21st Chicago Funk Mafia Saturday 22nd Overtime Pub & Grill 517 E Michigan Battle Creek 269-964-0872 Alter Ego Fri. 14th & Sat. 15th Barefoot Blond Fri. 21st & Sat. 22nd Alter Ego Wednesday 26th Alter Ego Fri28th & Sat. 29th Rupert’s Brew House 773 W Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo 269-337-9911 Crime Funk Saturday 1th, 10pm Jaik Willis Thursday 6th Sons of our fathers Friday 7th, 10pm The Hunt is on, Cardboard Highway, EPICURE, Dad Jeans, and Damascus Saturday 8th, 6pm Jason Singer Thursday 13th, 10pm Alex Mays Friday 14th,9:30pm King Median Saturday 15th, 9:30pm Guitar Up! Surf band Thursday 20th, 10pm Do Rites Friday 21st, 10pm Barbarossa Brothers Saturday 22nd, 10pm Grave Hounds Friday 28th, 10PM Branden Mann Songwriters Saturday 29th, 10pm November 2014 Satelite Records 808 S Westned Ave ge Kalamazoo 269-381-0218 Chris Darby, Tim Tapper, Benjamin Wearwolf Sunday 2nd Self, Hoops, Ward No 6 Saturday 8th Saxsquatch’s Psychedelic Freakout Wednesday 12th Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Prognosis Negative Friday 14th Wedding Dress, Cardboard Highway, Right there in front of you! all the darkness in the world Monday 17th Frode Gjerstad, Surprise Attack Friday 21st Saxsquatch’s Psychedelic Freakout Wednesday 26th Moxieville Friday 28th Shakespears Lower Level 214 East Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 269-488-3330 Stickyfut, Proconpro, Flops Ego, Day Lewis Saturday 1st, 9pm Consider The Source Wednesday 5th, 9pm Alan Turner Friday 7th, 7pm Mine Enemies Fall, Blackgate, Fragments Saturday 8th, 9pm Aqueous, That Freak Quincy Thursday 13th, 9:30pm Diarraha Planet, By Jr, Short Life Friday 14th, 9pm Starfarm Saturday 15th, 8pm Derek Fawcett, Carrie McFerrin, Cousin Avery Sunday 23rd, 7pm State Theatre 404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo 269-345-6500 Umphrey’s McGee Thursday 6th, 8:45pm The Temptations, The Soul Experience Saturday 15th, 8pm Greensky Bluegrass, Graham Parsons & The Go Rounds Friday 28th, 8pm The Union Cabertet & Grill 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazo 269-384-6756 Local Jazz musicians Every Wednesday 8PM WMU Jazz Mix Every thursday 8PM Madcat Midnight Blues Friday 3rd, 9pm The Hired Hands Saturday 4th, 9pm Ben Daniels Band Tuesday 7th, 9pm Rumblefish Friday 10th, 9pm Sarah Brunner Tuesday 14th, 9pm Seventh Son Friday 17th, 9pm Shelagh Brown Band Saturday 18th, 9pm Alex Mays Tuesday 21st, 9pm Fly Paper Friday 24th, 9pm The Mainstays Saturday 25th, 9pm Island Project Tuesday 28th, 9pm Asamu Johnson Friday 31st, 9pm Warehouse 1299 Columbia Ave Battle Creek 269-979-9273 The Lounge Act, Dune Buggy Attack Battalion, Seas of Jupiter Saturday 8th, 9pm Warehouse UnPlugged With Smile Empty Soul’s Sean Danielsen, King of the Forest, Ghost In The Attic Friday 14th, 9pm Martila Sanders & Gee-Q Saturday 15th, 9pm Wild Bull 139 S Edwards St Kalamazoo 269-978-8451 Coldville Saturday 1st, 9pm Breathe Carolina, Candyland, Flinch Thursday 6th, 8pm Steve Hilger Band Friday 7th, 9pm Trust No One Saturday 8th, 9pm Second To None Friday 14th, 9pm Steve Rivers Band Saturday 15th, 9pm Kalamazoo Academy Of Rock Friday 21st, 7pm Dani Jamerson Band Saturday 22nd, 8pm M89 S ports Bar & Grill 129 E Allegan St, Otsego 269-694-6970 Denise Brown Connection Saturday 1st Bronk Bros Fri. 7th & Sat. 8th Scrapyard Fri. 14th & Sat. 15th Megan Rae Band Fri. 21st & Sat. 22nd TYPO Wednesday 26th Tetrad Fri. 28th & Sat. 29th Zarzuela 301 E Michigan Ave Marshall 269-789-9180 COW Kjell Croce, Jim Oliver, Bob Wentworth Saturday 1st Rene Meave Saturday 8th Misdirection Ramberto Bastell, John Rucker, and Kathleen Warriner Saturday 15th Stan Budzinski November 22nd Jim Jam with Jim Oliver, and Jim Dyer November 29th SmashmagS.com 502 South Burdick Kalamazoo 269-388-2196 Greensky Bluegrass After Party Friday 28th End of Reason Saturday 29th 18
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SMASHINTERVIEW Smash Magazine had the extereme pleasure to speak with Joshua Marunde(Chachi Riot) of Pop Evil in advance of their December 3rd show at The Music Factory in Battle Creek, Michigan. It was an honor to be a part of the experience that is Pop Evil and bring it to our readers. SmashmagS.com You are from Constantine, Michigan where Saraph was formed, Was Saraph the first band you were in? For a brief moment I was in a band called Vetis. Vetis was 3/4 of Saraph, and we just changed singers after I attended Ferris State. We changed our direction, musically, from heavy metal to rock* Myself and the Wagner brothers were always together. Was there a big transition moving from Saraph to Pop Evil? Musically, nothing too drastic. Emotionally and psychologically, yes. A massive change. I had only played in bands with my BEST friends. We spent every waking moment together. Joining Pop Evil was a move to pursue a CAREER. I didn't know all the guys, prior to joining, and I could never replace or supplement my relationship with the guys in Saraph. I was now working*, chasing a dream through a true form of career transport. I would of course, later become friends with all the PE guys/camp but, it was and never will be the same as Saraph. Not knowing how long you would be filling in for Dylan, was there a point where you knew you would be permanent and how did it feel when you were notified that you would be the permanent replacement Shortly after joining I was made aware at the potential that lie in front of me. There was about a 2-3wk testing phase where I needed to prove myself as a drummer. Playing to a click, learning new songs, and after that, it was a living test. Was I prepared to LIVE on the road, gel with the guys, and what other contributions could I make to the band. I was excited, overwhelmed and incredibly humbled when the position was OFFICIALLY locked in. The guys and experience in Pop Evil has taught me SO much about being a musician, the industry, and myself as a person and drummer. You began your tenure with the band during the tour supporting War of Angels, how did that differ from touring in support of Onyx which you had creative input on? For starters, I didn't know ANY of the songs on WoA. haha. I had to learn them all on the spot and ASAP. Musically, it was a big difference playing parts that weren't mine vs playing things I had helped create, and songs I had an actual investment in. It doesn't mean I hate the songs on WoA, AT ALL but, it definitely had a cover song vibe for a little while. I rarely play ANY of songs note-for-note to match the record, it's just not the kind of drummer I am. So I was putting my own flavor and fills on the WoA songs, pretty early on. That made it a little more fun. Pop Evil has been part of the Michigan Music scene for many years and i think we can all say confidently that they will go down in history as one of the best bands from Michigan, how does this make you feel? It definitely is hard... impossible for me to believe. In my head, we'll never compete with Bob Seger, Grand Funk Railroad, Ted Nugent, Madonna, Kid Rock, or Eminem... (I'm leaving out many others, too). I'm just very thankful to be making music for a living. I wake up and get to do something I love, everyday. I'm humbled to be included in conversation with my heros, but, I don't know that I or we deserve it. I definitely plan to keep working hard, pushing forward, and doing my best to make my family proud. Pop Evil has played every size venue in front of amazing crowds big and small, how if at all does that affect your performance and do you prefer one type of venue over another? I think my favorite is a packed house, filled with LOUD, crazy fans. That could be 200 or 20,000. I prefer PACKED clubs over arenas, because I like to feel close to the crowd. That passionate intimacy makes the energy just erupt and boil. I love that. It's pretty hard to top the feeling of playing a sold out 1,000 cap room. or the Machine Shop. You can't compete with that vibe. N
SMASHINTERVIEW  Smash Magazine had the extereme pleasure to speak with Joshua Marunde Chachi Riot  of Pop Evil in advance ...
The road can be a tiring experience, how do you keep yourself occupied during the down times? I'm very much a "go, go, go" kind of guy. I need to be occupied and entertained regularly. My free time is spend doing CrossFit, reading, writing/blogging, talking to my loved ones at home, and walking in the city of the day. I try to take advantage of our travels and learn and experience what I can about the places we visit. November 2014 Lastly, what does your current playlist contain? Oh man... EVERYTHING. Current favorites are: Sam Smith, The Parlor Mob, Michael Buble, Sevendust, Kings of Leon, Lana Del Rey, and many many more... Smash Magazine would like to thank Chachi for hanging out with us and we look forward to their Decmeber 3rd show at The Music Factory in Battle Creek, Michigan Written By: Bruce Tuck SmashmagS.com Coming home must mean many different things to you and the Music Factory (Planet Rock) has been sort of a home away from home for you guys since the early days, How does it feel to play in front of your home crowds? It's an EMOTIONAL day. haha. Happy and excited always, Michigan crowds are SO amazing, so awesome, and so loyal. None of us would be here without them or venues like the Music Factory. It can be a little overwhelming at times, having family, friends, and fans all out together haha. Still, it's an excitement and emotion I cherish and I'll always be thankful for. 20
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SMASHFocus Through The Ashes SmashmagS.com Metal Band Through The Ashes have roots buried all over Southwest Michigan from Vicksburg to Schoolcraft and Mishawaka but despite their wide spread base, these five musicians pull it together somehow to produce some of the tightest metalcore magic around. Front man Brad Brockway also shows off his vocal range in “Itchy”. Writing lyrics describing the torment of something that affects a lot of people these days, Meth addiction, and how it is causing so much destruction in their lives. Travis Harker took some time to tell me how the band is able to use technology to overcome the distance between them and the busy schedules everyone keeps to maintain a great bond of music and even get some writing in. There are few more tracks recorded but unlike their album “End of Days” which was written while several band members where struggling through emotional times, the new stuff is focusing on a more positive view. Through The Ashes is making their mark with the new single “Itchy” Just released this year. I spoke to Travis about what’s going on with the band and the new release. Travis explained the song was brought to them by Dustin Roesener their guitarist, who had actually written most of the song before he joined Through The Ashes. “He had never used it before and was really optimistic about showing it to the band because, it is slower, with a clean intro and a lot of aspects that we have never done”. But He showed it to us and we all really dug it because it was different from anything we had done before. After the show at Music Factory coming up in a few weeks the band is going to take a break for the holidays and use the time to work on writing some new material. Then there are plans in line to get back in the studio with Matt Dalton, who produced Itchy, in February. www.throughtheashes.com Make sure you check out our Full-Length Debut “End of Days” Available on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. November 15th with The Dread Return Fides in Us Massive Repulsive Doors at 7 N
SMASHFocus  Through The Ashes SmashmagS.com  Metal Band Through The Ashes have roots buried all over Southwest Michigan fr...
STACHE BASH 2014 AN EVENING OF CLASS AND DISTINCTION TO SUPPORT THE BRASS BAND OF BATTLE CREEK SATURDAY, NOV. 15TH - 7:00 PM THE UPSTAIRS LOUNGE @ THE CRICKET CLUB 36 W. MICHIGAN AVE - BATTLE CREEK $5 COVER CHARGE LIVE MUSIC FROM UP THE CREEK - RAFFLE PRIZES ALL PROCEEDS RAISED GO TO THE BRASS BAND OF BATTLE CREEK THE BCMAMS WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR SPONSORS: SmashmagS.com MOUSTACHE COMPETITIONS, INCLUDING ONE FOR THE LADIES THIS YEAR’S SPECIAL CATEGORY “MOST ARISTOCRATIC MOUSTACHE” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.BCMAMS.COM OR OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: B.C.M.A.M.S. November 2014 22
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White Reaper 629 Walbridge St Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007 Phone (269) 385-9359 Website - louieskzoo.com Email - booklouies@gmail.com Louie's Trophy House has been hosting an array of events that will surely make the history books for local musicians someday. Just when you think you've seen the best thing ever, Kalamazoo brings acts that make young scenesters shit their pants. The show on Novemer 12th in Louie's Back Room will be amazing. Deerhoof, White Reaper, and Preists are from all over the US and will be coming together to make faces melt and ears have orgasms. Deerhoof "one of the most original rock bands to have come along in the last decade"- THE NEW YORK TIMES "has the undeniable power of complete originality"- TIME "the best band in the world"- PITCHFORK November 2014 Priests This music is so passionately punk, it's no surprise it started in D.C. It's in-your-face post-punk that will knock your socks off. Songs like, "Doctor" and "Right Wing" create a feeling of anxiety that can only be extinguished through moving around. The show is going to make the audience feel united through a concientious insanity that only ends with the sobering notion that the set is over. The band Priests started around the same time the Occupy Wallstreet Movement began. Four like-minded people from different parts of the U.S found each other and used their music to convey the punk rock message. http://priests.bandcamp.com Presale tickets-$13/ Door-$15 Tickets are available online at: http://m.bpt.me/event/867233. Doors are at 7 and the show start at 8. 18+ event. See you all there! WRITTEN BY: Kathryn May SmashmagS.com Deerhoof started in San Fransisco in 1994 by Rob Fisk and Greg Saunier as an improv duo. Satomi Matsuzaki joined the group as the singer in 1995 after being in the US for a matter of days. Today, the line up includes: Satomi Matsuzaki, John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez, Greg Saunier. Throughout the years, their sound has described as an erratic blend of pop, jazz, classic rock, and noise. Their shows are legendary. Their stage set up is very small, but their sound and charisma are enormous. Pitchfork had gone so far as to say that Deerhoof is, “The best band in the world” http://deerhoof.net It’s rock and roll that thunders like a storm. When you come out, don’t forget your party boots. This band is going to make you wanna move. White Reaper is a punky, rock band from Louisville, KY. Like the other bands playing, they make three people sound as big as eardrums can handle. Their performance is one that can only be described with, “you just had to have been there, man.” So, don’t miss out. whitereaper.bandcamp.com/ 24
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SMASHFOCUS JEFF TWEEDY T he TV show 30 Rock popularized the expression “whiter than a Wilco concert.” Lo and behold, middle aged parents filled many seats at the Tweedy concert at Calvin College on October 2nd. SmashmagS.com B Crows, Croons, and Caws at Calvin College ut the seats were filled by young college students and old fans alike. The Brooklyn trio Hospitality opened with straight forward indie pop songs, and soon after the father-and-son band Tweedy took the stage. A s the frontman of the alternative-country band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy’s music career has spanned a dozen records for Wilco alone. He formed a new side-project with his son Spencer, 18, called Tweedy. They recorded the 20 song album Sukierae which was released last September. J eff Tweedy, 47, hasn’t aged well since his Uncle Tupelo and early Wilco years, but his voice still crooned. The performance was split between a four-piece band behind him, and a set of solo songs. After a few people arrived to the show late, Tweedy joked “You missed some great stuff. It’s all waltzes from here on out.” H e didn’t only play waltzes, but he did popularize #Waltzwave on Twitter. During his solo performance he played Wilco classics like “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “I’m the Man Who Loves You” from the seminal album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. When he strummed the guitar and played the harmonica to “She’s a Jar,” it felt like traveling back in time and seeing a young Bob Dylan. A nd like Bob Dylan would, when the band rejoined him, he played Woody Guthrie’s “California Stars.” The interesting thing about Wilco and Tweedy is that they tend to cater to a urbane, middle-class, and liberal audience even though country music tends to attract the rural, working-class, and more conservative. Like Dylan and Guthrie, perhaps this | Chicago-based songwriter that opened before Obama crosses barriers between class, geography, but, according to the 30 Rock expression, maybe not race. A t one moment, Tweedy can be a dark story teller, and, in another, he’s earnestly confessing his woes on stage. The show focused mostly on the recent record (which at that point had been out for only two weeks), but the audience was awaiting his solo set. He ended by unplugging and playing “Acuff-Rose” from his early band Uncle Tupelo. He came off the stage and into the crowd, then left the night grinning. BY: Colin Smith N
SMASHFOCUS  JEFF TWEEDY T  he TV show 30 Rock popularized the expression    whiter than a Wilco concert.    Lo and behold,...
FRIDAY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS NOVEMBER 7 ART HOP Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys (Rockabilly, Americana, and Honky Tonk) FREE NOVEMBER 14 33rd Street Band (Variety/Cover Band) $5 NOVEMBER 21 The Moxie Strings (Celtic/Americana Fusion) $5 NOVEMBER 28 “Love and Valor: One Couple’s Intimate Civil War Letters.” Introduction by KVM staff (Movie) FREE DECEMBER 5 ART HOP Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra (Classical) FREE DECEMBER 19 Leslie Goddard’s Clara Barton – Civil War Nurse (Character Reenactment) $5 Friday night theater programs resume January 9, 2015. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION Monday-Thursday 9 am–5 pm Friday 9 am–9 pm Saturday 9 am–5 pm Sunday + Holidays 1 pm–5 pm Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter 230 North Rose Street Kalamazoo, MI 49007 269.373.7990 | 800.772.3370 kalamazoomuseum.org /KalamazooValleyMuseum @kalamazoomuseum The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees November 2014 SmashmagS.com DECEMBER 12 The Duffield/Caron Project (Blues, Boogie, and Ballads) $5 26
FRIDAY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS NOVEMBER 7 ART HOP Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys  Rockabilly, Americana, and Honky Tonk  FREE ...