18+ Event standing room only Future Living hails from Kalamazoo and Chicago, hugging Lake Michigan with all their might. This syrupy space rock is the work of Anne and Chafe Hensley, Neal Markowski, and John Patterson. Their first record, Solutions-Based Entertainments, was released in 2021.
18+ Event standing room only Saturdays at Your Place is an alternative emo band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their sound consists of both heavy and twinkly guitar parts, group vocals and heart on sleeve lyrics.
This is a 18 event with standing room only From Baltimore comes Cris Jacobs — an unexpectedly gritty soul-blues singer and guitarist with outlaw country ethos. Blending a variety of musical traditions, Jacobs creates a distinctive voice and sound of his own punctuated by emotive songwriting and explosive guitar playing. Equally at home playing heartfelt Americana ballads or funky blues rockers, Jacobs is known for his mesmerizing live shows, where his improvisational guitar playing, powerhouse band, and deep reservoir of songs make each night a unique experience. Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in 2017, Jacobs has collaborated with the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, and earned opening slots on tours with Sturgill Simpson and Steve Winwood. In his early days coming up in Baltimore, Jacobs spent 10 years as a member of eclectic rock band The Bridge before making his debut as bandleader and sole songwriter with 2012’s Songs for Cats and Dogs, emerging with renewed focus and a refined sound. With three solo albums to his name, a collaborative record with Ivan Neville aptly titled “Neville Jacobs”, songwriting credits that include bluegrass artists Audie Blaylock and Frank Solivan, New Orleans funksters Dumpstaphunk, and gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama, Jacobs continues to evolve and display his wide range of writing and performing prowess. “No matter the song”, he says, “I just like to keep it soulful and let the music speak for itself”.
This is a 18+ event with standing room only “Kindred spirits to Reverend Peyton are John Lee Hooker and RL Burnside.” – The Washington Post Three time BMA nominee’s The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are “the greatest front-porch blues band in the world”. They are led by Reverend Peyton, who most consider to be the premier finger picker playing today. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy, country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Their latest record Dance Songs For Hard Times went #1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Sirius XM Blues Charts and was produced by Grammy winner Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton). The record is critically acclaimed by Rolling Stone, Relix, Popmatters, Guitar World, American Songwriter, No Depression, Glide, Wide Open Country, Paste, American Blues Scene and many more!
This is a 18+ event with standing room only Though Carbon Leaf had traditionally embraced a wall of sound approach in the studio, this time around they went back to the basics, focusing on raw, acoustic arrangements that placed the storytelling front and center. With guitarist Terry Clark handling engineering duties, the band—Privett, Clark, stringed instrument wizard Carter Gravatt, bassist Jon Markel, and drummer Jesse Humphrey—captured performances on and off over the course of roughly six months, experimenting with a wide variety of instruments and mic placements to generate a series of immersive, transportive sonic landscapes. “Space was a big thing for us when we were making these recordings,” says Clark. “Moving the microphones further away so we could really capture the room and the air helped add lot of the character and dimension these songs needed.” While some of the tracks here began life as instrumental demos from Gravatt, others first took shape as a capella lyrical or melodic ideas from Privett. Regardless of where each tune began, though, the finished product would inevitably wind up bearing the unmistakable fingerprints of all five bandmates, whose infectious chemistry consistently yields more than the sum of its parts. “We like to take a world-building approach in the studio,” says Privett. “We’ll stack things up and layer them on top of each other until we’ve got something that sounds way beyond just five guys in a room together.” That alchemy is obvious from the outset on The Hunting Ground, which opens with the churning “Everything’s Alright Mama.” Mixing gritty Appalachian folk with lilting Celtic influences, the track begins with both feet on the ground and builds into a soaring work of bittersweet beauty, balancing the mundane and the magical in equal measure as it reaches out into the void for connection. Like much of the album, it’s a bright, uptempo tune, but dig beneath the surface and you’ll find an underlying sense of sadness that permeates the often-impressionistic lyrics. The driving “Her Father’s Pride,” for instance, grapples with division on both a personal and a communal scale, while the rollicking “Smokey Joe Of The Poconos” explores what happens to those left behind in the name of progress, and the mesmerizing “Pale Blue Dot” zooms out to contemplate our place and our purpose in the greater scheme of the universe. It’s perhaps the muscular title track, though, that best encapsulates the sense of questioning and longing that defines the collection, with Privett singing, “Is this all we have, the natural world? Is anyone around?” “The idea of the hunting ground is that it’s this place where you’re searching for something out in the great wild unknown,” says Privett. ”How do you process grief? How do you fix your soul in the face of losing someone you care about? How do you carry on when life doesn’t go the way you’d planned?” In the end, of course, there are no easy answers to these questions, and that’s precisely the point. The hunt is an endless one, but it doesn’t need to be lonely. We’re all in the search together, and after more than a year of distance and isolation, it’s hard to think of anything we need more than a good old fashioned gathering.
This is a 21 and over event.Standing Room Only The All American Funk Parade will take all of the things that you thought you knew about yourself and smash them together in a big bowl and stomp on them until they all mashed into moosh and then they will pour Barbeque Sauce all over it until it oozes over the sides and dribbles onto the floor where you and all of your loved ones will DANCE ALL OVER IT UNTIL YOU NO LONGER KNOW WHO THE F#@% YOU ARE.
18+ Event standing room only Imagine that its 1981 and you’re cruising the Atlantic shores of the Hamptonswith your friends. Bikinis are fluorescent, polo collars are popped, and boat shoesare rocked sockless. In the background, your booming sound system is playing thesoft-rock sounds of Michael McDonald, Olivia Newton-John, Hall & Oates,Christopher Cross and Air Supply.The Docksiders are made up of veteran musicians originally from Milwaukee,Wisconsin and now based in Las Vegas, Nevada – led by 3-time Grammy™nominee, Kevin Sucher. Their unique tribute act of your favorite soft rock songs ofthe 70s and 80s – now defined as Yacht Rock – have been entertaining hundredsof thousands of people for years – and audiences are only getting bigger!The Docksiders – hit song after hit song, costume changes, and visual production,is only topped by their world-class performance.The Docksiders – America’s Favorite Yacht Rock Band!™
21+ Event Standing room only “Come ring in the New Year with great live music based right here in Kalamazoo, MI! Trifocal is a Michigan based psychedelic funk rock trio that fuses elements of multiple genres to create a musical experience full of twists and turns. Throughout the many changes of feel and energy, their music maintains a sense of groove that is impossible to ignore. Trifocal has put out 3 new singles in 2023 that can be streamed on all platforms. Benna is a neo-rock-soul band from Kalamazoo, MI. This project formed with members of the Kalamazoo psychedelic rock band Buddhahandband. Follow them on instagram @benna.music and check out their latest single “Losing” streaming everywhere. For this special event, Trifocal has been putting together a setlist of covers featured on various versions of Tony Hawk Pro Skater, including but not limited to bands like Primus, CKY, and Goldfinger. It is gonna get wild!!!”
18+ Event standing room only Michigan pop country artist Sage Castleberry has a musical style that brings together both old and new. Born into a family of musicians, he was exposed to a variety of genres, ranging from 80s hair bands to country music and everything in between. Picking up the guitar at just 10 years old, Castleberry has spent years mastering his art and eventually playing with many talented friends and even his own father and drummer, Tim Castleberry. Now that the songwriter is creating more of his own music, he is discovering his individual sound and perfecting his artistry. Sage is often found playing solo in West Michigan Breweries and restaurants, planning for the upcoming festival and outdoor season ahead. After the paramount success of his debut single “I Kinda Like It”, Castleberry then released a beautiful break up song called “Last Goodbye” followed by the idyllic and upbeat “Neverland”. Claiming his infectious pop country sound fueled by his diverse influences over the years, like Seaforth and Thomas Rhett, this artist displays an ever growing collection of music filled with great hooks and clever lyrics. “Leave with me together” is the title of his just released and Debut EP. The EP consists of five singles with the highlighted single of the group being titled “Leave With Me Together”. The song was written about Sage’s Grandparents, Jerry and Donna Castleberry, who died literally hand in hand, an hour apart from complications from Covid 19. This single is a heart wrenching song to honor his beloved “Gram and Pop”. The lyrics tell the story of their humble home and family life, followed by the sentiment shared by every true love, to stay together, forever. The endearing lyrics are accompanied by a lovely melody, rich vocals and accents of steel guitar. Garnering critical acclaim on release of his outstanding debut from the likes of Earmilk, Atwood Magazine, and Variance Magazine, Sage Castleberry is emerging exceptionally into the scene.
2023 Bell’s Beer Garden Summer Concert SeriesThis is a 18 and over event. With a legacy spanning three decades, Belle and Sebastian have truly earned their place in music history. The unique, unpredictable, and fiercely loved band have a plethora of accolades and plaudits to their name including winning the “Best Newcomers” BRIT in 1999, selling out the Hollywood Bowl, and contributing to the soundtrack for an array of films (Juno, The Power of Nightmares). Their most recent output, a trio of EPs titled How To Solve Our Human Problems, Parts 1-3 was a return to an earlier format, allowing the music to emerge organically on EP sessions. 2019 holds new music in the form of a soundtrack to Simon Bird’s upcoming film, Days of The Bagnold Summer, due for release later this year. Still regarded as “One of the most thoughtful and compelling bands out there” (The Times) Belle and Sebastian are soon to head to The Mediterranean to launch their 4 day festival at sea, The Boaty Weekender. This event emerges twenty years on from their pioneering holiday-camp-held festival The Bowlie Weekender. Catch them bringing joy to a stage near you soon.