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  • Friday, April 28, 2017
    •  Whether you have a Commodore 64 or Chromebook sitting on your desk, unplug and make your way to Crawlspace Eviction's April 28 & 29 shows, entitled "COMP."

      "Computers need to get a sense of humor, so we'll be lampooning them during our next weekend of shows," says Dann Sytsma, director of Crawlspace Eviction. "Also, their inability to defend themselves make them perfect targets."
      Booting themselves up for the weekend will be Bannon "In Beta" Backhus, Brian "Still Buffering" Duguay, John "Off JavaScript" Kasdorf, Dann "The Dongle" Sytsma and Tara "The Terabyte" Sytsma.
      The performances will take place in the Judy K. Jolliffe Theatre, in downtown Kalamazoo’s arts hub, the Epic Center, located at 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, on April 28 & 29. The shows will start at 8 pm, with seating beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $13, $10 for students. Alcohol available in the lobby before the show and at intermission. For tickets and more information, visit www.crawlspacetheatre.com.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
    • We are pleased to welcome actress & comedian Mo’Nique to the Kalamazoo State Theatre this spring! 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 on April 29th. Scoop up tickets early to secure the best seats and to receive $5 off your tickets. Set a reminder for public onsale on March 17th!
       
      Ticket Information:
      This is an 18+ reserved seating event. There’
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    •   The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will present the final performance of its 78th season on Sunday, April 30th, at Chenery Auditorium.  This captivating program will celebrate a particular closeness with the vernacular, deriving from the songs and most especially dances that have always been the very foundations of our musical culture.  

               The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony is made up of young musicians from Kalamazoo and its nine surrounding counties, and is consistently delighting the community with it's refined skill, energetic passion, and continual ability to create a meaningful and memorable performance. Led by the illustrious Andrew Koehler, the KJSO never fails to woo audiences with its high level of excellence and passion. This particular concert will highlight student soloist, Alex Smith, winner of the KJSO concerto competition. If you needed any further evidence of the multi-faceted talents that exist in the orchestra's members, consider this: Alex Smith sits as principal cellist for the orchestra, yet will take the stage on April 30th as a vocal soloist. 
               One thing is certain: you will not want to miss this event!
  • Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    • 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 is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. During the 1980s, 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 “Invincibile.” During the early days of MTV Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists on the popular music channel. Her hits continue to be as unforgettable now as they were at the dawn of MTV, when Pat emerged, fearless, fighting and forging a path for other female rock stars around the world.
      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 1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar. More than just an explosive steel bending guitar player, Giraldo’s innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar sound, from its inception.
  • Wednesday, May 03, 2017
    • 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 debute
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017
    • Join folk artists & renowned duo, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre on May 11th! The recipient of multiple Grammy Awards and nominations going back to 1998, Béla Fleck’s total Grammy count is 16 Grammys won, with 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history. Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. Thanks to their recent albums, the musicians’ palette has never been more vivid or pure.
       
      Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn presented their self-titled debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues. The album Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is so impressive it receiv
  • Friday, May 12, 2017
    • One of the largest influential figures in Nuevo Flamenco music, Jesse Cook, returns to the Kalamazoo State Theatre for an all ages performance! After two decades of criss-crossing the world in restless pursuit of inspiration, innovation and collaboration, the Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook changed course for his ninth studio album One World, out April, 28th, 2015. Instead of exotic locales, he stayed home in his studio. Instead of a foreign legion of performers, he relied on his own devices. And instead of exploring cul de sacs of music — flamenco, classical, rumba, world beat, pop, blues or jazz — he united them. Plan ahead & enjoy a cultural escape for the whole family!
       
      Ticket Information:
      ONSALE NOW! This is an all ages event with reserved seating. There’s an 8 ticket per person limit.
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017
    •  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.

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    • Peace Pizzazz is a peace education program for K-5 students using the Golden Rule as the model for creating peace in their lives. Throughout the year lessons are provided through books, art projects, music, verbal/written poetry, dance, and other expressions of peaceful behavior.

      Peace Pizzazz assists by providing books and curriculum to bring peace to the children.

      Festival events:

      fun events * children’s parade *  art *  games *  singing * dancing * musical instrument “petting zoo”  * musical performances

      Featured performer: Joe Reilly

  • Saturday, June 03, 2017
    •  The Do-Dah Parade is a Kalamazoo tradition. The parade is nonprofit, community organizing, and a grab your friends kind of event. It is the opposite of the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade and it opens the doors to groups that want to do something silly, dumb, and poke fun of a person, place, or thing. Most ideas evolve from a bar napkin.  It serves a niche and it is tradition.