State on the Street Presented by Curaleaf WSG DJ Mel V
State on the Street is back for select Fridays this Summer! Join us outside the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for State on the Street Presented by Curaleaf featuring DJ MEL V Friday September 23 as we welcome back K-College, KVCC and WMU students!
We’ll have free live music outside our iconic Theatre, patio seating, drink specials, and more! All of the events will be held on Fridays, with our patio and bar opening at 5PM and live music from 5:30-8:30PM!
Patio seating is first-come first-serve and will be limited. Feel free to bring your own chairs.
Mel-V, a Guatemalan born/American DJ and Producer from Kalamazoo, is never afraid of taking a chance to make his set unique. He’s sure to set any dancefloor ablaze with his versatility- at times combining Latin rhythms he grew up listening to with the best Hip Hop, Top-40, EDM, House and more.
Growing up in Guatemala ingrained him with a passion and appreciation for Salsa, Merengue, and (Spanish) Reggae music, which helped set the foundation for his expansive knowledge of Latin music from all parts of the world. Upon migrating to the U.S. in the early 90s, his introduction to music from artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, 2Pac, NAS, etc., would lead to his love for Hip Hop and would eventually spark his interest in DJing.
His beginning in the art of DJing began as a Freshman at Western Michigan University in the fall of 2001, rocking out house parties blending Latin, Top-40 and Hip Hop music. He began DJing other events that would prepare him and help shape his own unique style with energy and skill, and would eventually land him gigs at the well-known nightlife hot spots around town, as well as all over West Michigan.
In 2009, he achieved his certification as a Certified Specialist in Music Production from Berklee College of Music.
With 15+ years behind the decks, he has shown time and time again his talent in mixing seemingly between a variety of genres while not only entertaining and making crowds dance all over West Michigan, but as well as on a few past occasions, rocking out at some of the nation’s liveliest nightlife spots that have included The Betsy Hotel Miami, Karu & Y Miami, ENIGMA The Lounge Chicago, and The Annex Detroit.
Aside from Talib Kweli and Keith Murray, he has also DJ’d for Camp Lo, Elzhi and opened for De La Soul’s, DJ Maseo, Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, DJ Tony Touch, Slum Village and Verse Simmonds. Mel-V is the official DJ for locally and nationally known Hip Hop group and Wu-Tang affiliates, Dezert Eez.
Here is the rest of our 2022 State on the Street lineup:
September 23rd “Welcome Back Students” featuring DJ Mel V
We can’t wait to see you all at these free, outdoor events!
What To Expect:
– Free admission
– Throwback drink specials available to purchase outside of KST
– Enjoy live music from from 5:30-8:30PM
– Visit the Curaleaf Table
– KST Box Office and Merch on site
– To-go drinks in Social District cups
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