State on the Street Presented by Curaleaf WSG The Insiders: A Tribute to Tom Petty (KST B-Day Party!)
We’re turning 95! Join us for a special birthday celebration outside the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for State on the Street Presented by Curaleaf featuring The Insiders Friday July 15!
We’ll have free live music outside our iconic Theatre, patio seating, drink specials, and some birthday surprises! 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.
Close your eyes and you won’t know the difference. Open them and you still might be fooled. The Insiders present the premier Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers experience. With 6 veteran musicians and decades of combined stage and touring experience, The Insiders are genuinely running down the dream.
It all starts with front man Max Lockwood. “I grew up listening to Tom Petty. My mom would play the Greatest Hits record while she worked out. I’d sit at the top of the stairs and listen to those songs—it was my most requested CD as a young kid.” In high school, Lockwood’s band Big Dudee Roo started covering Petty songs at their frequent shows in West Michigan. “Tom Petty was part of the great American landscape to me—a legend by the time I was musically conscious. We got a great crowd reaction with Petty tunes, and people frequently commented that I sounded a lot like him.”
Nothing has changed with time. After the passing of Tom Petty in October of 2017, Lockwood organized the band by pulling together some of his favorite musicians for a benefit concert. After a sold-out show that raised thousands for a local domestic violence shelter The Insiders decided they wouldn’t back down. “We try to honor what Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers have done for rock and roll each night. We’re fans of the music first and foremost. These songs are woven into the fabric of the American identity.” They’ve found no shortage of demand, selling out shows everywhere they go. Local Spins’ John Sinkevics had this to say: “The Insiders set the bar at a new level for Tom Petty tributes.”
Here is the rest of our 2022 State on the Street lineup:
· July 15th “Kalamazoo State Theatre Birthday” featuring The Insiders: A Tribute to Tom Petty
· August 5th Serita’s Black Rose & Art Hop
· August 19th Rene Meave
· 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 5:30-8:30PM
– Visit the Curaleaf Table
– KST Box Office and Merch on site
– To-go drinks in Social District cups