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Friday Night Highlights

Friday Night Highlight Series

Friday Night Highlights returns in September with live music and visual art during Art Hop Fridays year-round.  As always, expect to find some of your favorite local musicians, up-and-coming bands, and some evenings with doubleheaders.  Swing by the Museum on Art Hop nights (usually the first Friday of the month) and enjoy good music, a little refreshment, and good company! 

Friday Art Hop: visual art exhibits open at 5:00 pm; live performances begin at 6:00 pm – FREE
Laser Light shows begin at 8:00 – $3


  • AniMotion Festival Kickoff Concert with Who Hit John?
    June 3, 2016
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Our AniMotion Festival kicks off with a concert by Who Hit John? Whether kicking out raucous fiddle tunes, dirty and greasy southern blues, or high and lonesome bluegrass serenades, Who Hit John? keeps the home fires burning, carrying on the tradition of American roots music. All five members write and sing, providing a wealth of material and influences. Who Hit John? have been performing, jamming, and busking around southwest Michigan since 2006.


    Michigan Boy by Who Hit John? on YouTube


  • Photography and Poetry by Colin Overhiser of Captured Photography
    July 8, 2016
    5-8:30 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Friday Night Highlights Series presents a visual art interactive experience of Photography and Poetry by Colin Overhiser of Captured Photography for the July Art Hop. Colin is a senior at Western Michigan University studying Film/Video/Media Studies and minoring in Advertising and Promotion. He has been passionate about film and photography for about 5 years, and it challenges him and brings joy to his life. He is looking forward to reading some of his poems to you.


  • Dixon's Violin and Folias Flute and Guitar Duo
    August 5, 2016
    6-8:30 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Friday Night Highlights Series presents a live music experience doubleheader featuring Dixon's Violin and Folias Flute and Guitar Duo for the August Art Hop.

    Dixon's Violin performs transformational journeys via digital violin. The world's premier digital violinist, Dixon's life mission is to inspire people! Dixon was classically trained from the age of 10 and grew to a symphony violinist, then digital master, and now music shaman. Dixon's passionate energy will enchant, transform, and inspire you.

    Folias Flute and Guitar Duo is an American performer/composer chamber music duo. American Record Guide calls the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo “daring in self written music.” Having worked together for over ten years, this Grand Rapids-based husband and wife duo featuring flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron continues to break new ground as performers and composers, with a list of over 40 self-published compositions.


    Dixon's Violin at Electric Forest 2013 on YouTube


    Folias Flute and Guitar Duo - Dreaming to Live on YouTube


  • Marlena Smith's Alphabet Medley Mixed Media Art Exhibition
    September 9, 2016
    5:00-8:30 p.m.
    Marlena Smith is a mixed media artist who is inspired by those beautiful moments in everyday life. It could come from seeing snow glistening on blades of grass or the color of the crust on freshly baked bread, a passage in a novel, or a mother braiding her daughter’s hair. She wants to inspire her students from kindergarten on to see the beauty in the world around them and to use the resources around them to create.


  • Kaitlin Rose and Rachel B
    September 9, 2016
    6-8:30 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Friday Night Highlights Series presents a Live Music Experience doubleheader featuring Kaitlin Rose of Kalamazoo and Rachel B of Traverse City for the September Art Hop.

    Kaitlin Rose has been playing guitar and writing songs since the summer of 2001 after finding her mom's Alvarez in the hallway closet. Since then, Kaitlin has recorded four full-length solo albums in various basements and attics of friends and family members, including All My Roses, Sentience, The Ideal, and Organic Travels.

    Rachel B is a singer-songwriter thriving with her self-appointed genre of soul empowerment pop, blending vivacity and uplifting melodies with hints of sass.


    I Get Wound Up on YouTube


    Rachel B Live @ Earth Day on YouTube