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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
Music Light shows begin at 6:30 and 8:00* pm – $3


  • Cold Mountain Child
    August 4, 2017
    6 p.m.
    Sunbeam Play, Folk, Psychedelic, and Indie
    Formed as an ambient-folk duo in 2008, Cold Mountain Child currently manifests as a four-piece folk band. Their songs are rooted in pastoral folk structures, offering an aural tapestry that includes traditional roots Americana, neo-soul groove, and psychedelic nature narratives. Singer-songwriter Tyler Bradley chants of ecstatic agency, tender loving, and a yearning for new realities beyond the mundane. Their live performances offer both lyrical acoustic ballads and a lush full-band vibe which adds influences from jazz, tropicalismo, and reggae.

    Cold Mountain Child - "'Sing Out!"' live @ Feastival 2016 on YouTube

  • Rachel McGuffin's "Figures Illuminated" Art Exhibition
    August 5, 2017
    5 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Friday Night Highlights Series presents a Visual Experience featuring Rachel McGuffin's "Figures Illuminated" Art Exhibition for the August Art Hop. Rachel McGuffin's "Figures Illuminated" is a series of ethereal portraits in acrylic, colored pencil, and gouache. Taking inspiration from illuminated manuscripts, figure drawing, and the people of daily life, she seeks to find the divinity inside us.

  • Double Strung
    September 8, 2017
    6 p.m.
    Double-Strung is an acoustic group featuring Matt Schwartz on vocals and guitar, Roxanne Artis on vocals, banjo, and upright bass, and Robin Nott on mandolin. The trio features tight vocal harmonies and an all-acoustic mix of country and gospel covers and originals, and they even put their own spin on songs from the alternative rock scene.

    Double-Strung performing "Granny's In The Cellar" on YouTube

  • Never Mind
    October, 6, 2017
    6 p.m.
    Never Mine is a duo group consisting of John Campos on mandolin and Susie Parr on ukulele and vocals. A fairly new band to the Kalamazoo music scene, they have played Bell's Brewery and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival. They do a variety of songs, from old jazz tunes from the 1920s to more modern songs as well.

Music Light Shows

  • Music Light Show: Led Zeppelin
    Saturdays at 4 p.m.; Art Hop Fridays at 8 p.m.
    June 17 - September 9, 2017
    Experience many Led Zeppelin classics, including Over the Hills and Far Away, Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Kashmir, and Stairway to Heaven, in 5.1 surround sound set to immersive and surrealistic computer-generated effects.

  • Music Light Show: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
    Sundays at 4p.m.; Art Hop Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
    June 18 - September 10, 2017
    Pink Floyd’s progressive 8th album is put to stunning visuals that will send you to the moon. The album remained on Billboard charts for an amazing 741 weeks from 1973 until 1988, longer than any other record in history. The music you know is taken to a new level when combined with stunningly crisp laser graphics and shown on the planetarium’s dome.!