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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

  • Derek Ketchum Photography's "A Selection of Live Local Music Photography - Year in Review"
    December 2, 2016
    5 p.m.
    Art can take on many forms. For Derek Ketchum, that art comes in the form of photography combined with his other passion: music. The music scene is alive and well in Kalamazoo, with more venues than ever where artists can perform. What else is great about Kalamazoo? Every music genre is represented around town, and there is literally something for everyone almost every night of the week. This exhibition is set up to be a year in review through his eyes, showcasing the music, the artists, and the venues that help to keep the Kalamazoo music scene vibrant.


  • The Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra
    (Holiday Classics)
    December 2, 2016
    6 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra presents holiday music old and new, along with other traditional audience favorites. The KMGO is a plucked string ensemble consisting of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass. They were founded in 2003 to revive the mandolin orchestra tradition in Kalamazoo. Under the direction of conductor Philip Rugel, the orchestra enjoys performing a wide variety of music, including classical, ethnic, and “golden era” mandolin orchestra music.


    Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra plays Sky Colored Lake on YouTube

  • Martina Hahn, speed painter, will display her paintings and do a live painting with Joe Reilly.
    February 3, 2017
    5:00-8:30 p.m.

  • Storytelling Festival Kickoff Concert with Terry Wooten at 6 p.m. and Joe Reilly at 7 p.m.
    February 3, 2017

  • Fretboard Festival Kickoff Concert with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
    March 3, 2017
    Americana, Roots

  • Foodways Symposium
    April 7, 2017

  • Brooke Beaverhausen’s Steadfast Stitching Art Exhibition
    May 5, 2017
    5:00-8:30 p.m.

  • Off the Ledge
    May 5, 2017
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Alternative Rock, Blues, Grunge, Folk, Funk, Jam Band, Jazz Rock

  • Animotion Festival Kickoff Event
    June 2, 2017