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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


  • Marcy Peake's "Please Understand" (photography)
    October 6, 2017
    5 p.m.
    The Please Understand photo exhibit is an uncensored optic of the sentiments presented in the book Please Understand, by Marcy L. Peake. The book and exhibit provide eye-opening insights into the lives of socially, emotionally, and economically vulnerable children to inspire awareness and advocacy that promotes proactive change that leads to preparing instead of repairing young people.

  • Never Mine
    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.

  • Josh Gipson's "Precision Productions" (art)
    November 3, 2017
    5 p.m.

  • Mechele Peters and Til the Cowboys Come Home
    November 3, 2017
    6 p.m.
    Mechele Peters is an American singer-songwriter who offers a uniquely human emotional voice rooted in old school country and Americana. From the Michigan countryside to the streets of London and back again, Mechele’s sound is reminiscent of the outlaw sound she heard on the truck radio as a child.

    Fretboard Festival 04 - Lucky Day on YouTube

  • Denise Miller's "Reclaiming Humanness: An Historical Broadside Journey of Black Women as Reluctant Heroes 1871-Present" (art)
    December 1, 2017
    5 p.m.

  • Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
    December 1, 2017
    6 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra presents holiday music old and new, along with other traditional audience favorites. The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is a plucked string ensemble consisting of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass.

    Kalamazoo Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra plays "England" on YouTube

Music Light Shows

  • Music Light Show: Pink Floyd's The Wall
    Sundays at 3:45 p.m.; Art Hop Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
    October 6, 2017 and November 3, 2017
    *Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.*
    Experience “The Wall” like never before. Our Pink Floyd series culminates with the band’s 11th studio album set to stunning laser graphics. Largely based on bassist and lyricist Roger Waters, the character Pink is the world-weary focus of this concept album as he slowly isolates himself from society, represented by the metaphorical “Wall” of the album title. Feel the sub-woofer, experience world-class graphics, and break through “The Wall.”

  • Music Light Show: U2
    Saturdays at 4p.m.; Art Hop Fridays at 8 p.m.
    October 6, 2017 and November 3, 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.!