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
Holly Northrup's "Minimal" (Mixed Media)
October 7, 2016
Holly Northrup's newest body of work, Minimal, is inspired by the minimalistic clean lines of the 1930’s Modern interior design style. Minimal is meant to adorn the body and the space in which it rests when off the body. Minimal uses pops of color, geometric shapes, and negative space to make the wearer feel as though they are a work of art themselves.
Crawlspace Eviction (Improv Comedy)
October 7, 2016
Crawlspace Eviction is a group of improv performers with a sharp focus on creating interesting characters and relationships on stage, directly from audience suggestions. From the beginning, the team was determined to explore the comedy in human connection. Crawlspace Eviction has been performing since 2003, always pushing the boundaries of what a collection of talented performers can do when they don’t have a script to work from.
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot (Folk) and Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe (Folk Pop)
November 4, 2016
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot is an indie folk duo from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their sound draws from the rich heritage of the folk revival, earthy and original, featuring finger-style guitar and close harmony vocals. Live, the duo employs a single-mic approach to best capture the nuance and subtle interactions of their performance.
Of her own volition, Grand Rapids-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Mainville dove headfirst into the world of music as early as the fifth grade, when she began playing viola and upright bass in orchestra class. Following her first Wheatland Festival in 2012, Mainville fell in love with the idea of performing her own songs on stage.
Derek Ketchum Photography's "A Selection of Live Local Music Photography - Year in Review"
December 2, 2016
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
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.