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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

  • Image of the cover of the Limited Crew novel series with creator Hanna Spangler
    Art Hop Visual Experience: Limitless Digital and Papercraft Art Exhibition
    of Hannah Spangler
    September 11, 2015
    5:00-8:30 p.m.
    The "Limitless" exhibit showcases the colorful and vast world of the soon-to-be-released graphic novel series The Limitless Crew. Limitless is the story of a group of misfits overcoming their limits-- limits that others thrust upon them as well as the limits they put on themselves-- and in the process, we learn more about our own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Image of the bang The Go Rounds in front of a wall of old car license plates.
    Art Hop Music Experience: The Go Rounds

    September 11, 2015
    6:00-8:30 p.m.
    The Go Rounds are a furious live act and progressive recording unit fueled by the history of their diverse lineup and a collaborative spirit injected into everything from songwriting to arranging. Equally inspired by their record collections as the beauty of the Great Lakes State, the band explores soul music, baroque folk, art rock, country, and classic rock n' roll.


    The Go Rounds performing Make It Sweeter - Audio only


  • Art Hop Visual Experience: "Surrounded by Beauty" Photography Exhibition of Ken Campbell

    October 2, 2015
    5:00-8:30 p.m.
    Ken Campbell was born in Greenock, Scotland and moved to Michigan in 1989. Currently in Kalamazoo, he finds himself always surrounded by art and music. He enjoys looking at the textures and layers that make up the tapestry of the world around us, and seeing things from a different angle helps him to rediscover the world every day.

  • Art Hop Musical Experience: Dave Menzo and Friends

    October 2, 2015
    6:00-8:30 p.m.
    Dave Menzo is a multi-instrumentalist from Ann Arbor who fuses folk, soul, pop, and world music into his own unique blend. Utilizing looping, he adds beatboxing and guitar layers to each song, creating a driving beat. With his use of effects and layering, you won't believe that he is playing an acoustic guitar. Joined by friends Dede Alder and Scott Kendall, they add a whole new life to Menzo's music. Come see for yourself!


    Light Out for the Territory - Falling Down Stairs LIVE from rishiverb on Vimeo.


  • Art Hop Visual Experience: “Fragments: Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe 1981- 2007” by Yal Strom
    November 6, 2015
    5:00-8:30 p.m.
    “Fragments: Jewish Life in Central and Eastern Europe 1981- 2007” is an exhibit featuring the work of photographer and musician Yale Strom. These contemporary images provide a window to the recent past. Fragments is an exhibit of 36 photographs and sheet music that explore the post-war traditions of Central and Eastern Europe’s remaining Jewish communities.


  • Art Hop Musical Experience: Delilah DeWylde and The Lost Boys with Megan Dooley
    November 6, 2015
    6:00-8:30 p.m.
    Free
    Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys mix their own self-penned songs with vintage country/honky tonk hits, rockabilly favorites, and surf gems by such artists as Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Gene Vincent, and Dick Dale. Megan Dooley is a torch-swing musician hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dooley combines prohibition-era swing and torch style music with early rock and R&B influences.


  • Art Hop Visual Experience: Spirit, Relation, and Story: Contemporary Potawatomi Art by Jason Wesaw
    December 4, 2015
    5:00-8:30 p.m.
    Jason Wesaw’s work shows the influence of contemporary art and culture on traditional tribal stories and life ways. He creates in ceramics, photographs, textiles, cultural arts, and, as of late, drawings. The common thread running through his creations is a desire to relate aspects of his Potawatomi culture to the viewer. The specific placement of color and simple line use shows Jason’s affinity for modernism and minimalism. However, every piece is deeply rooted in the age-old stories, ceremonies, and spiritual beliefs of his ancestors. He sees object and image making as a means to bring these stories to a broader audience, while keeping them fresh and relevant. Jason Wesaw works under the name of Condition Studio and exhibits his work nationally.


  • Art Hop Musical Experience: Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra
    December 4, 2015
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra presents holiday music old and new along with other traditional audience favorites at the KVM for the December Art Hop. The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra is a plucked string ensemble consisting of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass. The KMGO was 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 "Smitten" on YouTube