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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

  • Off the Ledge
    May 5, 2017
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Alternative Rock, Blues, Grunge, Folk, Funk, Jam Band, Jazz Rock
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Friday Night Highlights Series presents a Live Music Experience with Off the Ledge for the May Art Hop. Off The Ledge's current lineup came together in early 2015 with diverse musical backgrounds and quickly morphed into a cohesive unit, creating a signature sound with their mix of funky, folky, blues-influenced, alterna-rock jazziness. The guys don’t take themselves too seriously, and at the onset, their biggest ambition was making each other laugh. Don’t be fooled by that-- the musical complexity, instrumentation, and each member’s proficiency quickly grab your attention and speak volumes about who they really are.

  • Animotion Festival Kickoff Event
    June 2, 2017


  • The Steve Pesch Band
    July 7, 2017
    6-7:30 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Friday Night Highlights Series presents a Live Music Experience featuring The Steve Pesch Band for the July Art Hop. The Steve Pesch Band is a collection of musicians from varied backgrounds playing classic rock, blues, classic country, and rockabilly with an edgy swagger. Steve Pesch performs as a solo musician/entertainer/songwriter around the West Michigan area. Based out of Kalamazoo, he brings 35 years of a guitar picking style that is purely his own. On the solo circuit since 2005, his shows range in everything from rock to country and every niche within those genres. If a show calls for one set or four, he brings a style and energy that truly means a live show. His shows are known also for guest appearances by other artists from the music scene to add to the festivities. Whether you want to Rock Steady or kick up some Country Dust on the dance floor, you'll find what you're looking for, and then some!


  • 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.