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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

  • Art Hop Visual Artist: Feathership of the Wing Jewelry Exhibition by LeeLee Joy

    May 6, 2016
    5-8:30 p.m.
    LeeLee Joy's jewelry is meticulously handcrafted in her studio in Kalamazoo. Each piece is unique and considered an artistic expression from something mirrored inside of her. Being a person who appreciates all that life and nature has to offer and who revels in personal expression spiritually and esthetically, each piece of jewelry has a story. The combination of magnificent stones, beads, and other collected objects is handcrafted in such a way that begs you to ask her what her inspiration for the piece was!

    LeeLee Joy's jewelry series "Feathership of the Wing" was inspired by a close-knit group of friends at a summer music festival and represents the love and heartfelt connections among birds of a feather. Stemming off of this is her "Festie" series, a collection of scarf necklaces that represent the free spirit of a music festival. LeeLee Joy's drive to create her jewelry is to make pieces that represent the world we live in, the beautiful and the ugly. She expresses her love and angst through a wearable medium. Seeing others wear her jewelry and the statement she is trying to make is her biggest thrill.

  • Art Hop Musical Artist: Jared Knox Band
    May 6, 2016
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Jared Knox has been singing since he was four years old. That's about the time his mother handed him a microphone for the first time in a little church in Winnsboro, Louisiana. He was asked in high school to sing for many talent competitions, graduations and proms. After high school, Jared moved to South Haven, Michigan, where his love of entertaining really began to flourish, singing for private parties and weddings, and guest appearing with his sister's cover band. He has performed with such artists as Jimmy Dillon and J.C. Heartsfield of The Heartsfield Band. He also has opened shows for Lorrie Morgan, Chris Cagle, and Tracy Lawrence. In 2006, Jared traveled to Minneapolis, where he tried out for American Idol. Since that time, he has been busy collaborating with a very good friend and talented song writer, musician, and producer Mark Moore. Jared and Mark released there first project together in June of 2010, titled "This." Two years later, Jared teamed up with Mark again to release "I Would Show Her." Both are available for download on Jared blends his southern roots, homegrown talent, and unwavering love for country music for a night of entertainment that will not soon be forgotten.

    Rock Our Country by Jared Knox Band on YouTube

  • AniMotion Festival Kickoff Concert with Who Hit John?
    June 3, 2016
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Our AniMotion Festival kicks off with a concert by Who Hit John? Whether kicking out raucous fiddle tunes, dirty and greasy southern blues, or high and lonesome bluegrass serenades, Who Hit John? keeps the home fires burning, carrying on the tradition of American roots music. All five members write and sing, providing a wealth of material and influences. Who Hit John? have been performing, jamming, and busking around southwest Michigan since 2006.

    Michigan Boy by Who Hit John? on YouTube

  • Dixon's Violin and Folias Flute and Guitar Duo
    August 5, 2016
    6-8:30 p.m.
    The Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Friday Night Highlights Series presents a live music experience doubleheader featuring Dixon's Violin and Folias Flute and Guitar Duo for the August Art Hop.

    Dixon's Violin performs transformational journeys via digital violin. The world's premier digital violinist, Dixon's life mission is to inspire people! Dixon was classically trained from the age of 10 and grew to a symphony violinist, then digital master, and now music shaman. Dixon's passionate energy will enchant, transform, and inspire you.

    Folias Flute and Guitar Duo is an American performer/composer chamber music duo. American Record Guide calls the Folias Flute and Guitar Duo “daring in self written music.” Having worked together for over ten years, this Grand Rapids-based husband and wife duo featuring flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron continues to break new ground as performers and composers, with a list of over 40 self-published compositions.

    Dixon's Violin at Electric Forest 2013 on YouTube

    Folias Flute and Guitar Duo - Dreaming to Live on YouTube