Blue Veins playing at Shakespeare's Pub during their weekly blues jam
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Blues Jam Tries To Revive Scene, Draw Young Musicians To Genre

The blues has always been a staple in Kalamazoo. But when the 411 Club closed three years ago, its blues jam - that predated the club - ended too. “Once it closed down there wasn’t really a regular hangout for that genre of music," says Marissa Aguirre of the band Blue Veins - also known as Little Mo.

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Organ Virtuoso Cameron Carpenter Brings Unique Instrument To Kalamazoo

In a rare occurrence, one soloist, Cameron Carpenter , will appear on two concert series in Kalamazoo in the space of a week. A Juilliard-trained virtuoso organist, Carpenter carved his own path in classical music by embracing a custom-designed solid-state concert organ which produces sound through a speaker array rather than pipes. Carpenter spoke to Cara Lieurance about the International Touring Organ, which travels by truck and takes at least three hours to set up at a venue.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Grassroots!

Win tickets to see Belá Fleck and Abigail Washburn

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Thomas Fielding, organist and music director at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, will perform Parisian composer Henri Mulet's Byzantine Sketches, accompanied by projected still photography, in a free concert at the cathedral  on Sunday at 5 pm. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Fielding explains that Henri Mulet was a reclusive organist whose most famous work is the final movement of the Byzantine Sketches, composed to honor various architectural aspects of his beloved Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre, Paris, France.


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You may have swiped one of Maggie Stiefvater’s books from your kid’s room. That's because it’s not just kids who find this New York Times bestselling author’s books irresistible. At her events for young adults, Stiefvater often finds just as many adult fans in the crowd.


The Grand Rapids region saw  the biggest population growth between 2015 and 2016. Lakeview Schools has a new superintendent. Watch parties are planned for WMU's game in the first round of the NCAA Hockey Tournament. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder says more needs to be done to curb the abuse of opioids and heroin in Michigan. 

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In a rare occurrence, one  soloist, Cameron Carpenter, will appear on two concert series in Kalamazoo in the space of a week. A Juilliard-trained virtuoso organist, Carpenter carved his own path in classical music by embracing a custom-designed solid-state concert organ which produces sound through a speaker array rather than pipes. Carpenter spoke to Cara Lieurance about the International Touring Organ, which travels by truck and takes at least three hours to set up at a venue.


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(MPRN-Lansing) Legislation meant to improve law enforcement hiring practices made it through the state Senate Thursday. 

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Former space shuttle astronaut Mae Jemison brought her campaign to improve science literacy to Kalamazoo Thursday night. Jemison was the keynote speaker at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s annual meeting.

If I say the phrase “folk tales” you might think of "The Three Little Pigs" or "Hansel and Gretel." Those are great stories from Western cultures - countries like England and Germany - but there are so many more folk tales that you haven’t heard. 


Blue Veins playing at Shakespeare's Pub during their weekly blues jam
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The blues has always been a staple in Kalamazoo. But when the 411 Club closed three years ago, its blues jam - that predated the club - ended too.

“Once it closed down there wasn’t really a regular hangout for that genre of music," says Marissa Aguirre of the band Blue Veins - also known as Little Mo.


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A different kind of “crowd-funding” program holds its next event in Kalamazoo Saturday, March 25. The Urban Democracy Feast raises money for social justice projects ranging from prison reform to youth leadership and employment issues.


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