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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On WestSouthwest, a Battle Creek Enquirer reporter examines how felons pursue work after they get out of prison. And a group that want to change Michigan's redistricting process holds a town hall meeting Sunday in Kalamazoo. 


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The campaign leader of the group Voters Not Politicians says there’s a conflict of interest in the current process for drawing the boundaries for Congressional and state Legislative districts. Katey Fahey says politicians in office should not be in charge of redistricting.


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Battle Creek Enquirer Reporter Dillon Davis says there’s no clear path from prison release to finding employment. He says it happens on a case by case basis.


WMU's Heritage Hall is removed from the National Register of Historic Places. Michigan's unemployment rate was up slightly in February. Most Republicans in Michigan's Congressional delegation will vote for their party's health care legislation, but Justin Amash will not. 

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Brazilian guitarist, singer and composer Chico Pinheiro will perform his music with Gold Company, the Western Jazz Quartet, and the Western Jazz Orchestra  in the opening concert of the Gold Company Invitational Vocal Jazz Festival, Friday at 8 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Pinheiro and Gold Company director Greg Jasperse preview the concert with Cara Lieurance. 


Nurses Rally At Capitol For Safe Patient Care Act

Mar 22, 2017
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Hundreds of nurses marched from the Lansing Center to the state Capitol Wednesday. They want to urge the legislature to introduce a Safe Patient Care Act. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Federal money to upgrade water systems is on a fast track toward Flint. The state House has agreed to spend $100 million dollars from the EPA and kick in another $20 million from the state. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

If you’re a veteran and you need to apply for federal benefits, in theory you can fill out the paperwork by yourself. In reality, it might not be so simple.

“Filing a benefit, it’s like trying to do your taxes,” says Mike Hoss, Kalamazoo County’s Veteran Service Coordinator.


The man accused of crashing his pickup truck into a group of bicyclists in Kalamazoo last year will plead insanity. Consumers Energy's tax settlement means less money for Zeeland Public Schools. WMU guard Thomas Wilder will test the NBA waters, but could come back next season. 

Andy Robins / WMUK

(MPRN-Lansing) A controversial item in the current budget is the focus of a lawsuit filed Tuesday. When the budget was approved last October, the state allocated 2.5 million dollars to reimburse private schools for state requirements like fire drills, background checks, and keeping inhalers in the buildings. 

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