Blue Veins playing at Shakespeare's Pub during their weekly blues jam
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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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(MPRN-Lansing) A bipartisan group of state lawmakers and local officials will try again this year to shut down a tax break that’s allowed big box stores to cut their property taxes. 

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Kalamazoo County has postponed a decision on whether to pursue a countywide ID program. That’s so the task force that’s been studying the idea has time to do more research on how the program would work.

Employees with MDEQ's first wetland monitoring program floating their gear over a stream. File photo
Anne Garwood, MDEQ

(Great Lakes Today) Wetland habitat restoration will be among the issues highlighted at an upcoming public meeting aimed at improving the state of the Great Lakes. 

More details of allegations against a former Michigan University sports doctor revealed in a lawsuit. Water systems across Michigan would fail to meet new proposed lead standards. A Kalamazoo Central High School senior is this year's Mr. Basketball in Michigan. 

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Also, commissioners have passed a resolution in favor of a phone surcharge to fund consolidated 9-1-1 dispatch.

The Kalamazoo City Commission has decisions to make about how to spend $10 million. The money comes from the $70 million that private donors gave to the city to shore up the budget for three years and fund a steep cut in property taxes. The city plans to use $10 million of the money each year for "aspirational projects for youth development and poverty reduction, investments in capital and human infrastructure, and neighborhood improvement projects" according to the city's website.

Commissioners will meet March 27 at 6pm to talk about generational poverty and how the funds could be used to fight it.

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(MPRN-Lansing) Doctors, parents and public health experts gathered in Lansing with one simple message – vaccinate your children. 

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

The cast and crew of Disney's Beauty And The Beast, Jr, which opens this Friday at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, is comprised of over ninety young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years old, according to director Nicki Poer. She joined Cara Lieurance in the studio for a preview, along with music director Kellee Love Haselton and cast members Daye Alexander (Belle) and Ben Eiler (the Beast).


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Sybrina Fulton says she was catapulted from her quiet life as a civil service worker into high-profile anti-violence activism when her son Trayvon Martin was slain five years ago by a neighborhood watch volunteer. While it helped lead to the Black Lives Matter movement that draws attention to senseless deaths of African-Americans, Fulton says more is needed, like changes in laws. So she says she's contemplating running for office and will decide within the next few months. She speaks March 29 in Kalamazoo.


Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Legislation to end Daylight Savings Time in Michigan is scheduled to get a hearing this week. 

Great Lakes Shipping Season Begins Monday

Mar 20, 2017
File photo of the South Haven lighthouse
WMUK

(Great Lakes Today) The Great Lakes shipping season officially kicks off Monday with the opening of the Welland Canal, the shipping channel that connects Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

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