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

Battle Creek Schools seek public input. Berrien County continues security improvements after last year's courthouse shooting. WMU has a spot in the NCAA Hockey Tournament. 

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Judith Rypma has had a love affair with Russia that has spanned most of her life. In 23 trips, the master faculty specialist in English at Western Michigan University has observed changes from the former Soviet Union to the Russia of today. Many of her observations have found their way into Rypma’s poetry. Her newest collection is Worshipping at Lenin’s Mausoleum (Future Cycle Press, 2016).


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(MPRN-Lansing) Pressure’s growing on Michigan’s congressional Republicans who have to make a decision whether to support a healthcare overhaul that could be voted on next week. 

Attorneys for the man accused in the death of five bicyclists say he shouldn't face murder charges. January jobless rates were up in the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets over a year ago. WMU Hockey Coach Andy Murray is named the conference's coach of the year. 

Trump Budget Proposal Cuts Great Lakes Restoration

Mar 17, 2017
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(Great Lakes Today) The outline of President Trump’s 2018 budget is out – and it eliminates the $300 million in annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which finances environmental projects all over the region. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Thursday was Freedom of Information Day. To celebrate, the state House unanimously passed a package of bills meant to increase transparency in state government. 

courtesy of Yolonda Lavender

In the past four years, Kalamazoo musician Yolonda Lavender has been busy. She became the executive director of the Black Arts & Cultural Center. That’s in addition to being a poet, an activist, and involved in countless organizations in Kalamazoo. But Lavender is finally getting back into the recording studio.


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On WestSouthwest, the moral case for a liberal arts education. And a Western Michigan University student is the keynote speaker for the 15th Annual Peace Service. 


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May Ye says she’s not typical for the Jewish community, but she says that should help her “dig deep into social justice work” as a rabbi. Ye is the keynote speaker for the Kalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice’s 15th Annual Peace Service.


Supporters and opponents of the Paw Paw "Redskins" at a school board meeting in February
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan State Board of Education is trying to pressure schools to drop team mascots and nicknames that are offensive to Native American tribes. 

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