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Music
6:09 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Frank Zappa Musicians, Michigan Natives Form Unique Band

Credit courtesy of Roister

The band Roister is coming to Bell’s Brewery Thursday night. It’s an original band built like a super group.

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Education and Art
4:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program Encourages Reading to Your Kids

Credit Kalamazoo Public Library

Hear the full interview with Andrea Vernola of Kalamazoo Public Library

In January, Kalamazoo Public Library started a program that challenges kids, and their parents or mentors, to read 1,000 books together before they start kindergarten.

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Arts & More
5:00 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Kalamazoo Collective Arts Center Focused On Including Young (and old) Culture Enthusiasts

Guitarists perform at a fundraiser for the KCAC in January 2013. The Kalamazoo Collective Arts Center is hosting a series of how-to workshops in June.
Credit Kasey Chaos

There are a few things that every great artist needs - tools, a place to work, and, most importantly, a place to show their work. But this list can come at a cost for those who are still working their way up the artistic ladder - both literally and figuratively.

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Arts & More
4:07 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Harmonicist Peter "Madcat" Ruth on loving his instrument, Dave Brubeck, and winning a Grammy

Peter "Madcat" Ruth, left, with guitarist Dave Boutette. Ruth will perform with Boutette on May 17th in Kalamazoo.
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

Harmonicist Peter "Madcat" Ruth has spent five decades blowing all the right notes. His career has  taken him around the world and into blues, rock, jazz - and even classical music. 

The Ann Arbor-based musician is performing at Mangia Mangia in Kalamazoo on Saturday, and talked with us about his work with legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, his surprise Grammy win, and how the harmonica has continued to remain distinct from its electronic counterparts in the 21st century:

"The harmonica has just a sound that's unlike any other instrument. When they came out with synthesizers they could never get a synthesizer to sound like a harmonica cause so much of the sound of the harmonica is the harmonica player's lungs and throat and hands. In some ways I don't think it's as popular as it was a few decades ago, but still people like to hear it."

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Local Music & Business
12:08 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Musicians Juggle Lives as Small Business Owners

Dave Cleveland of Seventh Son

 At night, Curt Tramel is the backing guitarist for the Celtic band, Fonn Mor. But during the day, he's the owner of the ice-cream and local produce shop Station 66 in Battle Creek.

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