local music

courtesy of Gifts or Creatures

When you walk along the shore of Lake Michigan, do you ever wonder who walked this same beach hundreds of years ago? Brandon Foote does. He and his wife Bethany make up the duo Gifts or Creatures which recently released a new album all about Michigan history, called "Fair Mitten: New Songs of the Historic Great Lakes Basin."

They’ll perform in Kalamazoo on Saturday, October 21 at Rootead at 7 p.m.


Goth - it’s a darker kind of rock perhaps better known for its style than its music. Back in the late 90's and early 2000's, the Kalamazoo goth band Amaranth was a pretty big deal. Dressed in black clothes and plenty of eyeliner - they played Chicago, Detroit, and all over southwest Michigan. 


Fran Dwight

Imagine living with a disease for years without knowing that you have it. That’s what happened to Kalamazoo singer/songwriter Brian Koenigsknecht


An old photo of Bob Rowe performing for seniors in Calhoun County
courtesy of Bob Rowe

Longtime singer-songwriter Bob Rowe has finished his first folk album in over a decade. It’s called “Higher Ground" and it’s a return to Rowe’s roots after almost 30 years of playing country and gospel - and running his own non-profit. 


Fran Dwight

What’s that saying - “You can’t rush art.” A few months ago, Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Kaitlin Rose was getting antsy. It had been two years since she released an album and the pressure was on. But instead of putting out an incomplete album, Rose decided to make a short, four-song EP. She'll have a release show for the work Sunday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Rootead dance studio in Kalamazoo.


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