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courtesy of Dezert Eez

How do you make fast friends with one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time? You’d have to ask the Kalamazoo trio Dezert Eez. The group will perform Saturday, December 10 at Bell’s Brewery at 9 p.m.


courtesy of Laith Al-Saadi

Just six months ago, Ann Arbor native Laith Al-Saadi was one of four top finalists on NBC’s reality TV show The Voice. But he didn’t get there by singing top 40 pop songs, he got there belting out blues and rock n’ roll. Al-Saadi will play Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo on November 19th at 9 p.m. and the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall on December 30 at 8 p.m.


courtesy of AOK

The Grand Rapids band AOK is known for its energy on stage. It combines R&B vocals, electronica, and electric guitar into something you can’t help but dance to. Guitarist Kyle Sullivan and vocalist Angela Teeple say that energy can be infectious.


Courtesy of Catriena Kauffman

Local musicians will hold a second tribute concert for the late Cris Kauffman, Friday night at 9 p.m. at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo. Proceeds will benefit the Michigan Epilepsy Foundation.


On Thursday, March 31st, Bell’s Eccentric Café is hosting a night of hip-hop with some major Michigan rappers, like Passalacqua and Rick Chyme. But for Kalamazoo rapper DeLaZoo, the show represents more. For him, it's a rebirth and reintroduction into a Kalamazoo rap scene after years away.


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