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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.
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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
3:57 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Gay, Lesbian Center Celebrates Female Musicians in Kalamazoo

Singer/songwriter Dana Scott at a previous Pre-Pride Women's Music Festival

Six women will be featured in a concert to celebrate local female artists. The event, put on by the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. at Bell’s Eccentric Café

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Arts & More
7:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Fried Egg Nebula Delivers Jam-Rock Sound Sunny Side Up

From L-R: band members David Grummon, Jerry Hoffman, Chris Soderman, and Alan Gulick.
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Craigslist is great for locating a lot of things - antiques, part-time jobs, your next apartment - and for some, your new bandmates

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Local Music
5:48 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

House Concerts: Less Like Speakeasies, More Like Family Gatherings

Away Game playing at Milhouse
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you want to see a local band in Kalamazoo, you might check out venues like Shakespeare’s Pub, Old Dog Tavern, or maybe even the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. But there’s more live music going on in this town than meets the eye—in the private homes of local musicians and their fans.

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Arts & More
3:47 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Neo-Soul Singer Yolonda Lavender Seeks To Color The World With More Than Music

Credit Courtesy of the Artist

As colorful and fragrant as her name, Yolonda Lavender's music background is influenced by everything from gospel to hip hop.

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