If there’s one thing that sets the Kalamazoo duo The Northern Fires apart, it’s the harmonies. In fact, that’s what drew musician and songwriter Noah Nigg to vocalist Laurie Laing - singer in the Celtic bands Belfast Gin and Laurie’s Fault.
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.
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.
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.
Hear Laith Al-Saadi on WMUK's Arts & More. Scroll down for a longer interview.