local music

Tim O’Brien of the bluegrass band Hot Rize is headlining this year’s Cooper’s Glen Music Festival in Kalamazoo this weekend. His solo work is a mixture of bluegrass, country, and Irish tunes.

David Klein

Cellist Zlatomir Fung is only 15 years old, but he has the musical resume of a performer far beyond his years. Fung won Kalamazoo’s renowned Stulberg International String Competition last November, and his talents have taken him from Carnegie Hall to Portugal. He returns this Sunday to perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra. The concert is billed as a celebration of Stulberg to commemorate the competition’s 40th anniversary.

Kalamazoo singer-songwriter and piano player Casey Grooten
Chris Killian

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will hold a concert Friday night highlighting local transgender and gender non-specific artists called “Unified: A Kalamazoo Music Experience.” The show starts at 7 p.m. at the museum's Stryker Theater. Admission is $5.

For years, Davison Nicholas sang and played in the rock band Two Stars Burning Sun, among many other bands. The muscley and sometimes melodic music was driving and intense. 

Aaron Lingenfelter

UPDATE: The concert has been canceled due to weather  

Michigan electric violinist David “Dixon” Hammond is known for his spiritual, improvised music. He’ll perform as Dixon’s Violin in a free concert Friday night at 6 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum

courtesy of Maraj

Best known for producing local indie and folk albums, the Double Phelix Collective's hip-hop creation is turning one year old. Maraj is playing Bell's Brewery on New Year's Eve along with The Go Rounds and Kansas Bible Company. Maraj will close out the show at midnight.