local music

When Spanish rock band Lalo Cura lost the bid for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest two months ago, it didn’t look good. But that loss turned into publicity gold for the Goshen, Indiana group when they were picked up by another NPR show, Alt. Latino


Not everyone would choose to live in an old travel trailer in the middle of winter, but for Tyler Bradley—the front man for the Kalamazoo band Cold Mountain Child—it was the perfect place for songwriting. 


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. 

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