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The Kalamazoo Academy of Rock thursday night band at the old Gibson Guitar Factory
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story called the academy's thursday night band The Copacetics. Not all of the members of the student band are in The Copacetics.  

The Gibson Guitar factory shut its doors in the 1980s after running for almost 70 years. But on weeknights in Kalamazoo, you can still hear the music that made it famous emanating from the now dusty, discolored windows of the old building.

courtesy of Cave Needles

This weekend Shakespeare’s Pub in Kalamazoo is hosting a new music festival called Fat Guy Fest. The festival features more than 40 regional, national, and international acts representing all kinds of rock subgenres, everything from punk to indie to metal.

Courtesy of The Ben Daniels Band

When your days are filled with classes for school, any diversion helps to clear your mind. Chelsea native Ben Daniels knows the feeling. It was while he was in audio engineering school in Arizona that he began experimenting with song writing, and decided to explore producing music.

Seven years, four additional people, and four albums later, The Ben Daniels Band has become a mainstay in the midwest alt-rock landscape.  Members Ben Daniels, George Merkel, and  Amanda Merte talk about their time in the spotlight in anticipation of their concert on August 1 at Bell's Brewery.

courtesy of Hollow & Akimbo

Hollow & Akimbo will play Taste of Kalamazoo on Saturday night at 8 p.m. 

courtesy of Steve Leaf & The Ex Pats

Now living in Chicago, Michigan band Steve Leaf & The Ex Pats is coming to Bell’s Brewery Friday night. They’ll debut their new album Three Circles & A Speaker. 

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