local music

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. 

The Bergamot

Now based in Brooklyn, husband and wife duo Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece of South Bend are playing Tuesday night in Fennville at Salt of the Earth. They’re called The Bergamot--like the essential oil you find in teas and lotions, known to reduce stress and induce happiness.

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