The Taste and Brew of Kalamazoo is taking a hiatus after 30 years and will not take place in 2016...
Several large factors have led to this decision, but in the meantime, we encourage everyone to visit and support the local restaurants and food trucks in Kalamazoo that have been a part of the festival over the years. Check out the list of vendors to see a list of those who've been involved and support your local community!
Below is the list of the past entertainment in 2015:
Shelby's talent was recognized at an early age and by fourteen, she was singing the National Anthem at local sporting venues, performed for the first time at the Wild Bull Saloon and earned over 100,000 votes in Bob Kingsley's Future Star online competition. It would not take long before she was grabbing the attention of others in the industry and at just fifteen she opened at The State Theater in Kalamazoo for Warner Music artist, Frankie Ballard. It was also about this time that she began collaborating with local song writers on original music as well. Shelby's experience includes various locations around Kalamazoo including bars, restaurants, wineries, coffee shops and local events. The one place that remains near and dear to her heart is her performance at the local Veteran's Affairs hospital. Shelby's future commitments include attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN to continue pursuing her ambitions in the music industry. Shelby performs a mixture of songs that will delight all audiences of all ages. There is no doubt that this little girl packs a powerful punch as an experienced entertainer.
TYPO is a group of five talented musicians who have been long time friends. With musical careers spanning more than 20 years each, TYPO’s members have played in several local and regional bands. Yet through their many experiences, they return to join forces, bringing together expertise in several genres of music. Playing a variety of hits from the 1950’s to today, TYPO plays only easily recognizable songs that audiences love to sing and dance to. Known as a “cover band,” TYPO plays country, rock, soul, pop, and dance music to satisfy most any musical taste. Our set list includes songs from old favorites such as Journey, Foreigner, and The Doobie Brothers, and carries on right through today’s music from artists like Maroon 5, Taio Cruz, and Bruno Mars. TYPO will have you singing and dancing the night away!
Led by multi-talented couple Melodi Leigh on lead vocals/percussion and Kerry Leigh on drums, and featuring West Michigan’s finest, Brandon Ward keyboards/bass and Craig Davis on guitars, Pop Cult is top shelf entertainment and downright Fun! As members of Montage, HairMania, Drop 35 and Last Train Out, we have worked with hundreds of clients in the entertainment/event industry over the years. We've seen a million faces (or at least a few hundred thousand), and we've rocked them all!
Beat Brigade Productions, ft. Exiled & Patience
Inspired by hip-hop's golden era, producer Joey Mapes of Beat Brigade productions teams up with Kalamazoo veteran MC's Gyro, Patience and Matt OC to present a night of no-nonsense beats and rhymes. Their debut LP Westnedge Hill, a nostalgia-fueled ode to their hometown, has an October 2015 release date
Branden Mann and the Reprimand
When the crisis comes, when the world falls down, when your heart sinks and you feel like you’ve got nowhere else to go, Branden Mann reminds you that you’re not alone. Mann writes music as a form of therapy for himself. He believes that everyone has similar experiences, and that those who hear his music can find parallels to their own lives in the words that he sings. His unresolved interpersonal conflicts, questions about life and existence, and romantic and relational desires are laid bare in his songs. This honesty and openness is inspired by his study of religion, philosophy, communication, and relationships, and creates an instant camaraderie with those who hear his music. Stylistically Mann has been influenced by artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Incubus, from the Beach Boys to A Tribe Called Quest, resulting in a sound that is simultaneously familiar and unique to a diverse audience. The core members of BM&TR are Branden Mann (Vocals, Guitar) Tommy Ufkes (Drums, Vocals), Jason Walker (Banjo, Vocals) and Andrew Whiting (Bass).
For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop. From their late 80s start as Arizona’s top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism, and irresistible melodies. Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from “Hey Jealousy” and “Until I Fall Away” to “Follow You Down” and the GRAMMY®-nominated “As Long As It Matters,” earning the band sales in excess of 10 million in the US alone.
“It’s a really rare thing,” singer/guitarist Robin Wilson says of Gin Blossoms’ continuing saga. “So many chapters in this long story.”