Homegrown in Kalamazoo Season Finale
May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown in Kalamazoo Season Finale

Homegrown in Kalamazoo
Performance Workshop Season Finale
with host, Kaitlin Rose

Bring your best 25 minute set of originals and covers to share with a full bar of musicians, those who appreciate live music, and a group of performers who want to aid in your betterment!

The Homegrown in Kalamazoo Performance Workshop provides a stage for local musicians - solo, duos and/or bands - to showcase what they are working on and get considerate feedback. Host Kaitlin Rose and participants are there to listen with a caring ear and lend their insights to help each other grow! 

Sign up on our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/275829650034399/

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Chandler Reed & the Sticky Keys | Lighting Matches
May
17
to May 18

Chandler Reed & the Sticky Keys | Lighting Matches

10pm | $5 | 21+

Chandler Reed & The Sticky Keys:

Imagine an endearing piano ballad - but with guitars and too much coffee. They make computers, websites and Powerpoint presentations - But as lifelong musicians, they pour their passions into music.

You’ll hear a blend of original and cover tunes with a piano pop spin. You may hear some Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, or even Hamilton. They draw influences from Jack’s Mannequin, Ben Folds, Weezer, The Classic Crime, Fun., and other pop rock geniuses.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdj90F0bz4dCwl-fe-LG1aQ

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chandlerreedmusic/

Stream: https://fanlink.to/chandlerreedmusic

Lighting Matches:

They call themselves an alt-rock band, but let's be honest - their style is wherever the music takes them. Each song has a life of its own, a different story to tell, a different vibe. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and made up of musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds, they set fire to the lines and limitations of genre labels.

Fronted by dynamic duo (and real-life couple) Matt Plessner and Rachel White, their debut album "Against The Flame" displays lots of what they're best known for: thought-provoking lyrics and tight harmonies, accompanied by a pretty stellar backing band. Adam Parada (also of Melophobix), brings a truckload of talent on the keyboards and bass.

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Max Lockwood wsg Brian Koenigsknecht
May
18
to May 19

Max Lockwood wsg Brian Koenigsknecht

10pm | $10 | 21+

Max Lockwood
Songwriter, vocalist, and poet Max Lockwood channels the flair of Tom Petty and the eloquence of the Beat Generation’s finest to create a sound rooted in songcraft and heartfelt lyricism, and bound with elements of rock and roll, folk, and pop. With full arrangements and rich poetic focus, the listener is led into a deep sonic landscape by songs that seek to uncover truths of love, adversity, and growth.

Brian Koeigsknecht
Brian Koenigknecht is a Michigan treasure, that rare breed of singer-songwriter who can make you feel every human emotion – every tear, every smile – so intensely that you feel he’s written his songs about you. – John Sinkevics, LocalSpins.com

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Rock Rx
May
24
to May 25

Rock Rx

10pm | $5 | 21+

Rock Rx plays all of your favorite 80s, 90s, and 2000s rock hits. Covers with an edge! Rock Rx has 2 goals:
1. ROCK HARD
2. GIVE THE FANS A SHOW THEY WON'T FORGET!

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Gregory Stovetop & the Stuff | Junkyard Horse | Pillar to Post
May
25
to May 26

Gregory Stovetop & the Stuff | Junkyard Horse | Pillar to Post

10pm | $5 | 21+

Gregory Stovetop - Rock & Roll will Save your Soul
https://gregorystovetop.bandcamp.com/

Junkyard Horse - The sound of universes coalescing
https://junkyardhorse.bandcamp.com/

Pillar to Post - Dreamscape music floating over beams of magical light
https://open.spotify.com/album/6ziXrxW3tSfqU7jpJFW48A?si=xqGDUCjkR7SkZYTXuwq3Ag

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Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Kalamazoo's First Annual Parade of Whiskers!

Join us in celebration of Kalamazoo's Do-Dah Parade! An annual event that has kicked off the Summer festival season for over 30 years. It's a super weekend when you add in the renowned Kalamazoo Arts Fair, Kalamazoo PRIDE Fest and our Whisker Event!

Walk with the Old Dog Whisker Club in the Do-Dah parade,11-noon ,and then meet us in the beer garden, 2-6pm, at the Old Dog Tavern for food, drinks, fun, raffle and the whisker competition! Registration at 1pm.

There will be a pre-party Friday night and a brunch on Sunday. Tons of fun to be had in Kalamazoo all weekend - music, art and breweries galore! More details to come soon.

This is a charitable event with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Grey Muzzle Organization, who improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. A second, local charity will be named shortly. The parade and comp are a family friendly event. Dogs & whisker families are welcome to walk in the parade!

Links to our charitable organization and Kalamazoo events June 7 & 8:
https://www.greymuzzle.org/

https://www.facebook.com/dodahkzoo/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdKq5IelfNQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0w0M7V_nWupXx58sHbB_6KDyiLRz_QC-klhC-Pn_-Q0cLV7mI-x3uSRxE

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=kalamazoo%20institute%20of%20art%20fair%202019&epa=SEARCH_BOX

View the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2285090448168718/

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May
11
to May 12

Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show

Please join us on May 11 at OLD DOG TAVERN for the 8th year of the Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show to kick off Kalamazoo Bike Week!

This is Downtown Kalamazoo’s largest annual display of vintage bicycles. Come down to the Old Dog Tavern on Saturday to enjoy some delicious food, cold beer and cool bikes. This show is a buy, sell, trade and show style swap meet. Each year we have a featured style of bike or brand which appears on the show T-shirts, although the show is open to all bikes of all years. Just ride them in and have fun! This year we are featuring vintage steel frame road bikes. The show also attracts many used bicycle parts vendors. You may have a vintage bike project which is just missing that one hard to find part. This will be your opportunity to find that rare part and get your bike ready for the summer. We will also be raffling off a New Belgium Brewery bike. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit The Open Roads Bicycle Program. Don’t miss this awesome annual Kalamazoo Bike Week event.

If you are interested in becoming a 2019 vendor, please email events@olddogtavern.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/2027713804194115/

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Political Lizard wsg Nicholas Thomasma
May
10
to May 11

Political Lizard wsg Nicholas Thomasma

Old Dog Tavern presents: Political Lizard and Nicholas James Thomasma

Friday May 10, 2019
9:30 PM Doors
Set: 10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
$5 cover at door

Political Lizard is a band formed by Jenna Olson and Caleb Waldvogel. This musical endeavor seeks to combine musically mature composition with quaint, but intense lyrical sketches that can pierce the vulnerable part of your soul.

"Recently expanded to a four-piece, this introspectively intense duo has quickly evolved in a short span of time. Fronted by the haunting harmonic combination of singer-songwriters Jenna Olson and Caleb Waldvogel, the group’s soul-piercing simplicity has grown by leaps and bounds with the addition of guitarist/bassist/keyboardist John Bomer and drummer Miles Ferguson." (Revue Magazine)

Nicholas James Thomasma is a well know figure in the Michigan music scene. He has been traveling around in a bright orange 1973 Volkswagen Bus performing all over the US. He is a singer songwriter and a Earthwork Music recording artist that combines stories and songs with humor and wit for a show that can be enjoyed by patrons of all ages.

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Mar
29
to Mar 30

Blue Oddity W/ FlyLiteGemini

$5 ATD
Music Starts at 9PM

Blue Oddity is a 5 piece enigma from Grand Rapids, MI with a live show that surfs its audience through a wave of, psychedelic rock, funk, soul, and Americana. Their original music is centered around its wavy vocals, funky guitar riffs, melodic keys, and a backbone rhythm section on the bass and drums.

FlyLiteGemini
From the first note to the last,FlyLiteGemini, play and sing every note with passion and intensity as they push aside the veil and travel through the musical ether to create a unique experience through repeating themes of love,hope and the soul's journey through dark and light. Drawing inspiration from some of the world's greatest rock and roll band's, and mixing pop sensibilities with spur of the moment musical creations, FlyLiteGemini will be a band you'll want to see again and again!

https://www.facebook.com/events/237545900515236/

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Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Dylan Tolbert
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Dylan Tolbert

Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Dylan Tolbert

Homegrown is:
Homegrown in Kalamazoo is dedicated to the performance growth of working musicians. 

Our mission is to strive to support each other in continuing to sharpen our collective and individual crafts as whole performers, which includes stage presence, vocal techniques, songwriting, choosing covers that fit, crowd engagement and working out any other little glitches that occur on stage! 

The musicians who are a part of the Homegrown believe in the spirit of building each other up as artists, so we can feel more confident in our abilities each time we perform. 

As part of our new series, "Homegrown Presents," we will be featuring acts that embody this philosophy, both personally and as leaders of the musical community in reaching out to others to provide support and encouragement. 

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Joshua Davis
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Joshua Davis

Joshua Davis comes back to Kalamazoo to celebrate the release of a brand new album.

His first ever live solo album was recorded over two nights at Lansing’s Robin Theatre and beautifully captures his songs distilled into spare but powerful arrangements.

“I’ve wanted to make this album for years,” says Davis, “and I’m so excited to share it. I love playing solo shows. It allows me the freedom to dig deep into my songs and really be in the moment with an audience.”

Join us at The Old Dog for a night of beautiful singing, killer guitar playing, irreverent storytelling and powerful songwriting.

Doors @ 9pm
Show @ 10pm
Advance Tickets $10
Day of Tickets $12

Purchase advance tickets here: https://bpt.me/4022538

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Free Kids Music
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Free Kids Music

Join us Saturday morning 10-11 a.m. with adorable, fun-loving kids on stage at Old Dog Tavern. Bring your kids to join the band or just come and watch kids grow in music & life skills. Instruments provided.

Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. with various kid combos! For parents, we have our Bloody Mary bar, just $7, and Build-You-Own Mimosa Flights with your choice of 3 juices for just $20!

Hope to jam with you and your little ones soon! - JOIN THE BAND!

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Escaping Pavement | Borr + McFerrin | Static of a Stranger
Feb
15
to Feb 16

Escaping Pavement | Borr + McFerrin | Static of a Stranger

Join us for a night of carefully curated duos at Old Dog Tavern. 10pm, $5 cover, artwork by Stacy Koviak-Davison

Escaping Pavement:
Hailed as “The most dynamic Americana group out of Detroit,
Michigan" Escaping Pavement masterfully blends and blurs the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana. Their unique joint frontperson arrangement, with Emily and Aaron sharing equally in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing allows for harmony-driven, musical interplay that has earned them slots on bills with the likes of Justin Townes Earle and Joan Osborne. With a 2017 Detroit Music Award win for Outstanding Americana Record, over 700 shows under their belt, a new EP comprised of music inspired by the National Parks, and a nonstop touring schedule, this duo is spreading their roots-based message, far and wide. Find out why Jeff Milo of the Detroit Free Press said, “Escaping Pavement make sparseness stunning. The acoustic guitar and mandolin crackle together like a mesmerizing bonfire, and their
voices blend together like the azure purple and tawny oranges of vibrant sunset…"

Borr McFerrin:
Matthew Borr and Carrie McFerrin have been making music for five years after meeting at a music festival near Kalamazoo, Michigan. They have crafted Folk, Americana and pop influenced songs that are original, yet reminiscent of traditional styles. Their performances could be compared to such duos as Gillian Welch/David Rawlings or the Lumineers with their updated takes on their finely crafted songs, or their song cover choices, which include an eclectic array, such as Robert Johnson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Prince. They can be found opening or headlining shows at Bell’s Eccentric Café, Old Dog Tavern, and Louie’s Trophy House Grill, as well as many other venues across the Midwest region. It’s common to catch them collaborating with other Michigan musicians and participating actively in the music community.

Static of a Stranger:
Stacy Koviak-Davison and Chris Miroslaw are no strangers to the Kalamazoo music scene. They’ve been creating music together for over a decade in various bands (Treading Bleu / Dooley Noted) and individually for another decade prior. Embarking on an entirely new musical endeavour, Static of a Stranger’s musical repertoire spans from Koviak’s acoustic singer-songwriter roots all the way to layered atmospheric and ethereal anthemic offerings. Driven by potent, introspective lyrics ― Koviak’s emotive and versatile voice along with her dynamic guitar playing allow her to intuitively float between rock, folk and pop ― all infused with hints of soulful jazz. Sounding sweet one moment, then powerfully smokey and rich the next ― it’s been described “like chili pepper in hot chocolate.” Combine that with Miroslaw’s stylish and creatively atmospheric guitar work and the duo’s flexible multi-instrumentalism ― they deftly weave profound tales of love, loss, hope, and emotional struggle into intoxicating music that bends borders and genres.

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Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Lexi Adams & Matt Martinez
Feb
14
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Lexi Adams & Matt Martinez

Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Strange Country

Homegrown is:
Homegrown in Kalamazoo is dedicated to the performance growth of working musicians. 

Our mission is to strive to support each other in continuing to sharpen our collective and individual crafts as whole performers, which includes stage presence, vocal techniques, songwriting, choosing covers that fit, crowd engagement and working out any other little glitches that occur on stage! 

The musicians who are a part of the Homegrown believe in the spirit of building each other up as artists, so we can feel more confident in our abilities each time we perform. 

As part of our new series, "Homegrown Presents," we will be featuring acts that embody this philosophy, both personally and as leaders of the musical community in reaching out to others to provide support and encouragement. 

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Open Decks Night
Feb
13
to Feb 14

Open Decks Night

Come down to Old Dog every Wednesday to enjoy the best vinyl Kalamazoo has to offer! Local DJs will be spinning all night, getting down to the whole spectrum of hot wax.

Want to take a spin on the turntables? Haven't had the opportunity before? DJ Hardbargain is here to show you the ropes. Contact him at djhardbargain@gmail.com and sign up for a time slot on a future date.

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Open Mic
Feb
12
to Feb 13

Open Mic

C'mon down to The Old Dog Tavern Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. to Midnight to partake in what's certain to become legendary! Early sign-up starts at 6:00 p.m.

All musicians welcome—younger, older, first-timer, old-timer, bring your music maker--from acoustic guitar to zither, with or without vocals, whatever your passion, come join us at The Old Dog for a great evening of live entertainment!

15-minute time slots; the earlier you come, the more the fun! Put your name on a waiting list, and stick around for the chance to perform again in!

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Copy of Free Kids Music
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Copy of Free Kids Music

Join us Saturday morning 10-11 a.m. with adorable, fun-loving kids on stage at Old Dog Tavern. Bring your kids to join the band or just come and watch kids grow in music & life skills. Instruments provided.

Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. with various kid combos! For parents, we have our Bloody Mary bar, just $7, and Build-You-Own Mimosa Flights with your choice of 3 juices for just $20!

Hope to jam with you and your little ones soon! - JOIN THE BAND!

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Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish
Feb
8
to Feb 9

Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish

Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish is a simple rock and roll band. It’s the kind of band that’ll give 21 year-olds and their grandparents a chance to out-dance each other. This band will take full advantage of Elvis-style vocals, splitting harmonica, and a drummer that won’t allow your hips to stop moving.

$5 at the door.

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Open Decks Night
Feb
6
to Feb 7

Open Decks Night

Come down to Old Dog every Wednesday to enjoy the best vinyl Kalamazoo has to offer! Local DJs will be spinning all night, getting down to the whole spectrum of hot wax.

Want to take a spin on the turntables? Haven't had the opportunity before? DJ Hardbargain is here to show you the ropes. Contact him at djhardbargain@gmail.com and sign up for a time slot on a future date.

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Open Mic
Feb
5
to Feb 6

Open Mic

C'mon down to The Old Dog Tavern Tuesday nights from 8 p.m. to Midnight to partake in what's certain to become legendary! Early sign-up starts at 6:00 p.m.

All musicians welcome—younger, older, first-timer, old-timer, bring your music maker--from acoustic guitar to zither, with or without vocals, whatever your passion, come join us at The Old Dog for a great evening of live entertainment!

15-minute time slots; the earlier you come, the more the fun! Put your name on a waiting list, and stick around for the chance to perform again in!

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Free Kids Music
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Free Kids Music

Join us Saturday morning 10-11 a.m. with adorable, fun-loving kids on stage at Old Dog Tavern. Bring your kids to join the band or just come and watch kids grow in music & life skills. Instruments provided.

Brunch runs from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. with various kid combos! For parents, we have our Bloody Mary bar, just $7, and Build-You-Own Mimosa Flights with your choice of 3 juices for just $20!

Hope to jam with you and your little ones soon! - JOIN THE BAND!

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Gibson Night & Art Hop
Feb
1
to Feb 2

Gibson Night & Art Hop

Come to Gibson Night Art Hop and Music Event! Come see local musicians play Gibson's while artist Kevin Hamman's art is on display. Bring your Gibson for the "Museum" display. Security for the Gibsons will be provided.

Music by:
Joe Cherian & Dylan Tolbert
Lisa Mackie Moaiery
Kaitlin Rose
Matthew Borr
Mike List and Richard Lanting
Blue Veins
Goodsky
Carrie McFerrin and Mike List
The Missing Generation

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Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Lexi Adams
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Lexi Adams

Homegrown in Kalamazoo Presents: Lexi Adams

Homegrown is:
Homegrown in Kalamazoo is dedicated to the performance growth of working musicians. 

Our mission is to strive to support each other in continuing to sharpen our collective and individual crafts as whole performers, which includes stage presence, vocal techniques, songwriting, choosing covers that fit, crowd engagement and working out any other little glitches that occur on stage! 

The musicians who are a part of the Homegrown believe in the spirit of building each other up as artists, so we can feel more confident in our abilities each time we perform. 

As part of our new series, "Homegrown Presents," we will be featuring acts that embody this philosophy, both personally and as leaders of the musical community in reaching out to others to provide support and encouragement. 

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Open Decks Night
Jan
30
to Jan 31

Open Decks Night

Come down to Old Dog every Wednesday to enjoy the best vinyl Kalamazoo has to offer! Local DJs will be spinning all night, getting down to the whole spectrum of hot wax.

Want to take a spin on the turntables? Haven't had the opportunity before? DJ Hardbargain is here to show you the ropes. Contact him at djhardbargain@gmail.com and sign up for a time slot on a future date.

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