First Things

Something Musical

Catch an outdoor concert
Al Hight & M6-West, an R&B band, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, Ramona Park, 8600 S. Sprinkle Road.

You know you’ll miss outdoor music when the leaves start to fall, so take the opportunity to catch a free concert before summer ends. The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s Summertime Live! program offers concerts in several locations throughout the region and people should bring and wear a mask.


Concerts in the Park, Bronson Park

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for these Sunday afternoon concerts that begin at 4 p.m. Social distancing measures will be in place and organizers ask that people bring and wear a mask. This month’s performers are:

• Aug. 2: Outer Vibe, a three-piece rock band.

• Aug. 16: Knific Quartet with Olivacce, a jazz quartet and vocalist.

• Aug. 23: Airtight, offering Motown, blues, jazz and R&B music.

• Aug. 30: Michigan Global Roots Celebration, featuring An Dro, the Samuel Nalangria Trio and Michigan Hiryu Daiko Japanese Taiko.

In case of rain, the concerts will be held in First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., across from the park.

Beats on Bates, Downtown Kalamazoo

This Wednesday night series runs from 5-8 p.m. on Bates Alley, located between 200 and 276 E. Michigan Ave., and will feature:

• Aug. 5: Strumble Head Band, a cover band performing music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

• Aug. 12: Zion Lion, a reggae band.

• Aug. 19: James Reeser and the Backseat Drivers, an electric blues band.

• Aug. 26: So Long Belladonna, a Kalamazoo singer/songwriter.


This month’s concert is “drive-in style” — attendees will listen to the music from the comfort of their own cars or while tailgating. It will feature:

Al Hight & M6-West, an R&B band, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, Ramona Park, 8600 S. Sprinkle Road.

For more information or to check for schedule changes, visit .