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9 Places with Live Music in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted on September 24th, 2019

Are you searching for the perfect way to enjoy the assortment of arts and entertainment that the Kalamazoo area has to offer? Then you’re in luck! With a wide variety of music venues and places to experience the arts, you’ll be sure to find the perfect spot to listen to your favorite tunes. Read on to learn about some fantastic places to experience live music during your next visit to KZoo.



Bell’s Eccentric Café


What’s better than listening to live music at Michigan’s oldest brewery and a Kalamazoo favorite? Throughout the week when you visit Bell’s Eccentric Café, you can catch great bands while you enjoy a brew, like their famous Two-Hearted Ale, straight from the source at this KZOO hotspot. Make sure you check out their calendar and see if you should grab a ticket before you go!




Old Dog Tavern


Catch a wide variety of live music at the eclectic, odd and quirky Old Dog Tavern, located in the Historic Star Building. From Tuesday Open Mic Nights to Jazz at Sunday brunch, you’re sure to find the perfect tunes to accompany your time at the tavern. Not exactly sure what you’re looking for? Check out their calendar of events to plan your next stop.



Chenery Auditorium


The Chenery Auditorium is known for its superior acoustics and for bringing the finest family entertainment to the Kalamazoo Community for years. It’s the oldest auditorium in the area and serves a diverse selection of dozens of area organizations for musical recitals and performances. The auditorium features performances by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Concert Band and the ever-popular Gospel Fall Fest. Learn more and get your tickets here.



District Square


District Square is a 13,000 square-foot, full outdoor beer garden and live music facility, providing an irresistible venue for live entertainment. Located directly behind Wild Bull Saloon in Downtown Kalamazoo, it serves up a wide variety of music options ranging from rock, pop, blues and country from Thursday through Sunday! Keep your eyes peeled for special concert events and block parties coming soon.



Fontana Chamber Arts


This Kalamazoo-based non-profit arts organization is dedicated to the presentation of quality traditional and non-traditional chamber music performances. Their diverse programming ranges from an extensive array of established world-renowned performers like JACK, a men’s quartet and one of the most renowned performance groups of today to local and emerging artists. They also host a mainstage concert series from September through May at the Dalton Center Recital Hall.



State Theater


As a staple of the Kalamazoo arts & entertainment sector since 1927, the Kalamazoo State Theater is a must-visit destination for live performances in the Kalamazoo area. The venue hosts a wide variety of local bands and emerging artists as well as tried and true tribute bands. Learn more about the musicians that fill their events calendar here!



Miller Auditorium


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This 3,500-seat venue is located on the campus of Western Michigan University and is known for hosting several popular and current artists including Panic! At the Disco, Chris Young and the Piano Guys. It is also host to several Broadway West Michigan shows and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. It is a must-see when it comes to fine arts in the area! Check out their extensive events schedule and purchase your tickets today.



Union Cabaret and Grille


Enjoy the unique experience of listening to free live music nightly while savoring delicious southern-inspired barbecue. Especially known for jazz shows, the Union is truly a space where food, drinks, and music meet! Check out their menu and live events schedule to plan your next stop.



Shakespeare’s Pub


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Shakespeare’s Pub is filled with live entertainment throughout the week including Karaoke Wednesday and Sunday evenings and open mic nights on Tuesday, with a wide variety of local bands filling up the rest of their calendar! Check out their events schedule or learn more about participating in open mic night yourself by clicking here.



Whether you’re sipping on a brew or spending an elegant night out at the symphony, there’s no shortage of live music in the Kalamazoo area. Take time to learn more about the arts and entertainment options in the area before you visit and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more trip-planning ideas!