Arrival- The Journey Tribute set out to recreate the music of the legendary rock band, Journey and have become the preeminent Journey tribute rock band! Each band member has mastered his craft to bring you the most amazing replication of Journey's sensational sound and will surely make you feel like you’re at one of Journey’s live concerts!
Pato Margetic’s music captures the desire for change and the complexities of various relationships. Margetic’s way of expressing his talents lives through creativity, sound, and vocals. He is proud to call Michigan his home and is honored to be a recording artist among so many great talents here in Michigan! . Pato Margetic, a talent who uses his connection with his emotions and personal testimonies to express himself through the power of poetry and his love for music.
In early 2013 the guys of Common Shiner released their album "Before They Sold Out: Part 2." This album steps away from their previous acoustic-driven efforts, and establishes the guys as a pop-powerhouse involving organs, hard hitting drums, rock-infused piano, thick bass lines and driving electric guitar, all the while maintaining beautiful harmonies and lyrics that will make you cry, laugh
What do you get when you combine three college-trained musicians with more than 45 years of combined musical experience? You get the refreshing sound of the pop/rock band, We Know Jackson. With fast fingers and a velvet voice is Chris Janowiak on keyboards and lead vocals. Providing the low-end foundation on the electric bass is WKJ's newest member, Henry Rensch. Layin’ down the beats behind the drum kit is Hayes Greer. Both Henry and Hayes add a sound unmatched by any other group with their clever backing vocals.
Old Friends is the premier Simon & Garfunkel tribute show dedicated to the timeless music of Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel. Performed by longtime friends Nick Foresman and Jason Elsenheimer, Old Friends faithfully reproduces the sound, the look and the feel of this legendary American duo in their most famous performance ever...THE CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK.
ONE: A Celebration of U2 have crafted their stage show to bring the music and spirit of their favorite band to U2 fans everywhere. Playing music from throughout U2’s vast catalogue and incorporating an innovative video show, the members of ONE are dedicated to recreating the sights and sounds of U2 live.
Flora Loft is a musical group consisting of 3 male vocalists (Alec Steve) (Hathaway) (Liberty). They are inspired through imagination and the old school rap group Digable Planets. They are bringing a new sound out of Kalamazoo.
Bronson Park Celebration Tent
The Family Tent
Located right in Bronson Park, this 30 by 60 tent will be the location where families can pop in to participate in a make it-take it art project, get a family photo taken, or visit with a princess or maybe even a prince. Scheduled performances in this tent will include the Once Upon A Princess. This tent will be overflowing with good times for the whole family.
Portraits and silly fun shots are all part of the new tradition to capture your New Year’s Fest memories. Dominick Gladstone of Act Naturally Studios, will be at the photo booth. All Fest photo’s including portraits will be available online at www.actnaturallystudios.com. Look for the link on the home page.
Specialty Acts and Theatre
Magician Alan Smola
Kalamazoo Room- Radisson
5:30, 7:15, 9, 10:45 p.m.
www.alansmolalive.com Since he first started at 16, Alan has been with New Year's Fest. Comedy magician Alan Smola is thrilled to be returning once again to the Kalamazoo New Year’s Fest. This year’s show promises to be the best ever, with flashy stage effects, hilarious family comedy, and lots of brand new illusions.
St. Luke's Episocal
5:45, 7:30, 9:45, 11 p.m.
www.kennyahern.com Through his inventive comic wit, Kenny Ahern causes riotous laughter with his pleasantly refreshing physical comedy. It is an unforgettable show, where stupendous artistry collides with hilarious audience interplay, for all to enjoy.
Zeemo The Magnificent
First United Methodist Social Hall
6, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45 p.m.
He does it all! With over 200 different yo-yo tricks in his repitore, Yo-Master Zeemo performs a fast-paced one man circus act filled with tricks, classic juggling, precarious balancing stunts, and dazzling magic. Zeemo's zany personality and flare for excitement entices every audience.
Bitter Sweet Acres Belgians
On South Street, in front of City Hall
www.bitter-sweetacres.com Enjoy the sounds of gentle horse hoofs as you ride through the sites, sounds and fesitivities around downtown Kalamzoo. Continuous carriage rides start in front of City Hall, taking you on a route throughout the streets of the city, and stop at The Epic Center.
He’s not just a comedian, not just a juggler. Jason Huneke, will take the stage with interactive performances full of humor and entertainment for all ages. Known for his Michael Jackson routine on America’s Got Talent, Jason has travelled nationwide captivating audiences with his original Comedy and Juggling routine that will be sure to have you roaring with laughter and stunned by his skills.
The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, together with the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo hosted the one-of-a-kind United Teen Talent Show. Talented youth between the ages of 13-19 from the Kalamazoo area competed for a series of cash prizes. The top finishers together with other available contestants will perform a similar talent show at New Year’ s Fest.
First Congregational Church
5:45, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.
www.crawlspaceeviction.com Back by popular demand, this improv troupe takes your suggestions and weaves them into comedy gold. If you’ve got a craving for the odd, the spontaneous, and the hilarious, then come be entertained by the group’s unique comedy.
You'll be delighted by the fun-filled wizardry of Mike Runyan playing harmonicas large and small, in styles from Country to Classical to CRAZY!
Lego City First Baptist Social Hall
5:30 to 11 p.m. Visit an amazing Lego City, designed and created by the Western Michigan Lego Train Club.
First Presbyterian Church
5:45, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.
www.brandonstyles.com From Frank Sinatra to Justin Bieber, Brandon Styles will amaze you with his perfect mix of impressions, comedy, dance, audience participation, and award winning magic. Brandon performs all over the country and entertains crowds of all ages. This is a one of a kind show that you will find NOWHERE ELSE!
Making people laugh through making sound effects only by using his mouth Wes Harrisson has performed with MGM and Disney, and in Las Vegas, Hollywood, and throughout the world making sounds come to life.
He’s a tremendously talented ventriloquist, but James Wedgwood is equally talented as an entertainer who always gets his audience involved. His show is simply “The Most Fun You Can Have Without Moving Your Lips!”
Jazz & Classical Acts
Tuba New Year
Bronson Park Stage
Watch as over 30 members from all over the Midwest team together for an incredible one-time experience in a New Year’s Fest tradition. Hear the booming and thundering of the Tuba New Year as they produce electrifying sounds, providing the perfect way to kick off New Year's Fest. The artists/players for this performance practice at 3:45 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.
Kalamazoo Big Band
First Baptist Church
6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo's own premiere big band. From past to present, Kalamazoo Big Band provides the greatest swing music in Southwest Michigan. It's music that you will make you get up and dance. And, there is room to swing to your heart's content.
The Ridenour Family Returns - Rich, Stacy, Brandon and Ross reunite the band that performed at New Year's Fest in 2002. Eleven years later they are back to play hits off their memorable CD Street Scene and more of your favorites.
First Baptist Church
5:45, 7:30, 9:15, 11 p.m.
Grace Notes is an eight-member cello choir, directed by Grace Field of the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo. Many of the cellists are Kalamazoo Junior Symphony members, who will play blues, rags, tangos and a few light classical pieces.
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