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Entertainment Line-up 2014  

 

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Bands & Tribute Artists 
 
 
Old Friends a Simon & Garfunkel Tribute
First Presbyterian Church
6:45, 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
Old Friends is a stunning recreation of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1981 Concert in Central Park. This all-American band transports audiences back and brings them together like only the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel can. Nick and Jason's warm, blending harmonies, crisp guitar work and attention to every detail make Old Friends the premier Simon & Garfunkel tribute show.
 

North Country Flyers
Radisson - Kalamazoo Ball Room
6:15, 8:00, 9:45 p.m.
With a nod to and respect for country and southern rock, the North Country Flyers are proud of their Great Lakes heritage. Named #10 in the Top 40 New Country Artist Countdown, they perform both covers and original material to capture audiences. This up-and-coming group has recently been picked up for a song featured in the Hallmark movie released last season, “Snow Bride”; the Pure Michigan campaign;  and other major TV shows and movies to be announced soon.

 

Yolonda Lavender and Bedrock
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
7:00, 9:00, 11:00 p.m.
Yolonda Lavender and Bedrock perform a live interactive mix of Afropunk, soul, pop, r&b, jazz, blues and hip hop infused cover and original music that leaves listeners intrinsically enamored. 

 
 
The Mickeys
First Presbyterian Church - Social Hall
6:45, 8:30, 10:15 p.m.
Amy Sherman and Julie Peebles front the compelling musical force known as the Mickeys. Identical twins, this striking twosome blends Americana, Alt-Country and Folk music; creating a unique acoustic sound with powerful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics. “Moreover, it's the vocals that shine on this freshman offering; bell-like clarity weaves with shimmering harmonies, creating a magic that is palpable.”

 

 
   
Doug Church - "Elvis Tribute Artist"
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
6:30, 8:30, 10:15 p.m.
http://dougchurchusa.com
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.
 
 
 
Jack D'Amico as Frank Sinatra
First United Methodist Church
6:45, 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
Jack D’Amico, known for his portrayal of Frank Sinatra in the play The Pack Is Back, performed at Piper’s Alley in Chicago, and the stage show The Chicago Rat Pack, which continues to tour the US and internationally, he has received alcaldes such as the following from The News - Aruba: "Jack D’Amico, as Frank Sinatra, is probably the most impressive character in the show, wiggling his hips in a subdued but very Sinatra-ish way. It is his voice, however, which makes everybody sit up and pay attention: it is exactly the great master’s voice and intonation Incredible!"
 
 
Nat Zegree
Kalamazoo native, Nat Zegree graduated from Portage Northern High School and is currently pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre at Indiana University. His ability to capture an audience with effervescent energy has people grinning in no time. He performs everything from grooving classics to pop charts for a one-man variety show that is sure to be a hit.

 

  

 
 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.
 
 
 
PhotoBooth Pictures
Bronson Park Celebration Tent
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, 9:00, 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.
 
 
 
 
 
  
Kenny Ahern
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
5:30-10:00 p.m.
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. 
 
 
The Spoon Man Comedian 
Kalamazoo Public Library
5:45, 7:30, 9:30, 10:15 p.m.
www.getspooned.com
Two ordinary household tablespoons make for music and interactive comedy in a performance where, “Everyone gets SPOONED!” Audience sing-a-longs, hilarious impressions, and even plays on the hands of his audience. Jim Krzewski has played the spoons all over the world, performing for world leaders and celebrities.

 
 
 
 
The United Teen Talent Show
Epic Center Theater
6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10:45 p.m.
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.
 
 
Crawlspace Eviction   
First Congregational Church
5:45, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.                 
www.crawlspacetheatre.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. 
 
  
Laura Ernst - Aerialist
Kalamazoo Public Library
6:30, 8:30, 10:15 p.m.
www.cutejuggler.com 
If you’re looking for something new and exciting, you’ve found it. Laura is a juggler, acrobat and aerialist. With something for everyone, Laura has a variety of stunts that range from death defying to ridiculously funny. In 2008 Laura won 1st place at the World Juggling Federation, placing her among the best jugglers in the world. Never settling for average, Laura has invented innovative props and brought new life to old favorites.


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.
 
 
   
  
MI Hiryu Daiko Flying Dragon Drummers
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
6:00, 8:00, 10:00 p.m.
www.taikomichigan.com
The MI Hiryu Daiko Flying Dragon Drummers seek to educate and entertain children and adults throughout Michigan by introducing them to Taiko. Taiko drumming is an ancient musical art form originated centuries ago in Asia. The resounding beat of the massive drums, ranging from one foot to six feet in diameter, could be heard over great distances and historically was used as a means of communication.
 
 
Sons of the Three Fires
First Congregational Church - Social Hall
6:00, 7:30, 9:00 p.m.
Sons of Three Fires is a Native American performance group that demonstrates the music and heritage of the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi tribes. This is done through drumming, singing, and dancing social and communal dances. They performed for the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music at the Kalamazoo Public Library in 2013. The group is more than 30 years old and spans generations of family members, just like the music itself.

  
Richard Paul - The Funny Puppet Guy
The Epic Center
5:30, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00 p.m.
Richard Paul is a clean, family friendly comedy ventriloquist who brings to life his stage full of colorful, outrageous characters. His fast pace, funny improvisational style, and audience interaction is an unforgettable comical experience. He is recognized as one of the best clean banquet entertainers, corporate comedian, and funny family performer. Richard has the unique ability to entertain and generate non-stop laughter from audiences of all ages. He”…kept 90 children and 40 adults laughing for 45 minutes!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Jazz & Classical Acts
  
Tuba New Year
Bronson Park Stage
5:30-6:00
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.
 
 
 
Lana Hoffman's Jazz Trio
First United Methodist Church
5:45, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.
The Lana Hoffman Trio will play all the jazz standards and classics, with some pop and country favorites thrown in! Band members Lana Hoffman, Steve Kamerling and Denis Shebukhov will make you want to dance as they take you right back to the big band swing era.

 

The Founders with Brandon Ridenour
The First Baptist Church
6:45, 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
Brandon Ridenour along with his New York City band, the Founders will provide a series of favorites with a chamber music flare.  Not only will they incorporate the classics, but
 they will play covers of popular songs/pieces for New Year’s Fest along with up-n-coming originals. 
 
 
Broncords
First Presbyterian Church
5:45, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.
The Broncords is a young, but blooming a cappella community on Western Michigan University’s campus. They have established themselves as a solid group of fun loving musicians that never cease to entertain. Composed of ten members, the group sings music you sing along to in your car, in a different and fun way. They have performed all over Michigan and have even traveled out of state on occasion, and have performed for prestigious University events like the Distinguished Alumni Dinner.

 

Western Brass Quintet
First Baptist Church
5:45, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.

Founded in 1966, the Western Brass Quintet is one of the oldest and most distinguished brass chamber music ensembles still active in the United States today. The ensemble has performed around the world including concert tours in Russia, Thailand, China, Sweden, Germany, as well as concerts in prestigious American venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The Quintet is a resident faculty ensemble in the School of Music at Western Michigan University. The New York Times review raved that “The Western Brass Quintet gave unremitting evidence of their individual talents and ensemble training.”

 

Susan B. Anthony 
Ladies' Library Association
5:45, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.


Code Stringers
Ladies' Library Association
6:45, 8:45 p.m

 

Blue Train Organ Trio
First Congregational Church
6:45, 8:45, 10:45 p.m
Blue Train is a local Jazz Trio making every event a professional and truly memorable experience. From Duke Ellington Classics to contemporary jazz, their versatile repertoire covers all music bases. Having years of experience performing not only locally, but also in Chicago and many “on the road” venues. No matter the occasion or venue – whether it’s laid back ballads, powerful Latin or exciting jazz classics – Blue Train custom fits repertoire to suit each performance.
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