2021 Bands and Tribute Artists 



This is our 2021 New Year's Fest Band & Tribute Acts.

Click the artists' name or photo to learn more about them!



Location:  Big Heated Tent on Church Street 

Time: 7:15, 9:00, 10:45 p.m.

Ada LeAnn is a 16-year-old high school student from Battle Creek and is pursuing a career in indie-pop music. She works outside of Nashville as a recording artist with her producer Carter Frodge and released her first EP in November of 2020. Ada plans to release her new EP in late December of 2021. Her love of songwriting, singing, and performing echoes through and she strives to be a voice for teenagers much like herself. She draws inspiration from artists such as Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, and Gracie Abrams and hopes to make music that is relatable like them. You can stream Ada’s discography on all streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and many more.

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Location: Big Heated Tent on Church Street

Times: 6:30, 8:00, 9:45 p.m.

Zion Lion is the "baddest band to hit the Kalamazoo music scene.  The members are a combination of several bands from the Kalamazoo area that crossed each others path along the way and decided to form what we believe to be the right mix of reggae. African zouk, mucosa, zoukous and some Afro-latin influences.  Some of the members have had the honor of opening and sharing the stage with local, national and international reggae artists such as Freddie McGreggor, Pato Batun, Winston Jarrett, Culture, Beenie Man, Lucky Dube, Mikey Dread and the Meditations.

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Location: First United Methodist Church

Time: 6:45, 8:30, 10:15 p.m

   Jake recorded and released his first album, Piece of My Mind, in the summer of 2017 when he was just 16 years old. Earlier that year he was honored with his first endorsement from Heritage Guitars as a Young Artist. He has since been endorsed by companies such as Lizard Spit, JobeTone pickups, Apex strings, and Medina Made straps. Jake has also won a “Jammie award from Western Michigan’s WYCE radio for “Listener’s Choice Best Album by a New Artist” and “2018 Emerging Artist of the Year.” All of this and he has maintained a 4.0 GPA taking honors and advanced placement courses, is a member of the National Honors Society (volunteering at least 50 hours a year at charitable events), Symphonic band, and marching band, in which he plays the euphonium at Marshall High School.

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Location: Bronson Park Stage
Time: 11:00-11:45 p.m.

Right before the clock strikes midnight, come watch one of the best R&B bands in Southwest Michigan and dance in Bronson Park to the best party music around. They pride themselves in keeping audiences moving and grooving well through the night. So come, join them and bring your dancing shoes!


Location: Bronson Park

Times: 7:15- 8:00 p.m.

Direct from Galesburg, Michigan, Minny Niiche is a 19 year old pop/rock/indie-rap artist who has newly released singles. Titled 11:11 & Bright Side, her singles are drawing a wide range of fans. MInny has opened for Big Daddy Kane, Too Short, Cypress Hill and Ice T. And, being home for the holidays allowed her to come and make a special appearance right from Bronson Park Stage 

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Location: First Presbyterian Church

Social Hall

Times: 6:30, 7:15, 8:15, 9:00 p.m.

Dylan is a multi-talented artist. Not only does he have a beautiful voice, but he also is skilled in multiple instruments. He is a great local singer and songwriter, and has performed for numerous shows in the Kalamazoo area. 

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Location: Bronson Park Stage 

Time: 8:30 - 9:15 p.m.

Tyler Roy is a country music artist from Battle Creek.  A WMU Music graduate, Tyler has mastered country music with a classical undertone. His current hits and music is more than uplifting. He just released a new single called "Wild and Crazy" in early December!

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Location: Bronson Park Stage
Time: 9:45-10:30 p.m.

 From the first note to the last, Flylite Gemini play and sing every note with  a passion and intensity. FlyLiteGemini's debut album was released in October of 2017,and was nominated for Best Blues/Soul album, Best album from a New Artist, and Album of the Year at the 2018 South West Michigan Jammie Awards. The band released their 2nd album “Bigger on the Inside” in July of 2019.  Playing from the stage are Joe Chamberlin, Sam Rice and Dan Hildebrandt.

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Location: Heated Tent in Bronson Park

Times: 9:15- 11:15 p.m.

It's time to close out 2021 with DJ Monte. Under the heated tent, it's a place to stop in, enjoy great music, celebrate the ability to do a few dance moves, and then keep visiting all the great venues and artists. The music will warm you up.