The Mainstays, DC, DJ Boogie and The Incantations made it a manic Monday at Bell’s Brewery, kicking off the inaugural Sounds of the Zoo with an eclectic blast. Recap, photos.
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From the musicians on stage to the musicians in the audience to the fans just there for a bracing night of regional live music, the opening night of Kalamazoo’s first-ever Sounds of the Zoo festival rolled out at as the sort of uplifting, upbeat event that West Michigan’s music scene needs and deserves.
Kicking off with a Michigan Music Alliance information session for musicians interested in starting an LLC to performances by rootsy rock’s The Incantations, DC wsg 13-year-old DJ Boogie and funk sensations The Mainstays, Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Café served as the launching pad on Monday for a seven-day celebration of Michigan music.
The idea: Let’s keep this vibe going for seven days.
Festival organizer Jennifer Hudson-Prenkert said late Monday that it’s all about “a sense of community – unify the community. It’s almost like creating a movement.”
That movement felt like it had a spark on Monday that would light a fire that would keep things heated up for more than just a week.
“It’s a wonderful concept,” Mainstays lead singer Andrew Schrock said of Sounds of the Zoo, encouraging music fans to support the festival for years to come.
For at least a few hours, it was a Monday unlike any other in Kalamazoo, with a night of singer-songwriter charm set to light up Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday night. (View a full weekly festival schedule below.)
“Won’t you take me out of this pain,” The Incantations sang at one point on Monday.
They did – and so did everyone else on stage, proving the healing power of music and the power of West Michigan’s music scene.
PHOTO GALLERY: Sounds of the Zoo, Day 1
Photos by Derek Ketchum
Photos by Chelsea Whitaker
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