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Eccentric Cafe Calendar (Back Room)

After 8 p.m., we ask that everyone be 21 and up (with valid ID).

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Apr 30, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
CANCELLED - Ultimate Painting ($10)
Ultimate Painting (UP) is a live event series celebrating artistic talent. Painters create their best work in only 20 minutes, across 3 rounds, while the audience votes to choose the winner. Music plays, drinks rise, and audience witness paintings emerge from the minds of their favorite artists. The best painters advance to regional and national championships, where Art Stars are born! Tickets available here: https://www.festivalticketing.com/boxoffice/?cref=30dc8fdb-c308-417f-927c-412a48648c04

Apr 30, 2015 at Doors: 830PM, Show: 930PM
MARAJ (FREE)
Kalamazoo's own psychedelic hip-hop soul collective MARAJ celebrating the release of MotorCityKam's new EP '48235'

May 01, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Dar Williams wsg Thunderbolt & Lightfoot ($25)
A scan of Emerald’s credits reveals the strength of her bonds in the music community. Recorded in Nashville; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Beacon, New York; and Weehawken, New Jersey, the album features a remarkable list of guest musicians and co-writers, including guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman of the Hooters, and Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche.

May 02, 2015 at 9 a.m. (bus departure)
Chicago Cubs Bus Trip (vs. Milwaukee Brewers)
Hit the road with us and some kegs to see the Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Cost is $75 per person and covers your ticket, bus ride to and from, plus beer on the bus (21 and up please). Bus leaves at 9 a.m. sharp. To sign-up, please email cbuzz@bellsbeer.com or call 269-250-8827.

May 02, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Mustard Plug wsg The Mushmen, The Hexbombs, and Dan Potthast
“What is in a name?” The members of Mustard Plug must have considered this when they casually came up with the title of what seemed at the time to be a short-lived distraction. While also considering the equally ridiculous “Wanker Daddies,” “Shrinky Dinks,” and “Cookie Puss,” it was the title “Mustard Plug” that was chosen as the masthead to carry forth in the band’s crusade to bring ska-punk to their humble abode of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Twenty years, 1500 shows and 200,000 album sales later, it can not be denied that the band has surpassed all expectations and permanently staked their claim in contemporary music.

May 03, 2015 at Doors: 5pm, Trivia - 6pm-8pm
Team Trivia (FREE)


May 07, 2015 at Doors 830pm, Show 930pm
J Fernandez wsg King Median, The Uncanny (FREE)
Chicago Bedroom-Pop Singer/songwriter from Joyful Noise Recordings

May 08, 2015 at Doors:7:30pm, Show: 8:00pm
Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers wsg Kim Vi & the Siblings, Less is More, Wayne Szalinski ($10adv/$12 day of)
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers will make a sprightly young groove doctor out of anyone. With spectacular energy pulsating from every member of the band, the Rainbow Seekers could illuminate the very chambers of Heaven. A ride on the Rainbow will take you across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and—at last—into a funky firth, where only the fiercest of friendships can be found.

May 09, 2015 at Doors:8:30pm Show 9:30pm
Twin Peaks wsg White Reaper ($10adv/$12 day of)
Don’t bother asking Twin Peaks about the deeper meaning of their band name. They simply thought it sounded cool, which explains why their second album Wild Onion (out August 5th on The Grand Jury) isn’t as spooky or surreal as David Lynch’s short-lived TV show. It’s more like a modern day Nuggets, with Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees curating instead of Lenny Kaye. Not literally, of course. But the spirit of those garage demigods is alive and well alongside subtle nods to everything from the Pixies and Tame Impala to the godfathers of guitar-guided pop music, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

May 10, 2015 at Doors: 5pm, Trivia - 6pm-8pm
Team Trivia (FREE)


May 11, 2015 at Lesson: 730PM, Dance: 8PM
Square Dance Kalamazoo feat Dan Gellert ($5)
Music by Dan Gellert, Calls by Mike Clark

May 12, 2015 at Two Showings: 6pm, 8.15pm
Kalamazoo Bike Week: "Bike Shorts" ($5)
Bicycle enthusiasts will be gathering May 12th for the 6th year of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival’s “Bike Shorts” program. This program is a collection of short films that celebrate bicycles and the culture that surrounds them. Each one is 12 minutes or less. The films feature a wide spectrum of experiences, stories and images of bicycling. Some will make you laugh. Some will make you think. The common theme is that they are all for, about or inspired by bicycles. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Bring cash for bicycle themed merchandise such as film festival posters, stickers and t-shirts. This night of bike films is made possible by Breakaway Bicycles, Pedal Bicycles, Alfred E Bike, Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, and the good folks at Bell’s Brewery. More program and entry information can be found at KalamazooBicycleFilmFestival.com. Show times are 6:00 pm (all ages) and 8:15 pm (21+).

May 14, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Rusty's Big Ass Band wsg Fishlips (FREE)
Hailing from Kalamazoo, MI Rusty's Big Ass Band is a six piece rock, pop, hip hop, and blues group covering a variety of genres and instruments. PAfter six years of performing together we bring a high energy multi-talented to the stage with one goal for the night - to entertain. Fishlips is a four piece band that has been performing together for over eight years. We spent the first four years writing songs and playing at local college bars and open mic nights as a five piece rock group.

May 15, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
The Corn Fed Girls wsg Moxieville ($8)
One part salty breakup, two parts bear hug. The Corn Fed Girls are original acoustic Americana from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their sound is earthy and innovative, traditional instrumentation with lush vocal harmonies and a folky aesthetic. Members have played in many of the regions favorite bands over the years including Knee Deep Shag, Daddy Long Legs, Red Sea Pedestrians, Doxie, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Sundog and others. The Corn Fed Girls are a favorite on the Michigan folk festival circuit. With special guests Moxieville.

May 16, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
The Lil' Darlins Vaudeville Show ($10)
The Lil' Darlins Vaudeville Show is a fast, smart, comedic, Vaudeville variety performance chalk full of laughs, music, and amazing variety entertainers. We've got a magician, acrobats, juggler, contortionist, human blockhead, hula hoop artist and oh so much more! We deliver comedy and full musical production numbers that are backed by our eight piece pit band. It's a show that's guaranteed to knock your socks off!

May 16, 2015 at 1 p.m. (departure)
Kalamazoo Bike Week: Bell's to Bell's Bike Ride to benefit the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
Join us for a ride from the Cafe to our Comstock Brewery for a tour and then head back to the pub for a discounted beer and socializing. $10 donation. Proceeds will go toward future Kalamazoo River Valley Trail expansions. Don't forget to bring your ID, bike lock and helmet. Registration begins at Noon, ride begins promptly at 1:00.

May 17, 2015 at Doors: 5pm, Trivia - 6pm-8pm
Team Trivia (FREE)


May 21, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles ($15)
Cory Henry is a instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. In 2010 he co-produced Jay White's Larger than Life. Later that year he released his first album Christmas With You, which featured his lively renditions of Christmas classics and prominently showcased his skill as an improvisor. Kim Burrell's Grammy nominated and Stellar Award winning Love album released in 2011 boasted several tracks that were written and produced by Henry. That year he wrote for and produced much of Krishnar Lewis' One Lover's Trilogy album and released his first, "Leave you alone". Henry is primarily known for harmonically rich organ playing that owes a greater debt to the virtuosic unpredictability of Tatum and Peterson than it does to Jimmy Smith and other members of the Hammond organ pantheon. In his best moments he seems to capture the breadth of the Jazz and Gospel idioms and produce something altogether new through his unique blending of the two genres. Although he possesses a great deal of technique, in his solos he regularly subordinates it to a narrative arch and exhibits a maturity that surpasses his years. Unlike many virtuosos he is a great accompanist, and perhaps this is why he excels also as a producer and sideman.

May 22, 2015 at Doors:7:30pm, Show: 8pm
Kalamazoo Pride Presents the She Gees ($10)
The She Gees is a female fronted, disco powered, fully choreographed journey through the music of one of the most iconic pop groups in history – The Bee Gees.

May 23, 2015 at Doors:7:30pm, Show: 8:30pm
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers ($30adv/$35 day of)
This show is in the Bell's Beer Garden. Rain or shine. Almost three decades after winning a Grammy for Best New Artist and launching one of contemporary music’s most diverse careers, Bruce Hornsby still makes joyful noise as he discovers clever and expansive ways to chronicle dynamic musical snapshots of his often generously collaborative journey. Nothing better illustrates this than Hornsby’s communion with his longtime band, the Noisemakers. And nothing catches that connection with more daring fluency than a couple of live collections released eleven years apart; 2011’s Bride of the Noisemakers, a set of concert recordings from 2007 to 2009, and 2000‘s Here Come the Noisemakers, which initially unveiled Hornsby and his band’s free-wheeling live approaches to the Virginia-born pianist and composer’s memorable songs. Tapping into many of the genres that have influenced Hornsby’s music over the years—pop, jazz, bluegrass, country and modern classical—these collections feature songs from previous releases such as Big Swing Face (2002), Halcyon Days (2004), and Levitate (2009) -- as well as from Camp Meeting (2007), which featured bassist Christian McBride and drummer Jack DeJohnette, plus Hornsby’s acclaimed early releases such as Scenes From The Southside (1988), Hothouse (1995), and Spirit Trail (1998).

May 24, 2015 at Doors: 5pm, Trivia - 6pm-8pm
Team Trivia (FREE)


May 28, 2015 at Doors:7:30pm, Show: 8pm
Kaitlin Rose Album Release wsg The Hired Hands ($5)
Long time Kalamazoo musician and singer-songwriter, Kaitlin Rose, is releasing her much anticipated new full-length album, The Other Side. Since writing the album, Kaitlin has performed the material nearly non-stop and prayed for the "just right," musicians to accompany her. Well, the magic happened and she has assembled one heck of a band, transforming her coffee shop folk sound into a fusion of eclectic and acoustic with country, blues and good 'ole rock and roll. Kalamazoo roots act The Hired Hands support.

May 29, 2015 at 8:30PM
House of Boogie: Vinyl Soul/Funk Night (FREE)
All Vinyl Funk/Soul Dance Party featuring DJ Hardbargain & DJ Sage Sonics

May 30, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Elephant Revival ($15)
That simple line atop Elephant Revival’s Facebook page contains only five words, but reveals volumes about the band’s reason for being. Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don’t understand one another’s languages — we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose — the spirit of five souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone. The five souls in Elephant Revival are Sage Cook (banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, bass); and Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo). All share vocals and write songs. Paine delivers additional beats via footstomps on plywood, her stockinged feet doing near jigs as her hands, encased in antique leather gloves, rub silver nickel against corrugated metal.

May 31, 2015 at Doors: 5pm, Trivia - 6pm-8pm
Team Trivia (FREE)


May 31, 2015 at Doors at noon, yoga starts at 12:30 p.m.
Yoga in the Back Room! ($10)
Join us in the back room for yoga, Beginners welcome. Please note that the back room will open at noon and yoga will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Jun 04, 2015 at Doors: 7PM, Show: 8PM
SOLD OUT - 11th Annual Beer Garden Opener w/ Greensky Bluegrass ($25 adv/$30 day of)
11th Annual Bell's Beer Garden Opener with Greensky Bluegrass. Support: The Appleseed Collective Hotel Discount: http://www.radisson.com/greensky

Jun 05, 2015 at Doors: 7PM, Show: 8PM
SOLD OUT - 11th Annual Beer Garden Opener w/ Greensky Bluegrass ($25 adv/$30 day of)
11th Annual Bell's Beer Garden Opener with Greensky Bluegrass. Support: Billy Strings & Don Julin Hotel Discount: http://www.radisson.com/greensky

Jun 06, 2015 at Doors: 7PM, Show: 8PM
SOLD OUT - 11th Annual Beer Garden Opener w/ Greensky Bluegrass ($25 adv/$30 day of)
11th Annual Bell's Beer Garden Opener with Greensky Bluegrass. Support: Joshua Davis Trio http://www.radisson.com/greensky

Jun 08, 2015 at Doors: 8pm, Show: 9pm
Shabazz Palaces wsg Eaters ($13adv/$15 day)
Shabazz Palaces are an American, Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro (formerly Butterfly of jazz–hip hop group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai "Baba" Maraire, son of Mbira master Dumisani Maraire.

Jun 11, 2015 at Doors:7:30pm, Show: 8:30pm
Soul Asylum & Meat Puppets ($25adv/$30 day -Beer Garden)
A co-headline bill from two rock legends. On sale Friday March 27 at 10am

Jun 19, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Will Sessions wsg Dezert Eez, DC Lavender ($7)
Originally formed in a Detroit basement in 2007 as a solo project, Will Sessions has quickly evolved into a solid core of musicians adept at shifting effortlessly between rare funk, hip hop, jazz-fusion and soul music. On a typical night you can catch the band on their principal instruments delivering funk as fiery as any rare 45 and in the next set see them manning an array of synthesizers and samplers, playing note for note versions of hip hop bangers, but totally live. The ensemble is led by it's founder, trumpeter Sam Beaubien, who not only also handles keyboard duties, but is the principal writer, producer and arranger. The sound is driven by the propulsive rhythmic core of energetic drummer Bryan Arnold, the dymanic bass playing of Tim Shellabarger and the toneful approach of guitarist Ryan Gimpert. The lineup is rounded out by Eric Kacir (percussion), Justin Jozwiak (sax/flute), Matt Martinez (trombone), and Tom Parks (trumpet). Not long after coming together, the band settled in as house band at Detroit’s now-legendary Motor City Funk Night (voted the country’s best party by Paper magazine) where they regularly kept the wildly expanding crowd dancing into the morning. Soon came a series of stunning live collaborations with heavy hitting performers such as Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, Elzhi, Amp Fiddler, Dennis Coffey, Monica Blaire, Phat Kat, and Rickey Calloway. Because of their musical flexibility, stellar musicianship, exciting live shows, and knack at making collaborating artists sound their best, Will Sessions has established a reputation as one of the hottest bands in Detroit, effectively bringing musical styles and people together, but compromising little.

Jun 28, 2015 at Doors at noon, yoga starts at 12:30 p.m.
Yoga in the Back Room! ($10)
Join us in the back room for yoga, Beginners welcome. Please note that the back room will open at noon and yoga will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Jul 09, 2015 at Doors 8pm, Show 9pm
Jamaican Queens (FREE)
Trap Pop from Detroit, MI

Jul 23, 2015 at 9 a.m. (bus departure)
Detroit Tigers Bus Trip (vs. Seattle Mariners)
Head to Detroit with us to see the Detroit Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Tickets are $65 per person and includes bus ride to and from, beer on the bus, ticket to the game and lunch at the ballpark (must be 21 and up). Sign up by calling 269-250-8827 or emailing cbuzz@bellsbeer.com. Game time is 1:08 p.m.

Aug 23, 2015 at Doors: 7PM, Show: 8PM
Lake Street Dive ($25adv/$30 day of)
Lake Street Dive have been performing since 2004 after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by Minneapolis trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from outside Nashville, Tennessee, bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native, while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. “I wasn’t only impressed with their musicianship,” says Olson, who acquired the nickname “McDuck” while at the conservatory for his reclusive ways. “They were also a lot of fun just to hang out with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties.” It took a casually made video featuring the band gathered around a single mic, performing a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” shot on a Brighton, Massachusetts, street corner to grab the public’s attention—its YouTube views now hurtling past a million views. What followed next moved very quickly—T Bone Burnett tapped them to perform on the Another Day, Another Time concert at NYC's Town Hall, featuring music from and inspired by the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, taped for Showtime. The New Yorker raved of their Town Hall performance: “I can’t imagine then, that Lake Street Dive—a quartet led by an amazing young singer, Rachael Price—won’t be getting some air time soon.” Rolling Stone called the band “unexpected showstoppers".

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