Making Music This Summer

Jun 13, 2008 12:59:13 PM

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Kalamazoo, MI –

Kalamazoo Public Library will offer a series of free concerts this summer featuring artists from three very different musical genres: Steppin’ In It, Pacifica Quartet, and Rachel Davis. All three groups will perform at the Central Library.

Steppin’ In It

Tuesday, June 17, 7:00 pm
Steppin' In ItToting an ample supply of vintage instruments, the swingin’ quartet Steppin’ In It creates a sound that evokes old-time bluegrass radio. The boys pound out their own brand by combining folk, sweet jazz, country, swing, zydeco, and blues. At this very special acoustic show in-the-round, listeners will hear the stories behind their music. The 2004 Telluride Bluegrass Festival program proclaimed that “they accomplish the seemingly impossible task of making the most traditional sounds contemporary, blending hillbilly rackets with blues rhythms and European folk....we think they’re knee deep in the future of bluegrass.”

Pacifica Quartet

Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 pm
Pacifica QuartetExperience the virtuosity, exuberant style and often daring repertory choices of the Pacifica Quartet, winner of the Naumberg Chamber Music Prize, Cleveland Quartet Award, and the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, amoung others. The group tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing in the world’s major concert halls. Their recordings include the complete string quartets of Felix Mendelssohn, chamber works by Dvorak, the complete quartets of Easley Blackwood, and music composed during the turbulent decades between World Wars I and II. Pacifica will weave informative lectures with its performance at the library. Appearance courtesy Fontana Chamber Arts.

Rachael Davis

Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 pm
Rachel DavisRachael Davis began singing on-stage at the age of two with her parents. Six years into her solo career, she’s shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Taj Mahal, Fred Eaglesmith, Josh Ritter, Prairie Home Companion regulars Robin and Linda Williams, folk divas Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers, jazz legends Marcus Belgrave and Winston Walls, and many others. In 2003, she took grand prize in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Contest. Her influences range from the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald to the soulful pop vocals of Patty Griffin. A contemporary songwriter, she’s equally at home singing anything from traditional ballads to Cole Porter to Joe Henry.

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