Lunchtime Live! presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union

Next date: Friday, July 08, 2022 | 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM

Person playing guitar on the Rotary Stage in Bronson Park at a Lunchtime Live Event. Food trucks, vendors, and event attendees in the background.

Lunchtime Live! presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union offers live music, games, food, and fun every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bronson Park.

This summer event series will kick off for the 2022 season on Friday, June 10 and continue through Friday, September 2.

Food and retail will be available for purchase. Food trucks will be lined up along Bronson Park on South Street and other vendors will be set up throughout the park. Each week will feature a different local musical artist.

This is a free event, and all community members are welcome. Please be sure to follow local health official guidelines to help keep everyone safe.  

Music Lineup

June 10 - Megan Dooley

Megan Dooley

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Megan Dooley has been performing in Michigan and surrounding areas for over 14 years. Steeped in rich American roots music that bursts with a modern attitude and soulful inflection, Dooley captures audiences whether performing solo or leading a full band. Her rich, gritty, and powerful vocals weave between punchy rhythm guitar, eloquent banjolele and uke, and a "whistle as pure as birdsong, expressed with great aplomb." to create a musical experience all her own. Dubbed "The First Lady" of the Kalamazoo music scene by Revue Magazine in October 2013, Megan Dooley is a Michigan performer that is not to be missed.

June 17 - Dehurricane

Dehurricane

Hurricane - Reggae/Caribbean/Top 40
Voted 2018 Chicago Best Reggae Band

Hailing from the exotic isle of Dominica Cleve Hurricane Jean Jacques has been a professional musician since he could remember. Hurricane musical career began at the tender age of fourteen when he was performing as lead guitarist and vocalist for the Islands leading band. Then Hurricane continued to develop in strength as a song writer musical arranger and entertainer. In 1986 he entered the arena of calypso and for the next twenty-nine years touched the hearts and lives of people all over the world. Prepare to experience a true Caribbean vibe a total party package with Reggae, Soca, Calypso a little Jazz, Top 40 and Blues. Every performance you will enjoy a taste of a real island culture and sound from the Hurricane.

 

June 24 - Kari Lynch

Kari Lynch

Kari Lynch is a singer-songwriter, musician and writer from Michigan, now based in Nashville, TN. For the last decade-plus, she has toured her golden, smoky voice, compelling songwriting and engaging live show across the country as a solo independent Artist and also with her Alt-Country/Rock project, The Kari Lynch Band, playing thousands of shows and releasing several genre-melding singles and EPs, music videos, two full-length albums and earning an impressive resume opening for prominent Artists including: Kacey Musgraves, Mat Kearney, Don Felder (formally of the Eagles), Alabama, Kelsea Ballerini and many more. 

 After releasing several singles and EPs, Kari’s first full-length album, an Alt-Country project titled “Little Games”, was released in 2016. “Sweetheart,” the initial single from that album, has taken home top honors in various songwriting competitions and the official music video for “Sweetheart” has been viewed and shared thousands of times since the release.

The first two singles, “Cigarettes" and "Monsters" from her latest solo Pop/Rock endeavor, were released in October 2021, with a new solo album to follow in 2022. 

In addition to her solo projects, Kari is the lead singer of the accomplished Alt Country/Rock band, the Kari Lynch Band. Their latest album The Other Side, which includes singles, “Highway Honey,” “Running Outta Love,” “The Other Side,” and “Nashville” (recorded at Ocean Way Nashville Studios) is out now.

July 1 - Carrie & The McFerrinheits

Carrie & The McFerrinheits

“Kalamazoo’s Sweetheart” Carrie McFerrin has been a staple in the Michigan music scene for almost a decade. She brings a fierce country twang with an indie twist that is sure to give you the warm fuzzies and kick you in the teeth at the same time. She captivates a room within her first few notes, showcasing her swanky twang, old country style. Her stage presence is a force full of wit and hilarity as she shares stories about her life and inspired songwriting. Recently nominated for the WYCE Jammies and recording on a Kalamazoo Arts Council grant, Carrie is now performing both solo and with a stellar cast of Michigan music veterans. Be sure to catch a show…and watch your teeth. New album out May 6, 2022.

July 8 - Mike Struwin

Mike Struwin  

Originals / Americana / Classic Rock  

Mike who began playing music at the age of 13, has long been a force in the regional music scenes of Southwest Michigan, for lyrics and music imbued with a sense of honesty, empathy and authenticity.

 

July 15 - Sam Luna & Sage Castleberry from the Sam Luna Band

Sam Luna & Sage Castleberry

Sam is an aspiring Musician from Battle Creek, MI. Band make up his two friends their fathers and a high school buddy. As a multi-instrumentalist, Sam has been writing and creating songs to perform with his first single releasing in February 2021. Since 2017 Sam Luna has been performing on sidewalks, breweries, and festivals, all over Southwest Michigan alongside his seasoned band. Sam is best known for his ever-growing set of originals, along with radio hits from decades all the way back to the 60’s. Crowd pleasers are enjoyed by all ages, as Sam and his band have an enjoyable, classic, modern sound.

July 22 - Jordan Hamilton

Jordan Hamilton

Cellist and vocalist Jordan Hamilton is a mix of mastery and maverick musicality; hip-hop influenced, rhythmically layered, melodically robust. Avant garde, folk-soul music, a key to navigate space, time, and change, gracefully, for those who use it. Driven by diversity, drawn to the cello’s tone, cosmic strings calling souls home. “Plucking, sawing, pounding and caressing the cello to extract sometimes other-worldly sounds; melding live looping with classical music interludes, hip hop, and jazz.” (John Sinkevics, Local Spins). Shared truth, delivered and triggered by melodies, experienced as one, emanating from a deep, russet realm. Genres groomed together to represent and inquire the soul. A different kind of symphony, hopeful enough to grow our empathy, “part political activism, part hopefulness, part performance art, part soundscapes, and all entirely mesmerizing.” (John Sinkevics, Local Spins) Emotional energy crafted from integrity, immaterial and immortal, experienced at the speed of sound, with a bit of bounce, groove by the ounce, and all the jump you’ll need to move.

 

July 29 - Monte Pride

MONTE PRIDE

Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of Nick Drake and The Tallest Man on Earth. He blends haunting melodies with vivid lyricism, bringing stories of love, loss, and longing to life in a complex array of healing, soul stirring song. Monte has supported Michigan favorites like Joshua Davis, Luke Winslow King, Breathe Owl Breathe, Gifts or Creatures, Escaping Pavement, and The Ragbirds, and has performed at Wheatland Music Festival, the Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, Buttermilk Jamboree, Holler Fest, and Pumpstock.

August 5 - Kanola Band

Kanola Band

Kanola Band brings together some of the most experienced and diverse musicians in the midwest US jazz scene to pay tribute to the great music and heritage of New Orleans. Dipping into the city's diverse musical history including traditional Dixieland, groovin' zydeco, soulful funk to blasting brass band second lines, audiences of all ages will leave feeling just a bit happier than when they came. Bring your dancing shoes, leave your worries behind and be ready for some fun, because Kanola Band is always a good time!

Playing at a range of venues, Kanola adapts amazingly to their surroundings and audiences. They have played in clubs to dancing audiences (Lula’s Louisiana Cookhouse, The Union Cabaret & Grille), opened for national touring acts (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy), presented educational middle/high school clinic performances (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Honors Band, 2018 & 2019), performed and presented clinics at major universities (Purdue University (Ft. Wayne), Saginaw Valley State University), and performed at outdoor festivals (Oshtemo Music in the Parks Concert Series, ACGK Arts on the Mall Concert Series). The consensus is, wherever they play, the audience is engaged, entertained and excited. With the release of their debut album in the summer of 2020, their touring schedule is filling up fast bringing their infectiously fun music to even more audiences across the nation.

Live on WZZM 13’s Mardi Gras Broadcast (2020)

Kanola members have performed at some of the most prestigious international music venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Ronnie Scotts, Kennedy Center for the Arts and have recorded and toured with some of the top musicians/bands including the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Etienne Charles Big Band, Curtis Stigers, Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Orchestra, Tri-Fi, Knee Deep Shag, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra and more.  In addition to being veteran musicians, they are also passionate music educators who currently teach at Western Michigan University, Purdue University (Ft. Wayne), Saginaw Valley State University and Jazz & Creative Institute. Their unique and engaging approach to performing will leave all ages of audiences having fun while learning about jazz, improvisation, music history, alongside the rich history and music of New Orleans all while grooving in their seat or dancing in the aisle. 

Kanola Band is a collective of musicians and the size of the group playing depends on the occasion at hand. You’ll usually see some sort of conglomeration of the following talented folks:  
Benje Daneman (trumpet & vocals), Seth Ebersole (woodwinds), Nathan Durham (trombone), Ashley Daneman (vocals), Matthew Fries (keys), Rufus Ferguson (keys & guitar), Chance Trottman-Huiet (tuba), Jeff Moehle (drums & vocals)

August 12 - Pinter Whitnick

Pinter Whitnick

50’s to Today   

A husband and wife team traveling duo (Alex plays Cajon (drum box) and Snare drum with his feet. If you close your eyes you would swear there is a drummer on stage. Based out of Detroit, Michigan. Playing music from across several genres and selective originals. The two feature a full-band sound with rich harmonies as they bring familiar favorites to life. They can perform a 60's revival set.

 

August 19 - Youth & Teen Talent Show

Kzoo Parks and the Kalamazoo Civic are excited to host a Youth & Teen Talent Show at the August 19 Lunchtime Live event. Youth and teens can participate in the talent show with music, dance, comedy performances, and more! The show will be hosted by Von Washington Jr. the Executive Director of Community Relations for the Kalamazoo Promise. 

August 26 - Serita's Black Rose

Seritas Black Rose

Funk / Blues / Neo-Soul

A self-professed “Funkateer”, Serita Crowley of Serita’s Black Rose from Grand Rapids, Michigan brings a raucous mix of FUNK, ROCK, BLUES, NEO-SOUL, and AMERICANA. Serita, along with her partner Jon Hayes are at it’s core, performing together for nearly two decades. As an acoustic duo, they play much of the timeless “feel good music” from the 60’s and 70’s that everyone can enjoy. Her fiery, blues- and soul-infused vocals will shake the ground beneath your feet. Serita picks her music like she cooks her food, -it has to be to her taste, and it tastes good! Take a big bite, and it will fuel your soul!

September 2 - i.am.james

i.am.james

Born and raised on the coast of Lake Michigan, songwriter Sierra Cassidy, grew up performing in an arts-driven community. Growing up with a taste for folk and roots music, she played both locally and nationally renowned venues as a solo singer-songwriter. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, Sierra attended Berklee College of Music in both Boston, MA and Valencia, Spain.  She became defining her sound and artistry as she dove into a world of not only writing and performance, but also recording and production of her own work. Since releasing her first single in 2017, Sierra has stepped into the role of the emblem "i.am.james." Her music has been noted as "heart-ache to dance to," and "left of center pop," drawing influences from both her upbringing in folk music and her affinity for contemporary pop music.  Now based in Nashville, i.am.james. shares her songs on stages both locally and nationally, while keeping her Michigan-roots alive. Performance highlights include: City Opera House (Traverse City, MI, 2014), Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL, 2015), Un Lagos de Conciertos (Valencia, Spain, 2016), The End (Nashville, TN, 2018), Rockwood Music Hall (New York, New York, 2019), Listening Room (Grand Rapids, MI, 2022).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When

  • Friday, June 10, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, June 17, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, June 24, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, July 01, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, July 08, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, July 15, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, July 22, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, July 29, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, August 05, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, August 12, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, August 19, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, August 26, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM
  • Friday, September 02, 2022 | 11:30 AM - 01:30 PM

Location

Bronson Park, 200 S Rose St,    View Map

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