Guess who’s returning to #FridaysAtTheFountain? Marshall local and fan-favorite: Norman Light!
Performing at previous FATF’s with Chameleon and Rae of Light, we’re excited to have him close out this year’s event by bringing back Norman Light & Friends. The only thing guaranteed is that there’ll be a night of good music, with fantastic musicians. Playing songs that everyone knows from a wide range of genres, every show brings a different line-up that makes each experience unique and memorable. Don’t forget to join us for our last show at the fountain – August 18th at 7pm EST!
Please give a warm welcome to FATF alum, Norman Light & Friends, and we’ll see you August 18th at 7pm EST!
THE YPC: What kind of music/instruments do you enjoy playing the most? NL: Favorite instrument – guitar of course 🙂 And music? I love playing songs from all eras and all genres. I like playing a mix so that the youngest kid will find a song they like, all the way up to the grandparents enjoying the music together.
THE YPC: What is your funniest memory about playing a show or being on tour? NL: Too many to remember, but so many funny times driving back and forth to Florida with my band Rae of Light.
THE YPC: What are you most excited about for FATF? NL: Praying that we actually play at the actual fountain. We’ve been scheduled twice before: once it got canceled, and the other we relocated to Dark Horse. Still a great show/venue, but not the fountain!
THE YPC: What is your biggest achievement thus far? NL: Writing our own songs that we’re proud of.
THE YPC: If you could make an instrument out of a piece of food, what would it be? NL: A pineapple-tar.
The RockShow: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey must be seen and heard to be believed. This fun 80s rock tribute band will take you back to the days when Journey topped the charts playing all your favorite hits. When the band takes the stage, you will see and hear why fans all over the nation are raving about their Journey experience as Tommy K’s remarkable ‘Perryesque’ vocal performance will leave you amazed that it is not Steve Perry himself. Levi Goodwin (bass/vocals) and Chris Bartnikowski (drums/vocals) round out the Journey Tribute. The RockShow also performs covers from a variety of different 80s rock bands. Come rock out with us and The RockShow – August 4th at 7pm EST!
Get ready to rock out 🤘with The RockShow at FATF on August 4th! But first, let’s go on a little Journey with them in this interesting interview:
THE YPC: What kind of music/instruments do you enjoy playing the most? TRS: Performing the music of Journey.
THE YPC: What is your favorite thing or special memory about Michigan? TRS: Opening up for many National Artists such as Great White, Eddie Money, April Wine, Whitesnake, Tesla, Blue Oyster Cult, Firehouse, Ratt, The Guess Who, and many more!
THE YPC: What are you most excited about for FATF? TRS: It will be our first time in Marshall in about 5 years.
THE YPC: What is your biggest achievement thus far? TRS: Fremont Street, Las Vegas. (3 times) and opening up for many National Artists.
THE YPC: If you could compose a movie soundtrack, what sort of film would it be? TRS: I (Tommy K) actually wrote the music for a documentary on the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes by Ric Mixter called “DEEP SIX” Titanics of the Great Lakes. It aired on PBS and is available online to purchase.
Grace Theisen is an Americana/Blues artist originally from Kalamazoo. Grace won Cari Cole’s Best New Artist of 2021, was named “Artist To Watch” by Local Spins in 2022, and was one of the “Top 10 Bands Heating Up The Summer” by Revue. From her 3rd EP, Dance With The Shadows, the Down To The River official music video won Best Americana Video & The Audience Choice Award at the 2022 Michigan Music Video Awards. Her newest single, “Wild Wild Woman”, is out now across all streaming platforms. Be sure to join us July 21st at 7pm EST for the highly anticipated performance of rising Americana/Blues artist, Grace Theisen!
Please give a warm welcome to rising artist (and Michigan native) Grace Theisen, in our pre-FATF interview, and see her live – July 21st at the Brooks Memorial Fountain!
THE YPC: What kind of music/instruments do you enjoy playing the most? GT: Well obviously acoustic guitar because that is what I play but I am learning bass right now which has been a blast to learn! I LOVE swampy/blues slide guitar and that is my next venture to learn.
THE YPC: What is your funniest memory about playing a show or being on tour? GT: In March I toured with my girlband, The Rebel Eves, and for the longest time people thought our name was actually “Therapy Elves” because our website (www.therebeleves.com) does look like that when the letters are so close together. We thought it was so hilarious and so accurate as to what our band is all about so we designed a summer festival t-shirt around it that will come out in July when we go on tour!
THE YPC: What are you most excited about for FATF? GT: To expose Marshall to my incredible trio featuring the percussion queen herself, Carolyn Koebel and my main guitar Maestro, Adam Main!
THE YPC: What is your biggest achievement thus far? GT: While it hasn’t happened yet. We get to play Frederick Meijer Gardens on June 6th which feels like a super huge honor. But also at the end of the day the fact that I get to call “playing music” my full-time job feels like a really huge deal considering Covid almost knocked out our entire industry. I am very new to pursuing this as I ran a nonprofit for almost all of my twenties so it’s only been the last 3 years that I have seriously pursued music as a career.
THE YPC: If you could make an instrument out of a piece of food, what would it be? GT: Oh hands down I would make a guitar out of Werthers! They are my favorite candy… I literally eat them every night because, yes, I am 80 years-old in my soul.
Zion Lion is the “baddest band to hit the Kalamazoo music scene”. FATF fans may remember them from last year’s series. Our crowd was up dancing and having a great time! The members are a combination of several bands from the Kalamazoo area that crossed each other’s 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. Mark your calendars for July 7th at 7pm EST as Zion Lion returns to FATF with good vibes and good times!
Who are the members of the “baddest band to hit the Kalamazoo music scene”? Find out in our interview with Myra Atkinson (lead vocalist & steel pan for Zion Lion), and catch their exciting performance at FATF July 7th!
THE YPC: What kind of music/instruments do you enjoy playing the most? ZL: We love playing reggae and socca. For me it’s the steel pan.
THE YPC: What is your funniest memory about playing a show or being on tour? ZL: We were headed to a festival in Kentucky and one of our former members from Africa asked if we could stop and get Kentucky Fried Chicken.
THE YPC: What are you most excited about for FATF? ZL: Love the ambience of the fountain in the background while performing!
THE YPC: What is your biggest achievement thus far? ZL: Opening up for international reggae acts that we only dreamt of.
THE YPC:If you could make an instrument out of a piece of food, what would it be? ZL: A carrot into a flute.
The Brothers Proper power trio hails from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area and bring an eclectic set of original takes on classic blues, jazz, soulful Motown funk, as well as some heartfelt originals. Known and loved for their low volume, easy listening groove, Brothers Proper will bring a musical energy that will transport you to “The Center of the Universe”. Though not proper brothers, the energy and musical connection of these 3 musicians become one united sound and groove, leaving you knowing why they are called the “Brothers Proper”. Get groovy with the Brothers Proper – properly – June 23rd at 7pm EST at The Youngish Professionals Committee’s first #FridaysAtTheFountain show of 2023!
Get to know the Brothers Proper in this fun interview with lead guitar & vocalist, Tom Hutchinson!
THE YPC: What kind of music/instruments do you enjoy playing the most? BP: Funk, Blues and jazz are my favorite genres and I only play Fender Telecasters.
THE YPC: What is your funniest memory about playing a show or being on tour? BP: As most Brothers Proper fans know, always play barefoot. I was once playing a backyard party & I stepped off the stage onto the wet grass (with my electric guitar). I got shocked so bad, it threw me into the drum-set. However, the band never stopped playing and I eventually got up and finished the song.
THE YPC: What are you most excited about for FATF? BP: This will be our first time playing at FATF and we are excited to play such a beautiful location.
THE YPC: What is your biggest achievement thus far? BP: Opening for Backyard, Burgers and Brews festival in BC and playing to 5k people, what a rush!
THE YPC: If you could make an instrument out of a piece of food, what would it be? BP: A guitar every day, and I made a Telecaster-Style guitar once out of a solid chunk of African Mahogany.
The sounds of summer are here! The Youngish Professionals Committee is thrilled to announce the return of our community concert series, Fridays at the Fountain, featuring 5 amazing live performances at the Brooks Memorial Fountain! Join us starting June 23rd (with a chair and a blanket) at the fountain.
Please give a warm welcome to our final Fridays at the Fountain performers: Zion Lion!
Then meet us at the Brooks Memorial Fountain, August 12th – 7pm EST, for the last FATF show of the season. Everyone is welcome. Bring your own chair or blanket to keep it comfy.
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 other’s 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.
Kicking off our third Fridays at the Fountain performance is: The Sam Luna Band! Join us for family fun at the fountain – July 29 at 7pm EST! Please bring your own chair or blanket.
Sam Luna is a multi-instrumentalist from Battle Creek, MI. Frontman Sam Luna and guitar player Sage Castleberry have been best friends since middle school, and got their musical start in high school performing on a downtown Battle Creek sidewalk in 2015. They can be seen at shows across southwest Michigan playing Sam’s released music, and covers anyone would enjoy. 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.
Welcoming back a Fridays at the Fountain favorite: Norman Light (& Friends)! Bring the whole family and head to Brooks Memorial Fountain for a live performance – July 15 at 7pm EST. Please bring your own chair or blanket.
Norman Light is a Marshall local that has performed at FATF previously with Chameleon and Rae of Light, but this will be a new vibe! With Norman Light & Friends the only thing guaranteed is that there’ll be a night of good music, with fantastic musicians. “Which” musicians is the question! Maybe a singer-friend will show up? Maybe a harmonica player will step-in? Maybe a keyboard player will play that solo you always loved? Playing songs that everyone knows from a wide range of genres, every show brings a different line-up that makes each show unique and memorable.