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.