A few years ago, the Martin Prosperity Institute released a study measuring the country’s most active music scenes. As one would expect, cities like Nashville, New York and Los Angeles claimed the top spots. But there was one little blurb that caught the attention West Michigan locals:
“Other smaller metros that do better than expected are Kalamazoo, Michigan (the former home of the Gibson guitar factory, founded in 1902, and the site of some major classical music festivals) at 8th overall…”
Better than expected? Maybe to the rest of the country, but if you actually play a part in Kalamazoo’s music scene, you probably thought it was about damn time outsiders acknowledged it.