Author: Dwayne Hoover

Dwayne Hoover began his writing career for the Kalamazoo music scene with blog-turned-magazine West Michigan NOISE!, where he quickly made a name for himself as a snarky, yet capable music journalist. Soon after, he went to work for Revue Magazine, interviewing high profile bands and artists such as Dweezil Zappa, Christina Perri, Dropkick Murphys, Dinosaur Jr., GWAR, New Found Glory, Cage the Elephant, Flogging Molly, Clutch, Sum 41, Living Colour and Les Claypool. In 2011, he honed his comedic skills for humor website Cracked.com where his fact-based list articles have been read by millions. Most recently, he has also been establishing himself in the West Michigan music scene as a proficient concert photographer, and in 2014 was a contributor to Recoil Magazine.

Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival: Keg Curling, Food Pairing and Education

As West Michigan’s craft beer scene continues to grow, so too does the number of festivals that honor our microbrewery mecca. From brand-themed events like Founders Fest to Brewery Vivant’s style-specific Wood Aged Beer Fest, not to mention the nationally touring America on Tap, there is no shortage of opportunities for celebratory samplings. The Kalamazoo…

The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Returns: 19-Day event includes Bruce Hornsby, Tony Bennett

What began as a way to honor local philanthropist Irving S. Gilmore’s tremendous love for music, specifically the piano, has grown immensely, now boasting more than 100 concerts at various venues across West Michigan. Since 1991, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival has hosted world-class music in the Kalamazoo area. But it’s not just concerts. You’ll…

As Record Store Day Approaches, Kalamazoo’s Vinyl Scene Thrives

Kalamazoo is stocked with sanctuaries for vinyl-record collectors and Sean Hartman, manager of Satellite Records, thinks he might know why. “A lot of it is a natural reaction to how disposable media has become,” said Hartman, who runs the shop located at 808 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo. “There’s definitely something to having that physical piece…

Breaking the Silence: Breaking Benjamin‘s Ben Burnley Rises from the Ashes with New Line-up

An abrupt end to touring in 2010 for alleged health reasons was the start of an implosion for the Pennsylvania-based rock band Breaking Benjamin. What followed was a disagreement leading to a legal dispute and ultimately the group’s disbanding. Despite the inner turmoil, founding member and frontman Ben Burnley assured fans it wasn’t the end.…

‘Iron Bartender’ Competition Celebrates ‘Cocktail Renaissance’

If you’re familiar with the television cooking show Iron Chef, then you’re at least familiar with the general premise of the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild’s Iron Bartender competition. It’s pretty simple: Bring in some talented culinary professionals, throw some surprise ingredients at them and see the creative ways they use said ingredients to create something…

West Michigan’s Oldest Bars

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. That’s how the saying goes, anyway. And at Nick Fink’s, the oldest bar in Grand Rapids, they’re absolutely fine with that adage. While developers are continually constructing flashy, new breweries and trendy pubs across the state, other more ripened watering holes hang their hats on heritage. Full…