Category: Revue Magazine

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…

Bombshell Burlesque: SuicideGirls Stop at The Intersection

If you’re not familiar with SuicideGirls, think edgy, nonconformist pin-up models for the 21st century. The website has a devoted cult following, thanks to photos, profiles and interviews dedicated to its never-ending roster of tattooed, outsider models. Since the site’s launch in 2001, SuicideGirls has grown enormously in popularity. As a result, the brand dedicated…

Kalamazoo Scene Report: A Beginner’s Guide to the Zoo’s Musical Landscape

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,…