War almost was not the name slapped across gold records such as The World is a Ghetto and Why Can’t We Be Friends? When the name was first suggested, as founding member Lonnie Jordan recalls, the band thought it might sound too radical. But then they reconsidered, Jordan says, and decided to “wage war with melody, rhythm, and harmony as our weapons and the songs as our ammunition. We spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, and crime and fused rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B.”
Voted Best Student Hangout and one of the best venues for live music and performances by the Kalamazoo Gazette, The Strutt presents crowd-pleasing American fare and nightly musical entertainment for stimulating study breaks or an evening out. The menus feature appetizers that include the black-bean-queso dip ($5.95), and heartier stomach stuffers, such as The Sloppy José, which puts a spicy, south-of-the-border spin on a classic dish ($4.95). Meanwhile, meat eschewers can chew on plentiful vegetarian options, including the roasted-veggie quesadilla ($5.95) or the Blue Apple salad, with apples, raisins, red onion, toasted almonds, and gorgonzola tossed in shallot vinaigrette ($6.95). A full bar, extensive beer list, and nightly drink specials complement any meal or musical act, and the plentiful brunch –– with live jazz on Saturday and bluegrass on Sunday –– and breakfast make this spot a go-to from day to day after.
No tasty bite is complete without a quality beverage to back it up. With this in mind, Gilly's pleases foodies and beer lovers alike with a well-curated menu of dishes to pair with its handcrafted microbrews, wines, and cocktails. Six types of caramel come together in Brewmaster John's Crimson King amber ale, one of many libations that can accompany vegetarian dishes such as herb potato gnocchi, seafood such as grilled shrimp with quinoa tabouleh, and comfort food such as baked mac 'n' cheese. The menu spans the culinary gamut and includes many gluten-free offerings and creative small plates, all served in a casual, rustic setting.
Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, recognized as the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Their chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, will also see its hooky anthems represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Wunderkind Rachel Crow of The X-Factor fame and Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson start the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
The Ying String Quartet has animated legendary masterpieces at esteemed venues including the White House, the Sydney Opera House, and Carnegie Hall, and was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award. Enter the St. Cecilia Music Center's historical Royce Auditorium for a program of string-suspended life forms beginning with Anton Arensky's kinetic Quartet No. 2 in A Minor. Samuel Barber's spirited String Quartet follows, with sweeping melodies dramatic enough to whisk any dulcet diva off her precariously balanced feet. The evening comes to a close with a playful four-movement piece by Beethoven. After the final note, mingle with quartet members to gain first-hand string-tickling insight.