- One ticket to see Don Williams
- When: Sunday, April 6, at 7 p.m.
- Where: Kalamazoo State Theatre
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $40 for the main floor (up to $66.55 value)
- $33 for the mezzanine (up to $55.60 value)
- $27 for the balcony (up to $45.10 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
**Don Williams performing “My Heart To You” live**
- Don’s nickname: “The Gentle Giant”
- How he got that name: not only does he have an imposing build, he touches listeners’ hearts with his leather-textured baritone and sweet, simple ballads
- The name given to his musical style in the ’70s: “countrypolitan”
- Which was: a fancy term for country-pop invented by listeners who didn’t want to admit they were into country music
- 2010: the year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
- 1980: the year he made a cameo in Smokey and the Bandit II and made critics everywhere question if they could give an award for “Coolest Cameo in ‘Smokey and the Bandit II’”
- Number of #1 hits that made Don one of the biggest stars of the ’70s: 17
- Gentle Giant favorites you’re bound to hear live and warm: “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Tulsa Time,” and his all-time heart-hugger “I Believe in You”
- 2012 album that saw Don return with what Country Weekly called “his strongest set in the last 20 years”: And So It Goes
- Which primed fans for: his latest album, Reflections, in which Don lends his voice to works from his favorite songwriters, including Townes Van Zandt and Merle Haggard
Kalamazoo State Theatre
In 1927 in downtown Kalamazoo, Colonel William Butterfield financed the construction of a grand vaudeville theater, whose glittering marquee towered above its roof and beckoned passersby to the venue’s lavish interior. Although the marquee has since been replaced with a smaller sign, the auditorium’s luxurious decorations remain undiminished under a domed, blue ceiling that evokes a peaceful night sky, only without a moon that would remind foreign ambassadors their country has never been there. Around the proscenium, the walls jut out in the facsimile of a rococo village, with ornate balconies, arches, and windows.