Kalamazoo Avenue Band plays Summer in the CityPublished 10:17pm Wednesday, July 18, 2012
When the musicians of Kalamazoo Avenue Band take center stage at Dowagiac’s Summer in the City Festival July 26, the black suits, skinny black ties, fedoras and wayfarer sunglasses will exemplify one of America’s iconic bands of the 1980s: The Blues Brothers.
Appearing for its third time in Dowagiac as the Beckwith Park Summer Concert Series overlaps with Summer in the City, Thursday’s concert by Kalamazoo Avenue Band opens at 7 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Avenue Band will present an electric, high-energy rock, rhythm and blues revue, featuring music by Chicago, The Beatles and The Blues Brothers.
The festival opens July 26 and continues through Saturday.
The band will perform until 8:30 p.m. at the Haggin-Wimberley Memorial Bandstand, where audience members can enjoy a complimentary ice cream social and drawings in conjunction with Huntington Night, in honor of the concert series’ underwriter.
“We’ve been looking forward to Huntington Night all summer,” Trish Brazo, a team leader at the bank, said.
“Our entire Dowagiac staff will be on site for the ice cream social and this special evening of music. We will have a drawing for a pair of lawn chairs and we’ll also give away our popular, bright green Huntington tote bags, plus some things for children.”
Vickie Phillipson, program director for the Chamber of Commerce and DDA, said the band will appeal to listeners of every generation.
“Music enthusiasts will find Kalamazoo Avenue’s forte reflects the American blues and soul revivalist band, The Blues Brothers, which was founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.”