Laura Sky Brown

Max Brown, who grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, called Kalamazoo home until recently: he studied jazz at Western Michigan University from 2011-16. One night after a jazz jam at the Union Cabaret and Grille in downtown Kalamazoo, he was approached by Michael and Tanya Trotter, whose band, The War and Treaty, was earning a big reputation with their electrifying, soulful songs. They invited Max to Nashville to audition for their upcoming tour. Upon arrival, he finished the guitar audition, then auditioned on bass as well, when the invited player failed to appear. Max Brown became the War and Treaty's guitarist and bassist.

The last few months have been a whirlwind of festivals and tour dates around the country. Recently the War and Treaty toured with the Indigo Girls, and tomorrow at 6 pm on public radio stations around the country, the War and Treaty will be featured guests of Live From Here with Chris Thile.  The show airs on WMUK at 6 pm EST, on 102.1 FM and Cara Lieurance spoke with Max Brown about his recent experiences.

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A new monument in Lansing will honor fallen police officers. The state health department moves its Kalamazoo location. Downtown Kalamazoo restaurant Food Dance could reopen in mid-November. 

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The Kalamazoo Concert Band opens its new season on Saturday with a 100th anniversary tribute to the great American conductor, composer, educator and performer Leonard Bernstein. Director Tom Evans and Cara Lieurance take a look at the program and the man who inspired it. 

Some of the music, like selections from West Side Story, will be very familiar, but there will be plenty of new material for the average listener, including the rarely-heard Dance Suite for Brass, which was his final composition. The Western Brass Quintet will also appear with the KCB in a suite from Bernstein's Mass.

David Small

Graphic novels are like comic books; the vivid images do the talking. David Small has illustrated more than 40 books, many of them for children, often in collaboration with his wife, author Sarah Stewart. You may have seen his work in the New York Times or in The New Yorker. His graphic memoir, Stitches, was a New York Times bestseller. Now Small has a new graphic novel off the presses: Home After Dark (Liveright, 2018).

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Republican state House candidate William Baker says he wants to get Michigan on a fiscally sustainable track. He’s running in the district that includes the city of Kalamazoo and most of Kalamazoo Township.