By Abigail Lindblade
A new music festival that organizers hope to make annual had its inaugural event at Bell’s Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo on Sept. 26, 2022. The week-long Sounds of the Zoo festival of 54 local music artists runs through Oct. 2 and at locations around the city, including the Hilton Garden Inn and Bronson Park.
The Incantations are based out of Kalamazoo, band members Lisa Mackie and Ryan Gladding have performed at several festivals in Northern Michigan, including the Dunesville and the Free-Bird festivals.
Lewman frequented the annual AudioTree music festival held in Arcadia Park until it was moved to Chicago in 2019. She also has been to several house shows in the Vine neighborhood and believes the Kalamazoo music scene is “picking up.”
The Sounds of the Zoo Festival is also offering professional music education courses and workshops happening before the live music. The line-up and schedule can be found at: soundsofthezoo.com