Artists’ Forum Series at Kalamazoo Valley Community College Presents Graham Parker and the Elden Kelly Trio

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Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Artists’ Forum presents a Wednesday, April 15 concert with a double billing – Graham Parker and the Elden Kelly Trio, performing at 7:30 p.m. in Dale B. Lake Auditorium at the Texas Township Campus.

Kalamazoo Valley’s Artists’ Forum presents a Wednesday, April 15 concert with a double billing – Graham Parker and the Elden Kelly Trio, performing at 7:30 p.m. in Dale B. Lake Auditorium at the Texas Township Campus.

Graham Parker emerged from England’s vibrant mid-70s pub rock music scene and was promptly tagged the “quintessential angry young man.’ His musical style informed the likes of Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson and earned raves from rock critics worldwide. His recordings with The Rumour are legendary, earning two spots in Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Albums of All Time.”

For nearly 30 years, Parker has been slinging a signature sound across continents and airwaves, which has earned him a spot in the pantheon of truly original and influential figures in rock ‘n roll. Since his early days with The Rumour, Parker has coupled punk’s energy with his deeply rooted love of American R&B, country and soul music. He’s been described as having a bar room brawler’s rasp and sneer, a soul man’s swagger, and an ear for indelible hooks of song writing – plus an enduring spot in rock history.

The Elden Kelly Trio will open for Parker. With a strong grounding both in traditional genres and fusion, Elden Kelly mixes classical, world music and jazz. His nylon string guitar and exotic-sounding 11-string fretless guitar evoke traces of Latin, American roots, flamenco, and Indian music, underpinned by modern swing, African polyrhythms and cross-cultural grooves. The trio aptly cuts its own path through the music world and brings to audiences across the country music that is recognizably, uniquely outstanding.

Since its inception in 1986, Kalamazoo Valley’s Artists' Forum has exposed the Kalamazoo community and its students to a diverse collection of musicians, artists, writers, actors, singers, dancers and social commentators - including Mavis Staples, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Patty Griffin, David Sedaris and The Wailin’ Jennys.

Through partial funding provided by The Gilmore Foundation, The Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation and the KVCC Foundation, Artists' Forum has established a performance series that reflects the Kalamazoo community and broadens the perspective of the performing arts. Instructor of Photography and Film, Dave Posther, is the current chair of the program.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at http://www.kvcc.edu/artistsforum, at the Texas Township Campus bookstore (269.488.4030 or bookstore.kvcc.edu) or by contacting Dave Posther at 269.488.4476. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

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