Bell’s Eccentric Café Announces 2019 Beer Garden Concert Series


Summer in the Bell’s Beer Garden will be jam-packed with incredible local, Michigan, and national artists. 

Bell’s Eccentric Café has been a staple in the Southwest Michigan music scene for decades, and this summer’s concert series line-up continues that tradition.

This year’s Garden Concert Series includes artists new to the Beer Garden, such as Whiskey Myers and Kurt Vile, and a few fan-favorites who will be returning to the Bell’s stage, including Sir Mix-A-Lot and Here Come the Mummies. Built to Spill will also stop by as part of their 20th Anniversary Tour.

“With the Beer Garden improvements we are making now, combined with the incredible lineup, this summer is going to rival some of the best we’ve ever had,” said Ryan Tovey, Eccentric Cafe General Manager. 

Bell’s Brewery has been a long-time supporter of the arts and local music community, showcasing acts from all genres and backgrounds to perform at Bell’s Eccentric Café and Beer Garden.

Garden season will kick-off with Opening Weekend on Friday, May 31, featuring Steppin’ In it with May Erlewine and the Motivations, and funk rock band, Lettuce on Saturday, June 1. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the Garden on Sunday, June 2 for a day packed full of free, family-friendly activities, games, specials, and musicians including The Crane Wives, Barn on Fire and more. For those interested in attending the full weekend’s schedule of events, a limited number of special weekend passes are available at

Closing out the season will be Langhorne Slim & the Law on Sept. 14, and family-friendly activities and musicians (Zed Zeppelin, Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts, Analog Ancestry, DJ M Sord, and Uncle Kooky) on Sunday, September 15.

The Bell’s Beer Garden is currently being renovated in preparation for this year’s Garden Season. Improvements to the garden include fresh landscaping, walkway repairs and stage renovation. The garden will reopen for guest-use upon completion, along with Beer Garden food specials and specialty beers on tap.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 8. 

Additional details and concert tickets can be found at, on Facebook or by visiting the Bell’s General Store in person at 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., in downtown Kalamazoo.

2019 Beer Garden Concert Series line-up at a glance

  • Steppin’ In It w/ May Erlewine & the Motivations – May 31
  • Lettuce – June 1
  • The Crane Wives, Barn on Fire, Uncle Kooky – June 2  – FREE
  • Trampled By Turtles – June 15
  • Built to Spill – June 29
  • Whiskey Myers – July 9
  • Kurt Vile – July 19
  • Conor Oberst – July 23
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot – July 27
  • The Corn Fed Girls and The Red Sea Pedestrians present: Abbey Road – August 10
  • Here Come the Mummies – August 16
  • Langhorne Slim & the Law – Sept. 14
  • Zed Zeppelin, Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts, Uncle Kooky – Sept. 15 – FREE

2019 Beer Garden Concert Series artist bios
Steppin’ In It w/ May Erlewine & The Motivations –May 31
Lansing based Americana group, Steppin’ In It is joined by May Erlewine & the Motivations to open up the Beer Garden. These two exceptional bands will have you dancing the night away.

Lettuce –June 1st
Known for their incendiary live shows and extensive touring, Lettuce brings a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency.

Sunday Funday in the Beer Garden with The Crane Wives, Barn on Fire, House of Boogie, & Uncle Kooky –June
2nd – FREE
Rounding things out in our Beer Garden weekend opener will be a free, daylong event of live music for the whole family to enjoy! Kick-off the day with Uncle Kooky at 11:30 a.m., followed by House of Boogie, Barn on Fire, and ending the evening will be Grand Rapids folk band, The Crane Wives! This is a free event and open to all ages (until 9 p.m.).
Trampled By Turtles – June 15th   
American bluegrass/folk-rock band from Duluth, Minnesota will be sharing their latest album, “Life is Good on the Open Road” with Kalamazoo. 

Built to Spill – June 29th  
The Idaho Indie-rock band celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of their seminal album, “Keep it Like a Secret.” Fans will enjoy favorites such as “Carry the Zero” and “You were Right” alongside other tracks from the band’s extensive back catalog.

Whiskey Myers – July 9th
Loud and proud, they sing about what they know with a refreshing directness and clarity. Whiskey Myers’ songs are stories with characters and situations that are immediately relatable. Through the quality of these songs, and their undeniable power in concert and on record, the band has attracted and devoted army of fans who pack venues and rock the night away!

Kurt Vile – July 19th
Known for his solo work and as the former lead guitarist of rock band, The War on Drugs, Vile created his first record in three years, the eclectic and electrifying “Bottle It In.”

Conor Oberst – July 23rd
Conor Oberst is an American singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska who began his recording career in 1993 at the age of 13. He is best known for his work in Bright Eyes and has also played in several other bands, including Desaparecidos, The Faint, Commander Venus, Park Ave., Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Monsters of Folk, and Better Oblivion Community Center.

Sir Mix-A-Lot – July 27th
Yup…he’s back again for round two, this time in the Beer Garden! Sir Mix-A-Lot is celebrating 25 years of his hit single, “Baby Got Back.” 

The Corn Fed Girls and The Red Sea Pedestrians present: Abbey Road – August 10th
The Corn Fed Girls and The Red Sea Pedestrians are coming together to perform one of the greatest albums of all time, Abbey Road, in its entirety. Your chance has come to see what sold out theatre crowds and summer festivals have been raving about. 

Here Come the Mummies – August 16th
Your favorite eight-piece funk-rock band of 5,000 year-old Egyptian mummies are returning to Kalamazoo for another show after their sold-out performance last summer! Some claim the group is reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians, regardless, Here Come the Mummies’ mysterious personas, and unrelenting live shows will bend your brain and melt your face. 

Langhorne Slim & the Law – September 14th
American singer-songwriter, Langhorne Slim has been spotted on fan-favorite tours with the Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Drive-by Truckers, & more. His song “Electric Love Letter” was chosen as number 5 on the Rolling Stone editor’s top ten picks and was even featured in the movie, “Waitress.” Langhorne Slim’s music encourages listeners to find ways to challenge today’s social rigidity as he re-interprets the sound of a free-spirited life.

Sunday Funday in the Beer Garden with Zed Zeppelin, Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts, Analog Ancestry, DJ M
Sord, and Uncle Kooky  – September 15th – FREE
Come hang out in the Beer Garden with friends and family for a free, full daylong event of live music for everyone to enjoy! Kick-off the day with Uncle Kooky at 11:30 a.m., followed by Analog Ancestry, Jake Simmons & The Little Ghosts, DJ M Sord, and ending the evening will Led Zeppelin cover band, Zed Zeppelin! This is a free event and open to all ages.

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