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Craft Brew and Wine Festival

FOP, 531 N. State Street, Niles, MI 49120
The First Annual Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce Craft Brew & Wine Fest will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at the FOP, 531 N. State in Niles, MI 49120. The event will be presented by Southwestern Michigan College, Flagship Sponsor (all sponsors listed below), and held from 3 pm to 9 pm in downtown Niles, with hundreds of craft brews and wines available. There will also be food vendors, live music, and opportunities to meet the breweries' representatives and learn about craft beer and wine.
Featuring Slim Gypsy Baggage from 6pm to 9 pm (like them on Facebook), homegrown blends of Soulful, Spirited, Roots Rock with Swinging HipHop Beats and a Vibrant Sound ...a little bit of this and a lot of that!! From the SW coast of MI, SGB originally came to be when performing musicians, Morgan Ingle(vocal/rhythm guitar) and Matt Smith(vocal/bass) were introduced to Cam Mammina(lead guitar). The musical combination was a magical blend that had to be explored. In time, came the addition of Scott Christie(drums), who provides the foundational beats for SGB. Friendships are what have rooted this band together and brought them together in the first place as well as the common interest in music. Though the individuals that make up this outfit are randomly different and come from varied backgrounds in extensive musical studies, it is the culmination of the group as a whole that creates their creative and vibrant sound.

Kelly Rock, 269-683-3720,

Michiana Concert Band Spring Concert

Battell Ctr. 904 N. Main St. Mishawaka
A variety of medlies, classical and contemporary tunes the whole family can enjoy.

Joe Walz, cell 574-250-1938,

Music and Meditations from Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel!

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.
Join the Notre Dame Handbell and Celebration Choirs for sacred music for the Easter season with reflections from Pope Francis's "Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel!" The event is free and open to the public.

Campus Ministry, 574-631-7800,

Beer and Loathing (in South Bend) - Lowbrow Art Show

Stillhouse Tattoo and Piercing, 50921 State Road 933, South Bend, IN 46637
Join us on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 for an evening extravaganza of lowbrow art, music, beer + loathing (in South Bend).
Featured artists: Amber Olsen, Mike Bubelenyi, Emily Chance, Nicole Peddie, Rob (BrotherRobb) Lechtanski, Janna Cross
Special acoustic performances by:
Joe Feingold (with guest, Jessica Jernigan), Gabe Himes, and Clint Fairleigh
With an exclusive display by: M.R. Mayhem Co.
- Handmade/custom knives & hatchets
4:20 pm - Opening reception
6:00 - 8:00 pm - Music performances
8:00 -10:00 pm - Meet the artists & buy some cool stuff!
Sponsored by:
Michiana's Beard and Mustache Club
Hosted by:
Stillhouse Tattoo and Piercing
50921 State Road 933
South Bend, IN 46637
- This event is free to attend
- Suggested (cash only) donations for refreshments

Janna Cross,

Colors For Kids 5K Fun Run

Brandywine Jr/Sr High School, Niles, MI
Niles Service League is hosting a 5K Fun Run with Colors April 26th at the Brandywine Junior - Senior High School Cross Country Course to help raise funds for the children in our community! Cost is only $30.00 per person if you register by April 1st/ $25.00 per person for a team of 4 or more. There will be Music and Zumba beginning at 8am; Race starts at 9am. Registration day of will be accepted, cost after April 1st is $35.00 per person/$30.00 per person for a team of 4 or more. Please visit our website at the following link for more information
You can also email or call Becky Kessler @ PH 269-591-1246/Email: or

Summer Solstice Music & Microbrews

Saint Joseph, Michigan
What do you get when you mix your favorite food and drink, time with friends and family, a diverse mix of live music and the perfect picturesque backdrop of Lake Michigan?

A Summer Solstice celebration to kick-off summer in style!

Summer Solstice Music & Microbrews is the perfect way to experience the finest, regionally produced, craft beer and favorite local restaurants, all the while enjoying incredible live music in a relaxed, social atmosphere with breathtaking views!

Tickets go on SALE March 19, 2014.

Sue Kellogg

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Wagon Wheel Theatre - 2515 East Center Street, Warsaw, IN
Join us for this musical comedy with pop songs from the 50s and 60s, sung in four-part harmony by the girls of the Springfield High Songleaders! They perform first as a last minute replacement for the prom, and again at their ten year school reunion. Opening with favorites like “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop”, their thirty-plus hits repertoire will include “I Only Want to Be With You” and “Leader of the Pack”.

Wagon Wheel Theatre (574) 267-8041,,

Fiddler on the Roof

Wagon Wheel Theatre - 2515 East Center Street, Warsaw, IN
Welcome back to Fiddler on the Roof, last seen on the Wagon Wheel stage in 1990! This show has become the 15th longest running Broadway musical with a total –in the original run—of 3,242 performances. Considered a classic musical, it depicts the struggle of families who attempt to survive in a hostile world, still holding true to their traditions. Recognizing that all cultures are challenged by change, this story is set in a Jewish village, Anatevka, Russia in 1905. The main characters are Tevye, the milkman, Golde, his wife, and their five daughters. Directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, Fiddler won 10 Tony awards in 1964, including Best Musical. Songs include “Tradition”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, “If I Were a Rich Man”, and “Sunrise, Sunset”.

Wagon Wheel Theatre (547) 267-8041,


Wagon Wheel Theatre - 2515 East Center Street, Warsaw, IN
Set in the 1920s, the dying years of vaudeville, Gypsy is the story of Rose, an aggressive and demanding stage mother, and her two daughters. Aspiring to be a star herself, she manages to alienate those around her, pushing the girls to perform. Along with the extremely talented collaboration that created this show, Ethel Merman performed as Rose for the entire Broadway run of 702 performances. A film was made in 1962 with Rosalind Russell as mother Rose, and Natalie Wood appearing as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. Familiar songs include “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”.

Wagon Wheel Theatre (574) 267-8041,, or

Mary Poppins

Wagon Wheel Theatre - 2515 E Center Street, Warsaw, IN
This show is supercalifragicexpialidocious! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS includes a score filled with timeless classics such as “Feed the Birds”, “Jolly Holiday”, “Step in Time” and the Academy Award®-winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee”.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. MARY POPPINS delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony® Awards, including Best Musical.

Wagon Wheel Theatre (574) 267-8041

Catch Me If You Can

Wagon Wheel Theatre - 2515 East Center Street, Warsaw, IN
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is the high-flying, splashy musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end...and finds something he never expected.

The musical production began touring nationally in the fall of 2012 with Stephen Anthony, a recent Wagon Wheel alum, in the starring role.

This delightfully entertaining musical has been created by a Tony Award®-winning "dream team," with a book by Terrence McNally (THE FULL MONTY and RAGTIME), and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (HAIRSPRAY).

Phone: (574) 267-8041 or


Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, IN
Theater League presents WEST SIDE STORY live at The Morris Performing Arts Center, May 9-10, 2014! From the first notes to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. The music – a collection of standards that includes “Tonight,” “America,” “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere” – is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. Tickets start at $33 and are available to purchase online at or by calling The Morris box office at 574.235.9190. Show times are:

Friday, May 9 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 10 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Theater League

April Dawn Quilt Garden & Jazz It Up Quilt Mural

Concord Mall - Elkhart
April Dawn Quilt Garden & Jazz It Up Quilt Mural - From 9/1/13 to 9/30/13 -View During Mall Hours
The Elkhart Dahlia Society designed the "April Dawn" Quilt Garden that is loosely interpreted from the April Dawn Dahlia orginated by Les Connell of the Washington State Dahlia Society.

The "Jazz It Up" Quilt Mural celebrateds the musical heritage of Elkhart. It's connection to Elkhart's rich musical heritage comes to life in the silhouette of the jazz player who takes center stage in the mural. A "Jazz It Up" Quilt is on display inside The Grove food court.

Deb Alwine, 574-875-6502

Guys and Dolls

Feb 28, 2013 - Mar 2, 2013 7:00 pm

Penn High School Auditorium
Penn High School presents the popular musical Guys and Dolls. The Penn spring Musical never disappoints.

Tickets are $8.00 each.

DCI Four Flags Spectacular

Aug 4, 2012 3PM

Niles High School Stadium, 1441 Eagle Street Niles, MI
A new stop on the 2012 Drum Corps International Tour schedule, the Four Flags Spectacular will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Niles High School Stadium in Southwestern Michigan. Featuring a HUGE lineup of corps, results from this competition will be used to set the lineups for the Open Class World Championship Quarterfinals taking place just two days later.

Tickets are $12 for general admission seating. Groups of 20 or more receive a $2 discount on all seats. Prices do not include additional handling fees. Don't wait until day of show to purchase! Ticket prices will increase by $5.

For Group accommodations, please call the DCI office at (317) 275-1212.

DCI office at (317) 275-1212, or
Steve Gruver, Niles Community Schools Band Director

Community Hymn Sing

Jul 5, 2009 6:00 PM

The Old Rugged Cross Church, Pokagon, Michigan
Join with others to sing favorite "old" Christian hymns that many people grew up with in the 1900s. No admission charge. Free will offering to support restoration of the church. 269-683-4540 for information.

Molly Shaffer