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June 17, 2023

Kalamazoo State Theatre  

Chalk The Block: 3:00 PM | Patio Opens: 5:00 PM | Music: 5:30 PM

June is pride month, and we are ready to celebrate. Join us outside the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for Queer the Block, Presented by Drue Salon and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, featuring Beats by DJ Dazzelship and a drag show performance by the Kunty Kittens on Saturday, June 17th!

We’ll have free live entertainment outside our iconic Theatre, patio seating, drink specials, and more! Help us decorate the dance floor and enjoy free activities provided by local downtown businesses and organizations during “Chalk the Block” from 3-5 PM, with our patio opening at 5 PM and live entertainment from 5:30-8:30 PM! Our bar will open at 3PM and will be available for refreshments throughout the evening.

Patio seating is first-come first-serve and will be limited. Feel free to bring your own chairs and pets are welcome.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this year’s event, please contact Rachael Reinholtz at: rachael@kazoostate.com.

About DJ Dazzleship:

Paul Sizer deejays under the name “DJ DazzleShip,” inspired by the Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark album of the same name and by the World War 1 Vorticism-style camouflage used to hide battleships by making them confusing rather than invisible. You will recognize him as the official DJ for Club Vortex since 2018!

Paul’s DJ style is much like his long-standing love of music; varied, informed by many different styles, and constantly looking for the newest sounds. Growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, Paul discovered music at the height of disco and the beginning of the punk and new wave era of the very early 80s. Always a fan of propulsive, beat-driven music, Paul also loved the emerging synthpop wave of bands coming out of the UK and Europe, from experimental to pure pop to industrial funk and dark ambient soundscapes. He also had a great love of early electro and hip-hop music coming from America, and loved seeing the musical styles from all over the world inform each other.

About The Kunty Kittens:

The Kunty Kittens are the first and only drag girl group in Michigan established in 2015 that travels all over the state to multiple venues entertaining the masses with burlesque, comedy, glamour, and shenanigans!

Here is our 2023 State on the Street lineup:

  • June 2nd —Lady Ace presents featuring Venus Flyytrap, Jes Kramer, Raydale Shamine and August*
  • July 14th — Jake Kershaw
  • August 4th — Fake Baseball
  • September 15th — Delilah Dewylde
  • October 6th — The Battle For Kalamazoo finale**

  *= Special start time: patio and bar opening at 5:30PM and live music from 6:00-8:30PM

**= More information coming soon

We can’t wait to see you all at these free, outdoor events!

What To Expect:

  • Free admission

  • Drink specials available to purchase outside of KST

  • Enjoy live music from 5:30-8:30PM

  • Visit local business and organization’s tables including OutFront, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, The Kunty Kittens, Black Arts and Cultural Center, European Wax Center, Heirloom Arts LLC, Kalamazoo County CASA, The Dapper Hammer, CARES

  • Fill up on vegan delights from The Goods!

  • KST Box Office and Merch on site

  • To-go drinks in Social District cups

Visit Drue Salon’s Website: http://www.druesalon.com

Visit OutFront’s Website: https://www.outfrontkzoo.org

Visit Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo: https://kalamazooarts.org

Visit the Kunty Kittens: https://thekuntykittens.com

Visit the Black Arts and Cultural Center’s Website: https://blackartskalamazoo.org

Visit the European Wax Center: https://waxcenter.com

Visit Heirloom Arts LLC Website: https://www.heirloomartsllc.com

Visit Kalamazoo County CASA: https://kalamazoocasa.org

Visit the Dapper Hammer: https://thedapperhammer.com

Visit CARES: https://caresswm.org

RSVP On Facebook – www.facebook.com/pg/kazoostate/events/


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Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 United States
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