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August 20, 2021
Kalamazoo State Theatre
Patio Opens: 5:00PM | Live Music: 5:30-8:30 PM
It’s back by popular demand! Join us outside the historic Kalamazoo State Theatre for State on the Street! We’ll have DJ Mel V spinning summer Latin flavor Miami vibes from our iconic marquee, drink specials, giveaways and more!
About DJ Mel V
Guatemalan born /American DJ and Producer from Kalamazoo, MI. Mel-V is never afraid of taking a chance to make his sets unique. He’s sure to set any dancefloor a blaze with his versatility, at times combining Latin ryhtms he grew up listening to with the best Hip Hop, Top-40, EDM, House and more.
Growing up in Guatemala ingrained him with a passion and appreciation for Salsa, Merengue and (Spanish) Reggae music which helped set the foundation for his expansive knowledge of Latin music from all parts of the world. Upon migrating to the U.S in the early 90s his introducion to music from artist such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg Dogg, LL Cool J, 2Pac, Nas, etc., would lead to his love for Hip Hop and would eventually spark his interest in DJing.
His beginnings in the art of DJing began as a freshmen at Western Michigan University in the fall of 2001, rocking out house parties blending Latin, Top-40 & Hip-Hop music and DJ’ing other events that would prepare him and help shape his own unique style, with energy and skill and would eventually land him gigs at the well known nightlife hot spots around town, as well as all over West Michigan.
In 2009 he achieved his certification as a Certified Specialist in Music production from Berklee College of Music.
With 15+ years behind the decks he has shown time and time again his talent in mixing seemingly between a variety of genres while not only entertaining and making crowds dance all over West Michigan but as well as on a few past occasions rocking out at some of the nations livest nightlife spots that have included The Betsy Hotel Miami, Karu & Y Miami, ENIGMA The Lounge Chicago, and The Annex Detroit.
Aside from Talib Kweli and Keith Murray, he has also DJd for Camp Lo, Elzhi as well as opened for De La Soul’s, DJ Maseo, Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, DJ Tony Touch, Talib Kweli, Slum Village and Verse Simmonds. Mel-V is the official DJ for locally and nationally known Hip-Hop group and Wu- Tang Clan affiliates, Dezert Eez.
We can’t wait to see you all at this free, socially distanced outdoor event!
What To Expect:
– Free admission
– Throwback drink specials available to purchase outside of KST
– Enjoy live music from the marquee from 5:30-8:30PM
– KST Box Office and Merch on site
– To-go drinks