The Final Live Nonchalant Café Hour

Monkey Boy Jake, The Dirty Hippy, DJ Dallas and Captain

It is a little bittersweet to file this report, but Friday will be the final live broadcast of the Nonchalant Café Hour.  After hosting the show since 2002, the Captain is moving on to new horizons and will air an entire hour of vintage NCH antics including Front Porch Weather Reports, Ukulele Jams, Word of the Day and much more.

Also listen in for favorite show memories by Ukulele de Jason, DJ Dallas, the Dirty Hippy, K-Booty and many other beautiful people that have been involved with the NCH over the years.

Also, be sure to keep an eye on http://nonchalantcafe.com for a future revamp of the NCH as an online only program.

Listen to the Final Live NCH Broadcast streaming online:

For some fun visual memories check out some old photos below.

The Captain and Ukulele

K-Booty
T. Mule
Ukulele and John Liberty – The Sports Desk
Ukulele and T. Mule
Ben Lando

Ukulele and Captain (The photo shoot)

Dr. Spellcheck (left)

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Founder’s Brewery Announces Expansion: KalamaBrew Podcast

Founder’s Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Mich. has announced plans for a $6.6 million expansion.

KalamaBrew’s John Liberty reported the expansion will increase production at the brewery from about 30,000 barrels a year to almost 50,000 barrels in 2011.

Hear about that and more news in this KalamaBrew podcast. Click on the media player below to stream, download and share.


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Red Sea Pedestrians Drift by to Discuss “Adrift”: Today on the NCH

Kalamazoo, Mich.’s the Red Sea Pedestrians recently released their new album “Adrift”. The 12 new songs offer a unique voyage for listeners handcrafted by a band carving a path with sounds from Eastern Europe, Folk Americana, a slight touch of rock and other global inspirations.

RSP’s Rachel Flanigan (clarinet, vocals) and Ian Gorman (mandolin, banjo, concertina, accordion, and lots more) will stop by the Nonchalant Café Hour Friday to chat about the new record among other adventures.

See a video of them at the 2010 Cooper’s Glen Music Festival below:

Also on the show, we’ll catch up with the fine folks over at the Kalamazoo Gazette’s KalamaBrew to find out the latest happenings in the Michigan craft beer scene.

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Bell’s Beer Garden Opener Head for the Hills: Today on the NCH

Colorado’s Head for the Hills, out on tour in support of their self titled latest release, will join Kalamazoo’s Greensky Bluegrass for the annual Bell’s Beer Garden opener weekend.

Adam Kinghorn, H4TH’s guitarist, banjo player and vocalist, will join the Nonchalant Café Hour by phone Friday to chat about the new album and all the latest from their summer tour.

Also on the show, we’ll catch up with the fine folks over at the Kalamazoo Gazette’s KalamaBrew to find out the latest happenings in the Michigan craft beer scene. In a side note, be sure to stop by Draft Magazine and vote for KalamaBrew as your favorite beer blog … because they are right?

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Husband&Wife Nonchalant Café Web Extra

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Bloomington, Indiana’s Husband&Wife stopped in Kalamazoo recently while on tour through the Midwest. Following their show at The Strutt, Husband &Wife stopped by WIDR FM studios to record a Dead@WIDR performance.

Check out the recording here

They also stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour to discuss their progress on a new record (stop by the NCH website in the next couple of days for to hear the recording) In the meantime, you can catch Husband&Wife in an NCH Web extra.

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May Erlewine Discusses “Golden” Release

May Erlewine recently released her fifth solo recording titled “Golden”.

The soulful Lake City, Mich. songwriter’s latest effort draws references from Motown and Nashville royalty while striking a unique and heartfelt signature sound all her own.

Erlewine was featured recently on the Nonchalant Café Hour ahead of her release show at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe (and a day after her birthday).

Click on the media player below to stream, download and share the interview.

Extras: Click here to listen to May discuss the release of “Love Labor” on the NCH in 2009.
Click here to listen to NCH host Steven Davy’s documentary on the language of music featuring a chapter with May and her music and life partner Seth Bernard
[photo credits: SethandMay.com]
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Bell’s Releases Dali Inspired Oberon Mini Kegs

It’s that time of year when Oberon Nation can fully take in the bounty of their favorite summer beer in mini keg fashion. That’s right, Kalamazoo’s Bell’s Brewery has released its latest incarnation of the Oberon mini keg!

This year, imbibers will take in the artistic inspiration of Salvador Dali combined with the wheat-beer goodness of Oberon. Shipped over from Germany, these mini kegs are a commodity. So, get them while you can, Dali will only be in town for the summer.

Talk of Oberon mini kegs and more in this week’s KalamaBrew podcast.

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