HPL - Music


Ray Kamalay


6:00 PM, Monday, May 14

Join us for a musical adventure of Americana with talented guitarist, Ray Kamalay!

While beginning his career in 1974, Kamalay concentrated on historic American music. He has recorded several jazz records with his group Ray Kamalay and his Red Hot Peppers, and is noted for his work with many folk music groups and notable jazz artists, including the Chenille Sisters, Johnny Frigo, and James Dapogny. Additionally, his work with Howard and Ralphe Armstrong earned him a nomination for the W.C. Handy Award in 1997.

Kamalay has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including the Edinburgh Festival, Interlochen, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and continues to perform today with his various groups. He is also well known for his work in music education, and giving lectures and demonstrations on historical music topics.

“Ray wraps himself around the music in a manner that is not only stylistically but technically faultless.” – Kalamazoo Gazette

Event Date 05-14-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 05-14-2018 7:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price Free

Adam Miller

6:00 PM,  Monday,  June 11

Traveling 70,000 miles a year, 21st-century troubadour Adam Miller performs over 200 concerts annually. He has entertained audiences at more than 2,000 American public libraries in 48 states. Over 1.5 million American K-12 students have attended his school assembly programs. He's played at venues you can only reach by boat, aircraft, or snowmobile, and concert halls from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle.

One of the premier autoharpists in the world, Adam Miller is a renowned American folksinger and natural-born storyteller. Miller accompanies his rich, resonant baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folksongs and folktales, and as a performer who appeals to audiences of all ages.

Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library. 

Photo Credit: Sonia Lovewell

Event Date 06-11-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 06-11-2018 7:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price Free


Curtis Taylor Duo

6:00 PM, Monday, June 25

Grammy Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor's lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “ When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyer of truth and beauty.”

Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin "Smitty' Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart and great gospel luminaries Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard and the Singletons. More extensively Taylor's stint with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut included a notable concert performance at Kennedy Center recorded for NPR's Jazzset, an appearance at the Spoleto Jazz Festival, and a week long engagement at Dizzy's Club in NYC. In addition, Taylor had the great opportunity to tour internationally with virtuosic saxophonist James Carter's Quintet, performing in: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and Austria. Rounding out the experience, was a week long stint at Yoshi's in California again with the James Carter Quintet.

In more recent years, Taylor has had the opportunity to perform and record with rising Jazz star Gregory Porter. Taylor's trumpet can be heard on Gregory Porter's debut album Water and on his junior release (Blue Note records) Liquid Spirit. Both albums were nominated for Grammy Awards. Liquid Spirit won the Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for 2013.

Event Date 06-25-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 06-25-2018 7:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price Free


Yolonda Lavender – Music at the Library

6:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 24

Yolonda Lavender is a national recording artist with the independent label Truth Tone Records. Hailing from Kalamazoo, her sound is soul-based with gospel, R&B, hip-hop, blues, and jazz influences. She has shared the stage with artists like Erykah Badu, Keith Murray, The Spinners, En Vogue, and is now bringing her music to Hackley Public Library.

Event Calendar

Event Date 07-24-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 07-24-2018 7:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price Free