HPL - Music


Ray Kamalay


6:00 PM, Monday, May 14

Join us for an evening of musical diversity, with talented guitarist, Ray Kamalay! Fascinated by old and ancient music, Ray has built a remarkably diverse and historic repertoire of music that is familiar, intriguing and fun for everyone. His beautiful voice and wry humor are matched by his fine mastery of the guitar, empowering him to play many different styles of music exquisitely.

Ray often tells the stories of the songs themselves, drawing the audience closer to his fine talent, and his love for music itself.  

Ray has collaborated with several notable artists, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues, including Interlochen and the Edinburgh Festival. We are thrilled to have Ray join us at Hackley Public Library for a night of musical adventures, and we hope you can experience this musical adventure!

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

Ray has put together a collection of songs that deserves to be reviewed over and over again.” – Hazen Schumacher, NPR’s Jazz Revisited

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