Kalamazoo’s Devastating Tornado, 30 Years Later With Blake Naftel and Chris Killian

On May 13, 1980, Kalamazoo faced an unprecedented F3 tornado that carved its way through the downtown central business district destroying everything in its path. The devastation resulted in several deaths and millions of dollars in damages to practically every downtown business.

Journalist Blake Naftel has been collecting video and other data on the tornado for more than a decade. The tornado served as the impetus for Naftel’s career aspirations and has resulted in a sprawling documentary project.

Naftel and fellow journalist Chris Killian stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour to discuss the tragic events that took place 30-years ago on this day.

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See a video web extra with Blake and Chris here
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Mark Duval Writes Without Limits, Explores Music Journey

Kalamazoo-based acoutic roots musician Mark Duval emerged onto the Michigan music scene around 2006. While he still considers himself new at the game, his songwriting speaks of thoughfulness, maturity and a sense of adventure.

Duval stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour this week to discuss is latest musicial journey ahead of his show with his five-piece band Two Track Mind Saturday at Bell’s Brewery.

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Lynn Thompson Strives for Big Sound Like a Mack Truck

Grand Rapids-based musician Lynn Thompson is not shy about the sound he is going for with his band. The guitarist and singer says of his six-piece band, the Lynn Thompson Band, is going for a big sound like a Mack Truck.

Thompson stopped by the Nonchalant Café Hour Friday to discuss his music and what drew him to play his 12-string guitar and how from a very early age he new that writing and music were going to be in his future.

The Lynn Thompson band played Friday night at Bell’s Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo

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Chris Killian on Health Care Reform

Chris Killian, co-founder of Kalamazoo Single Payer Across the Nation, stopped by the Nonchalant Café today to discuss health care reform. With major legislation at stake, Killian talks about the need for reform now.

The conversation also previews the Rally for Health Care Reform set to take place in downtown Kalamazoo at Bronson from 4-5:30.

<<UPDATE>>

photo: Mark Bugnaski / Kalamazoo Gazette

See the Kalamazoo Gazette’s coverage of the rally here.

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