The Block Party is Back!

THE BLOCK PARTY IS BACK! CELEBRATE 60 YEARS OF KRASL ART FAIR ON THE BLUFF WITH US

The Krasl Art Fair Block Party returns to welcome the artists and gather with friends. Meet the artists and celebrate before the rush of excited fair-goers. Join the 60th Birthday Celebration on Friday, July 8 from 5 – 10 pm on the Oval Lawn at Krasl Art Center (KAC). It is free for all KAC members to attend (coupon code provided to secure your ticket). Non-member ticket prices are as follows:

  • Guests ages 11+: $5
  • Children age 3 – 10: $3
  • Children under 3 receive complimentary admission; a ticket is required.
  • Day-of tickets: Walk-up cash only (QR codes will be provided for credit card sales)

 

BLOCK PARTY LINEUP

The Block Party will welcome three distinct musical performances. Kicking things off at 5 pm is Saxsquatch, bringing whimsy to open the event. The Lasso DJ is up next, spinning beats solo before he joins the headliner, Jordan Hamilton Trio.

 

Saxsquatch & Bridge Band

Some may call it "Apocalyptic Funk". Some may call it "The Most Elusively Funky Music In The World". Whatever you call it, these Michigan frontiersmen sure know how to lay down the grooves with their Midwestern brand of Jazz-Fusion! Blistering saxophone, coupled with soaring guitar, punchy bass, and deep-pocket drums...this party will start with a bang! 

Jordan Hamilton Trio

Coming out of Kalamazoo, band leader Jordan Hamilton is a mix of mastery and maverick musicality; hip-hop influenced, rhythmically layered, melodically robust, avant-garde, folk-soul music. Genres are groomed together to represent and inquire the soul. A different kind of symphony, hopeful enough to grow our empathy; emotional energy crafted from integrity, immaterial and immortal, experienced at the speed of sound, with a bit of bounce, groove by the ounce, and all the jump you’ll need to move. 

 

Joining him is Grayson Nye, one of the most up-and-coming keyboardists in the Michigan music scene. Coming from a diverse musical background, Grayson’s skills allow him to fit in any genre, from classical to jazz, R&B to hip-hop, or folk to indie. All of these styles are reflected in his compositions as well as his playing. 

 

Rounding on the group is the multi-instrumentalist, The Lasso - a veteran of musicality and engineering, having produced and recorded hundreds of records over the span of his career. From hip-hop-influenced psychedelia to ethereal phase music, synthed-out space funk, and loft freak folk, The Lasso’s voice is unlike any other.

 

The 2022 Block Party’s technical support is provided by the Roadie Clinic.

 

FOOD, DRINKS, & ACTIVITIES

Guests will enjoy delicious food from Larks Girl’s BBQ and Lost Coast Shaved Ice food trucks. Wash down your meal with a cash bar, featuring The Livery Beer and local wine. Proceeds support free KAC art exhibitions.

 

During the Block Party, you can take a birthday selfie with Lotus, sign the chalk-walk birthday card, play cornhole, and explore the galleries as part of the celebration. 

 

Pets are prohibited. Service animals are always welcome.

 

The 2022 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is presented by 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s Block Party on the eve of the 60th Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. 1st Source Bank is a community bank with community values and we are honored to be a part of this important local event.

- Amy White, J.D., Vice President and Personal Trust Manager.

 

The 2022 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is sponsored by Signature Toyota, 98.3 The Coast, MailMax, Pepsi Beverage Company of Benton Harbor, Southwest Michigan Tourist Council, Aisle Rocket, Boulevard Inn and Bistro, The Buck Burger and Brew, Forté Coffee, The Livery, Pier 33 Marina, Schu’s Grill & Bar, Waterfront Framing & Design, and Wightman. Please join us in thanking these businesses when you patronize them this summer.

 

About Krasl Art Center:

Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high-quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to Inspire Meaningful Change and Strengthen Community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit krasl.org.

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is the flagship fundraiser for Krasl Art Center. The event welcomes artists to scenic Lake Bluff Park to exhibit and sell their artwork the second weekend of July every year. Artists are juried into the event, creating one of the region's largest high-end outdoor art experiences.The event that started in 1962 now has an economic impact of $1.2 million on Berrien County and supports 45 jobs. The 2021-2022 events are presented by 1st Source Bank Wealth Advisory Services. To learn more, visit krasl.org/art-fair/event-information.