Now Open: Miller’s Tavern on the Plaza


By: Bethany Gauthier

Opening night of Miller Auditorium’s Tavern on the Plaza took place last night and though rain made a brief appearance, we had a great turn out and enjoyed visiting with all who attended.

Located on the Miller Veranda and overlooking the beautiful Western Michigan University campus setting and Miller Fountain, the Tavern will be open Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with complimentary snacks and a full cash bar through August. We welcome the community to stop by after work to relax in a fun and beautiful outdoor setting. (And if rain does come, the fun moves inside to our Grand Tier.)

Beginning in August, Miller’s Tavern on the Plaza will offer domestic beer specials and live music. Every Thursday and Friday through August, jazz fusion group H.O.M.E. will join us and patrons are welcome to bring their own musical instruments along to take part in the jam session.

Though Miller’s Tavern on the Plaza will not have regular hours after August, watch our website for special pop-up events to be announced this fall.

Miller Staff Profile: Jimmy Brand

Name: Jimmy Brand

Title: Marketing Assistant

Years at Miller Auditorium: May 2015- Present

Hobbies: Some of my hobbies include singing, running, cooking, hunting Pokémon and use of the oxford Comma.

Favorite Miller Shows: Some of my favorite shows at Miller include Once The Musical and Alton Brown’s Eat Your Science Tour.

One of the craziest experiences you’ve had while at Miller: Getting to meet and hear all of awesomeness that is Neil Degrasse Tyson.

One of your favorite experiences while working at Miller: One of my favorite experiences at Miller was being able to meet Alton Brown and have him sign my own apron!

-Compiled by Clayton Dusendang

New Edition is Coming to Miller!


By: Thomasina Guidry

Boy bands. There’s something about a good boy band that just makes your heart swoon. Whether you’re crushing on the shy one, the mysterious one, the cute one, the handsome one or the bad boy, the whole group gives you life every time you hear them sing your favorite song. You’re getting goosebumps just thinking about it, right?

Well, imagine my fan girl squeal when I heard New Edition was coming to Miller Auditorium on Sunday, July 17.

*squeal* (Sorry, had to get that one out, too.)

I LOVE them. I don’t remember how it came about, I was so young, but what I do know is that New Edition has had me since Candy Girl.  They had this boy next door thing about them. Like I could run into them playing basketball down the street. Then they would break into song while Ronnie holds hands with me. And as I type this, I realize I’m totally describing the Cool It Now video.

Even though I didn’t get to hang out with them in my neighborhood, I did get a chance to see them when they came to Kalamazoo back in the late 80s. Bobby Brown had gone solo, and NE had a new member– Johnny Gill.  I had this black and white checkered skirt outfit just for the occasion. It was the best night of my 7th grade life.

28 years later, I’m just as excited to see them in concert as I was back then.

But to call New Edition a throwback would be an insult. While each one of them, at one point, has topped the music charts individually – Bell Biv DeVoe: Poison; Johnny Gill: Rub You the Right Way; and Ralph Tresvant: Sensitivity; they, together as a group, have matured and successfully evolved into that “Grown Folks” music genre that I used to once shake my head at. That my kids now shake their heads at.

They may have grown up, but New Edition is just as energetic as they were back then – if not more. There’s no denying their voices are just as magnetic and their moves are still on point. To this day, no group since their inception has been able to duplicate their success and continuity. And this is no shade to New Kids on the Block, I am a huge fan of them as well but let’s be real, without NE there would be no NKOTB.

Not many artists have managed to accomplish this feat of having a music career span more than three decades. The way they look, I’m sure they have many more years to come. I just love knowing they are still around making music that has not outgrown me.

If you can’t take my word for it, just watch their recent Steve Harvey performance:

Or better yet, see them in person for yourself on Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m.  I’ll be there for sure. Down in front. The 40-year-old screaming like a 12-year-old.


Sponsor Spotlight: Lake Michigan Mailers


By: Bethany Gauthier

A proud sponsor of the Lake Michigan Mailers Spotlight series for over 15 years, we value Miller Auditorium’s partnership with local business, Lake Michigan Mailers, Inc.

Lake Michigan Mailers, Inc. is a leading provider of document creation, mail assembly, mail processing, presorting, data management, document management, digital marketing, fulfillment, and distribution solutions to companies, schools, colleges and universities, health care providers, governmental entities, and organizations throughout the world.

A family owned and managed company since 1977, Lake Michigan Mailers services their customers through our state-of-the-art facilities located in Kalamazoo, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana. Their integrated facility network provides customers with secure, redundant capabilities that ensure expedited processing through the use of cutting-edge technology.

David Rhoa, President of Lake Michigan Mailers Inc., is an active community member and a vocal supporter of Miller:

David Rhoa“We are proud to have Miller Auditorium as a strategic marketing partner.  Not only has our sponsorship of Miller Auditorium assisted us in effectively reaching our customers, and prospective customers, it has allowed us to actively engage with our community at a personal level. Our partnership with Miller Auditorium has provided us with an ideal venue through which we can exercise our company’s core values and make a positive impact on the quality of life in our region.”

-David Rhoa, President of Lake Michigan Mailers Inc.

For more information on Lake Michigan Mailers, Inc., visit