Archive for July, 2014


– Chicago – from the River Taxi  –     Chicago IL

9-13: Taste of Chicago | The Loop
10-13: North Michigan Avenue Arts Fest | Streeterville
11-13: Irish American Heritage Festival | Mayfair
11-13: Windy City Smokeout | River North
11-13: Square Roots Festival | Lincoln Square
12-13: Summer on Southport | Lakeview
12-13: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Roscoe Village
12-13: West Fest | West Town
18-20: BenFest | North Center
18-20: Taste of River North | River North
19-20: Chicago Craft Beer Festival | Lincoln Park
19-20: Celebrate Clark Street | Rogers Park
19-20: Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Fest | Lincoln Park
20: Chinatown Summer Fair | Chinatown
25-27: Jeff Fest | Jefferson Park
26-27: Wicker Park Fest| Wicker Park
26-27: Taste of Lincoln Avenue | Lincoln Park

– Above – Already happened ——–
– If you want to schedule something –
– with your entourage –
– Some info –
(( used to have a great – Thursday night dance series –
     Grant Park ??? ))

2-3: Taste of Latin America | Logan Square
8-10: Ginza Holiday Festival | Old Town
9-10: Northalsted Market Days | Boystown
9-10: Chicago Hot Dog Fest | Lincoln Park
9: Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic | Washington Park
9-10: Retro on Roscoe | Roscoe Village
10: Slow & Low: Community Lowrider Festival | Pilsen
14-17: Festa Italiana | Little Italy
15-17: Festival Cubano | Riis Park
15-17: Edison Park Fest | Edison Park
15-17: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest | Rogers Park
16-17: Albany Park World Fest | Albany Park
16-17: Chicago Air & Water Show | North Ave. Beach
16-17: The Great American Lobster Fest | Navy Pier
22-24: The Boulevard | Logan Square
22-24: Sausagefest Chicago | Old Town
23-24: Taste of Greektown | Greektown
23: Chicago Fashion Fest| Wicker Park
23-24: Chicago’s New Orleans Festival | Wicker Park
23-24: Bash on Wabash | South Loop
29-31: North Coast Music Festival | West Loop
30-31: Remix Chicago | Logan Square

6: Guinness Oyster Fest | Roscoe Village
6-7: Ukrainian Village Fest | Ukrainian Village
12-14: Festival de la Villita | Little Village
13-14: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Lakeview
13-14: Crush in Old Town | Old Town
20-21: Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Lakeview
20: Design Harvest Fest | Ukrainian Village

Outside Chicago –

7/27: Bloody Mary Fest | Highwood
7/30: Northbrook Days | Northbrook

8/1-3: LaGrange Endless Summer Fest | LaGrange
8/2: Highwood Craft Beer Festival | Highwood
8/2: St. Paulapalooza | Woodstock
8/5: Art dans la Rue | Oak Park
8/8: Wood Dale Prairie Fest | Wood Dale
8/9: Veggie Fest | Naperville
8/10: Family Kite Festival | Elmhurst
8/12: La Gran Fiesta | Highwood
8/16: Oak Park Micro Brew Review | Oak Park
8/16-17: Oak Park Ave.-Lake Ave. –
Arts and Crafts Show | Oak Park
8/20: Garlic Fest | Highwood
8/22-23: Naperville Wine Festival | Naperville
8/23: Parkapalooza | Elmhurst
8/29-31: Summer Sunset Fest | Lake in the Hills
8/29-31: Taste of Melrose Park | Melrose Park

9/6-7: Passport Europe Summer Festival | Lisle
9/7: Evanston Streets Alive | Evanston
9/7-8: Homer Harvest Days | Homer Glen
9/7: Cornfest Family Fun Day | Oak Brook
9/12-14: Fall Fest Family Festival | Des Plaines
9/13: Rock the Block | Lake Zurich
9/13-14: Autumn Harvest | Deer Park
9/19-20: Autumn in the Park Festival | Palos Park
9/21: Shermerfest | Northbrook

– Great Town – In the Summer … –

             Sunday, July 27, 2014

             5:30 PM

               American Legion Post 346

  • 31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI (map)

  • The next YA Salsa Social is July 27th !
    The YA Salsa Social is Detroit’s biggest salsa dance party.

         Hosted once per month by YA Salsa,
         attendees have the chance to learn salsa from some of the best instructors in Metro Detroit.
         3 concurrent lessons – Beginner / intermediate / on 2 / .. all begin by app. 5:40

  • WHAT:
    $10 at the door gets you:
    Beginner & Intermediate and On2 Salsa Lesson starting at 5:30 p.m.!
    Endless Beverages & Snacks!
    A huge wooden dance floor!
    The hottest salsa tracks spun by our volunteer guest DJ’s (Cisco, Issac, MarcB)
    Two floors of dancing – Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,

         Latin Mix downstairs by DJ Caliente!

         Cash Bar!

The LaFontaine Main Stage at The Riverside Beer Garden

The main stage, sponsored by
The LaFontaine Automotive Group
, will be under the big top in the Riverside Beer Garden, with live music until midnight on Friday and Saturday! Families are welcome until 9pm both Friday and Saturday evening!

Click Here For Our Full Schedule!


Scott Morgan
Performing Saturday, August 16
A true Michigan Rock’n’Roll legend, Scott Morgan first gained fame in the mid 60′s with the Ann Arbor garage/soul band the Rationals. He went on to front some of the most legendary names in Detroit Rock including Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Powertrane and Doge Main, as well as European collaborations like Hydromatic Drive & The Solution. Morgan is bringing his new 10 piece garage/soul band to the Heritage Festival Stage, which includes members of the more recent Detroit Garage Rock heroes The Sights.

1979922_10203739004660160_1795154558_oThird Coast Kings
Performing Friday, August 15
The Third Coast Kings are a seven element proper deep funk and soul outfit from Michigan. They make it a point to remain true to the style and technique of playing proper deep funk and soul to a live audience that might otherwise only be heard on dusty 45s. They are proud to be a part of the growing number of acts putting the right kind of funk back onto the stage, bringing the hot heat to wherever they perform, like only the Kings can. These cats will put the dip back into your hips and the jive in your stride.

lady-sunshine-and-the-x-band-c1d737b5c051c253_largeLady Sunshine & the X Band
Performing Saturday, August 16
Lady Sunshine was born to sing the blues. Born on a plantation near the Mississippi Delta in West Helena Arkansas, Lady Sunshine grew up singing gospel music as a little girl and is definitely the ‘real deal’! Sunshine is the consumate entertainer and that deep soulful southern hunger that drives her is apparent both on and off the stage through her heartfelt originals and down-to-earth demeanor. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975 and began performing professionally in genres such as Blues, R&B, Gospel, Soul & Jazz.

George Bedard

George Bedard & the Kingpins
Performing Friday, August 15
George Bedard has been a seminal figure on the Michigan roots rock scene for more than 20 years. A member of the Silvertones in the 1970s and Tracy Lee & the Leonards in the 1980s, Bedard has been increasingly attracting the attention that his energetic guitar playing and gutsy vocals deserve as leader of his own band, the Kingpins. Goldmine recently called Bedard “one of the best rockabilly pickers on the planet,” while Record Roundup wrote “Bedard may not become the next trendy thing, but as far as this kind of music, he’s already the next cool thing.

5611435485_9d05d8837f_zBlack Jake & the Carnies
Performing Sunday, August 17
Led by the pied piper of the macabre, “Black Jake”Zettelmaier, these nontraditional ne’er-do-wells disinter traditional instruments from their folky tombs and imbue them with new unnatural life. Jolts of punk, ragtime, blues,and circus music course through every fiber, creating a rampaging crabgrass monster of dynamic energy you just can’t ignore. Friend and foe alike can’t help but marvel at their foot-stomping, genre-throttling licks.

1459175_10152042344972184_1033366417_nDragon Wagon
Performing Sunday, August 17
Dragon Wagon’s  high-energy mix of bluegrass, rock and folk with just a shot of Irish whiskey is guaranteed to get any crowd dancing, laughing, and singing along.  Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Bass, Drums and harmony vocals bring honest original music and tasty covers to life with expert musicianship and a genuine crowd connection. Featured at major events and venues nationwide, Dragon Wagon has earned the respect of their peers and the love of fans across the country with their Fine Mitten Spirits!


John Latini & the Flying Latini Brothers
Performing Saturday, August 16
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas. And it’s not just that he’s been awarded an official Proclamation from Paul Schreiber, mayor of his Ypsilanti home town, or that he received a “Letter of Recognition and Appreciation” from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

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Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys
Performing Friday, August 15
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys got its start in 2005. Just like rockabilly originators Johnny Cash, Bill Haley and Carl Perkins, this Michigan trio cut its teeth on steel-guitar driven country in the style. But the draw of the big beat was irresistible, and over time the band’s approach has become sharper and tighter. Not self-consciously retro, Delilah and the Lost Boys remain committed to hand-crafted American music that stands at the crossroads of creativity and craftsmanship, liberally drawing from hony tonk country, rockabilly and surf music.


Captain Ivory 
Performing Saturday, August 16
The Motor City is a down and dirty place to be these days.  Captain Ivory’s music reflects this sentiment with a raw power that mirrors the crumbled rubble of a Detroit city street.  The same streets that laid the groundwork for some of Rock N’ Roll’s most acclaimed artists–Captain Ivory kept their ear to the pavement to blend sounds both new and old.  A sound of legends who’ve walked before, with a twist of new that is sure to get your feet tapping and hands clapping…

photo-4-5The Devil Elvis Show
Performing Friday, August 15
Formed in early 2007, The Devil Elvis Show is a Rock & Roll band from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area that specializes in performing Elvis tunes in a unique and modern way.  Combining 50’s Rock & Roll with elements of rockabilly, country, punk, soul, and R & B. Devil Elvis is more than a tribute to Elvis, it is a tribute to Rock & Roll itself. The band appeals to anyone that enjoys a rockin’ good time.

NoteworthyNoteworthy Soul Band
Performing Friday, August 15
“A collaboration of diverse musicians, inspired by the spirituality of music” NoteWorthy’s style is a fusion of old-school and new, and appeals to a wide spectrum of tastes. Whether they are playing a bluesy rendition of a classic hit or an original creation, NoteWorthy keeps it RAW, INTENSE and REAL.

1902811_10203145597895950_4461232735676800972_nTall Cool One
Performing Saturday, August 16
Led Zeppelin is alive and well and living in Ypsilanti through this local tribute band!




Dave Menzo and the
Cave of Wonders

Performing Saturday, August 16
From deep tribal drums sounds, to the soaring strings and vocals, and all the electrifying layers in between.



1891134_10152271175480266_108833099_nGhost City Searchlight
Performing Sunday, August 17
Ghost City Searchlight plays original music inspired by traditional Celtic and American folk songs infused with raucous energy. Their brand of charismatic folk-rock tells stories that are drawn from the spirit of tall tales heard around the campfire, from the pages of dime novels read under the covers with a flashlight, and from the personal experiences of anyone who
feels the deck is stacked against them.
2014 YHF Main Stage Schedule



The full schedule for the 2014 Concert of Colors:

Saturday, July 5
7-11 p.m. Tune Up Concert, New Center Park
8 p.m. Chicago AfroBeat Project (Afrobeat)
9:30 p.m. Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Afro-Latin)

Thursday, July 10
The Scarab Club
7 p.m. Planet D Nonet — Sun Ra Centennial Band (avant jazz)
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Friday, July 11
Detroit Institute of Arts, South Lawn
5 p.m. PanaMO (Latin jazz/salsa)
7 p.m. Cuddle Magic w/ Phyllis Chen (baroque avant-garde)

Saturday, July 12
Max M. Fisher Music Center
Meijer Main Stage at Orchestra Hall
3:30 p.m. Conjunto Chappottin y sus estrellas (Cuban Son)
5:30 p.m. Black 47 (Celtic rock)
8 p.m. 7th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: Bob Seger’s “Live Bullet” Revisited (rock).
Featuring Scott Morgan & the Sights,
Spyder Turner, Detroit Cobras, Liz Larin,
Nadir w/ Steffanie Christi’an,
Doop & the Inside Outlaws, Maysa Harra, the Infatuations,
Blaire Alise & the Bombshells,
Corktown Popes, Jess Domain, Luder, Lamont Zodiac and the All-Star Revue Band.

Comerica Diversity Stage, the Music Box
2 p.m. October Babies (world fusion/rock)
4 p.m. Gabriel Brass Band (New Orleans-style brass)
6:30 p.m. HK & Les Saltimbanks (French/Algerian)
9:30 p.m. Third Coast Kings (funk/soul)

Wolverine Outdoor Stage
1 p.m. TBA
2 p.m. Diviniti (Detroit house)
3 p.m. Wisaal (Arabic/techno)
4 p.m. TBA
5 p.m. Fifth Wall Concept (rock)
6 p.m. Enema Squad (funk)
7 p.m. Rayse Biggs (jazz)
8 p.m. Lola Valley (psychedelic soul)


Sunday, July 13, 2014
Max M. Fisher Music Center
Meijer Main Stage at Orchestra Hall
3:30 p.m. Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Thornetta Davis and special guest conductor John McLaughlin Williams (classical/gospel/blues)
6 p.m. Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (swing, country, folk rock)
8:30 p.m. Seun Kuti with Fela’s Egypt 80 (Afrobeat)

Comerica Diversity Stage, The Music Box
2 p.m. Taller Than They Appear w/ Maugre’s Vaudeville Puppets (folk, klezmer, variety)
4:30 p.m. Sheila Landis featuring Rick Matle (samba jazz)
7 p.m. Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (African fusion)
9:30 p.m. Wayne Kramer & Melvin Davis’ Rock & Soul Summit (rocking R&B)

Wolverine Outdoor Stage
1 p.m. TBA
2 p.m. Muruga & the Cosmic Hoedown Band (psychedelic world music)
3 p.m. Denise Davis & the Motor City Sensations (R&B, pop, funk)
4 p.m. Mariachi Flor de Toloache (mariachi)
5 p.m. Allan Barnes (jazz)
6 p.m. Annamaria Austin (R&B)
7 p.m. Sean Dobbins Organ Group (jazz)
8 p.m. Hot Sauce (soul)





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