Category: Dance

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Third Man Records
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit

Doors at 6 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Pure Heart Travelers (gospel)
7:30 p.m. Warren Defever (experimental/world)
8:30 p.m. Nikki D. Brown and the Sisters of Thunder (gospel)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Arab American National Museum:
13624 Michigan Ave., 
Dearborn, MI, 48126

6:30-9:30 p.m. Forum on Community, Culture & Race —

RSVPs for this program have reached maximum capacity

Friday, July 14, 2017

Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit

11 p.m.-1 a.m. After party with DJ Michael Elliott
Includes FREE admission to the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibit;
light snacks and beverages available for purchase.
Friday, July 14, 2017

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
1211 Trumbull Ave., Detroit

12 p.m. Las Cafeteras workshop + performance
(folk,son jarocho, urban son)
Free admisson;
RSVP to reserve a seat at

Alkebu-Lan Village
7701 Harper Ave., Detroit

2-4 p.m. Song, Dance & Drumming Workshop w/ Mokoomba (Afro-fusion)
All ages welcome! Free admission;
RSVP to reserve a seat at

John R Stage
presented by
Detroit Institute of Arts,
The Wright Museum
Michigan Science Center

On the sidewalk at the entrance to the Science Center and John R. John R.
will be closed from Farnsworth to Warren.
RAIN VENUE: Detroit Film Theater at DIA.

5:30 p.m. Onyx Ashanti (electronic/experimental)
6:15 p.m. De’Sean Jones – Underground Resistance/Knomadik
7 p.m. Efe Bes (African fusion)
7:30 p.m. Kuumba (jazz/Latin/African)
9 p.m. Aurora Harris (spoken word)
9:30 p.m. Griot Galaxy (avant-garde jazz)
Michigan Science Center is offering free admission between 3-5 p.m.
RSVP here:   

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.

Doors open at 1 p.m.

Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)

3:00 p.m. Mokoomba (Afro-fusion)
5:30 p.m. Sidestepper (Colombian electronica)
8 p.m. 10th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: Music of Rebellion (rock/eclectic)

Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)

2 p.m. Yoga session with DJ Alsultany and Detroit Community Yoga (world/electronic)
4:30 p.m. Voices of Hope feat. Victor Ghannam + Ismael Duran (Arabic Latino fusion
7 p.m. Las Cafeteras (folk, son jarocho, urban son)
9:30 p.m. DJ Alsultany (world/electronic)
Wolverine Outdoor Stage (behind University of Michigan — Detroit Center)
1 p.m. Misfit Jazz Quintet (jazz)
2:30 p.m. Sumkali (Indian fusion)
4 p.m. Charlie Dentel + the Strange Angels (rock)
5:30 p.m. Isis Damil (R&B)
7 p.m. Emmalee Jazz Quartet (jazz)
8:30 p.m. Chris Canas Band (blues)

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit

2-4 p.m. White Panther Party: A Historic Reunion Commemorating the 1967 Rebellion
(in the General Motors Theater)
Panelists: Pun Plamondon; Leni Sinclair; Genie Parker; John Sinclair. Moderator: Peter Werbe.

5-6 p.m. Book signing + merchandise for sale (in the Museum Store)

Detroit Insitute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit

2 p.m. FILM: Sita Sings the Blues
4:30 p.m. FILM: Mali Blues
In the Detroit Film Theater

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit

2 p.m. FILM Sita Sings the Blues
4:30 p.m. FILM Chasing Trane
In the Detroit Film Theater
(See also: Alex Harding at Scarab Club 6:30 p.m. Sunday )

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Doors at 1 p.m.

Wolverine Outdoor Stage

(behind University of Michigan — Detroit Center)
1 p.m. Ndeep (soul)
2:30 p.m. Bad Ronald Revival (acoustic)
4 p.m. Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet (world)
5:30 p.m. C3 & The Third Generation Band (R&B)
7 p.m. Sean Dobbins (jazz)
8:30 p.m. Bill Moss Jr. (gospel)

Meijer Main Stage (Orchestra Hall)

3 p.m. Martha Redbone (R&B/soul/indigenous)
5:30 p.m. SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® (gospel/blues)
8 p.m. Big 4 Palladium (Latin jazz)

Comerica Diversity Stage (The Cube fka The Music Box)

2 p.m. Sun Messengers (rock/electric)
4:30 p.m. Laura Rain & the Caesars (soul/blues/R&B)
7 p.m. Mokoomba (Afro-fusion)
9:30 p.m. Rocky Dawuni (Ghanian reggae/Afrobeat)

Scarab Club
217 Farnsworth St., Detroit

6:30 p.m. Alex Harding plays the music of John Coltrane (jazz/experimental)
(See also: FILM:
Chasing Trane at Detroit Institute of Arts 4:30 p.m. Sunday)



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Sunday, December 18, 2016

  • 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.

    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
    -Two floors of dancing:
    Salsa and Cha Cha Cha upstairs,
    Latin Mix downstairs !
    -Cash Bar!

    ( usually) – ( Last) Sunday ( of month) , from 5:30 – 10 p.m.

    American Legion Post 346
    31775 Grand River Ave,
    Farmington, MI

    All Ages welcome

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Lansing JazzFest Schedule – 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

Main Stages (1200 block of Turner St.)

5:30 – 6:45    Solace with Aneesa Strings and Dakota Peterson
North Stage

6:45 – 8:15      Nicole New & the Woodward Horns
MICA (South) Stage

8:15 – 9:30     Orquesta Ritmo
North Stage

9:30 – 11:00   Lowdown Brass Band
MICA (South) Stage

Saturday, August 6, 2015

Main Stages (1200 block of Turner St.)

2:00 – 3:00     JAMM Scholarship Band
MICA (South) Stage

3:00 – 4:00     Nashon Holloway and Bryan Blowers
North Stage

4:00 – 5:30     Betty Baxter “Satin Sounds” – 2016 JAMM Tribute Honoree
MICA (South) Stage

5:30 – 6:45     Fred Knapp Trio
North Stage

6:45 – 8:15    The People’s Jazz Band
MICA (South) Stage

8:15 – 9:30     Michael Dease wsg Doug Webb
North Stage

9:30 -11:00    Ramona Collins


MSU Museum’s Great Lakes Folk Festival


Friday, August 12, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 13, noon – 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 14, noon – 6:00 p.m.


Lansing Folk Festival - Schedule - 2016


Sunday, August 14


Paulette Brockington, Swing Dance, Noon–12:30 p.m.






– Swing – Jazz – Lindy – Dance –

– Dance –

Whiteys Lindy Hoppers .. Hellzapoppin.

Nicholas Brothers. The greatest dance sequence.

Swing Time – Rogers and Astaire

Swing-a-thon Group Dance –
Strictly Come Dancing: 2013 – BBC One

Patrick Robinson & Anya
Quickstep to ‘Man With The Hex’ –
Strictly Come Dancing: 2013 – BBC One

   – ( also see MWTH – Atomic Fireballs –  – below ) –

Strictly Come Dancing – Intro with Lindy Hoppers – 21.11.’15 BBC

Strictly Come Dancing Season 13 Episode 9
W4S2 Results PDTVx264 JIVE mp4

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– Bands – Neo Swing   Videos –

The Atomic Fireballs – Man With The Hex HQ

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – “Zoot Suit Riot”

Detroit Swing City – Alien Fashion Show



What got us going was that it was
Norma Miller’s birthday .

Mr. G   used to Chauffeur and chaperon her around at the
American Lindy Hop Championships .

Known to many as the Queen of Swing,
Norma Miller is an author, choreographer, dancer, comedian and actor
whose career spans over seven decades.
Discovered at the age of twelve at the Savoy Ballroom ,
Ms. Miller has been in show business ever since.

Honored with a 2003 National Heritage Foundation Fellowship from the National Endowments of the Arts for her role in creating and continuing to preserve “the acrobatic style swing dance, known as the Lindy Hop” .

Norma Miller is one of the creators of the acrobatic style of swing dancing known as the Lindy Hop. As a child, she watched the dancers at the legendary Savoy Ballroom perched on the fire escape outside her mother’s Harlem apartment. When she was 12, she was “discovered” dancing outside the Savoy, and in 1934 was invited to join Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, soon to make an extended tour of Europe.

Upon her return, she appeared in the Marx Brothers’ movie A Day at the Races (1937), and from 1937 to 1940 Miller performed with Ethel Waters. Pursuing a career in both dance and comedy, she began working with comedian Redd Foxx in 1963 and later joined him on the 1970’s television series Sanford and Sonserving as both a stand-up comic and choreographer.

In addition to a rich and long career as a dancer, Miller has become a seminal historian of swing dance. Her biography, Swingin’ at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, documents the swing dance era, and her recollections on Ken Burns’s Jazz documentaries provided a first-hand account of the Harlem music and dance scene. Today she teaches swing dance, including master classes at Stanford University and the University of Hawaii, and has choreographed dance scenes in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and Debbie Allen’sStompin’ at the Savoy.

National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20506
202.682.5400  |

Ms. Miller is also the subject of author and historian Al Governor’s recently released children’s book, “Stompin at the Savoy”.
Illustrated by Martin French, the book tells the story of her childhood in Harlem and takes readers to Paris, Rio and Hollywood as a teenage Norma travels the world dancing with Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

Florida filmmaker John Biffar completed a 72 minute documentary in 2006,
“Queen of Swing” (view the trailer.)
Narrated by Bill Cobbs, Queen of Swing takes an inside look at Norma Miller’s influence in the globalization of America’s jazz culture and her and her fellow artist’s role in racial integration.

For more information on John Biffar’s documentary, “Queen of Swing”, 
please contact Dreamtime Entertainment by phone at 239-549-4081 
or via Email at



Norma Miller was born in Harlem, New York, in 1919.
When the Great Depression began in 1929, Miller and her family moved to a new apartment that faced the Savoy Ballroom.
The Savoy was where Miller began her career as a professional swing dancer.
One day when Miller was 12, she was dancing outside the Savoy and approached by Twist Mouth George  .
Later that year, Miller entered the Savoy Lindy Hop Contest, which was held at the Apollo Theater.  with one of her high school friends. They won the contest.
Winning gave Miller recognition and prompted Herbert “Whitey” White to ask her to join his group, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.
The group rose to prominence after winning a contest at the Harvest Moon Ball. Miller and the group performed on Broadway and in several motion pictures.

Swingin at the Savoy: A Memoir of a Jazz Dancer, Miller’s autobiography, describes her early life and meetings with the well-known jazz musicians and swing dancers of that time, including Frankie Manning, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.

Miller appeared in six films and four television series.
Her most well-known film appearance is in the swing dancing scene in the film Hellzapoppin, featuring Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.




Year Film Role
1937 A Day at the Races Black Singer
1941 Hellzapoppin’ Dancer (Cook)
1976 Sparkle Doreen
1977 The Richard Pryor Special Bar Patron
1992 Malcolm X Roseland Dancer
1995 Captiva Island Clara

TV Show Appearances

Year Show Role
1973-1974 Sanford and Son Dolly/Roxie/Jackie
1976 Grady Go-go dancer
1977 Sanford Arms Dolly Wilson
1979 Vega$ Maid

Documentary Appearances

Year Documentary
1989 Call of the Jitterbug
1993 Mo’Funny: Black Comedy in America
1996 E! True Hollywood Story
1999 American Masters
2000 Jazz
2006 Queen of Swing
2012 The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America
2013 Moms Mabley: I Got somethin’ to Tell You

Info primarily from ;

 John Biffar
National Endowment for the Arts







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– Halloween Dance Party –

Lesson from 8:00pm to 9:00pm (Salsa by Kiyana)

Professional Show Dance at 9:00pm (-Cha-Cha-)

Meeting House Grand Ballroom of Plymouth 

Open Dancing from 9pm til Midnight

Ford Ballroom Dance Club Events are open to the public where everyone is welcome.

Singles and couples are invited to the Meeting House Grand Ballroom in Plymouth to the annual Halloween Dance Event.

Enjoy the wonderful recorded ballroom/Latin music from  DJ  Tom Walthall.

Halloween Costumes contest  – but not mandatory.

Kiyana Brown has been dancing for 18 years and has been formally trained in Cecchetti Ballet Grades I-IV.

She took a dive into the world of ballroom, teaching and choreographing – American Rhythm and Smooth .

She has also training in International Latin to eventually compete pro/pro with her partner


The Meeting house is located on the second floor of

499 South Main St.,

Plymouth, MI 48170.

$12 per person.

Include dance lesson.

dance shoes and brushes for sale.

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– Brown & Brown –

HOT Sizzling Latin Show Dance by Professional  Dancer Kiyana Brown & Chad Brown.

For more information, please contact Jenny Remington at

Or call 313-805-8044.








August 27-29, 2015 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Island Festival – at Growlers Baseball Field, Mayor Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI). + facebook
Annual. Reggae music includes “international, national, regional, and local talent and is the largest celebration of the Caribbean culture in Michigan.”

August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Blues By The Bay – in East Tawas, MI (East Michigan).
Annual three day blues festival presented by the Tawas Bay Blues Society (TBBS).

Performer Line-Up on website, $20 for all three days.

August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Porcupine Mountains Music Festival – in the U.P. (upper peninsula). + facebook
Annual, held in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Annual festival features “folk, blues, bluegrass and contemporary music from top-class nationally touring artists as well as up and coming Michigan artists.

Over 30 artists, outdoor stages.”

August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Sun Dried Music Festival – in Mason, MI (near Lansing). + facebook
Annual, free Admission, showcases a variety of musical performances ranging from rock, jazz, blues, latin jazz, salsa, and country.

September 4-6, 2015 (fri-sun) Marquette Area Blues Fest – in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula).
Marquette Area Blues Society (MABS) Annual Blues Festival in the Upper Peninsula includes main performances, music workshops, dance workshops, festival after party.

September 4-7, 2015 (fri-mon) Arts, Beats & Eats Festival (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) – in Royal Oak, MI

(just north of Detroit). + facebook
“Oakland County’s Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity. The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit, plus international, regional and local attractions. annual event every Labor Day Weekend.

September 4-7, 2015 (fri-mon) Detroit Jazz Festival – 35th Annual – at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit Riverfront.
Free Admission, several stages, features Jazz & crossover music.

September 5, 2015 (sat) Thumbfest – in Lexington (in Michigan’s Thumb). + facebook
“Annual, FREE all-day music festival for the entire family with music stages spread throughout downtown Lexington. Thumbfest spotlights acoustic music from traditions as diverse as New Orleans brass to Celtic, PanWorld to blues, Eastern European to Americana.

There are multiple stages, workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children’s stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny at the end of the night.


08/27 to 08/29 2015 – Island Festival Growler’s Baseball Complex – Kalamazoo, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – I,N,R,L (music types: WL RT RG )

 08/27 to 08/30 2015 – Houghton County Fair Houghton County Fairgrounds – Hancock, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – R,L (music types: CY OT FK CH Variety )
 08/28 to 08/29 2015 – Metamora Country Days Metmora Lions Hall and downtown – Metamora, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – L (music types: CY RK Variety )
 08/28 to 08/30 2015 – Blues by the Bay in the Tawases East Tawas City Park – East Tawas, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – I,N,R,L (music types: CZ BL )
 08/28 to 08/30 2015 – Hastings Summerfest Arts and Crafts Show Courthouse Lawn – Hastings, MI Entertainment: 2 stages – R,L (music types: Variety )
 08/28 to 08/30 2015 – Porcupine Mountains Music Festival Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Ontonagon, MI Entertainment: 3 stages – I,N,R,L (music types: BL BG CY WL RT FK )
 08/28 to 08/30 2015 – Lincoln Park Days Youth Center Park – Lincoln Park, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – L (music types: CY RK Variety )
 08/29 to 08/29 2015 – Michigan Pride Rally & Festival Old Town – Lansing, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – R,L (music : SW JZ BL BG CY OT NA RK FK CR CL )
 08/29 to 08/29 2015 – Swartz Creek Art in the Park Elms Park – Swartz Creek, MI Entertainment: 0 w/Roving Performers – l (music types: Variety )
 08/29 to 08/30 2015 – Chesterfield Arts and Music Festival Brandenburg Park – Chesterfield, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – R,L (music types: Variety )
 08/30 to 08/30 2015 – Walled Lake Market Day Downtown – Walled Lake, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – L (music types: Variety )
 09/02 to 09/06 2015 – Saline Community Fair Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds – Ann Arbor, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – R,L (music types: TF TC CY RK CH Variety )
 09/02 to 09/07 2015 – Dickinson County Fair Dickinson County Fairgrounds – Norway, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – L (music types: CY )
 09/03 to 09/24 2015 – Imlay City Farmers’ Market – September Downtown – Imlay City, MI Entertainment: 0 w/Roving Performers – L (music types: BC JZ ET RA CZ BL BG CY OT WL RT NA RB RG FK CR GP LN CH CL )
 09/04 to 09/07 2015 – Michigan Bean Festival Mulberry Park – Fairgrove, MI Entertainment: 2 stages – R,L (music types: TF CY RK Variety )
 09/05 to 09/05 2015 – Thumbfest 2015 Downtown Lexington – Lexington, MI Entertainment: 8 stages –


09/05 to 09/05 2015 – Art on the Lake at Curtis Erickson Center Park – Curtis, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – R,L (music types: Variety )

 09/05 to 09/05 2015 – Springfield’s Car and Craft Show Springfield Farmer’s Market – Springfield, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – R,L (music types: OT )

09/05 to 09/06 2015 – Thumb Arts Guild Art in the Park Gallup Park – Port Austin, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – R,L (music types: SW BG RK FK Variety )

 09/05 to 09/06 2015 – Algonac Art Fair Algonac Park – Algonac, MI Entertainment: 0 w/Roving Performers – L (music types: JZ ET OT FK )

09/05 to 09/07 2015 – Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival Downtown – Paw Paw, MI Entertainment: 4 stages –

R,L (music types: SW BC CZ BL BG CY RB RP RK CR Variety )

 09/06 to 09/27 2015 – The Sunday Artisan Market – September 315 Detroit Street – Ann Arbor, MI Entertainment: 1 stage – R,L (music types: BL RG FK CL )


  • A ‘tba’ in place of information means “to be arranged“.
  • show dates: The month, starting day, ending day, and the year. Events with dates from prior years indicates that we were unable to get updates as the event sponsor did not respond to our requests to update.
  • sponsor: The organization, promoter or group putting the event on. If a ^ is at the end of the sponsor’s name, this indicates a promoter or multiple shows.
  • show name: If a ^ is at the end of a show name, this indicates a mall show.
  • dir. & The directors for the show; arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and show director and their phone numbers.
  • attnd. last yr: This is the number of people that attended last year. An `na’ indicates a first year event or a mall show. If ‘undisclosed’ this means it was not disclosed by the promoter.
  • # of years: The number of years the event has taken place.
  • deadlines: The deadline to apply to participate. If there is no date, the show closes when filled or no deadline was provided.
  • # food booths: The number of food booths the sponsor plans to have. There will be a number or a description of how the food will be provided i.e.: catered, nonprofit, concession, or local.
  • food booth fees: The fees for food vendors.
  • # exhibitors: The number of exhibitors the sponsor plans to have. (i.e. art, craft, commercial and corp./information, not food or local info booths)
  • exhibitor fees: The fees for artists, craftsmen and other exhibitors.
  • juried: This indicates that the exhibitor must submit slides, photos or a copy of his or her work to be reviewed for acceptance.
  • prize money: This refers to cash only, represented by the amount. An `na’ indicates no prize money reported by promoter.
  • entertainment / stages: The number of stages followed by symbols indicating the level of entertainment and the type of entertainment. See symbols key below.
  • other activities: Any other activities or entertainment that will be a part of the event.
  • show location: The exact place, city and state where the event will take place.ENTERTAINMENT SYMBOLS KEY:AL = alternative AM = Americana  BC = Beach  BG = Bluegrass BL = Blues    CL = Classical/Symphony CH = Children’s CR = Christian CY = Country CZ = Cajun/Zydeco EL = Electronic ET = Ethnic EX = Experimental FK = Folk FU = Funk GP = Gospel JM = Jam JZ = Jazz LN = Latin ME = Metal NA = New Age OP = Opera OT = Old-Time RA = Ragtime RB = Rhythm & Blues/Soul RG = reggae RK = Rock RO = Rockabilly RP = Rap RT = Roots SO = Soul SP = Spoken Word SW = Swing TC = Dj/Dance/Techno TF = Top Forty WL = World Variety = All kinds of music, many different types.                                                                                        —————————————————————————————————————————————
  • na:  Indicates non applicable or none.
  • Entertainment Levels: I = International, N = National, R = Regional, L = Local Music:

– Some Thoughts from Some Dance types –

Son y Casino

Hello, everybody! This is the second video blog post from son y casino. In this one, we talk about how to find the clave during the montuno section of the song using the cowbell pattern. I hope it helps!

Recommended readings in case some of the things said in the video do not make sense or are confusing:

On the distinction between the introduction and the montuno:


On the difference between the 3-2 clave and 2-3 clave:


Once you’re done watching the above video, this following video shows what I explained above. From 3:20 to 4:20 you have a minute-long frame showing the cowbell and clave players, and you can see what I was explaining above.

In more modern music, it is a little harder to hear so clearly the cowbell pattern, so…

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– TOP – 2015 –
– June 12 – Friday –
Rachel & Alex
June 12 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Top of the Park 2015 opens with a festival debut from Rachel & Alex, an indie folk duo from Lansing . Rachel & Alex have played across Michigan and become regulars in the Lansing music scene.
This spring they released their debut EP, Nights Like These.
Dave Menzo
June 12 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Menzo’s psychedelic pop takes you on a journey intended to express his experience of Chromesthesia (sound to color synesthesia) and its effects on his interactions with the world.
His new album, “Shhh…,” was made entirely with instruments he checked out from the
Ann Arbor District Library’s Music Tools Collection,
June 12
7:00 PM
North University Stage
Stella! is a three-piece, all-women American roots band from southeast Michigan
A singer-songwriter supergroup and features standouts on the Michigan roots scene:
Jo Serrapere,
Jen Sygit,
Laura Bates.
they create gorgeous, complex harmonies over country-roots, blues, and bluegrass influenced original songs.
In 2012, they released “Sorry Stella” with Michigan’s Earthwork Music .

The Appleseed Collective
June 12 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
Mix Django Reinhardt with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, a pinch of ragtime beat, and the swagger of swing and you’ll conjure up Ann Arbor’s Americana specialists The Appleseed Collective.
2014 proved to be a big year for the band, including
a multi-state tour,
opening The Ann Arbor Folk Festival,
the release of two albums,
Young Love and Live at The Ark.

Third Coast Kings
June 12 – 10:00 PM
North University Stage
Ann Arbor’s proper deep funk and soul outfit inspired by the funk groups of the 60′s and 70′s.
Their sound is a raw concoction of horn driven hooks, heavy rhythm, in the pocket tightness, Meters style funk, Otis smoothness, and James Brown attitude.
In 2014, they released West Grand Boulevard on Record Kicks
and are making a triumphant return to the festiva after a tour in Japan.
– June 13 – Saturday –
Audra Kubat
5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Detroit singer-songwriter known for her clear, beautiful voice and accomplished acoustic arrangements. performing since 1999 and a fixture of the Detroit folk scene,
hosting the popular open-mic night at Union Street in Detroit.
This year she was named Outstanding Americana Instrumentalist at the Detroit Music Awards,
She is working on her seventh studio album .
Elle Casazza
June 13 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Chicago songwriter and chanteuse Elle Casazza returns to the festival with her fiery take on blues, soul, jazz, and pop.
Fearless, sultry, and powerful, she confidently delivers original songs that weave together themes of flirtation, longing, and passion.
Hear hints of Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, and KT Tunstall in songs from her 2013 debut release For Your Pleasure.
Casazza plays regularly in Chicago at places including Schuba’s Tavern and the Hard Rock Cafe.
Vencedores Samba Bateria
June 13 – 6:45 PM
South Ingalls Mall
join the parade down North University Avenue led by the Vencedores of University of Michigan.
– a student-run samba percussion band whose mission is to share the music of Brazil.
Feel the rhythm as they perform many styles of Brazilian samba music, including
samba batucada,
samba afro,
samba show.
John Latini and The Flying Latini Brothers
June 13 – 7:15 PM
North University Stage
blues-soaked guitar, deep expressive vocals, and cleverly written lyrics,
2008 and 2009 Detroit Blues Challenge Champion and Ypsilanti resident John Latini .
The Flying Latini Brothers, which includes his brother,
Jim Latini, on drums and vocals,
John Sperendi on bass,
Neil Donato on keyboards, .
Salsa Lesson by Dance Revolution
June 13 – 8:15 PM
North University Stage
We’re dancing in the street! Before the music begins, learn how to salsa with Dance Revolution!
fun beginner lesson – B4 – Tumbao Bravo.

Tumbao Bravo
June 13 – 8:45 PM
North University Stage
an Ann Arbor Latin jazz combo that brings the rhythms of Cuba to life with congas, timbales, sax, flute, trumpet, keyboard, and bass.
Winner of the 2005, 2007, and 2013 Detroit Music Awards for
Best Jazz Recording
Best World Music Band,
In 2012, famed Cuban percussionist Pepe Espinosa (Afro Cuban All Stars, Cubanismo) joined the band. Come early for Latin dance lessons before their set!
Salsa Lesson by Dance Revolution
June 13 – 10:00 PM
North University Stage
While the bands do a changing of the guard,
Dance Revolution will keep the party going with a fun salsa lesson.
All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Orquesta RITMO
June 13 – 10:30 PM
North University Stage
Orquesta RITMO specializes in authentic Salsa music and always draws a big crowd to Top of the Park. amazing 11-piece big band –
Come early for free dance lessons before their set!
June 14 – Sunday
Kylee Phillips
June 14 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Folk pop singer, pianist, and songwriter from Plymouth, Michigan,
Mike Vial
June 14 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
independent singer-songwriter and talented guitarist whose acoustic music captures his appreciation for classic songwriters like James Taylor and Cat Stevens
In 2014, he joined the new independent label Maisonneuve Music out of Ontario, Canada, and toured throughout the Unites States and Canada .
Laith Al-Saadi
June 14 – 8:00 PM
North University Stage
returns to Top of the Park accompanied by his jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio featuring
drummer Skeeto Valdez
bassist Jordan Schug.
will plays songs from his most recent release,Real., which harkens back to the great musical traditions of New Orleans and Chicago with splashes of blues, country, gospel, and roots rock.
June 16 – Tuesday

The Flutter and Wow
June 16 – 5:00 PM
North University Stage
known for their captivating stage presence as they merge vocal harmonies, infectious rhythms, and strings into their brand of Rustbelt Americana.
they’ve been nominated for Detroit Music Awards for
Best Folk Band,
Best Acoustic Band,
Best Folk Recording.
In 2014, they released the EP, Urban Prairie.
Brett Mitchell and the giant Ghost
June 16 – 6:30 PM
North University Stage
Top of the Park
Catchy, sophisticated power pop featuring impressive guitar work, fluid vocals, toe-tapping beats, and strong songwriting
influences as broad as Bad Religion, Jimi Hendrix, and The Sundays.
joined by his band, the Giant Ghost, playing covers and original songs from his latest release,
Falling Apart at the Seams.
George Morris and The Gypsy Chorus
June 16 – 8:15 PM
North University Stage
a synth pop experiment in stylized vocals, piano and organ hooks, bouncing bass, and driving drums and drum machine that’s taken a cue from Ziggy Stardust and Sergeant Pepper.
they released the EP We Will Go To Hell For This and have been touring the Midwest.
June 17 – Wednesday
Lisa Ritchie
June 17 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Ann Arbor singer-songwriter and guitarist Lisa Ritchie has been honing her craft for 13 years,
In the past year, she’s been touring clubs and coffeehouses throughout the Midwest
and working on her upcoming debut EP, Home.
Fangs and Twang
June 17 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Billy LaLonde (drums, vocals),
Andy Benes (guitar, vocals),
Joe Bertoletti (bass, vocals)
from – Black Jake & The Carnies.
a side project to deliver twangy country songs about bigfoot, vampires, mummies, zombies, …
June 17 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
folk rock from Grand Rapids, –
gaining national attention for their lush string driven sound, three-part harmonies, and hauntingly beautiful original songs.
They released their first EP, A Brand New Start, in 2014
and won over fans and critics who likened them to Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers .
October Babies
June 17 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
their songs are a hybrid of funk, jazz, R&B, reggae/ska/dub, techno, Latin, drum & bass, …
their lyrics are predominantly in Japanese
2014 unplugged release, Untangle.
June 18 – Thursday

Julie Haven
June 18 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
rich, textured vocals and deft piano compositions,
indie pop artist capturing the spotlight since she was a teenager,
first performing in coffee houses and eventually in clubs and festivals throughout Michigan.
In 2013, she put out her fifth release, a live album, and is making her festival debut.
Timothy Monger
June 18 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
best known for his work with Michigan rock group Great Lakes Myth Society (GLMS),
co-founded with his brother James.
The Ben Daniels Band
June 18 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
Ryan Montbleau
June 18 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
refined blues influenced rock
The past few years have found him performing with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue,
fronting a new line-up for his band,
releasing his 2015 album, Growing Light.
June 19 – Friday
Madelyn Grant
June 19 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
R&B singer who grew up listening Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Donny Hathaway.
Her original lyrics are emotionally driven and empowering,
her sultry voice and smooth tone hypnotize the listener.
The single “Waiting” from French producer FKJ features her vocals and has over a million plays on SoundCloud.
Expect big things from this talented artist making her festival debut tonight!
Briar Rabbit
June 19 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Detroit singer-songwriter Briar Rabbit (Phillip-Michael Scales) ((uncle B.B. King ))is musically inclined.
focuses on lyrics, presenting himself as a modern storyteller marrying vintage and classical aesthetics with contemporary pop music.
His 2014 release From Your Bones was called “literate and soulful pop” by the Chicago Tribune
the first single from the album, “So Long,” won a highly competitive international songwriting competition.
In 2015, he released a new single and video for the song “Lay It on Me.”
The Moxie Strings
June 19 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
electrifying combination of
fiddler Diana Ladio,
electric cellist Alison Lynn,
percussionist Fritz McGirr.
feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms,
– fresh, enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music.
Madcat Midnight Blues Journey
June 19 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
four veterans of the local and national blues, folk, and jazz scenes.
harmonica wizard and festival favorite Peter “Madcat” Ruth,
guitar and steel fireworks – Drew “Cap’n Midnight” Howard,
bassist Mark Schrock
drummer Michael Shimmin.
Bringing improvisational exuberance to
standard and obscure blues tunes,
folk and jazz melodies,
and original music,
The Sun Messengers
June 19 – 10:15 PM
North University Stage
8 -piece, horn-driven R&B party band with a hard-hitting style that has made them a favorite in Southeast Michigan for over 30 years.
They have opened for Jay Leno,
backed up R&B luminaries Martha Reeves, The Drifters, and Sir Mack Rice,
have been rocking the Palace of Auburn Hills since 1996 as the house band for the Detroit Pistons.
June 20 – Saturday
Tom Butwin
June 20 – 5:30 PM
North University Stage
folk-inspired soul pop infused with smooth vocals and catchy guitar arrangements
akin to Jason Mraz and John Mayer.
For ten years, Butwin’s steadily been building a following in Michigan
recently nominated for two Detroit Music Awards for
Outstanding Acoustic Artist and
People’s Choice Award. In 2013,
he released a full EP, This & Hereafter, and a four-song live album just came out this spring.
Keri Lynn Roche
June 20 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose edgy take on indie pop/rock, full-bodied vocals, and tongue-in-cheek delivery have made her a rising star.
caught the national spotlight as a contestant and returning alum in recent seasons of American Idol performing at well-known venues like The House of Blues
released the single “Scar on My Heart,” and returns to Top of the Park backed by a full band.
The Outer Vibe
June 20
8:30 PM
North University Stage
The Outer Vibe of Grand Rapids took Top of the Park by storm last year.
With an outsized stage presence – they deliver songs that draw from
the Motor City’s passion and power,
the upbeat, good feelings of the West Coast,
a cinematic Southwestern nostalgia—
a blend they’ve named “surf disco.”
Their first album, Hoka Hey, garnered them national attention
Their May 2015 release, Full Circle, was created in collaboration with producer Brad Dollar
(Grateful Dead, Keb-Mo, The National)
mastering engineer Joe LaPorta (The Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend).
Asked what it sounds like: “Clint Eastwood drinking a piña colada at a Dick Dale concert.”
June 20 – 10:30 PM
North University Stage
drummers, horn players, high stepping stilt acrobats, and dazzling dancers of the 24-member MarchFourth! ensemble throws itself and the audience into a swirling volcano of high energy music and over-the-top spectacle.
began as a Fat Tuesday party on March 4, 2003, in Portland, Oregon,
More of a vaudeville circus procession than a marching band,
June 21 – Sunday
Ralston Bowles
June 21 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
the “godfather” of West Michigan’s acoustic music scene where he first got started in 1970,
released three nationally acclaimed Americana studio albums while touring the United States and Europe.
has performed and/or toured with T Bone Burnett, Arlo Guthrie, Dan Hicks, and Bob Dylan, …
back to the festival for a solo acoustic set.
Roland Remington
June 21 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
It’s tiki music for the modern age.
Roland Remington returns to the festival playing vintage melody percussion instruments to revive mid-century exotica by artists like
Martin Denny,
Les Baxter,
Henry Mancini,
Arthur Lyman.
Exotica combines the sounds of Latin America, Polynesia, and the Orient.

Laura Rain and The Caesars
June 21
8:30 PM
North University Stage
electrifying retro modern soul.
Powerhouse vocalist Laura Rain’s rich tone, artistry, and talent for effortlessly gliding between registers have won her comparisons to Aretha Franklin and Etta James.
The Caesars, all veterans of the Detroit R&B, jazz, rock, and blues scenes.
released two albums, most recently Closer,
June 23 – Tuesday
Misty Lyn and The Big Beautiful
June 23
6:15 PM
North University Stage
“gothic folk.”
tight harmonies, haunting melodies, poetically rich lyrics, vivid arrangements …
Ryan Gimpert (electric guitar, pedal steel),
Matt (drums, vocals),
Jim Roll of Backseat Productions studio (bass),
Carol Gray (fiddle, percussion, vocals).
2 studio albums,
For the Dead (2009)
False Honey (2012),
currently working on a third.
The Ragbirds
June 23 – 8:00 PM
North University Stage
a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow., touring 47 states and Japan, and has released six albums.
Their next record, Home, will be out later this year.
June 24 – Wednesday
Salsa Lesson by Dance Revolution
June 24 – 6:00 PM
North University Stage
Dance Revolution is calling your feet to TOP!
Two left feet welcome.

Los Gatos
June 24 – 6:30 PM
North University Stage
vibe-influenced Latin jazz quintet
elegant boleros, upbeat pachangas, fiery mambos, cha chas, and exotic, 6/8 Afro-Cuban dance numbers. embraced the “old-school” Latin jazz values set forth by
Cal Tjader,
Mongo Santamaria,
Tito Puente,
Joe Cuba. ..

Las Cafeteras
June 24 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras
uplifting, vibrant sound that remixes roots music and tells modern day
uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock …
eclectic instrumentation, including
donkey jawbone,
West African bass instrument -marimbol, cajón,
wooden platform used to dance zapateado jarocho.
Recently they were named “Best Latin Alternative Band” by LA Weekly featured on NPR’s “World Cafe.”
June 25 – Thursday

Jetty Rae
June 25 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Folksy, soulful, sweet, influences including Brandi Carlile, Cat Power, Ray Lamontagne, and Patty Griffin, Sarah McLachlan and Terry McBride chose her as the featured local artist at Lilith Fair in Detroit,
played SXSW this spring, and recently released the single “Forever & Always.”
Chris Dupont
June 25 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
distinctive tenor, effortless guitar work, and visual lyrics
recent release, Anxious Animal, – sonic textures and thoughtful arrangements
Adam Plomaritas
June 25 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
warm voice, Telecaster, Hammond organ and brass launch you back to the era of Al Green
In 2013, he released the full EP, The Hard Way,
Secret Someones
June 25 – 8:15 PM
North University Stage
harmony-driven but heavy-hitting alt-rock four-piece based in Brooklyn.
Hannah WInkler,
Bess Rogers,
Lelia Broussard
drummer Zach Jones
I Won’t Follow, the band’s debut EP for Cherrytree/Interscope Records
June 26 – Friday
Sienna Morgan
June 26 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
talented teen released The Hard Way this year, a five-song EP featuring her original country and pop
Less Is More
June 26 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Jane Finkel and Brian Spencer, a folk alt duo
haunting, playful harmonies , thoughtful lyrics arrangements of ukulele, keyboard, guitar, and cajon.
In 2014, they released the EP Amid the Flowers.

Billy Mack and The Juke Joint Johnnies
June 26 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
high energy rockabilly, honky tonk, retro country, and swing!
Front man Billy Mack’s
Tony Handley on drums,
Gary Lintenmuth on bass,
Claybourne Stewart on sax and guitar,
boppers, rockers, two-steppers and swing dancers!

Delilah DeWylde and The Lost Boys
June 26 – 9:00 PM
North University Stage
original songs with vintage country and honky tonk hits, rockabilly favorites, and surf gems by such artists as Hank Williams, Sr., Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Gene Vincent, and Dick Dale.

Horse Cave Trio
June 26 – 10:30 PM
North University Stage
music that travels the American landscape, from rockabilly to Kentucky blues, pure country to gospel.
In 2011, they released Hart County
nominated for Detroit Music Awards in 2012 outstanding country album, band, and live performance. Touting themselves as “the band most likely to steal your whiskey,”
don’t forget your dancing shoes!
June 27 – Saturday
Retreat: West African Dance with World Dance Workout
June 27 – 5:00 PM
Power Center Lawn
Spencer Michaud
June 27 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
ghosts of Motown, Tin-Pan Alley, and Jeff Buckley
versatile, powerful songs with rich guitar arrangements.
2014 debut EP, Tightrope Walker,
James and June
June 27 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Dustin and Sarah Lolli
married for ten years but only recently began collaborating as James & June,
In 2014, they released their first full EP, Chasing the Moon
Joe Summers and His Jazzabilly Sedan
June 27 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
eclectic mix of styles and genres.
gypsy music, Chet Atkins-style guitar, hot jazz informed solos, traditional jazz, ‘50s – ‘60s instrumentals
June 27 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
10-piece music collective known for their feel good sound, solid musicianship, and danceable songs. an upbeat, semi-chaotic showcase of musical expression.
Blending Afro-Caribbean rhythms, a swinging horn section, and jazz and ska influences,
The Saints of Soul
June 27 – 10:30 PM
North University Stage
high-energy show reminiscent of early Motown.
distinctive vibe that’s evolved from the eclectic roots of its members,
Soul, funk, Motown, R&B, blues, jazz, and classical influences
provocative melody, and infectious grooves.
June 28 – Sunday
Olivia Millerschin
June 28 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
simple but catchy songs and mixes pop, jazz, soul, and folk
plays the guitar, ukulele, and tambourine and has been nominated for five Detroit Music Awards, including Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording and Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Vocalist.
In 2014, she won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song “Screw Valentine’s Day” and released the EP, Over the Weather, last year.
Dave Boutette
June 28 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
blends many schools of American roots and popular music, folk, blues, swing, and old time country.
His songs feature unique storytelling and humor,
This April he put out his fifth solo EP, 1st Rate Companion.

The Chris Canas Band
June 28 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
he and his band have made it to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis several years
Their new album, Would You Mind (If I Play The Blues), is expected later this year.
June 30 – Tuesday
Chris Buhalis
June 30 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
acoustic folk songs transport listeners and tell stories of real people.
recorded his debut CD, Kenai Dreams, with the legendary Townes Van Zandt,
Magdalen Fossum
June 30 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
first played the festival at age 11,
Magdalen and her ukulele have continued to receive jubilant responses from audiences at festivals, theaters, and cafés throughout Michigan.
Named the Open Stage Performer of the Year by The Ark in 2011,
she plays ukulele, piano, fiddle, and mandolin to bring to life old standards, twenties jazz, contemporary, and original songs.
this rising star delights and entertains with humility and good cheer.
The Ingrid Racine Quartet
June 30 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
this powerful improviser toured internationally and nationally with the band NOMO
mentored many local young musicians as part of the leadership of the Neutral Zone.
she can be found playing weekly at the Gandy Dancer and The Raven’s Club,
moving between her quartet, The Heather Black Project, and The Gin Dandies.
Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience
June 30 – 8:00 PM
North University Stage
Grammy-winning Terrance Simien! An 8th generation Louisiana Creole
toured to over 40 countries in the past 25 years
A standout on the New Orleans Jazz Festival line-up for thirty years
July 1 – Wednesday
Nicole Delia
July 1 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
14, but she’s hugely talented, writing beautiful original acoustic pop songs
Her song “Forget” has been highlighted on the Indie Music Channel’s Radio Cafe Top Ten Countdown where it reached number one.
The Whiskey Charmers
July 1 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
haunting country noir, gothic Americana
Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa
captivating melodies and twangy guitar duets of love, heartbreak, whiskey soaked nights, the open road. For their 2015 self-titled release they were joined by
Brian Ferriby on drums
David Roof on bass,
Jerry Mack and The Terraplanes
July 1 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
a staple of the Southeast Michigan blues scene for over 20 years,
mixture of rockin’ blues and uptown swing, R&B, soul, and roots rock.
The Polish Muslims
July 1 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
For over 30 years, “America’s Polk-Rock Ambassadors
in the vein of Weird Al Yankovic and satire songs poking fun at current events
they were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Detroit Music
July 2 – Thursday
Derek Fawcett
July 2 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
djembe player in the soul-inflected acoustic country-rock quartet Down the Line.
In 2014, he released his debut solo EP, Feel Better.
Annie and Rod Capps
July 2 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
songs about broken things and poignant little ponderings delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang, and a soulful groove.
May release, Searching for Neverland.
The Go Rounds
July 2 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
songwriting and performance collective that explores high-energy twang rock, soul music, baroque folk, art rock, country, and classic rock ‘n’ roll.
2012 – Feathername from Earthwork Music,
sound has departed from the homemade psychedelic rock and soul of their early records –
embraced a fuller, orchestral sound, including horns, strings, multiple drummers, keyboards players, …
lead singer Graham Parsons.
Chris Bathgate
July 2 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
heartfelt compositions of country-tinged gothic folk
In 2012, released Salt Year on Quiet Scientific Records
July 3 – Friday
Zander Michigan
July 3 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Top of the Park
Zander Michigan (Alexander Melidis) sings, plays guitar and harmonica,…
recently released second Album, Zander The Great.
With a style that favors a straw hat and bowtie and a sound that will remind you of Bob Dylan,

Diana Lawrence
July 3 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Top of the Park
Called a “drop dead show stopper” by Music Connection Magazine,
singer-songwriter pianist Diana Lawrence draws on pop, blues, folk, jazz, and cabaret.
musical director for The Second City, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and The Chicago Symphony Chorus, The frontwoman for Diana & The Dishes.

The Matt Besey Band
July 3 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
first gained notoriety in the early ‘90s as a guitar prodigy winning Honorable Mention in the 1996 National Fender Guitars Jimi Hendrix Competition.

Jennifer Westwood and The Handsome Devils
July 3 – 8:45 PM
North University Stage
After years of contributing vocals to R&B, soul, roots, and blues collaborations, and winning an Emmy for her vocal work and several DMA’s, she joined forces with veteran players the Handsome Devils, guitarist Dylan Dunbar (Rumpshakers, Whitey Morgan)
bassist JD Mackinder (Whitey Morgan, Deadstring Brothers)
to build out a swampy, bluesy, “dirty, greasy, and footstomping” sound.
May release, Greetings From This Town.
Captain Ivory
July 3 – 10:30 PM
North University Stage
down and dirty five-piece tight guitar, soulful vocals, and the raw power of blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Inspired by Jack White, Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, and the grit of Detroit
first full-length EP, Captain Ivory,
completed a two-month European tour this past spring
July 4 – Saturday
Kate Peterson
July 4 – 5:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Paledave and Jenny Fair
July 4 – 6:00 PM
Acoustic Stage
Paledave (Dave Buehrer) and Jenny Fair are a husband and wife acoustic duo from Ypsilanti
Abigail Stauffer
July 4 – 7:00 PM
North University Stage
sweet, folksy style encompassing acoustic pop, folk, and neosoul.
playing songs from her new album, Where I’m Going, – January
features a new ukulele, cello, and drum trio.
The Bluescasters
July 4 – 8:30 PM
North University Stage
tight vocal harmonies, a groove oriented rhythm section, and rockin’ solos that drive the dance floor.

Lady Sunshine and The X-Band
July 4 – 10:30 PM
North University Stage
product of the Motor City and is a reflection of the very essence of Detroit
Sunshine and The X-Band were International Blues Challenge semifinalists
in 2014, released their latest album, Big and Sexee!
Put on your dancing shoes – smokin’ hot set at Top of the Park!
July 5 – Sunday
The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus
July 5 – 5:00 PM
Hill Auditorium Plaza
musical ambassadors of the U.S. Army and the 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus!
the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army,
The Soldiers’ Chorus, founded in 1957, is the vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC.
Chairs will be provided.
Please make sure to dress for the weather .

July 5 – 6:30 PM
North University Stage
Kicking off So Long Sunday –
hard-hitting country featuring gritty vocals, smart lyrics, and gleaming pedal steel.
In 2013, they released the much praised Blissfield,
singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Dave Rossiter
George Bedard and The Kingpins
July 5 – 8:00 PM
North University Stage
an annual tradition, George Bedard and The Kingpins will close Top of the Park and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival season with their crowd-pleasing, swinging rockabilly and blues.
in 2013, he released a much-anticipated live album, Further On.
say “so long” to another great season at Top of the Park.

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Friday –  May 22 – – – Tuesday – May 26 – 2015 –


Friday, May 22,

visit the Michigan Sound Conference (Detroit Public Library, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.),

catch some films at the Electric Roots Micro Music Film Festival in the evening (Charles Wright Museum, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.).

6 p.m.-4 a.m. – TV Lounge

Formerly Half Past Three, formerly the Blue Ribbon Bar,

you’ll hear the smooth blends of Norm Talley in the alley behind the bar (Tunnel Effect)

before checking out the big Chicago boom of Smart Bar residents Michael Serafini and the Black Madonna

(Smart Bar x Resident Advisor Opening BBQ).

numerous other DJs will join them after that.

Fjord Agency

9 p.m.-3 a.m. – Whisky Parlor

Steven Reaume, manager at Grand Trunk and longtime party promoter,

throwing his first parties in the Atlas Building in Eastern Market during the final years of the Reagan administration.

He’s throwing multiple events during the festival,

the key party is Fjord Agency at the Whisky Parlor, a reinterpreted space above Grand Trunk.

His longtime colleague, the Michigan-raised, California-mussed Marke Bieschke, joins him


Listen Live on RBMA Radio

Red Bull Music Academy Radio will broadcast live from Movement all weekend long,

bringing you exclusive interviews and performances from select artists .

Saturday, May 23 (all times EST)

hop on a bicycle and get a tour of Detroit’s musical history

from the Music Institute to the Packard Plant to Wheelhouse Bike Shop.

(Techno in the 313 Bike Tour, noon-4 p.m.).

7 p.m.: Octave One
8 p.m.: Method Man
9 p.m.: Eats Everything

? Of Special Interest ???

Rick Wilhite

Red Bull Music Academy Stage
the fourth member of the Detroit supergroup 3 Chairs,

alongside  Moodymann and  Theo Parrish and Marcellus Pittman,

producing since 1983 and was once the owner of Vibes, the now-closed record shop in Detroit.

Urban Tribe

Made in Detroit Stage  – Presented by THUMP: Detroit Love Showcase

DJ Stingray has arguably some of the best selected techno sets in Detroit.

The Urban Tribe moniker began with Ingram alone,

but he since had help from several influential friends,

such as Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Kenny Dixon, Jr., and Carl Craig.

Jay Daniel

Made in Detroit Stage – Presented by THUMP: Detroit Love Showcase
1 of the rising artists in the new generation of Detroit’s electronic music scene,

Jay Daniel is proving to be a young producer to watch.

Paula Temple

Underground Stage

The four on the floor techno goddess

a force to be reckoned with.

Let her set from Tresor do the talking.


8-10 p.m. – Sixth State

Carl Craig and Mike Banks Live

10-11:30 p.m. – Thump Stage

Craig started this festival. – he now plays live and/or DJs at it every year.

Underground Resistance co-founder and musician Banks joins him on stage.


The Formula

9 p.m.-4 a.m. – Drive Table Tennis Club



lineup features Detroit house heads and longtime critical faves

Minx and Pirahnahead, John Collins, and Baltimore’s Karizma. Drive

in the Penobscot Building, once held the illustrious WJLB, home of the Electrifying Mojo —

a must for out-of-towners.

Deep Detroit: Juan Atkins, Kai Alcé, and Stefan Ringer

10 p.m. – 1515 Broadway

likely sold out, ?

The legendary Music Institute used to be located down the street.

Alcé, whose party this is, remembers that moment well, and curates accordingly.

This is the seventh incarnation of the party, and features Atkins, who is celebrating 35 years of producing music.

The foreboding, subtle house producer Ringer, like Alcé based in Atlanta, opens up.


Sunday, May 24

3:30 p.m.: Rone
5 p.m.: Wajeed
6 p.m.: People Under the Stairs
8 p.m.: Danny Brown
11 p.m.: Model 500


Movement Main Stage
Frankfurt-born and Detroit-raised Gabi found love in electronic music early on

performed at earlier Movement festivals,

her DJ sets have a minimalistic dub techno chug with a melodic, deep-tech house feel .

Heathered Pearls

Made in Detroit Stage – Presented by THUMP: Ghostly International Showcase

the A&R of Detroit’s Ghostly International label—Heathered Pearls—

has a way with DJ sets that allow him to seamlessly navigate through several genres.


Monday, May 25

2 p.m.: Charles Trees
2:30 p.m.: Nick Speed
3:30 p.m.: DJ Godfather featuring Good Money
7 p.m.: Ben UFO

JETS (Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum)

Red Bull Music Academy Stage

Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) both founders of Ultramajic label are JETS

both pillars of the current electronic music scene.


Made in Detroit Stage – Presented by THUMP: Kevin Saunderson Presents Origins

D.Wynn was the tour DJ for Kevin Saunderson’s late 80s house and techno group, Inner City.

a staple in Detroit Techno, he was also a resident DJ at the Detroit Music Institute—



2-4 p.m. – Sixth Stage

funk-driven dance music  in the hands of good, earnest, musically trained post-post-hardcore, bassist

Shawn Rudiman

9-9:30 p.m. – Sixth Stage

Hats off to Detroit Techno Militia for putting Rudiman on at the festival.

He is very serious about Depeche Mode too.

It will be a short set, – be on time.


 Richie Hawtin

11 p.m. – Masonic Temple


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Full Energy

5:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  –  UFO Factory

After the dance, let Auxetic Detroit, the brainchild of Maggie Derthick take you home on Tuesday.

The Audio Rescue Team of sonic-scene professionals Alan Bogl and Michael Fotias,

Detroit duo Ataxia will be featured.


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