Wednesday, August 20, 2014

- Ypsi Song Fest - Saturday, September 13, 2014 -


8th annual Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Ypsi Song Fest returns for its 8th year with singer, songwriter, actor, poet, guitarist, and bass player John Doe as the headliner. The day at YDL-Whittaker Road and evening at Bona Sera Underground are jam-packed with activities designed to inspire and delight the music lover in all of us. Here’s the schedule of events, all of which are free and open to the public.
The 2014 Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival is presented by the Ypsilanti District Library, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Make Your Own Music Day

September 13, 11 am-4 pm, YDL Whittaker

Performances & Workshops
11:00 am Joe Reilly in a Performance for Kids of All Ages
Community Room
Can you hop like a frog or flap your wings like a turkey vulture? Joe loves nature so much that he writes songs about it, and he hopes that you and your family will sing and dance and move along too!
1:00 pm DIY Recording Information Session with Paul Tyson
Computer Lab
Learn the techniques and technology you need to record your music at home.
2:00 pm Teen Songwriting Workshop with John E. Lawrence
Community Room 

Back by popular demand, John E. Lawrence leads teens on a creative, songwriting journey.

Make Your Own Music Fair--Drop In Anytime!
12:00 pm Instrument Petting Zoo
Sidewalk outside (or Lobby in case of rain)
See, hear, and touch a variety of musical instruments.
Noon-4:00 pm Make Your Own Music Fair
Sidewalk outside (or Lobby in case of rain)
Silkscreen the YSF logo onto a t-shirt! Make-and-take musical instruments! Meet local music teachers! Snacks provided.
Noon-4:00 pm Local Artists/Open Mic Showcase
Performances by talented performers from around our community. Interested in performing? Slots are limited, please sign up in advance by calling 734-482-4110 x1377

Songwriter Showcase Featuring John Doe

SEPTEMBER 13, 7 - 10 PM, all ages
Bona Sera Underground, 200 W. MIchigan Avenue

7:00 pm Welcome Home, Blake Elliott!
Ypsi born-and-bred chanteuse Blake Elliott returns home as part of YSF’14! Catch this former YDL staffer while you can – her star is rising fast! All ages welcome.
8:00 pm An Evening with John Doe
John Doe, the prolific, genre-spanning artist is co-founder of the seminal punk band X. He has recorded eight solo records w/ numerous renowned singers and players, including Patty Griffin, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann, Don Was, Kathleen Edwards, and Greg Liesz. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions, including Road House, Georgia, Roadside Prophets, Great Balls of Fire, Pure Country and Roswell.  Other musical side projects include work with the Knitters, Jill Sobule, and The Sadies.
Doe will talk about his songwriting process and career with 107one’s Martin Bandyke, followed by a solo, acoustic performance. The evening is hosted by Jeremy Baldwin of 89.1 WEMU’s Roots Music Project. All ages welcome.