Mich. -- The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is pleased
to announce its headlining indoor performances as well as
two special outdoor attractions for the 2014 season. From
comedy legends and dancer-illusionists to blues icons and
a new inflatable, walk-through luminarium, the new season
runs from June 13 through July 6 and features an eclectic
mix of music, dance, comedy, film, spoken word, contemporary
circus, street arts, and family entertainment.
Tickets go on sale: Monday, April 21 at 9:00 am (donors of
Tuesday, April 22 at 9:00 am (donors of $100+)
Monday, April 28 at 9:00 am (general public)
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Michigan League
Ticket Office, by phone at (734) 764-2538, or online at A2SF.org
starting on April 28th.
Now celebrating its 31st season, the festival’s Mainstage
series features the return of several Ann Arbor favorites
along with a number of performers making their festival debut.
With artists spanning the globe, this year’s lineup
includes: an evening of classic comedy with Lily Tomlin; independent
alt-rockers CAKE with the Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson;
Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant;
the Latin jazz all-star ensemble Spanish Harlem Orchestra;
dancer illusionists MOMIX in ‘Botanica’; NPR’s
trivia and sketch comedy show Ask Me Another; powerhouse jazz,
blues, and funk from Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue; a
double bill of legendary blues guitarist Robert Cray and gospel
and R&B icon Mavis Staples; acoustic Americana from Andrew
Bird and the Hands of Glory with Grammy-winning country artist
Tift Merritt; and political satirists The Capitol Steps.
The festival’s ticketed Mainstage performances take
place in Power Center for the Performing Arts and Hill Auditorium.
The festival’s outdoor Top of the Park activities continue
at Ingalls Mall, located directly in front of the Horace H.
Rackham School of Graduate Studies on Washington Street near
the Burton Memorial Tower.
A detailed schedule
of ticketed Mainstage performances along with additional information
on the Architects of Air and Transe Express exhibitions follows.
The remainder of the festival’s 2014 lineup, including
the full Top of the Park band and movie schedule, will be
announced over the coming weeks and months. For the most up
to date information, please visit the festival’s website
An Evening of Classic Comedy with Lily Tomlin
Saturday, June 14, 8 pm
$55, $50, $45, $40, $35
Laugh along as legendary comedian Lily Tomlin brings to life
indelible characters like Ernestine, Sister Boogie Woman,
and Mrs. Beasley, and flexes her wit in this one-of-a-kind
show mixing classic comedy, new stand-up material, historic
video, and a special audience Q&A.
special guest Wanda Jackson
Sunday, June 15, 8 pm
$60, $55, $50, $45, $40
For nearly twenty years, the group CAKE has been winning over
generations of fans with their witty lyrics, signature fusion
of rock, funk, country, new wave pop, jazz, and mariachi,
and refreshing lack of pretensions. Queen of Rockabilly and
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson opens the
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Wednesday, June 18, 8 pm
$35, $30, $25, $20
With a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, a sublime feel
for the blues, and while still only in her mid-20’s,
2014 Grammy-nominated Cécile McLorin Salvant is jazz’s
brightest rising star. A French-Haitian American, Salvant
confidently delivers jazz interpretations in a gorgeous, accessible
program of standards and originals. “Salvant has it
all” (New York Times).
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Friday, June 20, 8 pm
$40 General Admission with an open dance floor
A proud throwback to the classic era of Latin jazz big bands,
this Grammy-winning thirteen-member all-star ensemble has
reintroduced the classic sounds of ‘50s, ‘60s,
and ‘70s New York City Salsa to music and dance lovers
Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 8 pm
$55, $50 $45, $15 Kids under 12
The spectacular dancer-illusionists of MOMIX return to dazzle
audiences in Botanica, a seamless celebration of nature’s
changing forms that combines athletic dance, elaborate costumes,
puppetry, breathtaking projections, and a riveting score that
ranges from birdsong to Vivaldi. The seasons will never be
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Tuesday, June 24, 8 pm
$45 General Admission
International superstar Troy “Trombone Shorty”
Andrews amazes audiences with his deft command of trombone
and trumpet and fearless reinvention of American jazz, blues,
funk, and R&B. Together with his band Orleans Avenue,
don’t miss a triumphant return to Power Center in support
of their latest release, Say That to Say This.
Another – NPR, Live Show
Thursday, June 26, 8 pm
$35 General Admission, $25 Student
Flex your intellect and laugh out loud as NPR’s popular
trivia show Ask Me Another takes over the Power Center. Host
Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton question
puzzle gurus, audience members, and special mystery guests
for a future broadcast. The program airs locally on Michigan
Radio 91.7 FM.
Robert Cray and Mavis Staples
Saturday, June 28, 8 pm
$55 and $45
In an astonishing double bill of powerhouse blues and roots,
legendary blues guitarist Robert Cray and gospel and R&B
icon Mavis Staples share the Power Center stage for a special
night of musical magic.
Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory with special guest
Wednesday, July 2, 8 pm
$45, $40, $35
World-renowned violinist, whistler, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist
Andrew Bird returns to the festival with his band the Hands
of Glory in an old timey acoustic configuration huddled around
one microphone. Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter Tift
Merritt opens the show.
The Capitol Steps
Friday, July 4, 5 pm
$55, $50, $45, $40
America's funniest politicos make their annual return to the
Power Center for one show only! These former Congressional
staffers poke fun at both sides of the aisle with their own
special brand of satirical humor and up-to-the-minute song
parodies. If you’re tired of hearing about Congressional
gridlock, financial crises, or sex scandals, you've come to
the wrong place.
SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS AT TOP OF THE PARK
Architects of Air: Miracoco
June 19–21, 2:30–9 pm, June 22, 1:00–7 pm
Palmer Field, near Top of the Park, on the University of Michigan
$10 per visit; Children under 3 free with an adult
Tickets are available onsite at the event entrance; first
come, first access
The wildly popular
Architects of Air mount a new monumental sculpture redolent
of the Lotus Temple of India on Palmer Field. Bring the whole
family to experience this visual wonder—a walk-through
inflatable luminarium featuring a dazzling maze of winding
paths and spiral lattices filled with radiant light and color.
Wander, relax, meditate, and be inspired!
Transe Express: Les Tambours (The Drummers)
June 27 & 28, 6 pm & 8:30 pm
Top of the Park, South Ingalls Mall Lawn
France’s masters of public spectacle, Company Transe
Express, take over Ingalls Mall with four performances of
a high energy, interactive street parade booming with powerful
brass and percussion. Taking place on the South Ingalls Mall
lawn at 6 pm and 8 pm during both nights of the exhibition,
this grand spectacle will invigorate the crowd and whimsically
transform a familiar environment into a massive public celebration.
Performances are free.
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration
of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit.
An annual international arts gathering in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
the three-week festival offers an array of ticketed and free
events, both indoors and out, featuring a progressive mix
of local, national, and international artists. Presenting
over 140 events each season and attracting a diverse audience
of more than 75,000 people, the festival continues to grow
major cultural event in the Ann Arbor community, and as a
leading multi- arts celebration that enriches the cultural,
economic, and social vitality of the region. The festival’s
31st season runs from June 13 through July 6, 2014.
For more information, please visit the festival website: a2sf.org.