Thursday, 12 July, 2012 1:56 PM
a Townie at the 8th Annual Townie Street Party!
Calling All Locals: Monday, July 16, 2012, 5 - 9:30
ARBOR, Mich. — The Townie Street Party, now in its
8th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor and a fundraising
event for the educational and community outreach activities of the
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair – the Original, a 501(3) non-profit
arts organization. Taking place on Monday, July, 16th from 5:00
– 9:30 p.m., the Townie Party celebrates all things local
and is our way of thanking Ann Arbor residents for so graciously
hosting the Ann Arbor Art Fair each year.
Party offers a fun-filled evening for the whole family where visitors
can enjoy terrific music by some of the area’s most well-known
bands; grab a bite of Townie grub; enjoy a brew at the Townie Pub;
or take a stroll through the Kids’ Art Fair, which showcases
the work of young artists in grades 3 - 8. The Townie Hall and Creative
Connections tents feature cool things to do in Washtenaw County
and the ArtZone offers a chance to explore your artistic side. The
Party takes place on East Washington Street between Thayer and Fletcher
and on Ingalls Mall.
The Townie Street Party
will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring Steppin’
In It, Orpheum Bell and Ryan Racine & Gas for Less.
In It (8:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.)
Toting an ample supply
of vintage instruments and a sound that brings listeners back to
the days of old-time radio, Steppin’ In It is determined to
make a dent in the roots community. Hailing from Lansing, Michigan
-the heart of Factory Town, USA- these young men pound out their
own brand of roots combining old-time country, swing and blues.
Together, they achieve the seemingly impossible task of making the
most traditional sounds contemporary playing what Performing Songwriter
Magazine calls "some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic
roots music around." Upright Bassist Dominic Suchyta and multi-instrumentalist
brothers Andy & Joe Wilson compliment the strong songwriting
talents of singer/songwriter Josh Davis, who’s haunting vocals
paint a picture of rural and urban Michigan breaking its blue-collar
back under troubled times.
Orpheum Bell (6:30 p.m. - 7:40 p.m.)
Orpheum Bell is an American
band, but in 21st Century America, those words can carry a lot of
baggage, both musical and cultural. The five band members write
songs that know no boundaries, laying down skewed grooves that skitter
around the globe, absorbing beats and meters from Europe, Asia,
Latin America, and the Caribbean. Imagine a Ukrainian gypsy band
playing cowboy tangos in a smoky bar in Havana and you’re
on the right track. “I’m from Ukraine, Serge our bass
player is from Holland, our fiddler Henrik is from Armenia, Michael
is from Ohio and Katie’s a Michigan native,” says singer,
composer and guitarist Aaron Klein. “Serge, Henrik and I grew
up outside the States and, while our music isn’t specifically
coming from any one of those places or cultures, the sounds and
songs we heard early in our lives get mixed into the songs we’re
The band’s influences
include Don Gibson, The Clash, Django Reinhardt, the Boswell Sisters,
Russian poet and folksinger Vladimir Vysotsky, Dock Boggs, and Bob
Wills and you can hear unmistakable elements of them in the music
the band makes. The Old Sisters’ Home is their third album
and the first featuring drums and percussion, but their elegant,
folk inspired sound remains intact.
Ryan Racine & Gas for Less (5:30 p.m. - 6:15
In Early 2007, Ryan
returned as a frontman for his new project Gas For Less. Blending
his Rockabilly roots with the punk, pop and bluegrass he picked
up as a sideman, his new group creates a hard-edged homage to vintage
honky-tonk with tinges of the California and alt-country sounds.
Originals like “Born Sorry” and “Straight and
Narrow” harken back to the golden age of country music, while
“Best of Times”, and covers of songs by Social Distortion,
the Clash, and Tom Petty add a more modern set of influences that
make the group more than just a retro act. This is full service
“premium grade” honky-tonk.
To find out how to particpate
in the 2013 KIDS’ ART FAIR please Click
Kids’ Art Fair
brought to you by TOYOTA
Support Washtenaw County’s
young artists in 3rd-8th grade as they display and sell their artwork
just like artists at the Art Fair. Browse this marketplace full
of amazing art!
Create free art projects
that you can take home with you.Create free art projects that you
can take home with you. Various local organizations donate materials
and help the whole family walk away with personally made arts and
Get your hands full of
clay and make a funky face like the one shown here (above) with
artists from Rovin
Ceramics, a Motawi
Tileworks company, an Ann Arbor studio known for their rich
glazes and unique American designs.
You’ll have a hoot when The
Leslie Science & Nature Center guides you through the process
of creating an owl mask out of fun colorful materials and textures.
This project is fun for the whole family
Create a wild and wacky
hat. They are as much fun to wear as they are to make! Visit this
tent brought to you by MetroParent
to pick out the materials for your very own paper bag hat creation.
Come twist up a bandana
for “the man’s best friend” in your life! Humane
Society of Huron Valley will be teaching the art of tie dye
with a bandana that can be used to adorn your dog.
Polka Dots made out of
yarn turn into contemporary wall pieces for your home invented by
the wonderful forks at Community
Visit the 2clowns Face
Painting station (back by popular demand) to get a festive summer
Stay tuned! Additional Art Activites will be added as the Townie
Street Party approaches.
Get VIP Access
Enjoy access to a private
bar with complimentary refreshments and premium seating. Mingle
with leaders, local business owners, and other Townie neighbors.
here to learn how to become a Townie Friend of the Fair and
get exclusive access to The Terrace.
the Townie Street Party on Facebook to get the most current updates
FOOD & DRINK
Local Fare: Domino's
Pizza, Ray's Red Hots, Damon's Grill, Insomnia Cookies, Mity Nice
Italian Ice, Jamaican Jerk Pit and Groovey Smoothie
Grab dinner or a light
snack from local Townie Party eateries on Washington.
Check out what cool events
and changes are taking place in our community. See what your neighborhood
businesses are up to and walk away with fun freebies! Participating
businesses include Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, Dexter Area
Chamber of Commerce, Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, Manchester
Area Chamber of Commerce, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber,
Community Television Network, AFS International Student Exchange,
Get Downtown Ann Arbor, Clear Result, Think Local First, and Ann
Arbor Transportation Authority/TheRide, World of Discovery, Great
Lakes Zoological Society.
The Ann Arbor area offers
a diverse range of arts and cultural organizations. Creative Connections
showcases everything including local arts groups, symphonies, theater
companies, art galleries, and more. Participating organizations
include Sonic Lunch by Bank of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Women Artists
(and a Few Good Men), University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann
Arbor Civic Theater, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History,
BoyChoir of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, University
Musical Society, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Purple Rose Theatre,
Sunday Artisan Market, Eastern Michigan University Art Department,
and The Ann Arbor Art Center.
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original
BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
created by children at the 2011 Townie Street Party.
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
Pizza at last year's Townie Street Party
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
Lewis and The String of Ponies performed at the 2011 Townie Street
Coverage of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs is on AmericaJR.com