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Thursday, 5 May, 2011 1:31 AM

Ann Arbor Summer Festival announces Top of the Park line-up

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The Top of the Park stage is located at Ingalls Mall in downtown Ann Arbor, Mich.

by Pete Bublitz
petblitz@yahoo.com

 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With the mainstage artists having long been known, additional festivities were thrown at the Arbor Brewing Co. restaurant down Ann Arbor’s Washington St. to unveil the majority of Top of the Park events during the 2011 Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Visiting patrons and guests were treated to happy hour-price “Festival” beer and side selections, while a DJ’s continual was a fine backdrop to breezing through the printed lineup of confirmed names and titles.

What it revealed was a mixture of attractions considered both newer favorites notable classics and legends. This applies both to films and artists making an appearance, of course, with extra exhibitions on the side.

Looking at the specific dates on the flyers, it appears that several days of the week during the festival’s run from June 17 through July 10 hold specific venue and period themes.

Every Friday and Saturday, attendees are sure to stick around the Grove Stage thanks to the scheduling of no less than three artists each evening. The 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. selections offer appearances by the likes of Nathan K., String Cheese, and the local-based Stella! (the female Roots group, not Michael Showalter et al.)

Although the Rackham Stage is active through the majority of each week and weekend, featuring notable sets by the Jill Jack Band, the Terraplanes and Thornetta Davis among others, its Sunday lineups are the most dense by also featuring three artists during each start to the week. Scattered among the Sundays are rock groups aimed both at kids, the adults that bring them, and those coming on their own, such as the Boogers, the Board of Education, the Ultrasounds, and Igor & Red Elvises.

The special outdoor cinema events stick to the theme of dedicating evenings to different periods. Three out of the four Sundays will host screenings of recently released animation favorites: Despicable Me, How to Train your Dragon, and Megamind. Just as common, though scattered among different days, will be a range of 1980s favorites, including Footloose and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, to appease the adult crowd.

The lineup, despite dominated by two formats, isn’t without eclecticism. Also showing is the 1925 adaptation of Phantom of the Opera, complete with carillon accompaniment, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, An American in Paris, and new favorites Inception and The Social Network.

Beyond the stage and screens, several free activities provide a daytime excursion for visitors each day, including the weekly Wind Down Wednesday, the Architects of Air at Palmer Field from June 23-26, the Detroit Fire Guild every Sunday at 6 p.m., and countless different “Retreat” sessions occurring each weekend.

These features only crack the surface of what will occur over three summer weeks. For additional event information, please visit www.annarborsummerfestival.org.

Related Story: Devo puts on a great show at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival (2010)

 

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Ariel & Zoey (Eli, too) will return to the Top of the Park stage on July 3 at 4:30 p.m.

 

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Movies will be shown on an inflatable screen that is placed on the Top of the Park stage on various nights.

 

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NOMO will return to the Top of the Park stage on June 25.

 

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George Bedard & the Kingpins will close out the Ann Arbor Summer Festival once again in 2011.

 

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