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SPONGE

Live Music

August 25, 2018

9:30 - 11 PM

DIGITAL BREWERY STAGE (WILSON PARK)

$12 in advance

$15 at the gate

includes admission to Captain Ivory

 

Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City's heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album "Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)" Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status.

 

Sponge's follow up CD, the critically lauded “Wax Ecstatic” (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including "Wax Ecstatic" and "Have You Seen Mary?"  The band’s music was also featured in popular movies “The Craft,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records.”  Sponge’s star continued to rise with network appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.”

 

Sponge’s subsequent releases “New Pop Sunday,” “For All The Drugs in The World,” “The Man,” “Galore Galore,” and “Destroy the Boy,” showcased the band’s swirling sonic attack, rooted in 70's glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but still sounding distinctly like no one else.

 

“Plowed” continues to be the band’s signature rock track, having been spotlighted on Guitar Hero’s “Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack” – and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2, in addition to the soundtrack for the Gerard Butler surf movie “Chasing Mavericks.”

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8.25.18 festival schedule

performance times and stage locations subject to change

Henna Art Tattoos

On Main Street

11 AM - 5 PM

Artist Lisse Williams creates beautiful Henna designs. Stop by her booth and get a one of a kind henna tattoo.

$10 and up

Artist Chalk Mural LIVE!

The Little Park on Main Street

11 AM - 6 PM

Multiple artists transform a blank wall into a temporary chalk mural. 

THE DANCE LAB: WORKSHOP FOR KIDS

Dance Xplosion (outside) - 64 W Main Street

11 - 11:45 AM

Dance Xplosion presents a free dance workshop featuring ten minute sessions for young kids instructed by the amazing Ms. Aby. 

PRINCESS BEE AND THE ROYAL GOOD-NIGHT STORY

TDO Stage: Little Park on Main

11 AM - NOON

This family-friendly script for EVERYONE of ALL AGES is directed by Judy Lewis and features students from Lamphere High School.

PRINCESS BEE AND THE ROYAL GOOD-NIGHT STORY

A musical play for very young audiences

by Sandra Fenichel Asher and music written by Richard Biever

When her mum, the Queen, leaves on a trip to Goodness-Knows-Where for three whole days and three whole nights, Bee frets over missing her wonderful good-night stories.  The Royal Big Sister and Royal Big Brother take turns filling in with stories of their own, though Bee protests that that’s Mum’s job and, anyway, their stories are too short.  Mum never, ever runs out of story before Bee falls asleep. At last, Bee’s dad, the King, makes a suggestion that inspires Bee to find the wonder of Mum’s stories within herself.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance

THE WRITING LAB

The Old Fire Barn (153 E. Main)

11 AM - 6 PM

There are so many ways to write!

Experience a variety of writing methods: with chalk or pencil and paper (even carbon paper). Create a story or write a poem using the Writing Lab's bank of typewriters.
 

Eight manual typewriters will be available for public use. They come from the collection of Dan Peterson of Temperance, Michigan.  Write a letter, fill out a postcard, type a story and enjoy using a manual typewriter. There will be a wide variety of machines available for use spanning from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, and originating from the United States, West Germany and Italy with brand names like Royal, Olympia, Underwood, Olivetti and Smith-Corona.

THE READING LAB

The Gathering Place by Life is Sweet (38 E. Main)

11 AM - 6 PM

It's a Dr. Seuss Marathon

How much fun is this? Local officials, teachers, students, business owners, athletes, and parents present a marathon live reading of every Dr. Seuss book ever written. Rumor has it that the Cat in the Hat will even make an appearance.

Presented by the Milan Public Library

BANDS, BEER & BBQ

West Main parking lot and Tolan Square

Noon - 6 PM

You have heard of the three Rs! Well, how about the three Bs?

 

Enjoy tasty BBQ and cold BEER while listening to the BANDS performing on the the TDO and Destination Ann Arbor stages.

KOOL ADE KAM

Destination Ann Arbor Stage: Tolan Square

12:00 PM

Kamron Reynolds was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan.   He's been drawing comic books since he was in elementary school.  Influenced by books, music, movies, business and pop culture Kamron has been drawing and writing his own independent comics for the last decade.  Kamron attended Eastern Michigan University where he received a bachelors in Graphic Design.  After college Kamron created his own comic book company called Kam Komics (www.kamkomics.com).  Self-published, Kam Komics develops diverse comic books for all ages.

 

When he's not drawing (which isn't often), you can find Kamron AKA Kool Ade Kam (kamkomics.bandcamp.com) rapping on the local hip hop scene in Ann Arbor with his band mates, The Gostbustaz. With a knack for illustration, rapping and design Kamron has vowed to continue his dream of creating comic books and getting on stage to rip the mic.

The Dance Lab: Pure Existence presents a{wake} exceprt

Dance Xposion Stage (64 W. Main)

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Pure Existence is a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. Under the direction of choreographer Jodie Randolph, the company values improvisation and movement discovery with a distinct choreographic style. Comprised of highly-trained professional dancers, the company presents full length productions both locally and nationally as well as repertory commissions.

In addition to a{wake} Pure Existence will perform an improvisational piece adapting to the environment around them and guide the audience through improvisational movements.

THE JAZZ BUMS

TDO Stage: Little Park on Main

1:00 PM

The Jazz Bums are a professional jazz group made up of some of the most sought after and versatile musicians in the area. Providing a varied repertoire featuring Classic Jazz and Swing alongside arrangements of contemporary tracks, The Jazz Bums feature music by the likes of John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, plus many more. The Jazz Bums recreate those sublimely cool sounds with an unrivaled degree of accuracy and sense of style.

HEROES ANONYMOUS

Aid in Milan (89 W. Main)

1-2:30 PM

The Roustabout Theatre Troupe presents a staged reading by professional actors of a original script by a Michigan playwright.

HEROES ANONYMOUS

by Megan Richards

In a dingy community center, three retired superheroes team up in the fight against the evils of everyday monotony. One day, a young man who recently discovered his super abilities shows up to their meeting, determined of his dream to become a superhero in a world where powers have been outlawed. When tragic news breaks, the four of them try to reconcile the true meanings of right and wrong, justice, and their own personal motives.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance

PLAYWRIGHT TALK BACK: MEGAN RICHARDS

Aid in Milan (89 W. Main)

Immediatley following the performance of Heroes Anonymous

Drop in or stay after the performance for a brief Q&A talk-back with the playwright

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance

IMPROV PERFORMANCE

Destination Ann Arbor Stage: Tolan Square

1:30 - 2:30 PM

A completely improvised and totally entertaining performance from the Natural Born Killaz.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance

COMIC BOOK LAB

Adventure, Ink (1 W. Main, entrance on Wabash Street)

2 - 3 PM

Adventure, Ink presents a Comic Book Workshop featuring Kam, comic book Artis (and rap artist) from KamKomics.

ANDY PATALAN

TDO Stage (Little Park on Main)

2 - 2:45 PM

Patalan, perhaps best known as the guitarist and backing vocalist for the band Sponge is also a founding member of Solid Frog and Throttlebody. He was also the guitarist for Brownsville Station from 2011–2013. 

DETROIT SOCIAL CLUB BAND

Destination Ann Arbor Stage (Tolan Square)

3 - 3:45 PM

Like many of our most noteworthy musical stars, The Detroit Social Club Band is born of the streets of the city of Detroit.   Motown has always been more than Motown and the DSC Band is a testament to that.  Inspired by the “chitlin’ circuit” era of the Motown (aka Motortown) and the Stax/Volt Revues of the 50’s and 60’s, the Detroit Social Club is an entire show featuring the finest R&B, Blues, Motown, Hip-Hop/Pop, Country and Smooth Jazzyou will find in the Detroit area.

OUR DRAGON-TALK

The Owl (9 W. Main)

3 - 4:30 PM

The Roustabout Theatre Troupe presents a staged reading by professional actors of a original script by a Michigan playwright.

OUR DRAGON-TALK

by Kellie Stonebrook

The story of Luke and Nina, two eccentric people desperate to change their lives. They think they’ve found the answer in each other until Nina has an affair.  With their lives turned upside down, they are finally forced to confront their own fears and insecurities. A dark comedy, Our Dragon-Talk is a story of re-self discovery in the aftermath of infidelity that challenges our ideas about the complexities of human relationships.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance

PLAYWRIGHT TALK BACK: KELLIE STONEBROOK

The Owl (9 W. Main)

Immediatley following the performance of Our Dragon-Talk

Drop in or stay after the performance for a brief Q&A talk-back with the playwright

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance

THE BRAD MCNETT QUARTET

TDO Stage: Little Park on Main

4 PM

Vocalist/composer, Brad McNett, has quickly become one of the most popular interpreters of the Great American Songbook. McNett’s large repertoire and his ability to interpret a lyric or turn a phrase with, the skill and poise of someone twice his age, makes him an instant smash with any audience. 

At the end of 2009 McNett released his debut EP, “Introducing: Brad McNett,” recorded with some of Detroit’s top musicians: The award winning Scott Gwinnell on piano, Jordan Schug on bass, and Jesse Kramer on drums. McNett has also recorded with guitarist, Jake Reichbart with whom he recorded their critically acclaimed duo recording, “Please Come Home For Christmas” in November of 2011. 

THE MEN OF SHERWOOD

The Owl (9 W. Main)

5 - 6:30 PM

The Roustabout Theatre Troupe presents a staged reading by professional actors of a original script by a Michigan playwright.

THE MEN OF SHERWOOD

by Joseph Zettelmaier

A medieval drama. Once, they were Little John, Friar Tuck, Alan-a-Dale, and Will Scarlet. Now they are the last of Robin Hood's band of rogues, and they think their battles are behind them. Long dead are Robin, Marian, King Richard, and the Sheriff. With Will Scarlet newly freed after years of imprisonment, they all gather at Rufford Abbey to drink wine and remember better days. But for one of them, the battle is far from over. They must face what it means to be a legend, and what happens to warriors who outlive their wars.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance

MAESTRO

Aid in Milan

5-6:30 PM

The Roustabout Theatre Troupe presents a staged reading by professional actors of a original script by a Michigan playwright.

MAESTRO

by Michael Herman

When the king’s maestro dies in 18th century Vienna, two genius composers compete to claim the royal position.  Through love, pistols at dawn, and outrageous sarcasm, one of them remains a misunderstood genius while the other becomes the maestro.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance

VENDETTA RIDE

Destination Ann Arbor Stage: Tolan Square

5:00 PM

Vendetta Ride is a country band that covers 50 years of artists, along with today's radio hits. Mix in some original tunes and lots of fun energy and you have a Vendetta Ride show.

CAPTAIN IVORY

Digital Brewery Stage: Wilson Park

7 PM

Presented by Straub Heating and Cooling

$12 in advance

$15 at the gate

includes admission to Sponge

In an industry obsessed with nostalgia, throwbacks, & cliche’, Captain Ivory’s music brings a breath of fresh air to fans of rock & soul. Born and raised on hardworking Midwest ideals, the group blends the raw sentiments of Detroit indie-rock with the well-practiced style & groove of southern funk & soul.

SPONGE

Digital Brewery Stage (Wilson Park)

9:30 PM

Presented by Digital Brewery

$12 in advance

$15 at the gate

includes admission to Captain Ivory

Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City's heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album "Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)" Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status.

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