with video: Tonight at Top of the Park: 11-year-old musician, The Martindales, Measured Chaos, and more
Tonight is Day 7 of Top of the Park, the popular, free (donations welcome) outdoor happening featuring music, movies, kicking back, running into friends, and a variety of other attractions.
Each day in cooperation with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival—which presents Top of the Park as well as main-stage ticketed events—AnnArbor.com is publishing a rundown of the night's happenings. Here's an overview of tonight's schedule, hosted by Michael G. Nastos of WEMU, followed by a more detailed look at the events and attractions:
5-8 p.m. - KidZone - kids activity tent
5 p.m. - Magdalen Fossum - acoustic folk
6 p.m. - Dark Eyed Molly - Americana
7 p.m. - The Martindales - blues / rock
9 p.m. - Measured Chaos - blues / R&B
11 p.m. - After Dark with DJ Paw Paw
11-year-old singer and ukulele player Magdalen Fossum of Ann Arbor has received jubilant responses from audiences at festivals, theaters, and cafes throughout Michigan. Named the Open Stage Performer of the Year by The Ark in 2011, Magdalen plays old standards, 1920s jazz, contemporary and original songs.
Performing since: 2008
Home Base: Ann Arbor.
Style of Music: Old jazz and old folk/traditional
Day Job: Student
Favorite Road Food: Big Green Apples! (I've been known to eat five in a sitting!)
Favorite Stage Outfit: cute dress, boots, and a hat
Musical Hero: The Boswell Sisters (a three-sister jazz harmony group from the 1920s & 30s) and The Beatles
Dark-Eyed Molly is a guitar and vocal duo from the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor folk scene. With over 30 years of combined performing experience, Eric Moore and Jo Brown breathe fresh air into Delta Blues, British ballads, and the classic American songbook.
Performing since 2011
Home base: Ypsilanti
Style of music: Traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic
Members: Jo Brown and Eric Moore
Band name backstory: It's a song title from another of our faves, Archie Fisher
Day jobs: Full time parents
Favorite road food: Burgers
Favorite stage outfit: Lush dresses and black jeans
Musical hero: Joan Baez and Bert Jamsch
Led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Brian Brickley, The Martindales play southern soul, rock and blues originals and covers of artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton and Albert King.
Performing since: 1995
Home base: Ypsilanti
Style of music: Blues-inspired rock
Members: Brian Brickley on guitar and vocals, Matt Machiarolo on bass, Tom Twiss on drums, Mark Boone on keys
Band name backstory: named after a regular customer at the Tap Room years ago, Jerry Martindale
Day jobs: Multiple
Favorite road food: Egg McMuffin
Favorite stage outfit: Same clothes we wear the rest of the time
Musical hero: The Allman Brothers Band
Detroit’s Measured Chaos combines American root styles, jazz improvisations, and four-part vocal harmonies to create their unique blend of Chicago blues, Detroit R&B, and rock n’ roll.
Performing since: 2003
Home base: SE Michigan
Style of music: Blues, soul, Rock 'n' roll
Members: Frank Charboneaux, Mark Gougeon, Al Jacquez, Mark Tomorsky
Band name backstory: Mark T tossed out the name during an early rehearsal
Day jobs: Fixing stuff, building stuff, graphix, music
Favorite road food: M & Ms
Favorite stage outfit: Loin cloth
Musical hero: Beethoven
After Dark with DJ Paw Paw - 11 p.m.
Name: Joy Dettling
Performing since: I have been DJing at WCBN FM Ann Arbor since 2007
Home base: Ann Arbor
Style of music: A Mix-up of eclectic electro-pop, rock and lots of randoms
Members: Just me
Band name backstory: I wanted my alias to be some kind of tropical fruit. No one liked Ugli Fruit, my first choice, but Paw Paw has stuck since...
Day jobs: IT support
Favorite road food: Big juicy apple
Favorite stage outfit: Any jumpsuit
Musical hero: Bjork
The Roots Lounge, presented by AnnArbor.com
Stop by The Roots Lounge, a new feature at the festival this year, presented by AnnArbor.com. With free public WiFi available through 20/20 Communications, it’s a place where you can post, share, tweet, read or just relax, listen and enjoy. And if your smartphone or tablet runs out of juice, stop by and use the free charging station.
Tonight visit with Ann Arbor’s 107one’s personalities as they host the stage performances in the adjacent Grove from 5-7 p.m. After 11 p.m., stop by After Dark as DJ Paw Paw turns up the heat in The Grove and get your complimentary AnnArbor.com glow bracelet in The Roots Lounge.
KidZone - 5-8 p.m.
As described by the festival, "An interactive area for our youngest concert-goers, the Kidzone tent provides a fun and safe area for children and their parents to discover and explore a wide variety of hands-on activities with different community partners. From getting temporary tattoos, creating homemade instruments, or jamming out rock band style, KidZone offers different nightly activities for families at Top of the Park."
Top of the Park takes place in front of the Rackham Building on East Washington Street. In addition to the daily entertainment, a variety of local food vendors will also be on hand each night. For more information, see the Summer Festival website, and watch AnnArbor.com for complete coverage of festival events.
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