with video: Tonight at Top of the Park: Latin jazz, wine tasting, 'Forrest Gump'
Tonight is Day 17 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, followed by a more detailed look at the events and attractions:
6:30-8 p.m. - Wind Down Wednesday
6:30-8 p.m. - KidZone
6:30 p.m. - Tumbao Bravo (Cuban jazz)
8 p.m. - Los Gatos (Latin jazz)
10 p.m. - Movie: "Forrest Gump"
Tumbao Bravo is an award-winning Latin jazz combo that brings the rhythms of Cuba to life with congas, timbales, sax, flute, trumpet, keyboard and bass.
Performing since: 2004
Home base: Ann Arbor
Style of music: Cuban jazz
Members: Paul VornHagen (sax,flute), Alberto Nacif (congas), Javier Barrios (timbales), Bob Mojica (trumpet), Pat Prouty (bass), Jose "Pepe" Espinosa (bongos, quinto, bell) Brian DiBlassio (keyboard)
Band name backstory: Tumbao (toom--bah-oh) is a Cuban word describing a repetitive rythmic pattern in cuban music. Bravo meaning an exclamation of delight.
Day jobs: All full-time musicians and music teachers except for Alberto Nacif, who is also a medical doctor.
Favorite road food: Chipotle
Favorite stage outfit: Bright solid color shirts with black trousers
Musical hero: Orlando "Maraca" Valle, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente
Los Gatos - 8 p.m.
Los Gatos maestro Pete Siers leads this vibe-influenced Latin jazz quintet through elegant boleros, upbeat pachangas, fiery mambos, relaxed cha cha chas, and exotic, 6/8 Afro-Cuban dance numbers.
Movie: "Forrest Gump" - 10 p.m.
Running time: 142 minutes. Rating: PG-13. (1994).
Tom Hanks is Forrest Gump, a man who, despite his lack of intelligence, has a knack for influencing popular culture and experiencing first-hand historic events of the 20th century. Forrest joins the army in Vietnam, finds new friends called Dan and Bubba, wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, and meets the president several times. All of this irrelevant to Forrest, though, who can only think of his childhood sweetheart, the troubled but loveable Jenny.
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.
Wind Down Wednesday - 6:30-8 p.m.
Enjoy a wine-tasting event on Wednesdays at Top of the Park. For a $15 tasting fee, attendees can sample up to three different wines from that evening’s featured selection. Tastings include wine, descriptive tasting notes, and wine experts to educate on the featured selections. In addition, drink specials on each of that evening's presented wines in The Grove until 9:00 pm for all participants. 21+. No reservations needed; just show up. Limited capacity, so come early. This evening's tasting features Latin wines along with bubbly to celebrate the holiday.
KidZone - 6:30-8 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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