YpsiArboroo # 7

. May 19, 2018.
VAGRANT-SYMPHONY

It’s been really endearing to see YpsiArboroo grow over the years… Not all of us can afford to go to Bonnaroo. Not all of us want to go to Bonnaroo. But what if we could have something like a SXSW, a Coachella, or a Bonnaroo-scope smorgasbord of opportunities to experience live music, and what if it was generated by local artists. That was the dream, almost 8 years ago, of Chris Anderson, an Ypsi-based singer/songwriter and head of Intellect Records.

Anderson’s 7th installment of YpsiArboroo is coming up in two weeks. The official Pre-Party is next week, June 1st & 2nd. Bands like Goldblum, Cig Butts, Colin & The Cougars and many more are scheduled for performances Friday Night (June 1) at the Gazebo in Riverside Park and the Tap Room in Ypsilanti. On Saturday, there’s more live local music to catch at Go! Ice Cream.

The week after the pre-partying, YpsiArboroo expands to Cultivate Coffee, Ziggys, Bona Sera Underground, the Electric Eye Cafe and many other spots. There’s music to catch all day long, both June 8th and 9th, with more than 20 bands spread out across unique venues.

I said endearing earlier in this piece and I don’t mean it merely for the vision and enthusiasm of Anderson, but also for the expression of community and support, the collective enthusiasm, that’s expressed by every participant, volunteer, sound engineer, PA-installing, kick-drum carrying, guitar-playing, vocalizing contributor to the entire festival. There’s no YpsiArboroo without the enthusiasm of a community, not just the creative community, but the business community, be it Go! Ice Cream, Bona Sera, or Cultivate, opening their doors and facilitating the festival as co-hosts.

The full lineup for the festival is below…
Click here for info on the pre-party

Friday June 8th:

CULTIVATE COFFEE & TAPHOUSE:
12:00 LIGHTING MATCHES
1:00 TELEMENTALS

GO! ICE CREAM
2:30 MIKE GENTRY
3:30 THE VAGRANT SYMPHONY
4:30 CYRANO JONES

ZIGGYS
6:00 THESE ARE TREES
7:00 MERCURY SALAD SANDWICH
8:00 GRUESOME TWOSOME
9:00 FANGS & TWANG

BONA SERA UNDERGROUND
10:00 MIDNIGHT CRIMSON
11:00 STRANGE FLAVORS
12:00 LIARS & THIEVES
1:00 EAST OF AWAKE

Saturday June 9th:

BANDEMER PARK: Disc Golf: 12:00- 1:00

ELECTRIC EYE CAFE:
1:00 NATHANAEL PAUL ROMERO
2:00 ORPHANAGE

WEST PARK:
3:30 BSRB
4:30 TREMBLING EARTH
5:30 PAJAMAS

MARY BETH DOYLE PARK: Disc Golf: 7:00- 8:00

FAR HOUSE:
8:00 TEQUILA DEER
9:00 VISION EXPLORED
10:00 SHINDIG MACHINE
11:00 ELECTRIC HULDRA

Trending

Monticello Van Odom – ‘In My Mind’

An essential way to craft a resonant piece of music is to unpack the existential pondering, the fleeting but insistent anxieties, the hard truths and easy reminders, that are swimming around up inside the head of the songwriter. The sublimity of Saline-based folk/Americana artist Monticello Van Odom‘s album is in how its spilling out all

Heavy Color’s River Passage

Toledo’s future beat/psy-jazz/hybrid electro duo Heavy Color recently premiered a new music video that commemorates an inspiring musical odyssey charted by one of its songwriters back in 2015. The group formed several years ago around the collaborations of Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg. Their Toledo’s answer to cerebral ambient electronica acts like Four Tet, Caribou,

Green Book is Worth the Trip

An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

The most recent book of Kalamazoo-native Bonnie Jo Campbell is as visceral as it is honest. A compilation of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters explores the lives and relationships of women in rural settings. With varied character perspectives, the book runs the gambit of trials and tribulations: sexual assault, substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, neglect,