A group of enterprising Ypsilanti skateboarders have successfully converted an abandoned tennis court in Prospect Park into a regional skate destination. Conceived by Ypsilanti-native Eli Stevick, the park began humbly as just two benches to grind on, but has since progressed into a full-fledged skate park. Skaters come on weekends from as far away as Toledo, Kalamazoo and even Los Angeles. Top skateboarding website TheBerrics.com recently provided a $2,500 grant to build concrete ramps in the park and posted footage of Stevic and other local skaters to their website. Stevic and a few others are in the process of replicating the park’s current design (made with wood) into cement, and the park is still fully operational. Prospect Park, corner of Prospect Rd. and Cross St., Ypsilanti. Open 6am-10pm. 734-482-9825. cityofypsilanti.com
It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO
If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.
The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or
Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak