The Townie Street Party, now in its 9th year, is a kick-off to Art Fair week in Ann Arbor and a fundraising event for the educational and community outreach activities of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair – the Original, a 501(3) non-profit arts organization. Taking place on Monday, July, 15th from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m., the Townie Party celebrates all things local and is our way of thanking Ann Arbor residents for so graciously hosting the Ann Arbor Art Fair each year. The Townie Party offers a fun-filled evening for the whole family where visitors can enjoy terrific music by some of the area’s most well-known bands; grab a bite of Townie grub; enjoy a brew at the Townie Pub; or take a stroll through the Kids’ Art Fair, which showcases the work of young artists in grades 3 - 8. Community Central features cool things to do in Washtenaw County and the ArtZone offers a chance to explore your artistic side. The Party takes place on East Washington Street between Thayer and Fletcher and on Ingalls Mall.
The Townie Street Party will feature an evening of live outdoor performances featuring The Macpodz, Dragon Wagon, and Seth & May.
The Macpodz impress as only an open-minded band can, taking the core of genuine American music and tossing in tasteful touches of world grooves that rouse and comfort all at once. This Jazz Fusion jamband musters up some of the most energetic music on the Ann Arbor scene today. In the tradition of Miles Davis and Frank Zappa, this ensemble pushes the boundaries of rock, jazz and fusion music. Drummer Griffin Bastian and percussionist Nick Ayers drive the rhythm behind bassist Brennan Andes, keyboardist Jesse Clayton and trumpeter Ross Huff. Described as lush, daring and incredibly solid, the music has been well received by a broad spectrum of music lovers and those who just love to dance.
Dragon wagon can be described as bluegrass folk rock with a shot of irish whiskey. Formed in 2008, dragon wagon has brought their high energy infectious blend of american roots music to some of the biggest stages and festivals nationally. A great time or any crowd, dragon wagon never disapoints with their live show, stocked with humor, expert musicianship and one heck of a boot stomping time.
Seth & May
Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, well-known to audiences as single acts, have been performing and recording together for over nine years . Now they are playing folk festivals all over the country and concerts at venerable folk institutions such as Club Passim in Boston and the Ark in Ann Arbor.
Already seasoned songwriters with six solo records each and three duo albums to their names, Seth and May draw from a deep well of American folk, country, blues and soul music. May plays guitar, piano and violin and is a songbird reminiscent of Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris. Seth has drawn comparisons to Woody Guthrie and Neil Young as a magnetic communicator of ideas and a shape shifting folk rocker. They harmonize their voices and instruments beautifully, believing music can bring people together and proving so at every performance. Like all the best folk musicians, they have the ability to get everyone’s attention and still a room.
BIKE RAFFLE sponsored by
Fun and fast, efficient and stable, the Crossroads will carry you across town or down to the park. With a Shimano drivetrain and 700c wheels, the Crossroads is an excellent bike to explore neighborhood streets or fly down the bike path. Look for the raffle ticket sellers at the Townie Party for your chance to win.
Kids’ Art Fair
Support Washtenaw County’s young artists in 3rd-8th grade as they display and sell their artwork just like artists at the Art Fair. Browse this marketplace full of amazing art!
Explore your creative side with family-friendly activities that you can take home with you. Hosting organizations include:
Community Day Care Center: Create a wild and wacky hat. They are as much fun to wear as they are to make! Visit this tent brought to you by Community Day Care to pick out the materials for your very own paper bag hat creation.
Dr. Susan Gelman’s Conceptual Development Lab at the University of Michigan: Bubble Wands made by YOU! Design with simple wire bubble wands adorned with beads or create a more complex star, heart, or flower shape. Bubble solution will be provided to try out your creation.
Humane Society Huron Valley: Back by popular demand; create your own tie-dye bandana for your pooch-puppy or meow-meow. Your pet will look fashionable and in-style with his/her very own owner-created bandana fashion accessory.
Jewish Community Center: Create your own jewelry from homemade beads.
Leslie Science and Nature Center: Bringing live animals & owls, LSNC will show kids how to create their own creative mask.
MetroParent: Focused on education, both children and adults will be able to make their own graduation hats, celebrating graduation at any age.
Motawi Tileworks: Motawi Make-a-Tile returns! You bring the creativity and we’ll bring the tile and sculpting tools. You can play around with clay for free or for a small fee, get your tile glazed, fired, and shipped directly to your home within two weeks.
The Ann: Capture the moment and be a star! Interactive booth where audience members can both take photos and have their photo taken by the region’s best local news magazine, The Ann.
2Clowns: Award-winning clowns, Derby and Lovely, come armed with their paint and favorite brushes! Kids can let their imagination soar and be transformed into a tiger, butterfly, superhero, fairy, or anything else their minds can dream of. Suggested donation $5.
Check out cool Washtenaw County, and learn about all the area has to offer. Many local and civic organizations will be represented:
Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Transit Authority, Ann Arbor Women Artists, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch, Boychoir of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Television Network (CTN), Dexter Chamber of Commerce, Great Lakes Zoological Society, Kelsey Museum, Performance Network Theatre, Purple Rose Theater, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West, Sunday Artisan Market, Think Local First, University Musical Society, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), U-M Museum of Natural History, Whole Foods
Get VIP Access
Enjoy access to a private bar with complimentary refreshments and premium seating. Mingle with leaders, local business owners, and other Townie neighbors. Click here to learn how to become a Townie Friend of the Fair and get exclusive access to The Terrace.
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