music festival http://michiganradio.org en Banjos will be banned at this year's Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/banjos-will-be-banned-years-water-hill-music-festival-ann-arbor <p>A collective sigh of relief was heard today in Ann Arbor when the organizers of the Water Hill Music Festival announced a ban on banjo playing during this year's fest.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://waterhill.org/post/81391135878/banjo-ban-today-water-hill-music-fest-organizers" style="line-height: 1.5;">Water Hill Music Fest:</a></p><blockquote><p>Today Water Hill Music Fest organizers received a petition with over 500 signatures urging a ban on banjos at the festival. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:42:49 +0000 Mark Brush 17056 at http://michiganradio.org Banjos will be banned at this year's Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor Listen to music from the whole Ann Arbor Folk Festival line up http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-music-whole-ann-arbor-folk-festival-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Ark started the Ann</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arbor Folk Festival &nbsp;in 1977. In nearly all of the <a href="http://theark.org/folk_festival_line_up_history.html">past lineups</a>, you'll find big names and local artists.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The festival is happening this weekend at Hill Auditorium. Both the Friday and Saturday shows are sold out.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, if you didn't get tickets in time, or you can't afford them, or the roads are too bad, or you had no idea that this existed, or you are lazy, you can listen to all the artists here.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(I've constructed this list based on <a href="http://theark.org/ann_arbor_folk_festival.html">the list</a> the Ark released, which they say is subject to change.)</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's what you can hear on Friday:</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pearl and the Beard</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3P0K4Lp7bPg" width="560"></iframe></span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:03:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16243 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to music from the whole Ann Arbor Folk Festival line up Michigan filmmakers breathe new life into small-town music venue http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-filmmakers-breathe-new-life-small-town-music-venue <p>It was 2007 when then-Governor Jennifer Granholm launched Michigan's film incentive program.&nbsp; It led to a burst of big-league movie makers coming here, making films like Ides of March, Real Steel, Red Dawn and OZ-The Great and Powerful. And that led to a growing group of Michigan workers building careers in the film industry, from casting to grips, assistant directing, extras, actors and more.</p><p>But Governor Rick Snyder made good on his promise to cap those film incentives, believing they were not a good investment of state dollars. And as many of the movie-makers pulled up stakes, the Michigan workers were forced to either follow them out of state or build new careers here.</p><p>Johannah Scarlet, Ray Moran and Aaron Mohr chose to search for a new opportunity and stay in Michigan. They have now switched gears from making movies to hosting live music events in the tiny village of Farwell in Clare County. Their new music venue is called Harmony Hill, and coming up this Saturday there will be a big outdoor music festival called "Oh Hill Yeah," featuring Michigan bands such as Frontier Ruckus.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:09:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 12976 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan filmmakers breathe new life into small-town music venue Stateside for Monday, June 10th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-june-10th-2013 <p>It's not often that people actively seek out a situation that ends up putting them in jail, but on today's show, we spoke with one woman who did exactly that in order to put a spotlight on undocumented immigrants.</p><p>And, communities all across the state are spending money to become more bike-friendly. We found out why they think this will help reverse Michigan's brain-drain.</p><p>Also, three Michigan filmmakers switched gears from movies to music, and this weekend they are hosting a big outdoor music festival in Clare County. &nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, Michigan will get $100 million from the federal government to tear down thousands of vacant houses and clean up struggling neighborhoods.</p><p>The money will be used in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Pontiac and Saginaw.</p><p>Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee has been pushing hard for this funding. He joined us today from Flint.</p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:04:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 12974 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, June 10th, 2013 Photos from Orion Music and More - Metalheads commandeer Belle Isle http://michiganradio.org/post/photos-orion-music-and-more-metalheads-commandeer-belle-isle <p><a href="http://www.orionmusicandmore.com/">Orion Music + More</a> – Detroit’s newest music festival – took over Belle Isle this past weekend.</p><p>Bands blasted metal, rock, electronic dance music – and even <a href="http://lineup.orionmusicandmore.com/band/gogol-bordello">gypsy punk</a> –to crowds of tens of thousands.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/metallica-surprise-orion-fest-with-kill-em-all-set-20130609">Chris Steffen for the Rolling Stone</a>, the biggest surprise at the festival was a gag by Metallica, the festival’s founders.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:12:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12967 at http://michiganradio.org Photos from Orion Music and More - Metalheads commandeer Belle Isle See photos from Movement 2013 - Detroit's electronic music festival http://michiganradio.org/post/see-photos-movement-2013-detroits-electronic-music-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit was alive this weekend with the deep thumping bass of electronic dance music and flashing bright light shows.</span></p><p><a href="http://movement.us/">Movement 2013</a> drew crowds to Hart Plaza this past weekend to dance and bob their heads to the beats and heavy drops of electronic dance music.</p><p>The festival started strong on Saturday with performances by Richie Hawtin - a Windsor native, and Moby.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The local stage had fantastic sets by homegrown DJs Al Ester, Terrence Parker, and Daniel Bell.</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 15:53:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12758 at http://michiganradio.org See photos from Movement 2013 - Detroit's electronic music festival Sigur Ros, The National to headline in Detroit for first ever U.S. festival http://michiganradio.org/post/sigur-ros-national-headline-detroit-first-ever-us-festival <p>Sigur Ros, The National, and Deerhunter are just a few of the twenty artists slated to play at the Laneway Festival at the Meadow Brook Music Festival this September.</p><p>Here's Laneway's announcement with the full lineup:</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 21:23:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12540 at http://michiganradio.org Sigur Ros, The National to headline in Detroit for first ever U.S. festival Celebrating the "Mighty Ukulele" http://michiganradio.org/post/celebrating-mighty-ukulele <p>We’re always glad to hear from Stateside listeners, to get your ideas and suggestions for stories we should share with everyone!</p><p>So, when we got an email from Lansing musician Ben Hassenger, asking us to take a closer look at the upcoming music festival he’s hosting this Friday and Saturday, we bit!</p><p>Especially when we discovered it’s a celebration of the ukulele - called "MIGHTY UKE DAY!"</p><p>What’s not to love?!</p><p>Ben Hassenger joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:37:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 12499 at http://michiganradio.org Celebrating the "Mighty Ukulele" Stateside: Metallica on Belle Isle for Orion Music + More Festival http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-metallica-belle-isle-orion-music-more-festival <p>The second annual Orion Music + More Festival will take place on Detroit's Belle Isle on June 8 and 9.</p><p>The festival, created and headlined by the hard rock group Metallica, debuted in 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.</p><p>The Festival lineup includes 30 acts on five stages, including groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bassnectar.</p><p>Gary Graff is the music writer for the Oakland Press and is a dedicated observer of the music scene in Detroit and in Michigan.</p><p>Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Graff about Orion Music + More and the Festival's influence in Southeast Michigan.</p><p><em>You can listen to the full Stateside interview above</em>.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:00:48 +0000 Stateside Staff 11404 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Metallica on Belle Isle for Orion Music + More Festival Hill Auditorium 100th anniversary http://michiganradio.org/post/hill-auditorium-100th-anniversary <p>This Saturday, the University Musical Society at the U of M is celebrating a hundred years since the opening of Hill Auditorium.</p><p>The celebration will feature a premiere screening of a documentary about 100 Years of UMS Performances in Hill Auditorium that will teach visitors about history of Hill as a performance hall and as a landmark building in Ann Arbor. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:39:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11036 at http://michiganradio.org Hill Auditorium 100th anniversary Ann Arbor neighborhood opens up its lawns, porches for new music festival http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-neighborhood-opens-its-lawns-porches-new-music-festival <p>An Ann Arbor neighborhood will host a one-of-a-kind <a href="http://Performances will take place at more than 50 houses in the neighborhood.">&quot;front porch&quot; music festival</a> this weekend.</p><p>On Sunday, May 1 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., musicians who live in the city&#39;s <a href="http://waterhill.org/where">Water Hill district</a> will sit out on their front porch or lawn, and put on a show. It&#39;s called the Water Hill Music Fest, and more than 50 house in the neighborhood will participate.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2292 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor neighborhood opens up its lawns, porches for new music festival