Help us celebrate all things local at the Townie Street Party, the kick-off event for the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Enjoy live music, food, drinks, and free art activities with your fellow Townies on North University between Thayer and Fletcher.
The 2010 Townie Street Party featured an evening of live outdoor performances under the summer sky, featuring Danny Kline, Chris Mills, and The Relics.
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Danny Kline’s music has been heard throughout the U.S. and Europe, on stages with the likes of Joe Henry, Emmylou Harris, and Buddy Miller. Kline will perform at the Townie Street Party with his band The Original Sinners, consisting of local favorites Jim and John Latini and Mathew O’Brien. Whether in bands like Delta88 and The Original Sinners, or playing solo, Kline’s approach is to let the moment reinvent the song. To allow the people and places within the songs to be seen with a fresh eye. Danny is currently working on his fourth full-length album (his first solo record) and following the release of an EP produced by Joe Henry.
To hear more from Danny Kline please go to his MySpace.
6:45pm - 7:45pm Americana singer/songwriter Chris Mills was born an Army brat, spending his formative years living in both the U.S. and Germany. While in high school, Mills also fronted a speed metal band, but in the years to follow his music took an increasingly rootsy turn. Chris Mills’ sometimes-rough voice and general nods to everything from Beatles pop/rock to alt-country moodiness and twang suggest a purist in full effect. A Chicago native with an affinity for Ann Arbor, Mills will perform with a three-piece back-up band at the Townie Street Party.
8:15pm - 9:30pm
The Cincinnati based Relics have been touring for over twenty years. With a high-energy blend of classic rock coupled with strong R & B influences they take full command of the stage. This pivotal band was formed in October 1986 by lead vocalist Fred Daniel and bassist Barry Hammond. In 1994 lead guitarist Steve Bishop’s versatility matched Daniel’s unfettered roar and was added to the band. Rusty Sweeney (guitar/keys) & Rick Lanza (drums) round out these enduring local legends. Together they showcase what true classic rock can be.
Check out what cool events and changes are taking place in our community. See what your neighborhood businesses are up to and walk away with fun freebies.
Participating Businesses in 2010: Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau, AnnArbor.com, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor Fiber, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce, Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Community Television Network, Dexter Chamber of Commerce, Dr. James Lee, Douglas J, Friends of Ann Arbor Skatepark, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Milan Chamber of Commerce, Northfield Chamber of Commerce, Saline Chamber of Commerce, Think Local First, WellHome, Whole Foods Market, Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce, Ypsilanti Convention & Visitors Bureau
Creative Connections Explore and participate in the creative side of Ann Arbor area arts and cultural organizations. Brought to you by The Arts Alliance, Creative Connections showcases everything from local arts groups, symphonies, theatre companies, art galleries and more.
Participating Organizations in 2010: AFS Student Exchange Program, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Civic Theater, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, Ann Arbor School Performing Arts, Art Serve Michigan, Bank of Ann Arbor (Sonic Lunch), Boychoir of Ann Arbor, Canterbury House, EMU Art Department, People Dancing, Purple Rose Theater, The Sunday Artisan Market, University Musical Society, University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History, Wild Swan Theater
The Terrace Enjoy access to a private bar with complimentary refreshments, premium seating and a wine tasting. 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.
Kids’ Art Fair
Support Washtenaw County’s young artists ages 6-14 as they display and sell their artwork just like artists at the Art Fair. Browse this marketplace full of amazing art.
Art Activity Zone
Create free art projects that you can take with you. In 2010, the Art Activity Zone featured the following projects:
Learn a new craft from the experts: Transform an old T-shirt into a new work of art. Choose from four silkscreen designs provided by Modati Clothing. Bring your own shirt or purchase one on site.
Get your hands full of clay and craft your own tile with artists from Motawi Tileworks, an Ann Arbor studio known for their rich glazes and unique American designs.
Learn Block Printing technique with Blue House Ann Arbor, make your own journal, and choose from four other projects using recycled materials.
Kids’ Art Activity Zone
This year the Kids’ Art Zone will be featuring environmentally themed recycled make-and-take art projects. Each workshop is an interdisciplinary experience that will teach the importance of our environment through a guided art project. Children of all ages will be able to participate and learn how to make a difference in the future of our environment and planet. In 2010, the Kids’ Art Activity Zone featured the following projects:
Create Japanese Carp Kites using recycled materials. Artists from Blue House Studios will guide kids through this art project while educating about our Great Lakes and natural environment.
Learn how to start your own garden and help good things grow. Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation will teach kids simple concepts and the importance of agriculture. Kids will receive everything they need for the project - seeds for native plants, soil, containers, and water.
Construct and float your own sailboat with Daycroft Montessori Schools. Art Educators will show kids how to make their boats float and educate on the importance of preserving our oceans.
Visit the 2clowns Face Painting station (back by popular demand) to get a festive summer look.
2010 Community Art Project Invader-Invasive
Join your fellow Townies in a group art project led by local environmental artist, Leslie Sobel. Learn about the ecology of the Huron River as you help create a giant collage of invasive non-native species. This artwork will include drawings, photographs, paintings, written expression (poems), and much more. We would like to complete this project at the Townie Street Party, so bring all your friends to help out!
FOOD & DRINK
Local Fare Grab dinner or a light snack from a selocal Townie Party eateries on North University.
Townie Pub Enjoy a cold beer from, or relax with a glass of wine while hanging out with family and friends in the Townie Pub.