Ypsi Song Fest

7th annual Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival



September 27-28, 2013


Have you ever wanted to write a song? Or looked for advice to help you take your songwriting to the next level? When was the last time you were mesmerized by the sound and lyrics of a great piece of music?

Join us in celebrating the art and craft of songwriting at the 7th Annual Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival, with featured guest artist Peter Case and special guest Paul Burch.

New this year: We are happy to announce a partnership with the Ypsi-24 Hour Film Shootout. Running September 27-29, the Shootout challenges participants to compete for best film honors for a film shot in just 24 hours. A Song Fest Award will be awarded to the YPSI 24 film entry that best incorporates music into their story. The music must be used according to a set of guidelines created by YPSI 24 and YDL, and will be selected by the YPSI 24 judges. For more information about the award, please contact ypsi24hourfilm.com.

The 2013 Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival is presented by the Ypsilanti District Library, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ypsi-24 Hour Film Shootout


Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Local SONGWRITER showcase

Friday, September 27
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris Street

7:00pm            Local Songwriter Showcase featuring Evan Freed, Stef Chura and Little Island Lake

Please note that you must be 21 or older to be at Corner Brewery after 9pm.

Songwriting workshops

Saturday, September 28
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road

10:30am          Family concert with The Kerfuffles

12pm-2pm      Schedule a one-on-one songwriting session with local musicians Dan Florida,
                        Spencer Michaud, or Sean Rogers. Pre-registration strongly recommended.

1pm                What's Hot in Home Recording with Paul Tyson

3pm                Teen Songwriting Workshop with John E. Lawrence

An Evening with Peter Case

Saturday, September 28
Woodruff's, 36 E. Cross St.

Hosted by Jeremy Baldwin of the Roots Music Project

9pm              Interview with Peter Case and Martin Bandyke (Q&A to follow)

10pm            Paul Burch performance

11pm            Peter Case performs


Thank you to our sponsors!


Sound provided by Worm Farm Recording.

About our guest artist, Peter Case

Peter Case is a three time Grammy nominee for his work as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer (his 2007 solo album, Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, was among those named in the Best Contemporary Folk category). He has recorded more than a dozen solo records for the Geffen, Vanguard and Yep Roc labels. He is the author of several books as well as a sought-after record producer. His songs have been featured in movies and TV shows including True Blood, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood. Peter’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Alejandro Escovedo, Marshall Crenshaw, the Goo Goo Dolls, the Go-Go's, and many others. Passionate about writing songs and connecting to audiences, Case tours throughout the year in the US, Canada, and Europe, while his hardcore fans bring to the shows their deep connection to the songs and to the artist.

Riding the rails from Buffalo to California while still a teenager, Case performed as a street musician in San Francisco before joining Jack Lee and Paul Collins to form The Nerves. The groups single, “Hanging on the Telephone,” would later become a Top 10 hit for Blondie.

Case then moved to LA and formed The Plimsouls. The group landed a deal with Geffen on the strength of the hit song, "A Million Miles Away," which they performed in the movie Valley Girl.

Case has been a solo performer since the late '80s. His albums include his T-Bone Burnett-produced Grammy-nominated solo debut; the widely acclaimed The Man With the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar, (featuring the signature songs "Entella Hotel," "Two Angels," and "Put Down The Gun"); the self-released acoustic blues album Peter Case Sings Like Hell; the Grammy-nominated Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John and last-year's collection of unreleased and alternate tracks, The Case Files. Last year also saw the release of Beach Town Confidential, a previously unreleased live recording of a 1983 Plimsouls show in front of a rowdy, appreciative crowd at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, CA.

Case is the central figure in the feature-length documentary TROUBADOUR BLUES by Pennsylvania filmmaker Tom Weber, released in 2011. The film also featuring Dave Alvin, Mary Gauthier and many other fine singer-songwriters, is an honest and intimate look at the lives of modern-day wandering minstrels.


YSF featured artist Peter Case is interviewed by WEMU's Jeremy Baldwin.

Check out Peter Case performing his song "Two Angels," which was featured on the show True Blood.

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