Ypsi Song Fest

9th annual Ypsi Song Fest

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Ypsi Song Fest returns for its 9th year with singer, songwriter, actor, poet, guitarist, and bass player Marshall Crenshaw as the headliner. The day at YDL-Whittaker Road and evening at Bona Sera Underground are jam-packed with activities designed to inspire and delight the music lover in all of us. Here’s the schedule of events, all of which are free and open to the public.

The 2015 Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival is presented by the Ypsilanti District Library, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Make Your Own Music Day

September 26, 11 am-4 pm, YDL Whittaker


Performances & Workshops

11:00 am Famiy concert with Frank Allison
Community Room
The talented singer-songwriter takes the stage with fun, interactive songs for kids of all ages!

2:00 pm Teen Songwriting Workshop with John E. Lawrence
John E. Lawrence leads teens on a creative, songwriting journey.

Noon-3:00 pm Concerts on the Lawn
We're bringing together talented performers from around our community:

12:00 pm Ypsi Night Band: hear from our talented local youth
1:00 pm Rich Delcamp: banjo tunes from a member of Dragon Wagon 
2:00 pm Frank Allison: Ann Arbor's talented guitarist finishes the day with an all-ages show! Listen »

Make Your Own Music Fair--Drop In Anytime!

12:00 pm Instrument Petting Zoo
Sidewalk outside (or Lobby in case of rain)
See, hear, and touch a variety of musical instruments, courtesy of the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

Noon-3:00 pm Make Your Own Music Fair
Sidewalk outside (or Lobby in case of rain)
Silkscreen the YSF logo onto a t-shirt, hear a banjo demonstration, make-and-take musical instruments, and more family-friendly activities.


Songwriter Showcase Featuring Marshall Crenshaw

SEPTEMBER 13, 7 - 10 PM, all ages
Bona Sera Underground, 200 W. MIchigan Avenue


7:00 pm Misty Lyn
Always a favorite, our own Ypsilanti songstress will kick off the evening with hauntingly lovely folk-inspired tunes. Listen to Misty Lyn

8:00 pm An Evening with Marshall Crenshaw

Best known for his 1982 hit “Someday, Someway,” Detroit native Marshall Crenshaw’s catchy rock and roll songs have spanned three decades, 13 albums, film appearances, and hundreds of songs. Crenshaw will play and discuss his songwriting career with 107.1’s Martin Bandyke.

Doe will talk about his songwriting process and career with 107one’s Martin Bandyke, followed by a solo, acoustic performance. The evening is hosted by Jeremy Baldwin of 89.1 WEMU’s Roots Music Project. All ages welcome.


Thank you to our sponsors!

YSF is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.



About our guest artist, Marshall Crenshaw

Born near Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw began playing guitar at the age of ten and received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company ofBeatlemania. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw, is acclaimed as a pop masterpiece spawning the Top 40 single, “Someday, Someway.” His credits include the classics “Whenever You’re on My Mind,” “Cynical Girl,” and “(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time.” Crenshaw’s career has spanned three decades, 13 albums, and hundreds of songs. His output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship, and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.

Writing songs and making records remain at the center of Marshall Crenshaw's creative life, and he's distinctly excited about the potential of his newest endeavor: a subscription-only service that addresses the recent changes in the music-industry landscape by cutting out the record-company middle man to distribute his new recordings directly to fans.

Crenshaw talks with Martin Bandyke about his creative process and his career followed by an acoustic performance. Hosted by Jeremy Baldwin of 89.1 WEMU’s Roots Music Project.

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