Ypsi Song Fest

Ypsilanti District Library Presents

The Ninth Annual Ypsi Song Fest’15

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ypsi Song Fest’15 is YDL’s annual festival celebrating the beauty and the craftsmanship of talented songwriters.  This year, Detroit native, Marshall Crenshaw is our songwriter-in-residence conversation and concert in the evening. Talented local singer/songwriters Frank Allison and Rich Delcamp of Dragon Wagon will be performing during the day. It’s going to be a foot-stomping fabulous day packed with education, entertainment and, of course, amazing songs. Please make plans join us 11:00am to 3:00pm at YDL Whittaker Road and 7:00pm to 10:30pm at Bona Sera.

All events are free and open to the public.

Ypsi Song Fest’15 Schedule

  • 11:00am Family-friendly concert with Frank Allison (Whittaker Road Community Room)
  • 12 noon Instrument Petting Zoo with members of Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra (Whittaker Road Foyer)
  • 12 noon Ypsi Night Band, hands-on program with instruments and synthesizers (Whittaker Road, Under the Tent)
  • 12 noon to 3:00pm Arts and crafts-silkscreening, make-and-take instruments, (Whittaker Road, Tent)
  • 1:00pm Banjo Tutorial with Rich Delcamp (Whittaker Road, Tent)
  • 2:00pm Concert with Frank Allison (Whittaker Road, Tent)
  • 2:00pm Teen Songwriting Workshop with John E. Lawrence, (Whittaker Road Community Room)
  • 7:00pm to 10:30pm at Bona Sera Downstairs (200 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti), doors at 6:30pm


Thank you to our sponsors!

This activity is supported in part by a grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The National Endowment for the Arts


Many thanks to our local sponsors

This year’s YSF’15 artwork was created by Matt Talbot. Matt has created several of the YSF designs over the years. For more of Matt’s amazing work, visit mattrobot.com.

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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