Ypsi Song Fest

The Ypsilanti District Library Presents

The Tenth Annual Ypsi Song Fest

September 16-17, 2016

Featuring Carlene Carter


Ypsi Song Fest is YDL’s annual festival celebrating the art and craftsmanship of talented songwriters. Over the last ten years, YDL has hosted some of the finest songwriters of this generation. We have been honored to bring these performers to our community in support of Ypsilanti’s vibrant music scene.


Ypsi Song Fest’16 Schedule

All events are free and open to the public.


Motown Revisited

Friday, September 16
WCC's Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building

Celebrating the time when Detroit was the music capital of the world, John E. Lawrence hosts a special evening featuring original Motown musicians as well as local artists performing the songs of Motown legends The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and more.

Featuring original Motown musicians:

  • Al McKenzie (keyboards), former musical director for The Temptations, now working with Martha Reeves and Aretha Franklin
  • Ray Moore (drums), formerly with The Four Tops and The Spinners, now with the Miracles
  • Ted Brannon (bass), who has worked with Edwin Starr and The Chairman of the Board
  • The New Fantastic Four


Family Songwriting Fest

Saturday, September 17
YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road

Join Lori Fithian of Drummunity for an interactive drum circle (Community Room)

Explore sound at instrument stations: Play real instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo hosted by Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra musicians and SHAR music, then make your own instrument to take home. (Youth Department)

Stix and Tones: Compose music with the Stratus Ensemble!

Teen lyrics workshop with Akili Jackson. Prepare to sing with Mr. Lawrence or rap with the YYO Jazz Ensembles. (Teen Area)

Teen songwriting workshop with John E. Lawrence of Washtenaw Community College. Write a song as a group to perform on the afternoon stage. (Community Room)

Teen stage featuring the YYO Student Jazz Ensembles.

Finish the day listening to high energy, world pop music by October Babies.

Carlene Carter

Saturday, September 17
Bona Sera Cafe, 200 W. Michigan Avenue

An intimate acoustic concert with Carlene Carter. Prior to her concert, Martin Bandyke, annarbor’s107one morning host, will interview Carlene Carter for an up-close and personal conversation.

About our guest artist, Carlene Carter

As a member of the Carter-Cash family, many consider Carlene Carter part of music’s royalty. Ms. Carter is an incredible songwriter and singer, who began her career at 17 singing with The Carter Family. Her first album was released in 1978. Ms. Carter recently released “Carter Girl” on Rounder Records honoring her musical heritage. Learn more about Carlene Carter at carlenecarterfanclub.com.







September 1-October 20
YDL-Whittaker Community Room, 5577 Whittaker Road

In conjunction with the Ypsi Song Fest, YDL is pleased to host the traveling exhibit Backstage Pass:  Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone.  As chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine from 1967-1970, Baron Wolman pioneered rock photography with portraits of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, and many others.  From contact sheet to cover, the exhibit presents an intimate view of these music legends and explores how iconic events like Woodstock have contributed to our cultural memory.


Thank you to our sponsors!

This year’s YSF’16 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. 

Funding for YSF’16 comes from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts. Many thanks to our local sponsors who provide services and support of the Ypsi Song Fest: Worm Farm RecordingVG Kids, Martin Bandyke,annarbor’s107one, Jeremy Baldwin, WEMU.

About Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

A vibrant arts and cultural scene is important to strong communities, Michigan’s excellent quality of life, and, ultimately, to Michigan’s economy. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding. To view the complete list of grants awarded for FY2016 by program click here.  To view the complete list of grants awarded for FY2016 by county click here.  


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