Meet the Cirque Mechanics

Tuesday June 16, 2015: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Hill Auditorium Plaza

Join us for a Q and A with Chris Lashua, Artistic Director for the Cirque Mechanics. Learn more about this artistic troupe and their acrobats and cyclists and discover how they construct their mind blowing machines!

Founded by BMX rider, acrobat and mechanical wiz Chris Lashua,Cirque Mechanics shows are inspired by steampunk culture. Instead of a post-apocalyptic world of steam-powered machines, here the contraptions are powered by people and pedals.

This Q & A will be held at Hill Auditorium Plaza and precedes the Cirque Mechanics' 6:00 pm performance.

At 6:00 pm, Ann Arbor Summer Festival will present the large-scale performance of Cirque Mechanics: The Gantry Bike at Hill Auditorium Plaza. Get a glimpse of this amazing troupe before they take the Summer Fest stage!

Hip Hop Music & Movement with the Alphabet Rockers!

Sunday June 28, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

Kids, come learn the foundations of hip hop with Northern California’s Alphabet Rockers! The San Francisco Bay Area's "premiere hip hop collective for families” [KPFA] and “Kids Music Icon” will lead kids and families through easy-to-learn games and activities that explore dance, singing, rhyming and beatboxing in this incredible arts workshop. No experience necessary - just bring your dancing shoes, your hip hop swagger, and your imagination!

This Hip Hop Music & Movement workshop will be led by teaching artists Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd (Alphabet Rockers), who work with thousands of children in hip hop workshops each year around the country.

Make Music with the Trummytones!

Sunday June 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for children in Preschool-Grade 3

Using an assortment of recycled materials you could probably find around your own house, The Trummytones will show how to make your very own percussion instrument, and how to keep the beat!

Kids Rock @ TOP: Alphabet Rockers

Sunday June 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top Of The Park

This event is intended for all ages.

This unique, cutting edge, educational show is fun for everybody! The audience will sing about eating the rainbow, count and spell with beatbox loops, laugh at Alphabet Rockers skits, and celebrate their inner rock star! The nostalgic beats combined with up-to-date learning objectives make this high-level production a favorite with families everywhere.

This event is presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Kids Rock @ TOP: MC Frontalot

Sunday June 21, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top Of The Park

This event is intended for all ages.

MC Frontalot is a proud nerd who takes the stage in glasses, tie, and pocket protector to rap about webcomics, computer games, blogs, and Star Wars conventions. He coined the phrase “nerdcore hip-hop” to describe his music about the geeky subject matter closest to his heart – and made it a subgenre of its own!

Presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, this is the second concert in Kids Rock @ TOP, a series of Sunday concerts at Top of the Park.

Kids Rock @ TOP: The Trummytones

Sunday June 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top Of The Park

This event is intended for all ages.

Kick off the AADL Summer Game with this family-friendly concert!

The Trummytones are an exciting new children's music band led by world-renowned trombonist and front man Vinny Nobile. They fuse tuba, drums, accordion, and Vinny’s high-energy performance into organic acoustic-pop-Ska-zydeco-reggae fun for all!

Presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, this is the first concert in Kids Rock @ TOP, a series of Sunday concerts at Top of the Park.

Kids Rock Concert @ TOP

Sunday June 29, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top Of The Park

Specializing in kids’ reggae, Aaron Nigel Smith’s “Call To Action” is to get kids and families to sing, dance and play together.

In 2002, he founded FUNdamantals of Music and Movement, an arts program which is now the program of choice to over 100 early education centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Boston. His fun, inspired and lively shows are guaranteed to get the audience up on their feet!

Presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, this is the third and final concert in Kids Rock @ TOP, a series of Sunday concerts at Top of the Park on the Rackham stage.

Signup for the AADL Summer Game at the concert, and be one of the leaders for great prizes. Presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, this is the final concert in the Kids Rock Series @ TOP, a series of Sunday concerts at Top of the Park.

Kids Rock @ TOP: The O>Matics

Sunday June 22, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top Of The Park

This event is intended for all ages.

Cartoonists and Kids Read Comics exhibitors, the O>Matics (Chris O>Matic, Jamie O>Matic and Mark O>Matic) are “the nerdy veterans of the music world” whose energy has them moving all over the place. The O>Matics also appear in their own comic. As Mark says, “people see our comics and they go, ‘What’s this comic? Is it about a band?’ And we’re like, ‘Yeah, and it’s a real band. And here’s their music. And it’s us!’” Presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival

AADL Talks to Alan Brown

In 1984, a very young Alan Brown, (a recent UM grad in Vocal Performance) was stunned to be offered the position of Festival Administrator by Eugene Power, the founder of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival - an opportunity that literally changed the course of his life. We speak to him by phone from San Francisco where he is the principal of WolfBrown, an advisory to foundations, public agencies and charitable organizations.

Alan speaks of his fond memories of Eugene Power, his firm guiding hand and generous support in the early days of the Festival. He remembers a gracious Ella Fitzgerald, a panic moment with Marcel Marceau, and his encounters with other great performers who graced the Festival stage.

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AADL Talks to Susan Pollay

Susan Pollay, a former Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival remembers vividly her personal encounters and backstage stories of such entertainment greats such as Tony Bennett and Mel Torme.

Susan also talked about the early years of the Festival when Eugene and Sadye Power were a strong presence; the many roles she played, and changes the Festival has undergone through the years.

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