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Posted on Tue, May 7, 2013 : 9:01 a.m.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival announces lineup for 2013 Top of the Park music, movies

By Bob Needham


The last night of Top of the Park 2012.

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival today released its lineup for this year's Top of the Park, the popular, free annual outdoor event.

The Summer Festival runs June 14-July 7 this year. Top of the Park, which takes place in the Ingalls Mall area of East Washington Street, features live music six nights a week, along with socializing, food booth, special events and more. As in recent years, voting by the public helped determine the movies being shown. Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday nights, the evening ends with a movie on a large inflatable screen; on weekends, the music goes later, ending with a DJ set. Top of the Park admission is free, though donations are encouraged.

The Summer Festival also includes indoor, ticketed events. That schedule was released earlier, along with two special Top of the Park attractions—a changing art installation called "Tangle" and an interactive projection experience called "Superhero." Body Masterpiece face painters will also be on hand one weekend.

On Mondays, when the Summer Festival is officially "dark," it will bring back its series of "33 1/3" reading and listening parties about classic albums, held at Arbor Brewing Co.

For more information, see the festival website. The full announcement can be downloaded here. Top-of-the-Park-2013.pdf

Or see the full festival schedule, including ticketed shows (with locations listed), below (all times p.m.):

Saturday, June 1
5:45: A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, Hill Auditorium

Friday, June 14
5:00 Body Masterpiece Extreme Face Painting
5:00 Spencer Michaud
6:00 Jetty Rae
7:00 Laith Al-Saadi Trio
8:00 The Bluescasters
9:00 Lady Sunshine & The X-Band
11:00 DJ Chuck Sipperley

Saturday, June 15
5:00 Body Masterpiece Extreme Face Painting
5:00 Retreat: Prana Vinyasa
5:00 Frankie D’Angelo
6:00 Jo Serrapere & John Devine
7:00 Whit Hill & The Postcards
8:00 Al Hill & The Love Butlers
9:30 The Sun Messengers
11:00 DJ Nick Ayers of the Macpodz

Sunday, June 16
5:00 Body Masterpiece Extreme Face Painting
5:00 Retreat: Aikido
5:00 Matt Jones
6:00 Kate Peterson
7:00 Ice Cream Vendors
8:30 The Macpodz
10:00 Movie: "Skyfall"

Monday, June 17
7:00 33 & 1/3rd: Grace, Arbor Brewing Co

Tuesday, June 18
5:00 Tasting Tuesday (beer tasting)
5:00 Erik Santos
6:00 Timothy Monger
7:00 Detroit Pleasure Society
8:00 Django Django, Power Center
8:30 The New Orleans Bingo! Show
10:00 Movie: "Edward Scissorhands"

Wednesday, June 19
4:00 Tangle
5:00 Wind Down Wednesday (wine tasting)
5:00 Tom Butwin
6:00 Paledave & Jenny Fair
7:00 Eastern Blok
7:30 Tangle
8:00 Preservation Hall Jazz Band with The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Power Center
8:30 October Babies
10:00 Movie: "Life of Pi"

Thursday, June 20
4:00 Tangle
5:00 Bill Edwards
6:00 Spontaneous Art
6:00 The Understorey
7:00 Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful
7:30 Tangle
8:30 Black Jake & The Carnies
10:00 Movie: "Young Frankenstein"

Friday, June 21
4:00 Tangle
5:00 Khalid Hanifi
6:00 Ryan Racine
7:00 Wayward Roots
7:30 Tangle
8:00 The Appleseed Collective
9:30 The Ragbirds & Friends
11:00 DJ Hardy

Saturday, June 22
4:00 Tangle
5:00 Retreat: Capoeira
5:00 Cello-Bella
6:00 Dave Boutette
7:00 Dick Siegel & The Brandos
7:30 Tangle
8:00 Les 7 doigts de la main in “Sequence 8," Power Center
8:00 The Lucas Paul Band
9:30 Third Coast Kings
11:00 DJ Michael Dykehouse

Sunday, June 23
4:00 Tangle
5:00 Retreat: Yoga
5:00 Les 7 doigts de la main in “Sequence 8," Power Center
5:00 Magdalen Fossum
6:00 Joshua Davis
7:00 The Candy Band
7:30 Tangle
8:30 Madcat, Kane, & Friends
Movie: "The Goonies"

Monday, June 24
33 & 1/3: The Velvet Underground & Nico, Arbor Brewing Co

Tuesday, June 25
5:00 Tasting Tuesday
5:00 Bill Bynum
6:00 John Latini
7:00 Lac La Belle
8:00 Pink Martini, Power Center
8:30 Orpheum Bell
10:00 Movie: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Wednesday, June 26
5:00 Wind Down Wednesday
5:00 Greater Alexander
6:00 Danielle French
7:00 Maison Bleue
8:30 Vishten
Movie: "Moonrise Kingdom"

Thursday, June 27
5:00 Billy Brandt
5:00 Spontaneous Art
6:00 Carolyn Striho
7:00 Hullabaloo
8:30 Wild Belle
10:00 Movie: "The Hunger Games"

Friday, June 28
5:00 John Whitaker
6:00 Chris Dupont
7:00 Gwenyth Hayes Trio
8:00 The Brothers Groove
9:30 JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
9:45 Superhero
11:00 DJ Maxx

Saturday, June 29
5:00 Retreat: World Dance Workout
5:00 Olivia Millerschin
6:00 Diana Lawrence
7:00 Joe Summers Gypsy Jazz
8:00 Snap Judgment, Power Center
8:00 Tumbao Bravo
9:30 Orquesta RITMO
9:45 Superhero
11:00 DJ Chill Will

Sunday, June 30
5:00 Retreat: Yoga for Health
5:00 The Intergalactic Nemesis in “Book One: Target Earth”, Power Center
5:00 Ralston Bowles
6:00 Jen Sygit
7:00 The Not-Its
8:30 Drivin' Sideways
9:45 Superhero
Movie: "The Iron Giant"

Monday, July 1
7:00 33 & 1/3: Aja, Arbor Brewing Co

Tuesday, July 2
5:00 Tasting Tuesday
5:00 Corndaddy
6:00 Joe Riley
7:00 Jerry Mack & The Terraplanes
8:00 Amadou & Mariam, Power Center
8:30 Measured Chaos
10:00 Movie: "Big"

Wednesday, July 3
5:00 Wind Down Wednesday
5:00 Adam Plomaritas
6:00 Dan Henig
7:00 The Guggenheim Grotto
8:30 The Dunwells
10:00 Movie: "Vertigo"

Thursday, July 4
5:00 Capitol Steps, Power Center
5:00 Jennae & Elrod
6:00 Spontaneous Art
6:00 Alexis
7:00 Alejandra O'Leary & The Champions of the West
8:00 Capitol Steps, Power Center
8:30 Great Divide
10:00 Movie: "Sixteen Candles"

Friday, July 5
5:00 Brett Mitchell
6:00 Roland Remington
7:00 Horse Cave Trio
8:00 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Power Center
8:00 Los Gatos
9:30 The Saints of Soul
11:00 DJ Kirsten Carey

Saturday, July 6
5:00 Retreat: Hula Hoop Fitness
5:00 Derek Fawcett
6:00 Abigail Stauffer
7:00 Elliot Street Lunatic
8:00 One Radio Host, Two Dancers, Power Center
8:00 Theo Katzman & (((LOVEMASSIVE)))
9:30 Funkadesi
11:00 DJ Ross Federman of Tally Hall

Sunday, July 7
5:00 Retreat: FLEXyoga
5:00 Shari Kane & Big Dave Steele
6:00 Annie & Rod Capps
7:00 Hoodang
8:00 George Bedard & The Kingpins
10:00 Movie: "Grease"

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Wed, May 8, 2013 : 7:24 p.m.

Bob, IF you are allowed to editorialize, what are a couple of "must-see" acts on this list?

Just Be Nice

Tue, May 7, 2013 : 7:15 p.m.

Some great entertainment, but no Billy Mack? No Cadillac Cowboys? Bummer!


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 7:12 p.m.

I really liked this event when they held it on top of the parking garage on Fletcher St. I like it less now that it's on Ingalls Mall. It's gotten too big and too commercialized, just like the Art Fair, which used to be fun and manageable. Now it's a monster and the quality has deteriorated. Too bad everything good in Ann Arbor gets bloated and overly commercialized.

Top Cat

Wed, May 8, 2013 : 1:52 p.m.

Sorry to diagree but the current venue is far superior to the old one. Better view, more trees, more food and beer, etc.

Usual Suspect

Tue, May 7, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

Nobody goes to Top Of The Park anymore. It's too crowded.


Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 9:55 p.m.

Yogi Berra.

Top Cat

Wed, May 8, 2013 : 1:50 p.m.

How can people still be ignorant of Yogi Berra-isms? More proof that if the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.


Wed, May 8, 2013 : 12:24 p.m.



Wed, May 8, 2013 : 12:24 p.m.

Nobody goes but it's too crowded????


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 7:08 p.m.



Tue, May 7, 2013 : 7:01 p.m.

This comment makes no sense.

Proleptically Living

Tue, May 7, 2013 : 4:25 p.m.

So excited to get to see "Rocky Horror" at 10:00 PM instead of at Midnight with a crowd. I'm getting old...:-)


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 4:55 p.m.

Remember when it played every weekend at the Briarwood movies? Saw it lots of times there.


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 3:42 p.m.

Something for everyone (except hip-hop fans). Missed the 33 1/3 last year, but count me in for Banana Night with VU & Nico. So glad winter's over.

Silly Sally

Tue, May 7, 2013 : 1:52 p.m.

Nice, wholesome movies that one can bring her family to; "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and " The Hunger Games" almost back to back. Surely they can do much better. Next year, the 1975 "Deep Throat" once almost in the same league as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", produced about the same time. At least George Bedard is headlining the last concert at the end.


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 7:47 p.m.

I'd be more concerned about how they portray Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles....the PC police will be in a tizzy.


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 7:32 p.m.

Does a summer fest or art fair go buy with out Bedard?


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 4:58 p.m.

Personally, I think the movie line-up is wonderful mix. I don't get why you would think that all movies screened at 10:00 p.m. should be for kids.


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 3:22 p.m.

Rocky Horror is a great film! It's got a beginning, middle and an ending, very whole-some.

Brian Peters

Tue, May 7, 2013 : 2:54 p.m.

Also, as I recall, there is a scene in BIG where Tom Hanks, who is essentially playing a young boy, is seduced by a full grown woman; whose bra is showing!!! Heavens me! Lordy, Lordy! My delicate nature... Good thing I don't have any children, otherwise, like me, they'd surely be scarred for life, just as I was when I saw BIG as a young man. Guess I'll just have to enjoy one of the other TWENTY FOUR nights of events, and or just go home a bit early after already enjoying five hours of great entertainment provided to me for FREE.

Simon Green

Tue, May 7, 2013 : 2:36 p.m.

Actually I think there is a great mix of movies this year, something for everybody. And not sure if "wholesome family movies" are a requirement for all 10:00 PM showings... Sounds like have a good filter for certain material... seems pretty simple - don't take the family those nights!


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 2:03 p.m.

You should probably skip Moonrise Kingdom. There are parts that might get you hot and bothered!


Tue, May 7, 2013 : 1:45 p.m.

Another year and another great lineup!