Tonight at Top of the Park: The Wanna Bees; reggae band; circus camp for kids; and more
Tonight is Day 3 of Top of the Park, the popular, free (donations welcome) outdoor happening featuring music, movies, kicking back, running into friends, and a variety of other attractions.
Each day in cooperation with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival—which presents Top of the Park as well as main-stage ticketed events—AnnArbor.com is publishing a rundown of the night's happenings. Here's an overview of tonight's schedule, followed by a more detailed look at the events and attractions:
5-8 p.m. - Special KidZone attraction: Cirque Amongus
5 p.m. - Retreat: Pilate
5 p.m. - The Wanna Bees - kid rock
6 p.m. - R.O.C.K. - interactive kid rock
8 p.m. - Taj Weekes & Adowa - reggae / pop / world music
10 p.m. - Movie: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
Toledo’s The Wanna Bees play catchy, family friendly rock and pop originals in the vein of the Barenaked Ladies, Weezer, and They Might Be Giants.
Performing since: May 2011
Home base: Toledo, OH
Style of music: Funky, Groovy, Pop/Rock
Members: Doctor Dan (Chuck Riepenhoff), Builder Brad (Rob Donaldson), Officer Ollie (Bill McDevitt)
Band name backstory: The Wanna Bees—as in what do you wanna bee when you grow up.
Day jobs: Chuck - Pharmacist, Rob - Elementary School Music Teacher, Bill - Musician/Toledo Symphony
Favorite road food: Doctor Dan sticks with fruit and vegetables for his good friend Henrietta Heart
Favorite stage outfit: We are all in full, respective costumes - as a Doctor, Builder, and an Officer - Eddy Envelope hangs out with us too
Musical hero: Totally respect the catchy pop sensibility of Barenaked Ladies
Featured performers at the 2010 Kindiefest Family Music Conference in Brooklyn, NY, Massachusetts’ kindie rockers The Royal Order of Chords and Keys (R.O.C.K.) deliver energetic punk rock in their original children’s songs.
Performing since: 2006 (Solo); 2009 (Band)
Home base: Northampton, MA/St. Paul, MN
Style of music: Kindie Rock
Members: Aric Bieganek (lead singer, vocals, songwriter), Aaron Borucki (bass), Mike Benoit (drums), Dylan Makowski (keys)
Band name backstory: We went by the name "Recess Rock" at first, but due to the rising popularity of Kindie band "Recess Monkey," Aric came up with just the name R.O.C.K. as a quirky/funky acronym: The Royal Order of Chords and Keys!!! Original band members Hans Dalhaus (drums, plus songwriter on Potty Time) and David Picchi (Bass, plus arranger on Cookies and Milk) thought this name was awesome. Our fans and supporters agreed.
Day jobs: Aric is a musician/music teacher/teacher (most recently preschool). Aaron, Mike and Dylan are pro musicians and work at music shops in Northampton, MA, and currently serve as the touring musicians of R.O.C.K.
Favorite road food: The food we R.O.C.K. about: Pizza, Cookies and Milk, and Ice Cream!!! Salads are nice, too...
Favorite stage outfit: Jeans ripped at the knee and a black R.O.C.K. t-shirt
Musical hero: The Beatles and the fans who R.O.C.K. with us
Taj Weekes and Adowa unite conscientious lyrics with an unforgettable reggae groove. Blending in elements of acoustic roots rock and afro-folk simplicity, their vibrant and inspiring sounds have garnered them an international following.
Performing since I was 10, with my siblings. The band has been performing together since 2003
Home base: St Lucia/ New York
Style of music: Reggae
Members: Radss Desiree, Cornel Marshall, Adoni Xavier, John Hewitt, Delroy Golding, Paulette Kerr, Taj Weekes
Band name backstory: the band is name for the "battle of adowa" the 1896 battle between the Italians and the Ethiopians and for Taj's Ethiopian ancestry
Day jobs: Music
Favorite road food: Vegetarian
Favorite stage outfit: whatever feels comfortable
Musical hero: just great musicians of all genres
Movie: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" - 10 p.m.
The 1971 classic starring Gene Wilder.
The Roots Lounge, presented by AnnArbor.com
Stop by The Roots Lounge, a new feature at the festival this year, presented by AnnArbor.com. With free public WiFiavailable through 20/20 Communications, it’s a place where you can post, share, tweet, read or just relax, listen and enjoy.
Tonight, it’s Ice Cream Sundays. Stop by The Roots Lounge between 6 and 10 p.m. and get a coupon for 50 cents off your purchase of Stucchi’s Ice Cream at the Top of the Park Stuchhi’s Booth, compliments of AnnArbor.com and WEMU. Sundays only while supplies last.
Retreat: Pilates - 5-6 p.m.
"Retreat" is a series of mind-body sessions at Top of the Park. Led by experienced practitioners, all sessions are free, and take place each weekend in the gardens and courtyards surrounding the Alumni Center of Fletcher Street. This evening, STOTT Pilates mat class (please bring your own yoga/Pilates mat or blanket) with The Movement Center instructor Elaine Economou.
KidZone: Cirque Amongus - 5-8 p.m.
Have an unforgettable experience with Cirque Amongus as they transform the youngest festival participants into Big Top artists. The troupe will present a kids mini circus camp at Top of the Park offering lessons in juggling, tightrope walking, trapeze arts, and much more.
Top of the Park takes place in front of the Rackham Building on East Washington Street. In addition to the daily entertainment, a variety of local food vendors will also be on hand each night. For more information, see the Summer Festival website, and watch AnnArbor.com for complete coverage of festival events.
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