Dragon Wagon and Live nightclub hosting new Wagon Wreck Music Festival this weekend
photo by Dree Ziegler
But the new Wagon Wreck Music Festival just might change that.
Coming to Live nightclub this weekend, the two-day event will showcase around 20 different roots-music acts from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area and the broader region. Local acoustic-roots band Dragon Wagon serves as the anchor band / host for the festival, leading to the event's name.
Since festival director Dree Ziegler and Dragon Wagon singer-guitarist Don Sichender previously worked together helping to organize the Michigan Roots Jamboree, “It seemed like a good idea to have Dragon Wagon anchor the festival,” Ziegler said.
As for the timing, Ziegler noted that not many similar events take place in the colder months. “It’s a time when people kind of settle down and don’t have a lot of festivals to go to,” she said.
Live nightclub seemed like the right size for the event, and "the atmosphere there is really great," Ziegler said.The festival used a Kickstarter drive to raise $5,000 seed money. The description of the project reads, "The Wagon Wreck lineup celebrates Dragon Wagon's roots music tradition and the local and regional talent we want to support as a band. We consider these musicians to be our friends and family, and hope to see them succeed as artists."
Ziegler said the use of Kickstarter was important, so that they would go into the festival knowing they could pay all the acts.
The lineup includes plenty of familiar and well-liked local names such as Hullabaloo, October Babies, the Ben Daniels Band, and Joshua Davis (leader of Steppin' In It). Among the less familiar names, Ziegler highlighted the Rumpke Mountain Boys and People Being Human, both well-known in their Ohio home.
The festival is expected to be an annual event; in the future, they might even consider an outdoor location using a heated tent, Ziegler said. But first comes the ground
"I'm just really excited that we have such a breadth of talent here," Ziegler said.
Friday Dec. 14
Rumpke Mountain Boys
Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys
Tony Lajoye Trio
People Being Human
Saturday, Dec. 15
Third Coast Kings
Ben Daniels Band
Me 3 Mind
Match By Match
Ghost City Seachlight
Cold Tone Harvest
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