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Posted on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 10:52 a.m.

Water Hill Music Fest announces date for this year's event

By Bob Needham

Great news for fans of live local music, porches, and cool stuff in general: The Water Hill Music Fest has announced a date for this year's event.

In an email sent to supporters, festival founder Paul Tinkerhess announced that the festival will take place this year May 6 from 2-6 p.m. Last year was the first for the event, a unique happening which saw dozens of houses in a single neighborhood host informal mini concerts on their front porches while passersby wandered and listened.

"All residents of Ann Arbor's Water Hill neighborhood are invited to play music on their front porches during this unique celebration. Expectations are high this year after thousands of visitors attended last year's inaugural event," Tinkerhess wrote.

For more information, check the festival website or its Facebook page. And check out's coverage of last year's event.


Lisa Dengiz

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 10:30 p.m.

Bravo to the Tinkerhess family and all the other creative neighbors for creating such a brilliant, fun and non commercial event!

Patti Smith

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 7:30 p.m.

I believe last year I said that this was Ann Arbor covered in awesome sauce; I stand by that statement again :)


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 6:12 p.m.

They need to officially organize this with the city. I made a turn into the festival in my car last year, since the road was not blocked, and spent 20 minutes going about three blocks, getting heckled and things thrown at my car for "Driving through our party, man!". I think it's a great idea, but blocking open streets is against the law and a massive headache.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 8:53 p.m.

@Peter, the street was completely full after a block or so. Like, sitting in my car, barely idling trying to get people to move, without any hope of turning around. We must have been there at different times. And "Now you know when to avoid it" does not solve any problems. It should be easy to get the streets closed and make things smooth for motorists and safe for pedestrians.

Peter Baker

Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 8:44 p.m.

I drove through it as well and no one threw anything at my car or yelled anything. It was a really nice scene, and now you'll know when to avoid driving through it.


Tue, Jan 3, 2012 : 4:58 p.m.

That's a nice thing to look forward to, especially on such a cold and wintry day!