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Posted on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 : 11:55 a.m.

Woodruff's hosting live music previously slated for Savoy, including Andy Kotowicz memorial, Mittenfest

By Staff

While the ambitious Ypsilanti music club Savoy remains closed during a payment dispute over electrical service, much of its mojo has moved over to the newly opened Woodruff's in Depot Town — and that includes the live music.

Woodruff's will therefore host Wednesday's memorial concert for the late Andy Kotowicz, previously slated for Savoy. And in another high-profile change, Woodruff's is also the new venue for this year's Mittenfest, a four-day music festival that benefits the literacy group 826michigan.

Doug Coombe, who coodinated booking at Savoy, recently confirmed that all the live music previously scheduled for Savoy will take place in the new venue.

Among the events planned are a concert benefiting a family foundation for Andy Kotowicz, the former Ann Arbor resident and Sub Pop Records vice president who died in a car crash in Seattle earlier this fall. Doors open at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 with a suggested cover of $5. On the bill are Conspiracy of Owls (formerly the Go, whose first record was on Sub Pop), Rogue Satellites, City Center, Swimsuit, Powerteam, Kelly Jean Caldwell, Santa Monica Swim and Dive Club, and Everybody's In. More information is available on the event's Facebook page.

Woodruff's will also become the new home for Mittenfest, which announced the move on its website, along with an adjusted band schedule. Watch for a full Mittenfest preview later this month.

Woodruff's is located at 36 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti's Depot Town neighborhood. A full listing of upcoming events is on the calendar page of the Woodruff's website.

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