This weekend: Totally Awesome Fest 11 in Ypsi — free, all ages!


There's a lot going on this weekend. I'll be at the Krautner release show tonight, and Saturday I'll bounce from the Sonics to Jonathan Toubin's show, plus (self-promo alert!) I myself am playing gospel 45s while awesome brunch is served up over at UFO on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Whew.


But that's me! You should totally go to this festival in Ypsi this weekend (starting this evening) — it sounds bonkers-fun!


Join us for 56 unsteady hours of free, all-ages, all-species fun in Ypsilanti April 24-26! Music, fashion, pancakes, puppetry, poetry, film, basketball, an inflatable pink elephant, a hot dog cart, hot dogs, history, and so much more!

FRIDAY 4/24
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@ WATER STREET COMMONS (RIVER ST. & MICHIGAN AVE.)
4:00 p.m. MATT SIEGFRIED HISTORY OF THE RIVER WALK ending at VG Kids

@ VG KIDS (884 RAILROAD ST.)
5:00 p.m. DJ HEE HAW
5:30 VAGRANT SYMPHONY
6:00 JIM CHEREWICK
6:30 TANAGER
7:00 QUALITY CINEMA
7:30 TOTAL THEATER
8:00 p.m. SEX POLICE

@ DREAMLAND THEATER (26 N. WASHINGTON)
9:00 p.m. DUANE THE BRAND NEW DOG
9:45 MINUS 9
10:30 VAN HOUTEN
11:15 FANGS N TWANG
12:00 ZOMBIE JESUS CHOCOLATE SUNSHINE BAND
12:45 DAUGHTERS OF ETERNITY
1:30 a.m. BATTLESHAGS

@YPSI UNDERGROUND HOUSE (205 PERRIN ST.)
2:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
UNICORN, SHELLS, BATTLESHAGS, SKY THING, LIDLESS EYE, PINE CONES, CREODE, + MORE!

SATURDAY 4/25
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@THE UGLY MUG (310 W. CROSS ST.)
8:00 a.m. BEN HENDERSON
9:00 J. WASHBURN GARDNER
9:30 PRINCESS XANTHIPE PRESENTS “FIREWALKER 2015”
10:00 a.m. RUSSELL DAVIS

@THE HEN HOUSE (226 N. PROSPECT)
11:00 a.m. feat. A GIANT PINK ELEPHANT BY ALEXIS FORD
LIVE PAINTING with NATALIE BERRY & TREVOR STONE
12:00 LISA
12:30 BRIAN TUCKER
1:00 LAS DROGAS
1:30 CLARA BALMER
2:00 JAZZ DOG VARIETY SHOW
2:45 YELLOW RAIL FAMILY
3:30 MAGIC
4:00 LADY & THE CHAMP
4:30 TESS TENNESSEE MILLER
5:00 p.m. CHILDREN OF POP

@AM1700 (PEARL ST. & WASHINGTON ST.)
6:00 p.m. SATURDAY SIX PACK W/ MARK MAYNARD
6:30 SKY THING
7:00 ROTOKILLER
7:30 p.m. AKIOKE HOSTED BY ANDREW BRUCE MITCHELL II

@DREAMLAND THEATER (26 N. WASHINGTON ST.)
8:00 p.m. DJ HEE HAW
8:30 THANKS USA
9:00 DREAMLAND PUPPET TROUPE PRESENTS “THE SINGING CLOCK”
9:30 ROTOKILLER
10:00 YESTERCENTURIES
10:45 PRUDE BOYS
11:30 EXHUMED CORPSE
12:00 CREODE
12:30 SPELLING
1:00 a.m. DJ ONDEMAND

@THE IMAGINARY HOUSE (211 N. HURON ST.)
2:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.
FILMS, PUPPETRY, FILMS ABOUT PUPPETRY, THE POETRY MACHINE, POETRY, + MORE!

SUNDAY 4/26
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@PROSPECT PARK (CROSS ST. & N. PROSPECT ST.)
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT & SKATE JAM w/CJ MIND CONTROL feat. A HOT DOG CART BY JASON WRIGHT

@ HOUSE OF MOLE (310 MAPLE ST.)
11:00 a.m. PANCAKE DOG TINA & TAKE HOME FASHION SHOW & BACK POCKET ZINE DISTRO
12:00 STRANGE BREW
12:30 JEREMY WAUN
1:00 IZZY JOHNSON
1:30 BEST EXES
2:00 SOPHIE TULIP
2:45 DEADBEAT BEAT
3:30 UNPHAIR
4:00 AIMEE ADAMS & PATRICK ELKINS
4:30 ANNA BURCH
5:00 MODERN LADY FITNESS
5:30 AUTUMN NICOLE WETLI
6:00 RIVER SPIRIT
6:30 p.m. D. LEATHERMAN, A. MITTS, A. FELLOWS, L. CINTRON

@96 BRONCO HOUSE (416 OLIVE ST.)
8:00 p.m. BONEHEAD
8:45 SHABBY CHIC HEARTBEAT GARAGE
9:30 THE DEATH POSTURE
10:15 SALT CITY
11:00 ???
11:45 p.m. BOBBI PALACE

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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