Ypsilanti Citizen Community Sidetrack

Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Two-day music festival marks end of summer

More than 20 bands will play in the two-day music festival in Riverside Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Friday. Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Ypsilanti parks and economic development. Photo by The Jamboree

More than 20 bands will play in the two-day music festival in Riverside Park. Gates open at 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Friday. Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Ypsilanti parks and economic development.
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'The Jamboree' begins Friday afternoon, ends Saturday evening

By Charnika Jett
Sep. 2, 2009    ·    11:09 a.m.

Anyone cringing at the thought of cooking barbeque for their army of a family this holiday weekend now has a better option.

Pack up the mini-van, bring the kids - if you want - and come rock out at The Jamboree. On Sept. 4 and 5, more than 20 bands will share two stages in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park. This family friendly music festival will highlight Bluegrass, Roots, Americana and other Regional Acts.

While there are many music festivals in the summer, this is the first fall music festival that Ypsilanti has seen in a while. Donald Sicheneder, who’s been in Ypsilanti for 15 years wanted desperately to change this.

“I’ve been involved with music for 15 years and it’s always been a dream of mine to do something like this,” Sicheneder said. “I never thought it would be at the scale at what it’s become.”

In February, Sicheneder came up with the idea of putting a fall music festival together when friend Eric Dotzauer, director of the Depot Town Community Development Corporation, was brainstorming ideas on what festival it could put together for the organization.

Shortly after Sicheneder mentioned it, the DTCDC helped him put together a business plan, presented it to the board and they were green lighted to go ahead with the planning.

Getting the talent was rather a breeze as well. Since Sicheneder is a part of Dragon Wagon, a blue grass band out of Ann Arbor, it wasn’t very hard for him to line up 25 bands to play at the festival.

“It’s such a great network of musicians here and the majority of them are great friends of the band.” Sicheneder said. “Anytime you [put on] a festival there are many arms to it and you bring in the right people to handle certain sections of the festival."

Matt “tuna” Altruda, the manager of Ann Arbor’s The Macpodz did the booking for the show. Along with a booking a lot of local talent, Alturda crossed state lines to book a one man band that Sicheneder wants everyone to check out.

“That 1 Guy,” Sicheneder said. “He’s a bass virtuoso.

“He couldn’t find all of the sounds that he wanted from a traditional stand up bass so what he did was made up his own instrument and he calls it the magic pipe,” he said. “He puts on a phenomenal show.”

Another band that will be performing on one of the two stages at Riversaide Park is the Afternoon Round. This pop rock band will rock out for an hour, playing songs off of their newly-released CD, which they plan to sell at the festival.

Rick Coughlin, who plays lead guitar and lends his pipes for back up vocals, heard about the new fall festival and was really excited when he was asked to be apart of the line up.

"Eric passed [our CD] on to people who were actually doing the booking and apparently he liked the music,” Coughlin said. “We were asked to play based on the fact that Don and whoever he worked with to do the booking liked us enough to book us so were excited to play.”

Coughlin, who lives in Ypsilanti, said he missed festivals that younger guests came to and thinks The Jamboree is a great idea.

“I’ve been saying for years that (Ypsilanti) needs to have a music festival that would attract a younger crowd,” he said. “I think it’s a unique festival and I think Ypsilanti is the perfect place to have it.”

While guests are listing to the music, they can also grab a beer from the beer tent that will have tap from Ypsilanti’s Corner Brewery and Frog Island Brewery. The Ypsilanti Food Co-op will be serving fresh pretzel sticks with homemade beer mustard, fruit as well as Mocha cookies and Triple Chip Blondie brownie made at the River Street Bakery.

If you bring your young ones out, take them over to the kid’s tent, sponsored by Ypsilanti’s Community Records Foundation.

Whatever you decided to do at the Jamboree, Sicheneder just wants everyone to have a great time.

“We’ve worked really hard on this and put an amazing event together,” Sicheneder said. “We want people to come out and witness it.

“We hope to bring it for more years to come and we hope that everyone comes out and spend some time with us,” he said.

Gates open up at 4 p.m. on Friday and close at 11 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. It costs $15 at the gate on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Proceeds will benefit Ypsilanti parks and economic development.

Friday lineup
Laith Al Saadi
Tokyo Sexwhale
Bill Bynum and Company
Black Jake and the Carnies
Jamie Register and the Glendales
October Babies
The Ragbirds
Matt Jones

Saturday lineup
Community Records Performance
The Afternoon Round
Ypsitucky Colonels
Bearded Ladies
Tree of Life Drum and Dance
Orpheum Bell
Wayward Roots
Daisy May Erlewine and Seth Bernard w/ special guest Dick Siegel
Chris Bathgate
Dragon Wagon
Back Forty
That 1 Guy
The Macpodz w/ MC Kadence and That 1 Guy

Visit the-jamboree.com for more information about the event.

The Rocket

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