On June 11, the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival featured a rousing opening set from roots and blue grass band Dragon Wagon.
Dragon Wagon was joined on stage by Jamboman, the mascot for the upcoming 2010 Michigan Roots Jamboree to be held Aug. 6 and 7 in Riverside and Frog Island parks, where Dragon Wagon will be a featured performer.
During the second half of the evening, Hullabaloo entertained the Crossroads crowd with a danceable set of ska-funk-rock. To the audience’s delight, several members of Hullabaloo, equipped with wireless mics, performed while dancing among the crowd in front of the stage.
Another crowd of between 350 and 400 people attended what turned to be a rain-free evening. Once again the downtown visitors enjoyed the new Open Marketplace with its vendors hawking their art and wearables. A new addition this week was the infamous Wolverine Grill offering its Coney Island hotdogs, chips and soda pop. The patios at Pub 13 and the Tap Room were also bursting with good cheer throughout the evening.
This Friday, Crossroads features Ladies Night, which is held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Just Jill will kick-off the evening, starting at 7 p.m. Barbara Payton and the Big Boss Trio follow.
Just Jill is a thought-provoking alt-acoustic rock band known for their high energy and audience interplay. Barbara Payton is a passionate, soulful Detroit-based rock singer who has toured with Kid Rock and Bob Seger. Crossroads is fortunate to have both for this special night.
Crossroads is a free, safe, fun and family-friendly event so come down Friday for another good time. It’s a great value, with good people and a wide variety of things to do. For more information, please visit www.ypsicrossroads.org.