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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, July 19, 1978-Page 23
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Gemii, two veterans o fnt h re r air, strum tneir tunes for tne responsive festivai
Concerts soothe souls
of weary fair-goers

(Continued fro Page22)
As the East and South University Art
Fair seems to have devolved into
collections of booths which reek of
cloistered insularity, the musical stage
on East U. inspires a block party at-
mosphere which seems to infuse the
performers with spontaneity.
This is highlighted by the "Graceful
arch," a brainchild of the architectural
school that made its first appearance at
last year's fair. It is a network of nylon
material, rope and aluminum tubing
that stretches over East University by
the Physics and Astronomy Building.
Musical activities sponsored by the
Street Art Fair carry on underneath the
huge canopy and on the grassy areas
next to it. On Main Street, Eclipse Jazz
is sponsoring performances in front of
the Apollo Music store.
WIQB, in conjunction with Ann Arbor
Tomorrow, will be holding a non-stop
carnival in Liberty Plaza from 12:00
,onward all four days, including per-
formances by magicians, musicians,
mimes and the like very hour, 800
helium balloons, and live broadcast by
the radio station.
Between the hodge-podge of people
and the outdoor setting, the music
performed often takes on special
qualities far removed from a bar or
nightclub atmosphere. Michael Colone,
a member of the jazz-rock conclave
known as the Prismatic Band, says the
setting "gives people a whole lot more
freedom. It lets them space out more
. . our music is more conducive to
nature and space out-of-doors. We em-
ploy natural sounds like bird sounds
. . . aside from technical problems
we'ye had, it's a gas."
Andy Drelles, another jazz perfor-
mer, says he feels that the crowds in
particular are more spirited than the
typical nightclub audience. He says,
"The crowd seems to get into anything
that's up there." Drelles also feels the
fair is free of the kind of musical
restrictions performers routinely en-
counter in bars. "You can just go
around and play what you want to," he
It's not too difficult to see why
musicians are eager to perform: the
exposure is a great boost to their
careers. With all the talent that had to
be turned down, Lintner claimed "I
think we could do this for three solid
weeks, there's so many good people in
the area and all around."
If one tires of the neo-Woodstock
stage, there is always that mostchar-
minsg o charming traditions, the street

musician. Treading through the crowd
and generally aggregating on one of the
more celebrated corners (East and
South University or State and North
University), these confirmed in-
dividuals at any time may set down
their mandolin or dulcimer case, put
the pieces of "their ax" together, and
crank out an always at least en-
thusiastic flurry of home-grown music.
Past performers include fiddlers and
guitar and banjo pickers, most of whom
can garner a sizeable crowd of
onlookers. 1

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