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Monday, June 18, 2007 f
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com 7
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Songs of an Ann Arbor summer

Summerfest provides
top attractions and
musical distractions
Associate Arts Editor
Mingled in with the circus per-
formers and comedians at the Ann
Arbor Sum-
mer Festival,
is an interna- Alll Arbor
tional array Summer
of some of the
most talented FeStival
musicians. June15- July 8
With two ven- At the Power Center
ues, the Power and Ingalls Mall
Center and
Top of the Park
at Ingalls Mall, the festival is able
to feature both mainstream head-
liners and up-and-coming local
From Pink Martini's orchestral
gallivants through Parisian cabaret
and Brazilian sambas to the soaring
swing of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the
three-week festival will be a musi-
cal excursion across oceans and
through time.
Starting off the mainstage music
is Cesaria Evora on June 19. Hailing
of the most illustrious performers of
morna - a soulful musical style simi-
lar to the blues but with significant
Portugese fado influences. Joining
Evora will be Brazilian actor, com-
poser and musician Seu Jorge, whose

Workers setting the stage for Ann Arbor's music, dance and performance series, Top
of The Park, in Ingalls Mall.

Portuguese David Bowie covers for
Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic
with Steve Zissou" earned him some
well-deserved North American
exposure. His pop-conscious samba
music has since traveled to last year's
Bonnaroo music festival in Tennes-
see and Ottawa's Bluesfest.
On the same night at the Top of
the Park stage at Ingalls Mall and
Washington St. Ann Arbor fiddler

Jeremy Kittel will perform. Known
for his superb Celtic, bluegrass and
jazz techniques, Kittel recently
earned Outstanding Jazz Compos-
er, Outstanding Jazz Recording and
Outstanding Folk Artist honors at
the 2006 Detroit Music Awards.
The following week, the main-
stage will present Grammy award-
winning artists Lyle Lovett and k.d.
lang on June 28. Lovett will be per-

forming with his Large Band and
lang with her quartet.
On July 1, the evening after the
Second City comedians cause a bit
of a ruckus inside the Power cen-
ter, the West Virginian radio show
Mountain Stage will be broadcast
live. Returning to Ann Arbor for the
second time this year, Jeff Daniels
will be bringing his humorous sto-
rytelling to the stage. Filling out the

show will be the politically-charged
singer/songwriter Catie Curtis, the
Boston-based folk musician Antje
Duvekot and Australia's The Cat
Empire, whose funky melding of
jazz and ska will round out the two-
hour show
For more events and details
check out the festival's website at

More than just a music festival

Daily Arts Writer
Ann Arbor's 24th annual 24 day-
long Summer Festival brings big
names in entertainment to the main
stages at Hill Auditorium and the
Power Center. The diversity of per-
formers this year include retro swing
superstars Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on
Thursday and as renowned modern
dance troupe MOMIX: Opus Cac-
tus on Friday and Saturday, among
various other respected performers
in coming weeks.

The MOMIX show aims to convey
the life within a wild desert as danc-
ers contort their bodies in unusual
yet graceful ways combining ballet,
illusion and acrobatics. The dance
is primal yet sensual. With Middle
Eastern music infused to create an
exotic flair and with the juxtaposi-
tion of motion and light, the dancers
bring a desert landscape to life.
Step just outside of these venues
onto Washington Street any night
until July 8, and you will find diverse
streetperformers,myriad localunder
the radar bands and film screenings

of everything from "The Great Out-
doors" to "Edward Scissorhands."
Though the free outdoor festival
focuses primarily on regional acts,
this year's prime and most atten-
tion-grabbing attraction is sure to
be Australian-based street perfor-
mance artists Strange Fruit. The
group's act fuses modern acrobatics
with a traditional theatrical plot.
Bringing to life the lost art of the
captivating street performers free
of excess flash, Strange Fruit has
been billed as a "sublime response
to a world that has begun to lose its

sense of romance."
Becoming one with the 13-foot
fiberglass poles upon which they are
perched, members of the interna-
tionally-renowned performing arts
troupe rhythmically sway and bend
at seemingly impossible angles,
swimming through the air above
an encircled audience below. The
troupe's movements are inspired by
the image of a field of wheat sway-
ing in the breeze.
More than feats of daring and
balance,thegrouppresents aunique
fusion of theatre. dance and circus.

telling stories of love, conflict, birth
and death in eye-catching colorful
costumes. Every performance is
dialogue-free, allowing the dance
and universal themes to speak for
themselves. The dynamic group
will perform their hypnotic act at
the festival this weekend.
Music, theatre, dance and film
appreciators in Ann Arbor will defi-
nitely be able to find something that
will entertain them this week at the
Ann Arbor Summer Festival. There
could really be no better way to
spend a summer night.

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