Don’t Miss Two Awesome Days of the Idlewild Music Festival

Music festivals are one of the best ways to spend your summer in Pure Michigan. Between the sights, sounds and overall positive atmosphere, it’s easy to see why these events are an annual favorite in the Great Lakes state. Guest blogger Theresa Randleman gives details of two awesome days of live music and educational presentations at the Idlewild Music Festival, presented by T ROSE ENTERTAINMENT, from July 9-10.

Women’s Empowerment luncheon, Youth Mentoring luncheon, Girl Talk luncheon, a youth shoe distribution, kids hands-on activities and mentoring sessions, local/regional food and merchandise vendors, and much fun for the entire family.

The Idlewild Music Festival is held to commemorate and celebrate the history of well-known African-American entertainers and professionals who owned property and performed at the Historic Resort prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Known as the “Black Eden”, this location was one of the few resorts in the United States where African-Americans could vacation and purchase property.

This year, the festival is jam-packed with multi award-winning artists set to headline each day. On Saturday, The Zapp Band will play iconic hits well into the night following performances by local and national performing artists; as well as many youth talents. On Sunday, attendees can look forward to a Gospel Celebration from The Rance Allen Group in addition to more jazz, soul and headlining artist international jazz saxophonist Eric Darius.

Photo Courtesy of Foto Graphics by Sheryl E Thomas.

Photo Courtesy of Foto Graphics by Sheryl E Thomas.

Sarah-Stamp

The National Resource Team applauds the Idlewild community for holding on to the land; approximately 3,000 acres. It is historically, the largest land based African American resort ever assembled in the USA.  Idlewild is a rare and valuable national resource with physical and cultural significance.

We must continue to carry the legacy forward and enhance this historic landmark; therefore we will “Honor the Past, while Standing in the Present and Looking towards the Future”. With the theme of honoring the past, a special dedication and presentation of the Sarah Vaughan stamp will take place Saturday, by the U.S. Postal Service to Festival Producer, Theresa Randleman.

Saturday:

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Luncheons. Featured luncheons will include a womens’ empowerment luncheon with keynote speaker and financial phenomenon Gail Perry Mason , a ‘girl talk’ luncheon and a Boys to Men luncheon. Womens empowerment luncheon sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, Tim Hortons (Warren) and Express Employment Professionals.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. -Youth talent showcase begins with various genres of live musical performances. The youth talent stage will feature six performances by youth from Kalamazoo, Lansing, Ludington, Ypsilanti, Flint and Detroit. Youth performances and luncheons presented by T ROSE FOUNDATIONS.

3 p.m. – 11 p.m.- Various genres of music to include, blues, soul, funk and jazz will take the stage.  Performing artists such as, Yancyy, Thornetta Davis (Queen of Blues), and headline artist The Zapp Band.

Photo Courtesy of Foto Graphics by Sheryl E Thomas.

Photo Courtesy of Foto Graphics by Sheryl E Thomas.

Sunday:

10:30 a.m. – Gospel celebration

1:30 p.m. – A shoe distribution for  pre-selected youth. Each will have their feet dipped in water and then provided new socks and shoes.  Symbolic to the baptizing that once took place of individuals in Idlewild.

2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Live music to close out the weekend of events.

Headline Gospel artist: The Rance Allen Group

Headline Jazz artist: Eric Darius

Which performance are you most excited to see?

Theresa-Randleman

Theresa Randleman, CEO/Founder of T. ROSE, Inc. and Producer of Idlewild Music Festival 2016.  The Foundation’s mission is to support the enhancement of positive self-esteem and self-image in ways that will engage and empower young girls to become strong confident, successful future leaders. The Entertainment Division is an internationally recognized, Michigan-based entertainment management firm. Theresa is a proud mother of two and resides in Lansing.

 

6 Ways to Explore the Real Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti has become a vibrant arts hotspot around an ever-growing foodie scene. Their rich history is waiting to be discovered in every historic building and park setting. Interested in learning more? The Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau shares six new things to discover in Ypsilanti. 

1. Eat the eats Ypsilanti takes pride in fostering the visions and dreams of local restaurant owners. From fine dining to the more casual,  the city has a passion for bringing folks together over a juicy burger, a fresh salad or a special dessert. Our chefs are unassuming, fully committing themselves to the power of a delicious meal.

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

 2. See the parks After indulging at the local restaurants, visit one of the many parks in Ypsilanti to walk off those calories. Riverside Park is a favorite amongst locals as it lies along the banks of the Huron River. Take the three-pointed bridge, called the tridge, from Riverside Park to Frog Island where you’ll find a historic, outdoor amphitheater and a vintage running track. Have a passion for bicycling? The Border-to-Border Trail, which links the entire county from Ford Lake to the city of Dexter.

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

 3. Drink the drinks Beer and coffee are the name of the game in Ypsilanti. Breweries, tap houses and artisanal coffee shops line the streets of this up-and-coming city. It’s not about the light beers or corporate lattes in Ypsilanti. Every sip is considered. Every drink is a craft.

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

 4. Learn the history Ypsilanti’s history is rich, vibrant, and relevant when you consider it is home to four museums a dedicated group of local historians and historical architecture.

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

5. Pick some apples The fall season is the perfect time for Wiard’s Cider Mill and Apple Orchard in Ypsilanti Township. Families can go apple picking, select that perfect pumpkin, enjoy  a hayride and get lost in the corn mazes. The open air and endless activities are best if followed by warm cider and sugar donuts.

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

Photo courtesy of the Ypsilanti CVB

 6. Discover Eastern Michigan University Whether you’re exploring student and faculty galleries, enjoying a production at the campus theatre or taking a stroll through the walkable campus – Eastern Michigan University is home to many exciting activities. Football, basketball and volleyball games are full of team spirit and held in beautiful facilities. Buildings throughout campus create a beautiful juxtaposition of historic and modern architecture.

Make daily discoveries about Ypsilanti by following Ypsi Real on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.You’ll find photos, videos, and blogs about this historic, yet ever-evolving city in Southeast Michigan!

What do you plan to check out in Ypsilanti this autumn?

Ann Arbor Art Center Hosts Pop-X Art Festival

Looking for an artistic event that has something for the whole family? The Ann Arbor Art Center’s inaugural art festival, POP-X, may be perfect for you! Our friends at Visit Ann Arbor share just a  few of the artists that will be at the popular event and innovative installments you can expect to see.

Popping up in the next few weeks is the Ann Arbor Art Center’s inaugural art festival, POP-X.

The 10-day festival, held Oct. 15-24, takes place in Ann Arbor’s Liberty Plaza and has something for everyone. It will feature pop-up picnics with local celebrities, theater and musical performances, the Art for Innovators lecture series and the Cardboard Challenge for kids of all ages.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Some of the most noticeable things that will pop up are nine 100-square-foot pavilions designed by Ann Arbor architect Kreg Norgaard. The pavilions will each house a themed art installation created by a single artist or a collaboration of artists. Working within the tight constraints of the space, each individual or group has lived up to the challenge of creating beautiful installations that will surprise and delight you.

Creating an interactive space, artist Kate Robertson’s display features sculptures that will question the way we interpret incomplete information. With small worlds that can be seen through small holes, the piece challenges viewers to actively search each sculpture to see what might be inside.

Photo courtesy of the Visit Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Artist Nick Zagar’s work typically causes sensations of push and pull, fright and delight. His piece will play with those sensations and encourage viewers to be pulled into a fantasy landscape filled with 3-D paintings, various sounds and different smells.

Meant to build a communal space with people of all ages and backgrounds, Ann Arbor’s Joe Levickas is utilizing his dedicated space to create an installation that showcases the table as a gathering place, pulling in both viewers and other festival artists to his “dinner party.”

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Artist Chazz Miller’s installation piece represents his journeys around the world. The piece projects “inner visions of truth into the world, visions that raise the social and environmental aesthetic and that touch the individual on the deepest psychic and personal level.”

Taking it upon herself to reflect the community she is in, artist Brenda Oelbaum’s pavilion will engage the audience directly by encouraging participants to write down their problems, put them into little velveteen bags and decide what they would like to do with them – physically and mentally letting go.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Photo courtesy of Visit Ann Arbor

Nick Azzaro’s installation will be reflective of the physical space the pavilion is located in – Liberty Plaza. Dedicated to the lives of the individuals that occupy Liberty Plaza, it features a sculpture of a solider that is surrounded by their words and portraits to represent the struggles people face in their life.

One of the group installations is from the Ann Arbor Women Artists. This piece will feature sculptures revolving around the beauty of nature, creating conversations of climate change and how to help our planet. The other featured artist group is the Girls Group, whose installation will be filled with different pieces from each artist about their conceptions of home and family.

More information about the festival, special events within it and profiles on the artists themselves, go to http://popxannarbor.com/.

Join the Facebook event page for updates. Join the conversation #A2POPX #VisitAnnArbor. Plan your visit at VisitAnnArbor.org.

 Which installations are you looking forward to seeing?