Ann Arbor Folk Festival 1/28/11 (Photos & Review of Night One)

This month the 35th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival returned with two nights of a wide range of talented performers.  The festival serves as a fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit organization that supports folk, roots, and ethnic music.

The 35th Ann Arbor Folk Festival Lineup

Friday, January 27:

RYAN ADAMS
DEVOTCHKA
DAWES
CARBON LEAF
ELEPHANT REVIVAL
SUNNY WAR
DAVID WAX MUSEUM
HEYWOOD BANKS, MC

Saturday, January 28:

EMMYLOU HARRIS
GLEN CAMPBELL
NANCI GRIFFITH
JOE HENRY
SARAH JAROSZ
CARAVAN OF THIEVES
SETH GLIER
HEYWOOD BANKS, MC

Ryan Adams

http://www.losthighwayrecords.com/ryanadams

 

 

www.paxamrecords.com

Throughout the evening Ryan Adams poked fun at his own music for revolving around slow-paced ballads. His performance was the highlight of night one of the Ann Arbor Folk Fest. His rich voice and simple musical accompaniments held the audience captive for the duration of his 13 song set. The Hill Auditorium is known for its lovely acoustics, but performers at this venue must also be prepared for the younger, more rowdy audience members that use the lovely reverb of the auditorium to yell silly things down to the performers. Ryan Adams showcased his quick wit and sparkling imagination when dealing with the playful hecklers when ad-libbing about such things as herbivores, hair boogers, and pterodactyls. Ryan played two different red, white, and Blue Buck Owens guitars, piano, and harmonica throughout his set. His artfully textured long and spiky hair covered up most of his youthful face, so that all we could see were hair and lips. “Sweet Lil Gal”, “Please Don’t Let Me Go”, “Two” and “Come Pick Me Up.” were the highlights of his set.

Setlist
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Ashes & Fire
Dirty Rain
My Winding Wheel
Sweet Lil’ Gal
Everybody Knows
Firecracker
Please Don’t Let Me Go
Lucky Now
Let It Ride
Two
New York, New York
Come Pick Me Up

DeVotchKa

http://www.devotchka.net
http://www.myspace.com/devotchkamusic
http://www.youtube.com/devotchka
http://www.twitter.com/devotchkamusic

Nick Urata (Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Theremin)
Tom Hagerman (Violin, Accordian, Piano)
Jeanie Schroder (Sousaphone, Acoustic Bass, Vocals)
Shawn King (Drums, Percussion, Trumpet)

We were super excited to get the chance to check DeVotchKa live. They are a Denver-based indie gypsy/folk band with a unique vibe.

Dawes

http://dawestheband.com

Wylie Gelber
Taylor Goldsmith
Griffin Goldsmith
Tay Strathairn

2011 was huge for the band Dawes because their album “Nothing is Wrong” closed out the year by making various Best of 2011 lists with multiple publications such as “Rollling Stone Magazine”, “Paste Magazine” and “Uncut.” The Ann Arbor audience evidently agreed because Dawes received a rousing standing ovation. The drummer is a blast to watch because of all the interesting faces he makes.

Sunny War

http://www.sunnywar.com
http://www.soundcloud.com/sunnywar
http://www.reverbnation.com/sunnywar
http://www.myspace.com/sunnywarmusic
http://www.twitter.com/sunnywar

Sydney Ward, also known as Sunny War charmed the Ann Arbor audience with her warm smile, clear voice, interesting speaking voice and lovely songs such as “TIny Town” and Every day and Every Night.”

The David Wax Museum

http://www.davidwaxmuseum.com

David Wax
Suz Slezak
Gilberto YellowHorse Jackson

Carbon Leaf

www.carbonleaf.com

Barry Privett
Terry Clark
Carter Gravatt
Jason Neal
Jon Markel

Elephant Revival

http://elephantrevival.com

Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe, musical-saw, stomp-box)
Daniel Rodriguez (vocals, guitar, banjo)
Sage T. Cook (electric banjo/guitar, mandolin, vocals, viola)
Dango Rose ( Upright bass, vocals, mandolin, claw-hammer banjo)
Bridget Law (fiddle, vocals, octave violin)

 Heywood Banks, MC

Heywood Banks was an outstanding MC! Heywood is a poet, comedian, cult hero, musician, singer, songwriter, and pop culture icon. www.heywoodbanks.com

2 Comments

  1. Nice shots! Was there both nights and the music was great.

    Elephant Revival was great, but the gathering around one mic thing should be spared for an encore or opening song because it really detracts from their stage presence. We couldn’t see half of them because they were blocking each other from our view, and it was frustrating not being able to watch their hands and fingers play their instruments.

  2. Thanks Tom! Thanks for catching the guitar thing…That’s good feedback on Elephant Revival….

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