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1998 Ann Arbor Summer Festival Program

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Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Day
19
Month
June
Year
1998
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TOPT~E PARK-•
It's the place to be in the summertime. A truly unique out•door place. filled with live concerts. your favorite movies, and fantastic food. A place to see good friends and make new
a place we fondly refer to as the Top of the Park and are proud to keep admission free.
,the Cigar Store Indians, and Madcat and Kane, you can be sure you'll hear the beSt music around by the hottest perionners.
When the sun goes down, the movies go up. You'll
see your favorite films, new and old, prolected onto one of the largest screens around. It's like going to the drive-in without your car!
Plus, you can en,oy a cool beverage. tasty ice-cream, and a bit to eat from your favorite restaurants in town!
Loated on the top level of the Power Center parking struc•ture, the Top of the Park is an open-air celebration of our
community and the periorming aru. Look for a complete list•ing of Top of the Park events in the Ann Arbor News and in the June edition of the Ann Arbor Observer.
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OPENING NIGHT
HARRY BELAFONTE
Salurritly, June 20, Bpm
Tirkr/ Prlros. $10, $3i. $34, $31
Celebrate the opening of the
fifteenth Ann Arbor Summer
Festival season with the leg•
endary Harry Belafonte! for
more than forty years he has
been breakingconcertatten•dance records wherever he has
performed. while esublishing a

global relationship with audi•
ences.On stage he gives his
audiences a mix of both new
anddassicworlu.

Belafonte is an actOr, humanitar·
ian,musician.director,and song•
writer, but he is probably best

known for bringing the music of
Jamaica to the world. In 1955 his third album,"Calypso," was the first recording ever to sell over one
million copies. Through songs like "Banana Boat" and "Island in the Sun,"
Belafonte pays homage to the home of his formative years.
AFTERGLOW
RECEPTION
Saturc!ay, jUlie 20, IOplll
University of Michigan Alumni Center. $25 per person
Following Harry Belafonte's performance,join other concert-goers and Festival supporters for hors d'oeuvres, delicious desserts, coffee, and wine across the street at the University of Michigan Alumni Center.
All proceeds to benefit the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
FESTiVAL
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SHOWCASE
Sunday, jUlw 21, 7pm
'n cki't fria>.~: $20 Colt! SI'llIing ill ~lllllJOl1 offhe Youth .'\I1S Program (iucludes a $10 tax-deductible doua/wII) $10 fo r adults. $5 fiwc/(i/dn"llmrler 12
The Festival Youth Arts Showcase offers the community the rare opportunity to support and encourage the creative development of our local youth. You'll be treated to one heck of a show when six youth groups and young individuals bring their talents to the Power Center stage in an evening of entertainment for the whole family.
This new innovation is a part of the Festival's Youth Arts Program. which seeks to involve young people from our community in the performing arts through workshops and special programs.
Featured performers include: Community High 2 O'Clock Jazz Ensemble, The Community Players with selected pieces from the musi•cal "Fame," OEMI Dance Ensemble of Michigan. Arbor Creek Suzuki violin students. violinist Melissa White. and The Beychoir ofAnn Arbor.
THE ROBERT CRAY BAND
Monday, jllne 22, Bpm TIcket Prices; $27. $24. $21. $/8
A blues guitarist with a soul singer's voice, Robert Cray brings real love and passion to his music. drawing innumerable comparisons to Otis Redding and the Memphis Stax studio days ohhe 1960·s.The Grammy Award winning Cray's dis•tinctivesound creates a musical melting pot of blues, R&B. jazz. gospel. and rock and roll.
Robert Cray and his band have achieved a rock-steady precision. visible on his ten albums. as well as in his stylized stage performances.
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
Wednesday, june 24, Bpm
TlCketl'rice~:$.JO.$37.
$34.$31
He embodies the musi·
cal image of the outlaw
cowboy and is one of
contemporary music's
few genuine icons.
Willie Nelson and his
band bring back their

own breed of West
Texas music to the
Summer Festival for

what is sure to be
another sold-out per•
formance.Asa singer,

songwriter,actor,and
founder of Farm Aid,
you won't catch any grass growing under his feet. At 65 years of age, Willie continues to produce innovative, critically acclaimed albums, and tour the country at a break·neck pace.
BLUE SKIES BARBECUE
BENERT PARTY PACKAGE
Wednesday, june 24th, 5:30pm
$125perl~O"(i"cltJdesa$5Qtax-dedtJcti!JJ.e
dOllatkm to the A,m Arbor SummH Fe.stir-al)
Put on your best country chic and get ready for an evening of mouth•
watering country fare, fiddle music, and (if you're game) even a little line dancing. Join us for a pre-show barbecue, priority concert seating. and a lively. toe tappin' champagne afterglow reception. all in support
of the best darn performing arts Festival this side of the Mississippi.
For more information on the benefit party package, call the Festival office at (734)647.2278.
SMOTHERS BROTHERS
Thursday, jtllle 25, Bpm
TzcketPrice~:$30,$27.
$2-1. $21
They have been con•
sideredahead of their
time, masters of tim•
ing,and practitioners
of timeless comedy.
And now the time has come for the
Smothers Brothers
KOLSIMCHA Friday, Jllne 26, Bpm TIcket Price$.$18,$15
Formed in 1986 Kol Simcha ('Voice of
Joy' in Hebrew) has captivated audiences
in Israel, Europe, and North America
with its distinctive contemporary
Kol Simcha weaves a lush musical tapes•try from diverse influences combining the sophisticated, spontaneous improvi•sations of exotic Mediterranean melodies and sensual Middle Eastern rhythms.
Whether performing infectious dances, poignant love songs, exuberant
folk melody, or melancholy ballads, Kol Simcha's sound never strays far
from the roots that inspire it -the soulful Yiddish vocal and dance
music that engages the mind. tickles the heart, and nourishes the sp irit.
HAL HOLBROOK "

D~EEBRGit~l~
MARK TWAIN TONIGHT
SatllnillY, jww 27, Bpm
MOlldllY, JllIie 29, Bpm
ilckf'l i'ri(.U;·$28,$25,$22,$19
TIcket Prien. $25,$22,$19.$16
Mark Twain not only trav•
Jazz pianist and composer Dave
eUedthe world,he wrote
Brubeck has become a legend and
volumes about his trips.
jan icon. His ioy in performing and
Famed for such quotable
his daring improvisations continue
quips as "Insanicy is inher•
to challenge and excite new genera•
ited. We get it from our
tions of musicians and listene~.
children," and "'t's easy to
Brubeck and his ensembles of highly
quitsmoking.rve done it
noted musicians have played for
a thousand times," Twain
eight US. Presiden(S,princes. kings.
is still one ofAmerica's
heads of State, and Pope John Paul II.
most beloved characters.
Awards garnered by Dave Brubeck
No one person is able to embody Twain like Hal Holbrook in what is his signawre performance of
MadsTWj1jnTonjght. A man in his late twenties when he first perfonned Twain, now an energetic 71, Hal Holbrook knows Mark Twain as well as he knows himself, bringing a richness to the charaCter that goes miles beyond
the quoting of Twain's most memorable quips, Each year he edits and changes his piece to fit the times and chooses the program from a collect•ed twelve hours, Holbrook has toured the world as Mark Twain,garnering Tony and Emmy awards for his performances. Don't miss this opportunity
to experience a show that is well-rehearsed yet always fresh,
GEMINI
Sunday, JWle 2B, 211m
Ticket PriITs. $/Ofi/rU(luft~,$5fiJrchiMn:II "ruh'r I2
Twin brother musicians, Sandor and L1sz!o SIomovits.
celebrate 25 years of bringing smiles to the faces of
children, parents. and grandparents alike with theirlig1"1t•
hearted folk songs. Gemini combines the uncannily
matched voices of San and Lu with wonderful musi•
cianship on nearly a dozen instnJmer"lts. A specially
fanned local youth choir will join the duo. from start
to finish, a family coocert with Gemini abounds with
rousing sing-a!ongs, hand motion tunes, folk tales, and
music. from around the world!

are tOO numerous to mention, ranging from the National Medal for the
Arts, presented by President Clinton, to a Lifetime AchievementAward
presented at the 1997 GrammyAward5 Show, After 60 years of perform•
ing and growing, the 76 year-old jan man brings true joy to his work.
JANIS IAN ,' ND RITCHIE HAVENS
'lilesday, Jurw 30, Bpm
TIckrt Pricel. $20,$17,$I-I,$11
Get out your love beads, hop in your Volkswagon bus, and take a road trip to the Power Center! Ritchie Havens' fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first reached an audience of miflions with his perfonnance of
"Freedom" atWoodstock. Janis Ian is one of the
truest female voices to have graced the POP world in
a career that spans over three decades.Acthe ten•
der age of 15, she garnered her first of nine Grammy
nominations for "Society's Child," and she hasn't
stopped since.
Ritchie Havens and Janis Ian team up to present an evening of highly energetic folk music, reminisent of the sixties, but finnly planted in the here and now,

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