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Art & Soul - The Performing Arts: Nashbash, The Blues Festival, And Plenty Of Theater Experiences

Jul 26, 2018

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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local performing arts scene.  89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry is joined by local writer and reviewer Jenn McKee and an organizer and performing from the upcoming Nashbash Music Festival in Ann Arbor, Judy Banker.


The 12th annual Nashbash Music Festival is coming up August 12th in Kerrytown in Ann Arbor.  There will be a lot of music and food and activities for the entire family.  The music is described as eclectic with a "tinge" of commercial Nashville sound with folk and alt-country music as well.  Banker says it focuses on the quality of songwriting.  The music festival is free, and there is an "afterbash party" that happens as well.

Picture from 2016 Nashbash.
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One of the founders of Nashbash is Whit Hill, a longtime member of the Ann Arbor arts community who now lives in Nashville.  True to Nashbash tradition, she and her band Whit Hill and the Postcards headline the Nashbash roster, which features Nashville guest artist Annika Bennett, along with local favorites Hoodang, The Judy Banker Band, The Whiskey Charmers, and Joe Shields: aka Cousin Joe Twoshacks.

Judy Banker at the 2016 Nashbash.
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Lisa and Jenn also discuss other events happening now and in the near future:

THE ARK:
Tannahill Weavers 50th anniversary tour - August 7 at 8 p.m.
Judy Collins - August 17 at 8
Shelby Lynne - August 21 at 8

SLIPSTREAM THEATRE INITIATIVE AT THEATRE NOVA:
“A Night of Stars, with Tennessee Williams,” August 4-26
"West Side Story” continues at Encore through August 12
“Willow Run” at the Purple Rose through September 1.

July 27th and 28th - The 21st annual Summer Beer Festival is taking place at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti

August 17-18 - Ann Arbor Blues Festival, Shemekia Copeland headlines at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

August 22 - HERsay IV at the Pointless Brewery & Theatre.  Storytelling, singing, comedy, and improvisation by area women.  Partial proceeds benefit Corner Health Center. 7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu