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The Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Courtesy Photo / The Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded $9.65 million in grants to various cultural groups in the State. 

Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.

Mr. B and the Joybox Express give us an update from the road. 

This epic 2,000-mile, 90-day bicycle trek begins at the Mississippi headwaters in Lake Itasca, Minnesota and concludes in New Orleans, Louisiana. It will visit cities, towns and villages along the Mississippi River Road to perform, educate, conduct group-rides and inspire blues, jazz and bicycling appreciation. 

Joybox Express

  Mr. B and the Joybox Express give us an update from the road.

This epic 2,000-mile, 90-day bicycle trek begins at the Mississippi headwaters in Lake Itasca, Minnesota and concludes in New Orleans, Louisiana. It will visit cities, towns and villages along the Mississippi River Road to perform, educate, conduct group-rides and inspire blues, jazz and bicycling appreciation. 

WEMU's Michael Jewett sits down with Mr. B (Mark Braun) to talk about his efforts to traverse the length of the Missisippi River by piano bike to promote and increase access for children's arts and athletics programs in local communities all over the US.  

  • Listen to the full interview, above.
Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

Mr. B (Mark Braun) visits the 89.1 WEMU studios to perform with special guests, Lila Ammons & Axel Zwingenberger ahead of their Blues and Boogie Celebration at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend.