As a pianist, Rick Roe says much with his terrific touch, his surprising song selections and understanding of the importance of the space between the notes. This morning was truly special as Rick Roe discusses his musical life and his new CD, “Swing Theory” plus, his upcoming CD release concert.
The annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival kicks-off on Friday and the celebration will run through the weekend. It's a perfect time to take a look back at some of the elements that have helped create the identity of this Washtenaw County community.
WEMU's Wendy Wright delves into the rich history and heritage of the City of Ypsilanti. In this 11-minute audio feature, Wendy provides some historical snapshots of people and places that helped forge the identity on Michigan's 2nd oldest city.
Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport Saturday and Sunday
Vintage war-birds take to the skies above Willow Run Airport this weekend at the 15th annual Thunder Over Michigan air show. Show organizers had to do some quick re-scheduling after the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet team was grounded due to sequestration-related budget cuts.
Show Director Kevin Walsh says it wasn't as big a problem for Thunder Over Michigan as it was for some other air shows.
Among the performers scheduled to participate in Thunder Over Michigan this weekend:
A rare gathering of six Vietnam-era Skyraider aircract
a North American F-100F Super Sabre jet
British de Havilland Vampire T-55.
Thunder Over Michigan takes place Saturday and Sunday at Willow Run Airport. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. Kids 15 and under are admitted free
The 34th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, a Labor Day tradition in Southeastern Michigan, will once again be filled with many different styles of our beloved....Jazz! Enjoying the weekend in Motown, listening to music by the the Detroit river, is a simple decision as it only gets this good once a year.
Golden Shuttle Service:
Round Trip Shuttles available for all three days. $15.00 per person.
Two shows of great interest to WEMU listeners are coming up soon at The Ark: blues and roots singer-songwriter Seth Walker on Thursday, August 8th and Ann Arbor’s beloved roots-rock quartet Corndaddy on Friday, August 16th.
It is Independence Day and, as usual, the occasion will be marked with family and friends get-togethers, barbecues and some local parades!
At 10 a.m. this morning, the 23rd Annual Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July parade gets underway. The parade begins at the corner of South State Street and East William Street. Included in the procession will be a contingent from WEMU, so make sure to look for us, and wave! The Ann Arbor event also has a bike decorating contest for children. That gets underway at 9:30 this morning. Once decorated, the kids may ride their bikes in the parade.
In Ypsilanti, the 84th Annual Independence day parade gets underway at 11 a.m.. It will begin at the corner of Oakwood and Cross Streets, and the procession will make its way through Depot town before ending at Rice Street. The Ypsilanti event is Michigan's longest running Independence Day parade.
In Whitmore Lake, the parade begins at 10 this morning. The route begins on the corner of Barker Road and Main Street.
And, if you are looking for a good BBQ, but don't want to host it yourself, the Sons of American Legion Post 31 will take care of you! the public is invited to to stop by Post 31 at 1700 Ridge Road beginning at 11 a.m. this morning. The group will put on a feast of grilled chicken, coleslaw and baked beans. Also included in the nine-dollar price tag is a bag of chips and a roll.
The Capitol Steps, Live at Hill Auditorium , tonight at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Ann Arbor at The Ann Arbor Summer Festival - tickets here.
Looking for something else to do today? Check out the WEMU datebook for more information!