Ann Arbor Summer Festival announces Top of the Park lineup


Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park features free outdoor concerts, retreats and activities (alongside several food vendors) and is scheduled to happen between June 10 and July 3, 2016. (Photo by Myra Klarman)

Woo-hoo! The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has just announced its outdoor Top of the Park series music performances for the 2016 season. From folk pop ensembles and a rogue marching bands, to the pioneers of Baltic Brass Band, there is something for everyone at Top of the Park.

Highlights include:

Air Traffic Controller, Annabelle Road, Barbara Payton and The Instigators, Chris Bathgate, Boogat, Dixon’s Violin, Fanfare Ciocarlia, George Bedard and The Kingpins, Jill Jack Band, Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Misty Lyn and The Big Beautiful, Son Little, The Infatuations, The Outer Vibe, The Record Co, The Sun Messengers and The Third Coast Kings.

The Top of the Park series runs from June 10th through July 3rd, 6 nights each week for nearly 4 weeks, starting at 5 pm. The entire festival features an eclectic mix of over 150 events showcasing the best in music, dance, comedy, film, spoken word, contemporary circus, street arts, and family entertainment with select events through August.

The festival’s Top of the Park musical performances take place on 2 stages on the campus of the University of Michigan:

  • Rackham Stage (915 E. Washington Street)
  • O&W Acoustic Stage in The Grove (under the iconic Bell Tower on N. Ingalls Mall

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is made possible with the support from its 2016 season sponsors, including: Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ann Arbor State Bank, Bank of Ann Arbor, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Comerica Bank, First Martin Corporation, Howard Hanna, Jeff Crause: Edward Jones, Miller Canfield, O&W Inc., Old National Bank, Phire Group, Reinhart, Retirement Income Solutions, State Street Area Association, Savco, TD Ameritrade, Toyota, U.S. Wine Imports, Ulitho, and Underground Printing.

Additional funding is provided by: the City of Ann Arbor and the President’s Office of University of Michigan, along with the following family program underwriters: Anne and Howard Cooper, Connie and Tom Kinnear, Wendy and Ted Lawrence, Cindy and John Nixon, Erin McKean and Steve Sullivan, Ellie Serras, and THE MOSAIC FOUNDATION (of R. & P. Heydon).

The 2016 festival is also supported in part by grants from: the National Endowment for the Arts: Artworks and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Media partners for the season include: ann arbor’s 107one, Ann Arbor Observer, Metro Times, Michigan Radio 91.7 FM, and WEMU 89.1 FM.

A detailed schedule of Top of the Park series musical performances follows.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park 2016

Friday, June 10
Kylee Phillips
Chris Buhalis
Liquid Monk
The Outer Vibe

Saturday, June 11
Katherine Hepburn
Diana Lawrence
Michael May & The Messarounds
Dave Menzo
The Infatuations

Sunday, June 12
Sydney Burnham
Dixon’s Violin
KidsRock: Josh & The Jamtones
October Babies

Tuesday, June 14
Abigail Stauffer
Los Gatos

Wednesday, June 15
Spencer Michaud
Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe
Drew De Four & Brad Phillips

Thursday, June 16
Escaping Pavement
Timothy Monger
Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful
Chris Bathgate

Friday, June 17
Mary Collins
Cousin Curtiss
Hey Mavis
Nina & The Buffalo Riders
The Record Company

Saturday, June 18
Alex Mendenall
Adam Labeaux
Adam Plomaritas
Captain Ivory
Saints of Soul

Sunday, June 19
Zander Michigan
San, Emily and Jacob
KidsRock: Recess Monkey
Salsa Lessons
Tumbao Bravo

Tuesday, June 21
Chey Halliwill
The Moxie Strings
Annabelle Road

          Wednesday, June 22
Monte Pride
Jan Krist & Jim Bizer
The Understorey
Son Little

Thursday, June 23
Megan Dooley
Alison Albrecht
The Landmarks
Air Traffic Controller

Friday, June 24
Eric Smith
Kate Peterson
Jerry Mack & The Terraplanes
Salsa Lessons
Orquesta RITMO

Saturday, June 25
Sienna Morgan
Anne Heaton
Jill Jack
Laura Rain & The Caesars
Third Coast Kings

Sunday, June 26
Phillip-Michael Scales
Annie & Rod Capps
KidsRock: Secrent Agent 23 Skiddoo
Barbara Payton & The Instigators

Tuesday, June 28
Magdalen Fossum
The RFD Boys

Wednesday, June 29
Bottle Rocket Cabaret
Dave Boutette
Madcat Midnight Blues Journey

Thursday, June 30
Mia Green
Nadim Azzam
Rhyta Musik
Fanfare Ciocarlia

Friday, July 1
Olivia Millerschin
The Boa Constrictors
The Bluescasters
The Sun Messengers

Saturday, July 2
Madelyn Grant
Shari Kane & Dave Steele
Ingrid Racine Quartet
Environmental Encroachment
Lady Sunshine & The X Band

Sunday, July 3
Oh Brother Big Sister
The Whiskey Charmers
Whit Hill & the Postcards
George Bedard & The Kingpins

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. An international arts gathering in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the three and a half-week festival offers an array of ticketed and free events, both indoors and out, featuring a progressive mix of local, national, and international artists.

Presenting over 150 events each season and attracting a diverse audience of more than 80,000 people, the festival continues to grow and is a leading multi-arts celebration that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the region.

The festival’s 33rd Top of the Park season runs 6 nights per week, from June 10 – July 3, 2016.

For more information, visit the festival website at or download the free festival mobile app.


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