PAUL & CLAIRE are in the last hours of finalizing this year’s festival program using a set of 16 maps divided into 15-minute blocks in order to fit 93 bands into a four-hour program without anyone performing at the same time as their nextdoor neighbors.

PAUL & CLAIRE are in the last hours of finalizing this year’s festival program using a set of 16 maps divided into 15-minute blocks in order to fit 93 bands into a four-hour program without anyone performing at the same time as their nextdoor neighbors.

2014 Water Hill t-shirts designed by neighbor and former senior design editor for National Geographic Magazine Oliver Uberti are now available at Fourth Ave Birkenstock.

2014 Water Hill t-shirts designed by neighbor and former senior design editor for National Geographic Magazine Oliver Uberti are now available at Fourth Ave Birkenstock.

REGAN KNAPP AND THE CARPOOL QUARTET A string quartet whose members carpooled to Adrian Symphony rehearsals together. Classical, pops, show tunes and tangos. Regan Knapp, violin; Suky Morita, violin; Phil Camp, viola; Margaret Aleda Weiss, cello. Performing from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the 900 block of Spring Street.

REGAN KNAPP AND THE CARPOOL QUARTET

A string quartet whose members carpooled to Adrian Symphony rehearsals together. Classical, pops, show tunes and tangos.

Regan Knapp, violin; Suky Morita, violin; Phil Camp, viola; Margaret Aleda Weiss, cello.

Performing from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the 900 block of Spring Street.

OF ONE FEATURING THE MAGNOLIANS 
A blend of improvised rock and roll, funk, soul and old fashioned fun. Join the group and jam along. 
Ryan McPhee, guitar; Noak Wark, vocals, guitar; Rob Sparling, bass; Kevin Nauts, drums; Ben Hogan, drums. 
Performing from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the 500 block of Fountain.

OF ONE FEATURING THE MAGNOLIANS

A blend of improvised rock and roll, funk, soul and old fashioned fun. Join the group and jam along.

Ryan McPhee, guitar; Noak Wark, vocals, guitar; Rob Sparling, bass; Kevin Nauts, drums; Ben Hogan, drums.

Performing from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the 500 block of Fountain.

BROKEN SPOKES Enthusiastic, entertaining, energetic, and eclectic, the Broken Spokes are devoted to soulful melodies, complex harmonies, and great times. Songs only make it to the playlist if they have a tuneful melody and say something about heartbreak, redemption and/or water. Two and three part harmonies, a bit of jamming, and playful rhythms.Jen Green, voice; Dan Brown, mandolin, octo, guitar; Mike Sousa, guitar; Bill Welsh, bass; Kelsey Thomas, percussion. Performing from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the 1000 block of Fountain Street.

BROKEN SPOKES

Enthusiastic, entertaining, energetic, and eclectic, the Broken Spokes are devoted to soulful melodies, complex harmonies, and great times. Songs only make it to the playlist if they have a tuneful melody and say something about heartbreak, redemption and/or water. Two and three part harmonies, a bit of jamming, and playful rhythms.

Jen Green, voice; Dan Brown, mandolin, octo, guitar; Mike Sousa, guitar; Bill Welsh, bass; Kelsey Thomas, percussion.

Performing from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the 1000 block of Fountain Street.

BANJO BAN?
Today Water Hill Music Fest organizers received a petition with over 500 signatures urging a ban on banjos at the festival.  
"I’m trying not to take it personally," said banjo-playing festival director Paul Tinkerhess, "even though I see my wife also signed it."
He hopes a compromise can be worked out before the May 4th event but he’s not optimistic.
"I suggested having the banjos tune up before playing," he posted on the festival website, "but honestly I’m not  sure that’s even physically possible." 

UPDATE: With public reaction evenly divided for and against a banjo ban organizers have decided to postpone any decision until next APRIL FOOL’S DAY.

BANJO BAN?

Today Water Hill Music Fest organizers received a petition with over 500 signatures urging a ban on banjos at the festival.  

"I’m trying not to take it personally," said banjo-playing festival director Paul Tinkerhess, "even though I see my wife also signed it."

He hopes a compromise can be worked out before the May 4th event but he’s not optimistic.

"I suggested having the banjos tune up before playing," he posted on the festival website, "but honestly I’m not  sure that’s even physically possible." 

UPDATE: With public reaction evenly divided for and against a banjo ban organizers have decided to postpone any decision until next APRIL FOOL’S DAY.

2014 Water Hill Music Fest

This year’s festival is set for Sunday, May 4th, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date one week later).  Click on links to the left for information on attending, performing, and volunteering.  

The deadline to sign up to perform is Sunday, April 13th, three weeks before the event.  We encourage Water Hill musicians of every skill level to consider performing.

A short documentary about the festival by Kevin Bryant.

BENEFIT FOR CHRIS BUHALIS July 14th, 7:30 pm at The Ark
Let’s pack the room for Chris, who suffered a table saw injury to his hand in April.
You can also contribute by writing a check to “Chris Buhalis” and sending it to Fourth Ave Birkenstock, 209 N Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48104. 
Benefit performers:Mr. BDavid BarrettAnnie and Rod CappsJason DennieGeminiShari Kane and Dave SteeleDave KeeneyJan Krist and Jim BizerMadcatKevin Meisel Mustard’s RetreatJay Stielstra and Judith BankerPaul Tinkerhess

BENEFIT FOR CHRIS BUHALIS July 14th, 7:30 pm at The Ark

Let’s pack the room for Chris, who suffered a table saw injury to his hand in April.

You can also contribute by writing a check to “Chris Buhalis” and sending it to Fourth Ave Birkenstock, 209 N Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48104.

Benefit performers:
Mr. B
David Barrett
Annie and Rod Capps
Jason Dennie
Gemini
Shari Kane and Dave Steele
Dave Keeney
Jan Krist and Jim Bizer
Madcat
Kevin Meisel 
Mustard’s Retreat
Jay Stielstra and Judith Banker
Paul Tinkerhess

Asim Khan with DJ T-Phunk & Friends
Water Hill Music Fest 2013
Photo: Christopher South

Asim Khan with DJ T-Phunk & Friends

Water Hill Music Fest 2013

Photo: Christopher South

Water Hill Music Fest 2013
Photo: Christopher South

Water Hill Music Fest 2013

Photo: Christopher South

Oberlin Quartet and Gwenyth Hayes

Water Hill Music Fest 2013

Sketches by Oliver Uberti

Every city on earth should have a Water Hill Music Fest, every day of the year. Stop making music in basements and dirty bars, just bring your guitar out on your front porch and play to whoever wanders by onto your lawn. This is what music is supposed to be.
JW
Marcus & Joan Belgrave Jazz Ensemble
Water Hill Music Fest 2013
Photo: Maria Bonn

Marcus & Joan Belgrave Jazz Ensemble

Water Hill Music Fest 2013

Photo: Maria Bonn

Maria Cimarelli and Mark Vondrak
Water Hill Music Fest 2013
Photo: Maria Bonn

Maria Cimarelli and Mark Vondrak

Water Hill Music Fest 2013

Photo: Maria Bonn