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It all Happens in April Event #3

Posted by ppna on March 11, 2008

This is good in more ways than one, the bands should be great and the money goes to a good cause. Remember that the Corner Brewery is smoke free. I hope to see all of the people that have been writing to the Hamburger Helper Folks and asking them for money show up. There are 76 comments on the Help Our Towns site which means the Corner event should be packed.

“Fullfreight Banjo” benefit for the Ypsilanti
Frieghthouse brings nine banjo acts to the Corner
Brewery in Ypsilanti on April 5, 2008 Ypsilanti- Nine
of the area’s best banjo-based bands and performers
will amass at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, Mich.
from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2008 for
“Fullfreight Banjo,” a concert benefitting the Friends
of the Ypsilanti Frieghthouse (FOYF).

The event is being organized by Ypsilanti “crabgrass”
band Black Jake and the Carnies. All nine acts will
include a banjo. The line-up for the evening is: Anna
Ash and the Family Tree, Annie Palmer, Andru Bemis,
Black Jake and the Carnies, Bone Orchard Revival, The
Hummingbirds, The Lucas Family Band, Mutual Kumquat
and The Red Butlers. (Links to performers Web sites
and profiles can be found at

Built in 1878, the Ypsilanti Freighthouse is listed on
the State Register of Historic Places. In September
2004, the building was determined to be in violation
of numerous building code standards and the city’s
insurance carrier cancelled the policy immediately,
forcing the city to close the building. The three-year
closure has left an irreplaceable void in the
community as the Freighthouse had served as the city’s
largest community center, hosting a wide variety of
events central to Ypsilanti community life.

“Most of us in the band live in Depot Town, within a
few blocks of the Freighthouse,” said Caleb Brokaw of
Black Jake and the Carnies. “We’re all anxious to see
the Freighthouse re-opened, and, as musicians, a
benefit concert is a natural way us to offer help.
It’s our hope that, beyond what funding this event
raises, it’ll raise awareness and encourage others in
the community to think creatively about what more they
can do.”

“The FOYF board is thrilled that we’ve been chosen by
Black Jake and the Carnies for public relations,
awareness and fundraising. We eagerly look forward to
the Fullfreight Banjo Fundraiser at the Corner Brewery
and hope everyone in the community will come to the
event and share their Freighthouse memories,” said
FOYF co-chair, Bonnie Penet.
Ypsilanti’s Community Records is generously supporting
the event by providing sound for the concert,
“Community Records is proud to be a part of the
Fullfreight Banjo Fundraiser for the Ypsilanti
Freighthouse. We held our wedding reception there in
2004 and we’ll always have a special place in our
heart for the Freighthouse,” explained Jesse and Amy
Morgan, President and Vice President of Community
The all-banjo benefit will showcase performers with
styles ranging from Americana to indie to bluegrass.
“I’m delighted at the response we’ve received from the
artists we invited,” said Brokaw. “This promises to be
a very memorable and very uniquely ‘Ypsi’ event.”
Donations of $5 will be accepted at the door. Those
under age 21 welcome with parent/guardian.


2 Responses to “It all Happens in April Event #3”

  1. Ypsidixit said

    Sounds like a very excellent concert! It should be a great time. Thank you for mentioning it!

  2. Thanks for posting this. It should be a great event and reasonably family friendly. A couple notes, we set the donation at $5 so as not to exclude anyone but more is welcome and every dime goes to FOYF. And, do come early. The Hummingbirds are a great local band and kicking off the show at 5.

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