Saline Summerfest Kicks Off Friday with Art, Music and Dancing

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 08/09/2019 - 00:02

The bands are booked, artists are ready and dancers are ready to go.

Saline Summerfest, the two-day summer party, kicks off Friday evening in downtown Saline. It continues Saturday with activities downtown, at Henne Field, at Mill Pond Park and Tefft Park. Mother nature appears to be smiling on Saline. This weekend's temperatures are relatively mild, with a high of 80 forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Here's the schedule for Summerfest Friday

Dan Dooley, who has coordinated Summerfest entertainment for years, hand-picked the bands for Saline's summer party. At the main location, Summerfest will have two side-by-side stages, which eliminates downtown between acts.

If you love hanging out with friends while listening to songs everyone knows, you'll love the headliners Friday and Saturday night.

"On Friday night we have Atomic Radio playing a wide range of dance music from the Motown era to the current top 40.  They are trying to keep the crowd dancing all night," Dooley said. "We also have the youth group called Earth Angels from Livonia that have choreographed routines to music from the 50’s to the 80s  The Earth Angels bring to life the music from the 'Oldies,' with authentic costumes from the era in a fast moving show that appeals to audiences of all ages."

Saturday's lineup is diverse, with lots of local flavor.

The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, fresh from tour of Canada and the Northeast, play at noon. The Ann Arbor Music Center, which recently opened on Bennett Street in Saline, will have their School of Rock band perform at 1 p.m. 

At 2 p.m., Dave Edwards takes the stage. Edwards was the lead singer from The Look - the first Detroit band to have a video on MTV.

Edwards performs with Acoustic Madness at 2 and 3:50 p.m. Air Margaritaville performs at 3 and 4:10 p.m. Kentucky Chrome plays at the Saline Street Machines show at 2 p.m. and performs on the main stage at 6 p.m. Jake Kershaw, plays at 5 and 7 p.m.
50 Amp Fuse returns to headline at 8 p.m., Saturday.

"On Saturday our headline act is the local favorite, 50 Amp Fuse. They play a variety of dance music from the 60s to the current hits. They feature seven lead singers that take turns singing to they keep the dance floor full," Dooley said.

Here's the schedule for Saturday's action.


7 am – 8:15 am - Pre-registration Summerfest 5K Race City Hall 100 N. Harris Street
7:30 am – 8 am -Kids’ Fishing Contest Registration
8 am – Noon - Farmers’ Market The Farmers Market is relocated for one day only during Summerfest to Parking Lot #2 on E. Henry Street, 1/2 Block East of S. Ann Arbor Street.
8 am – 10 am - Fishing Contest @ Mill Pond Park Children 14 and Under
8:30  am – 10 am Summerfest 5K Race - Start at City Hall 100 N. Harris Street
8:30 am – 4:30 pm - 3 v 3 Soccer Tournament Henne Field
9 am – 4 pm Saline Street Machines Car Show - Awards @ 3:30 pm
9 am – 1 pm - Electric Car Show, Historic Union School Parking Lot
9 am – 2 pm - Co-ed Volleyball Tournament Saline Rec Center, pre-registration encouraged
10 am – 8 pm - Saline Summer Craft Show
10 am – 2 pm - Kids’ Games including Inflatable Obstacle Course & Bouncer,and Much More!
Noon  – 1 pm -Saline Fiddlers
Noon  – 4 pm - Historical Trolley Tour
1 pm – 2 pm - Hensel Kenpo Karate Demo At Saline Street Machines Car Show near McKay and North Ann Arbor Streets
1 pm – 2 pm - School of Rock
2 pm – 3 pm - Kentucky Chrome Playing at Saline Street Machines Car Show near McKay and North Ann Arbor Streets
2 pm – 3 pm - Dave Edwards and Acoustic Madness/Belle Islanders
3 pm – 3:50 pm - Air Margaritaville
3:50 pm  – 4:10 pm - Dave Edwards and Acoustic Madness/Belle Islanders
4:10 pm – 5 pm - Air Margaritaville
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm - Tricycle Race
5 pm – 6 pm - Jake Kershaw
6 pm – 7 pm - Kentucky Chrome
7 pm – 8 pm - Jake Kershaw
7 pm – 10 pm - Teen Block Party
8 pm – 11 pm - 50 Amp Fuse
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