Everyday They Write the Books: Mittenfest XI Returns to Rock for 826michigan



Mittenfest celebrates readin', writin' & rock 'n' rollin'.

Mittenfest is the annual three-day music festival benefiting 826michigan, the nonprofit center at 115 East Liberty St.
in Ann Arbor that helps school-aged kids express themselves through creative writing. 826michigan also offers drop-in tutoring, after-school programs, and help for those learning English.

Basically, it's good people doing good things, which is why 21 bands are playing for free to raise money in support of 826michigan.

Mittenfest returns for its 11th iteration, December 29-31, and it’s again taking place at Bona Sera in downtown Ypsilanti.

We did interviews with four of the bands playing the fest:

The Belle Isles
The Avatars
Blue Jeans

And below is the full festival lineup, plus sound samples, dates, and times for all the Mittenfest bands:

Thursday, December 29

8:00pm - Audra Kubat (Detroit)

8:45pm - Truman (Ypsilanti)

9:30pm - AM People (Detroit)

10:15pm - Avatars (Ann Arbor)
→→→Band interview and song samples here←←←

11:00pm - Mic Write (Detroit)

11:45pm - The Belle Isles (Hamtramck)
→→→Band interview and song samples here←←←

12:30am - Chris Dupont (Ypsilanti)

Special guest: DJ Amber Fellows

Friday, December 30

8:00pm - Flower.Child (Ypsilanti)
Instagram is all we have pour l'enfant de la fleur

8:45pm - The Bruised Reed (Ann Arbor)

9:30pm - Anna Burch (Detroit)

10:15pm - Louis Picasso (Ypsilanti)

11:00pm - Decisions (Ypsilanti/Detroit)

11:45pm - Javelins (Detroit)

12:30am - Frontier Ruckus (Detroit/Ypsilanti)

Special guest: DJ Ryan Cady

Saturday, December 31

8:00pm - Slug Love (Ypsilanti)

8:45pm - Wraiths (Ypsilanti)

9:30pm - Blue Jeans (Ann Arbor)
→→→Band interview and song samples here←←←

10:15pm - Meshes (Ypsilanti)

11:00pm - Junglefowl (Ypsilanti)
→→→Band interview and song samples here←←←


12:05am - Tart (Hamtramck)

12:50am - Minihorse (Ypsilanti)

1:30am til 3am- DANCE PARTY

Special guests: DJ BEIGE (Detroit) and DJ Richie Wohlfeil (Hamtramck)

Christopher Porter is a Library Technician and the editor of Pulp.

Mittenfest XI takes place December 29-31 at Bona Sera, 200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197. Music starts at 8:00pm every evening. $10 cover benefits 826michigan.