For decades, the Street Art Fair has featured lively street performances to engage our strolling audience. While marveling at the high quality art featured at our fair, keep an eye out for our talented street performers:
Approximately thirty years ago a tall young man dragged an upright piano to the corner of South University and East University Avenues, in the middle of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, and started to play. He went by the name Mr. B and he’s been back every year since.
In 2003 the Original Street Art Fair relocated to the North University side of the Diag and Mark Braun (aka Mr. B) came along and has become an official tradition of the Fair. Recently, Mr. B acquired a bicycle equipped with a flatbed trailer to pull along his 352 pound piano. He will be touring the state of Michigan this summer to raise awareness and funding for groups dedicated to improving the health and well being of children, but he’ll be back in Ann Arbor in plenty of time to play at the 2012 Original Street Art Fair!
More information about Mr. B and pictures of his performances at the Fair can be found at: http://www.joyboxexpress.com/
GEORGE TAIT - THE LIVING STATUE
George Tait has been bending the minds of audiences around the world with his "Psychological Magic" and "Living Statue" (shown above) for over ten years. He’s entertained such notable talent as bands Metallica, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent but has performed for literally every type of audience, from intimate dinner and cocktail parties to corporate America. As a well-respected author in the magic community, he has three books to his name.
Tait has succeeded in taking magic to a level not often reached by other performers. He has transformed his art form into both a real and emotionally powerful experience. Tait has gone on to direct, co-direct, write and co-write a wide variety of theatrical productions including but not limited to How to Kill a Piano - his one man show, Faces in the Crowd, Loud Thoughts and Silent screams, and The Magical Mystery Musical. He’s the founder of CHaSed Productions, an entertainment company that hosts Monthly Magic & Mind Reading, a monthly installment of high class entertainment geared towards adult audiences in Plymouth, Michigan.
Click here to visit George’s website.
Bob Culbertson began playing the Stick over 30 years ago, and since then he has sold over 100,000 albums and taught several hundred students. The Stick is a ten to twelve-string instrument that bears both guitar and bass elements. The player taps the strings with their fingertips to make sound vibrations, similar to playing a piano. Each hand moves independently of the other to produce a rich blend of melodies, bass and chords.
His musical style ranges from light jazz with folk and blues flavor to classical with Spanish, contemporary and traditional influences. Bob has toured in nearly every state in the US as well as over fifteen countries worldwide with popular acts including the Doobie Brothers, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Eric Martin, Tuck and Patti and Steve Morse.
Click here to visit Bob’s website.