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Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival © 2013

History

2006 - 2014


2006:The 5th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 1st, 2006. Oak Hill Productions provided the stage and sound production this year, and Nix and EJF created  our awesome  poster art. The weather treated us rather nicely this year with no precipitation, and about 4,000 people showing up  throughout the day. We were back to the Show Mobile from the City of Wyandotte with the Ragbirds opening the show with their fresh  blend of world music, followed by the high energy grooves of Ground Score. Amy Heard took the stage at 3:30pm with her harmonic  acoustic set and Glowb brought it all home with their dynamic fusion of diverse genre music. All sixteen vendors had a successful day  with most of the vendors returning from last year. The vendors continued to support the show and they were all very happy with the  event. Most said they wanted to return in 2007.


2007: The 6th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 7th, 2007. Oak Hill Productions provided the stage and sound  production this year, and Nix created our awesome poster art. It was a colder day with temperatures in the high thirties and a little  precipitation. It seems like about 5 - 15 minutes of rain has been showing up occasionally just to bother us a bit. But most are not  bothered by it as all are in a festive mood and partying.

 The 6th annual fair was a special one. We had a very special guest with David Arquette stopping by to promote his movie, The Tripper.  David hung out most of the day, signing autographs, and mingling with the crowd. Thanks for stopping by David!


Besides David stopping by, the show rocked! We started off with Jam Samich that filled all our hungry lunch time belly's. Their  awesome sounds, and filling jams was more than enough to handle those munchies. Treetown Underground took over after that, with their  roots music, blu-grass, gypsi-jazz, & Reggae. These guys are just a hoot to watch and are sure to get your dancing shoes grooving.  Glowb took the stage after that with their dynamic fusion of diverse genre music. Glowb is a staple of the Monroe Street Fair and  these guys never disappoint. The Mac Podz finished it all out with their Disco be-bop, strong soul, and R&B influence. This was the  perfect way to finish out another great year in Ann Arbor.


All the vendors, once again, had a great day selling many cool items. All these vendors sell unique items, from t shirts to hemp  clothing and accessories, to  hemp soda to pipes and smoking accessories. Add to that various street peddlers and testing companies,  student groups, medical provisioning centers, politicians, MINORML and MIHEMP and we have variety that has become a staple of the  Monroe Street Fair. Thank you!


2008: The 7th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2008. The weather once again started out in the mid thirties,  but this year Dallas and the Covert Productions crew did a stellar job providing the stage and sound production. Artist Nix of  Detroit, Michigan created our festival poster art. The day started out a little chilly (30 degrees) but very sunny and the temperature rose throughout the day to a high near  60 degrees. The day was partly sunny and we had zero precipitation. Ground Score, Burn'in Man, Covert Operations and Glowb, with the return of special guest  John Sinclair, provided all the kick ass jams we could handle.  Kotar of Flint, Michigan booked the show and managed the stage  production. Attendance was great, as we had our biggest year to date with about 7,500 people stopping by.


 2009: The 8th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 4th, 2009.  It sure seems like the days always start in the mid  thirties, but rise  throughout the day. This year was sunny, No precipitation with highs in the mid fifty's. This was our best year  yet. We rented a covered 16 foot by 32 foot  stage from the largest staging company in Michigan. We now use this stage every year.  Eight to ten thousand fans, enthusiasts and aficionados showed up  for a great day of celebration and partying. Our poster this year  was created by Kotar of Flint, Michigan. Glowb, Ras Paka Lolo, October Babies and  Brando & Friends. Kotar booked the show and managed  the stage production.


2010: The 9th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010. Our poster was created by Rudolf P. of Detroit,  Michigan. We had the best weather in the history of the fair. Mid seventies, sunny, a little misty precipitation for about ten  minutes; It was a beautiful day! We had estimated crowds of 8 - 12 thousand come through that day. We rented the same stage as last  year. Dallas and the Covert Productions crew provided the stage and sound production. The show featured The Booby Scooter, Covert Operations, Rootstand, The Endaze and Glowb.    Our first ever major sponsor helped bring this growing show to Ann Arbor’s Hash Bash partiers.  Kotar of Flint, Michigan booked the show and managed the stage  production.


2011: The 10th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011. We had average temperatures with highs in the fifties. It was a mostly sunny day with zero  precipitation. The crowd was huge this year with the total attendance in the 10 – 15 thousand range. We had 19 vendors this year. Our  show poster was created by Rudolf P. The show kicked off with a Drum Circle, followed by smokin’ sets by Covert, Rootstand, Jimkata,  Dr Dwyer, King Jazzy and The Endaze. Kotar booked the  show and managed the stage production.


 2012: The 11th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2012. The event became known as the Monroe Street Fair Hash  Bash Festival  by basically popular demand due to the associations of the Hash Bash, a festival and a street fair by just about  everyone who cares. The temperature  started out in the mid twenties but warmed up to about fifty degrees by the time the show  started. There was very little precipitation on this sunny day. The rain came and went before it could really hassle anyone’s good  time. The crowd continued to grow as an estimated 10 to 15 thousand people came through that day. Our poster was created by Desiree of  Detroit, Michigan. The show kicked off with a Drum Circle, followed by Chief Greenbud, SHOTGUN SOUL, I.L.O., Lil Wyte, Bizarre/King  Gordy, Covert, Dragon Wagon, Fluid Impulse and GLOWB. Show speakers included Mathew Able and Brandy Zink.  We introduced the side walk  row section of the fair to accommodate the demand for vending. We now had about 24 vendors with many of them returning from last year.  Sal Aiello became our show’s first music director this year and booked an incredible show this year. Sal also handles all  responsibility related to the day of the show production.  


2013: The 12th annual Monroe Street Fair was held on Saturday, April 6th, 2013. Dallas and the Covert Productions crew once again did  a stellar job providing the stage and sound production. Internationally acclaimed stoner artist TROG of Australia created our sick  poster art. The day started out a little chilly (30 degrees) and the temperature rose throughout the day to a high near 60 degrees.  The day was partly sunny and we had zero precipitation.


The show fired up at about 11:00am with a drum circle led by local Native American Indians joined by festival goers and launched into  high gear with   performances by, in no particular order,  Lil' Wyte, Chief Greenbud, King Jazzy, Down Home, Bizarre from D-12, I.L.O.   (I Live Once), Dan Diamond, 5th  Wall Concept, Austin Scott, Dixon's Violin, and Thumb's Up! The show featured a comedy show by Zak  and what Army, the comedy of Jeremy Shipley, and  poetry of  Lori Beth Coolidge. This year’s guest speakers include, Keith Stroup,  Esq. (NORML Founder), Dan Skye (Executive Editor - High Times  Magazine), Ed Rosenthal (Horticulturist, Author, Publisher, Marijuana  advocate), Mathew Abel, Esq. (Executive Director at Michigan NORML),  Christeen Landino (Executive Board at Michigan NORML), Dr. Mike  Whitty (Dr. Detroit -  Univ. of San Francisco, Univ. of Detroit), Jamie Lowell (3rd Coast  Compassion Center) and Marvin Marvin, (Hemp  Hemp Hooray!) (Party Party) This was Sal’s second year booking the show and we had our most diverse line up since the earliest days of  the fair. Show sponsors included Bhang Chocolates, Depot Town Dispensary, Ann Arbor Health Collective, ArborSide, BDT Smoke Shops, Cannabis Counsel, MediSwipe, Michigan Norml and MIHEMP.


2014: The 13th annual Monroe Street Fair will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 beginning at 12 NOON. Dallas and the Covert  Productions crew will once again provide the stage and sound production. Internationally acclaimed stoner artist TROG of Australia  created our sick poster art.


Show sponsors include Show sponsors include Depot Town Dispensary of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor Health Collective, ArborSide, BDT Smoke  Shops, Cannabis Counsel, MediSwipe, Michigan Norml and MIHEMP.


This year looks to be another great show with bands representing Michigan from Ann Arbor, Flint, Fraser, Detroit, Wayne, and  Kalamazoo. New this year is a number of bands from around the country.


Michigan bands from Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Flint and Fraser are represented and new this year a wider sampling of artists from  around the country including Boston Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California, Las Vegas, Nevada, St. Louis, Missouri,  Nashville,  Tennessee, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Memphis, Tennessee. Sal has booked an incredible show this year. The line-up includes: Chief Greenbud - Nashville, Tennessee, Lil Wyte - Memphis, Tennessee, Bizarre - Detroit, Michigan, I.L.O. - Detroit, Michigan, Covert -  Flint, Michigan, Jeremy Shipley - Roseville, Michigan, Tony Klee , Michigan, Rufi0 – Detroit, Michigan, Skinny Pigeons, Boston,  Massachusetts,  DRIX, Los Angeles, California, Baoku & The Image Afro-beat Band, Cincinnati, Ohio, Infatuations, Detroit, Michigan,  Mt. Thelonious, St. Louis, Missouri, Black Note Graffitti, Ann Arbor,  MI and Dan Diamond, Las Vegas, Nevada.


 Please contact us  at info@monroestreetfair.com if you have any photos or video you would like to contribute to our digital archive.


 Please contact us  at info@monroestreetfair.com if you have any photos or video you would like to contribute to our digital archive.