21st Annual EDGEFEST 2017: Drums Along the Edge

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What is Edgefest?

Edgefest In The Press

Edgefest Funding & Sponsors

Reserve seats now!


Discover FRINGE at the EDGE

Become an EDGEHEAD


The Lineup


This year's lineup coming soon!

What is Edgefest?

"The annual rite of fall in Michigan music...running off the beaten tracks."
- Downbeat

Founded in 1997, Edgefest is an award­-winning annual avant­-garde jazz and creative new music festival with a unifying purpose: to explore new music created by today's composer­s and performers from the United States and beyond. Under the direction of founder Dave Lynch, it began as a single­day event and is now a major 4­ day festival that includes collaborations and educational outreach.

EDGEFEST 21: Drums Along the Edge is the 21 st edition of this annual internationally acclaimed creative avant/jazz music festival presented by Kerrytown Concert House (KCH) in October. The four-day festival will have a unifying purpose: to explore new music created by drummers/percussionists. A roster of distinguished, ground breaking drummer/composers with their ensembles will illuminate the innovative role percussion and these artists, both seasoned and emerging, have played in the avant/jazz world.

Edgefest In the Press

What People Are Saying About Edgefest:

"There's no doubt that if you want to hear accomplished music in an intimate space with excellent sound in the company of a respectful crowd, Edgefest is the place to be."
- John Sharpe, New York City Jazz Record

"If you've got an ear for adventurous music that doesn't care much for the constraints of genre, labels or convention, then you should be in the audience for Edgefest."
- Mark Stryker, The Detroit Free Press

"To paraphrase the state motto of Michigan, if you seek a deeper groove, look about you."
- Lawrence Cosentino, Signal to Noise

 “One of the premier national events for avant-garde and improvisational music in the world.”
- Mike McGonigal, The Detroit Metro Times

“Edgefest sits squarely at the nexus of improvised music and contemporary composition, ignoring, nay obliterating, any concern of genres and boundaries...Edgefest once again cast its bright light on some of the world’s most exciting and challenging music.”
- Arlene & Larry Dunn, I Care If You Listen

Read press from previous Edgefests:

Sharpe, John. "Festival Report: Edgefest." New York City Jazz Record. December 2016.

Stryker, Mark. "Pianist Craig Taborn helps Edgefest celebrate 20 years." Detroit Free Press. October 2016.

Drouot, Alain. "Edgefest Now Bigger Than Ever." DownBeat. November 2016. 

Hare, Dayton. "Explorative jazz artist Steve Rush returns to Edgefest." The Michigan Daily. October 2016.

Nastos, Michael G. "Preview: Celebrating 20 Years of Edgefest in One Year." Pulp. October 2016.

Bjorn, Lars. "Edgefest 2016 Marks 20 Years." SEMJA Update. October 2016.

Review of Edgefest 2012 by Arlene and Larry Dunn

Live review of Edgefest 2011 by Lawrence Cosentino,
from Signal to Noise

Edgefest 2011 Review in Jazz.ru

Edgefest Funding & Sponsors

Support for Edgefest 21 is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Encore Records at 417 E. Liberty St. has sponsored and hosted the Tuesday evening Fringe events. Check back later for our exact schedule, and check out Encore Records for one of the most interesting music selections in the area!
Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.


As part of the 20th anniversary of Edgefest, KCH kicked off a new series of free public performance events throughout Ann Arbor in the lead-up to the festival. Stay tuned for more info about future Warming Up the Edge performances!

Discover FRINGE at the EDGE

As part of the 10th anniversary of Edgefest in 2006, KCH created a series of free public performance events which took place during the days and early evenings in restaurants, cafés and galleries in downtown Ann Arbor, featuring some of the areas most accomplished creative musicians.

The Fringe project, now a festival staple, has been very successful in moving creative and imaginative music making out of the conventional concert hall venue and into public spaces such as bars, restaurants and markets.

Stay tuned for more information about Fringe performances at this year's Edgefest!

Reserve your seats now!

Call or click:
734-769-2999 or Reserve Online


Edgefest will take place at Kerrytown Concert House as well as other downtown Ann Arbor venues. Tickets for individual events may be purchased by cash, check, or credit at the door of each concert site beginning 30 minutes prior to each show. All seating reserved through phone or e-mail is guaranteed only until performances are scheduled to begin. Edgepasses may be reserved directly through the KCH website or by calling 734-769-2999.

$160 - Edgepass

• Entrance to the Edgefest VIP opening dinner party
• General admission to ALL ticketed Edgefest events (over $250 value)

Become an EDGEHEAD

The festival depends on individual contributions, even more as cuts in corporate sponsorships affect the festival. As an Edgepass holder who becomes an Edgehead, you will not only be invited to the opening night dinner - always a gourmet feast in an informal, fun atmosphere - but those pass holders contributing $150 or more will have assigned seats in the first and second rows at ticketed events and those contributing at least $100 will have assigned seats beginning in the third row.

Guests who purchase the special EDGEHEAD Edgepass at $260 receive personalized, reserved seating in the second section (rows 3-5) at all ticketed Edgefest events, and guests who purchase the EDGEHEAD Edgepass at $310 receive personalized, reserved seating in the first section (rows 1-2) at all ticketed Edgefest events. Seats are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserving early is highly recommended! Edgepass holders, EDGEHEADS and sponsors are invited to the VIP opening dinner party. Edgepasses may be purchased by cash or check (made payable to "KCH") and picked up at Kerrytown Concert House at any time during the festival. Edgepasses can also be paid for via credit card over the phone (with a 3.5% processing fee) or in person at KCH (with a 2.75% processing fee).

$260 - EDGEHEAD Edgepass ($100 of which is tax-deductible)

• Entrance to the Edgefest VIP opening dinner party
• Personalized, reserved seating in the second section (Rows 3 - 5) for ALL ticketed Edgefest events (over $400 value)

$310 - EDGEHEAD Edgepass ($150 of which is tax-deductible)

• Entrance to the Edgefest VIP opening dinner party
• Personalized, reserved seating in the first section (Rows 1 - 2) for all ticketed Edgefest events (over $500 value)


The Microtel Inn and Suites is a sponsor of Edgefest, offering Kerrytown Concert House Edgefest artists and patrons a special Edgefest rate. An added Microtel benefit is seeing and meeting Edgefest artists as they come and go at the Microtel.


To make a reservation at the Microtel (3610 Plymouth Road-near US 23):

  1. Call the Microtel Reservations Desk at 734-997-9100
  2. Make a reservation with the front desk and be sure to mention that you are an Edgefest patron.

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