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The Ypsi Experience: Sonic contributions to honor the past, present, and future of the Black community in Ypsilanti.

  • 100 Market Pl, Ypsilanti, MI 48198
  • Dates: September 22, 2023 - September 23, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Ypsilanti Freighthouse
  • Time: 7:30 PM


UMS will launch a new season of events the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, with four weeks of programming for all ages from Sep 12 – Oct 7! All events will be free or Pay-What-You-Wish, and Ypsilanti residents will have priority access to tickets starting Tue Jul 25.

The Ypsi Experience celebrates the history of Ypsilanti as a refuge for Black Americans dating back to the 1830s. Stories from this significant time in history will inspire original music compositions that honor the bravery and resilience of those who sought freedom on the Underground Railroad and celebrate the important role Ypsilanti played in this pivotal moment in American history.

This multimedia work featuring saxophone, bass, drums, piano, guitar, voice, and narrator was commissioned by UMS to celebrate Ypsilanti’s bicentennial, and was developed in collaboration with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County. The performances at the Freighthouse will be the world premiere of this new composition.