Last year, when Patrick Elkins, the densely-bearded, enigmatic recluse behind Ypsilanti’s Totally Awesome Fest, called a press conference to announce the line-up for the annual fertility ritual masquerading as a city-wide music festival, I was the only person to show up. And, as you might recall, it didn’t go well. This year, unsurprisingly, there was no press conference. In fact, aside from a scant mention at AnnArbor.com, there’s been almost no information available to those of us who aren’t in the hipster elite. Patrick, I was told by a mutual acquaintance, had “gone underground,” and was unwilling to speak to anyone, outside his cult-like band of wide-eyed followers, about the event. Well, I decided to hunt him down. And, thanks to a tip from a well-placed source, I was able to find him at the Tap Room last night. What follows is our impromptu interview.
And I know it doesn’t exactly make a lot of sense, given the story I shared above concerning how this interview came about, but here’s a link to a slightly different version of the above interview.
Oh, and I wanted to mention that I’d be bringing seed bomb making materials to the Totally Awesome Fest kickoff event behind VG Kids on Friday evening. So, if you’re one of the people who wrote to me, asking when you could help with the bomb making, there’s your answer. [More on the Ypsilanti seed bombing initiative can be found here, for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about.]
A schedule of Totally Awesome Fest events can be found here.