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CDL Song Fest 2021

October 23 , 2021
All Day | All Ages | Open to the Public

Join us for a music-filled day celebrating the art and craft of songwriting at the our fourth annual CDL Song Fest. Whether you're a music maker or a music lover, this is your day! We are featuring family fun and opportunities to hone your own songwriting skills. This year, we are thrilled to feature Michigan native singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer, Marshall Crenshaw, in performance and conversation, too! (Read Crenshaw's in-depth interview below.) Song Fest is family-friendly and open to the public.

Song Fest Schedule


Backstage Tour: Life of a Donated Book

Ever wondered what is behind the scenes at the library? Curious about what happens after you drop off your book donations under the stairs? Unravel the mystery by joining us for a special backstage tour of CDL. Participants will receive a special Friends of CDL swag bag and be entered to win a groovy Friends gift basket!

Library Lobby | Registration preferred | Call 734-475-8732 x219 to save your spot


image of girl writing a song

Songwriting Mentor Sessions

Get advice from seasoned local songwriter Judy Banker! From nailing down a bridge to fine tuning your lyrics, they'll help your music really sing! Stay tuned for this year's mentor announcements! To register call (734) 475-8732 x219.

Zoom | Registration Required
Register for your 25-minute slot by calling 734.475.8732 x219 


Monster Mash

Make this year’s Song Fest spooktacular by joining us for an afternoon of kids crafts, festive music, and treats! Paint a pumpkin, make a spooky rainstick, and don’t forget to wear your costume to join in our costume parade!

Library Lawn | Ages 3–11 | Drop-in


Beat Saber Boogie

Flex your dance moves and show off your cube-slashing skills in our Beat Saber VR competition! The winner walks away with a $15 gift card to Secret Crisis Comics.

KidSpot | Grades 6–12 | Drop-in


SportPort on the Lawn

CDL Song Fest really is a day for everyone! In addition to music related events, CDL is debuting new SportPort items. SportPort is a collection of sporting equipment to borrow that will be available beginning October 4. Come try it out on the library lawn during our Song Fest afternoon celebration.

Library Lawn | All Ages | Drop-in | Weather permitting


Up Close with Marshall Crenshaw

Chelsea First Congregational Church | 121 E. Middle St., Chelsea | Drop-in

Martin Bandyke, morning host of ann arbor’s 107one, interviews musician Marshall Crenshaw about his career, influences, and craft.


Marshall Crenshaw Live!

Join CDL for an evening music concert with Marshall Crenshaw! Celebrated singer, songwriter, and guitarist Marshall Crenshaw’s recording career spans three decades, includes 13 albums and hundreds of songs. The Michigan-bred artist’s musical output consistently maintains a high level of artistry, craftsmanship, and passion, endearing him to a broad and loyal following.

Marshall Crenshaw, the Michigan native and Chelsea District Library’s Song Fest headliner, is eagerly looking forward to October, when after more than a yearlong delay (due to COVID-19), he will finally get to take stage in Chelsea to discuss his songwriting process and the ins and outs of his musical odyssey, as well as perform a free concert. For those unfamiliar with the CDL Song Fest, or for those that just need a refresher after last year’s pandemic-induced cancellation, the program was created to celebrate the singer-songwriter and to really look at the nuts and bolts of songwriting. Each year, prospective songwriters can meet with songwriting mentors at the library, to get feedback and work on their songs and ideas. Then in the evening, radio’s Martin Bandyke, host of the Morning Drive on 107one in Ann Arbor, interviews the musical headliner, before the night culminates with an intimate concert.


Click here to read an exclusive, in-depth interview with Crenshaw, written by Chris Berggren, CDL Administrative Assistant.

Download the Interview

Special thanks to the Friends of Chelsea District Library for their support of this program.

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