Who’s Played at The Ark?

Who’s Played at The Ark?

The Ark is committed to presenting performers throughout the entire arc of their career. We introduce emerging artists and celebrate acoustic music’s elite.

Folk Festival

Get ready to find your folk! The Ann Arbor Folk Festival is a two-night extravaganza in late January, showcasing up-and-coming artists, a few veterans you may have missed, and headlining acts.

Fall Fundraiser

Want to hear some great music (and eat some great food!) and kick your support for The Ark up a notch? The Ark’s annual Fall Fundraiser brings favorite artists to the club for a concert and a big party.

Open Stage

Whether you’re looking for your big break, want to perfect your live performance skills, or just want to perform live for the sheer fun, Open Stage nights at The Ark offer wonderful, warm audiences and a terrific stage on which to play.

Student Welcome Show

The Ark welcomes students back to Ann Arbor each Fall with a free show featuring an up and coming artist. This annual event is free to students with any valid student ID (high school, college, local, and out-of-state). The student show performer is highlighted at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival the following January.

Concert Sound Production Course

If you’ve ever had the urge to get behind the sound board, these classes are for you! Led by veteran audio engineer Kaia Skaggs, the fundamentals of audio production will be covered through a combination of lecture and a few hands-on exercises. 

Educational Programming

Over the past five years The Ark has been developing new educational initiatives based on community needs and interests. The main focus has been Common Chords: Telling America’s Story Through Music and Cultural Expression.  

Through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund, over the past five years The Ark has presented Common Chords to over 1,300 4th and 5th graders and chaperones from schools in Goodrich, Waterford, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Plymouth, Southfield, Madison Heights and Detroit. The 60-minute program teaches about American history, diversity and music.  Participating teachers give the program high ratings for enriching students’ spirits, increasing students’ knowledge of American music and culture, and teaching children how to be good audience members. 

Storytelling Festival

The Ark’s annual Storytelling Festival is a two-day celebration of the art of the tale, a well-loved journey to the land of the mind’s eye. The Storytelling Festival is an event for all ages, building the next generation of tellers and hearers in a unique way.

Shape Note Singing

Shape Note Singing is a non-denominational community musical event. The Ark’s group regularly meets on the second Sunday of the month, September through June from 2–5 pm. It’s free to attend and all are welcome. No experience is necessary! Contact Charlotte at cawolfe@umich.edu, or call Pat at (734) 678-7549, for more information. (Shape Note Singing is currently on hiatus due to the pandemic. We look to resume in 2022.)

Club Volunteers

Our club volunteers work concessions, sell merchandise, usher, take tickets, and process memberships.