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An Evening with Josh Ritter

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October 16 @ 6:30 pm $50, $125, $250, $500

The Ark's 26th Annual Fall Fundraiser
Josh Ritter

About The Event

The Ark’s annual Fall Fundraiser is our second largest annual fundraiser after the Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

About the Artist

The Ark is proud that we, along with Emmylou Harris and Paste magazine, which named Josh Ritter one of the 100 greatest living songwriters in 2006, spotted this monster talent in the making. Josh first came to the attention of Ark audiences as an emerging artist almost 20 years ago at the 26th Ann Arbor Folk Festival in 2003, and has gone on to record a dozen albums, write a book or two, tour with Jason Isbell, and play much larger halls than The Ark. So it’s very special to us to invite Josh to perform at The Ark’s 2022 Fall Fundraiser, solo, in a rare small club appearance. He’s an entrancing performer, a true master of the songwriter’s art.

Upper tiers of reserved seating ($500, $250, $125) will include a pre-show conversation between Josh and our emcee, Matt Watroba, plus a dessert reception. Matt Watroba is the voice of folk music in Michigan, and he’s the kind of guy who makes friends easily. Not only is he on a first-name basis with most of the major folk musicians in North America after a few decades of sharing stages with them, but he also has the kind of rapport with audiences that makes them feel as if they’re sitting among friends in a living room.


Event will follow safety protocols, all applicable laws, local guidelines, and national best practices. This includes but is not limited to those guidelines regarding social distancing and face masks that are in place at the local and/or state level at the time of the shows.



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$500 Platinum

  • Reserved seating at The Ark, front and center
  • Dessert reception 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Conversation with Josh Ritter at The Ark 7:00 pm
  • Drinks
  • Tax-deductible contribution to The Ark of $455.00

$250 Gold

  • Reserved seating, center and just behind Platinum ticket buyers
  • Dessert reception 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Conversation with Josh Ritter 7:00 pm
  • Drinks
  • Tax-deductible contribution to The Ark of $205.00

$125 Silver

  • Reserved seating in drink rail areas
  • Dessert reception 6:30 to 7:00 pm
  • Conversation with Josh Ritter 7:00 pm
  • Drinks
  • Tax-deductible contribution to The Ark of $80.00

$50 Bronze

  • General Admission seating in remaining seats, doors open at 7:45, performance begins at 8:00
  • Tax-deductible contribution to The Ark of $25.00


If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation in support of The Ark, please contact Tom Stoll at 734-761-1800

Silent Auction

Online Silent Auction via Bidding Owl. Auction lots will be on display at The Ark during the event, but all bidding and payment will take place online.

BID ONLINE (coming soon!)


Important Update 9/14/22

We have just received the unfortunate news that Janis Ian is having to cancel her performance for The Ark’s Fall Fundraiser on October 16.  Please read below for a note from Janis.

Please stay tuned for an update from The Ark next week with information on next steps and alternate plans for this year’s fundraiser.

Thanks, as always, for your support of The Ark!

A Note from Janis Ian:

“It is with unfathomable sadness that I announce the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates.

Unfortunately, the laryngitis that forced the postponement of some spring dates has turned out to be more complicated than a simple, treatable laryngitis. There is vocal fold scarring; the doctors can only speculate as to why, but treatments are very limited. And it would be many months before we’d know the outcome of any treatment.

It is most unlikely that I’ll ever sound like myself again.

I consider myself lucky that this is not life-threatening, though the loss in my own small world is staggering.

Thank you all for your support and love.”



October 16 2022
Doors Open:
6:30 PM
Show Starts:
6:30 pm
$50, $125, $250, $500
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