John Splithoff’s music melds classic soul, an irresistible pop vibe, and modern production. He came out of Chicago’s vibrant songwriting scene and then headed for New York, releasing his single “What If She Wants You” in 2014. Last April he issued the album “All In” and has performed both acoustic and electric versions of its songs. Even though many of the songs were written prior to the COVID pandemic, John says they have “a collective sense of love, longing, and loneliness.”
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Kelsey Waldon’s 2014 debut album “The Goldmine,” though self-released, made a major impact, and its 2016 follow-up, “I’ve Got a Way,” landed on numerous year-end best lists. Invited by the late John Prine to join the lineup of is Oh Boy label, she was the label’s first outside signing in 15 years. Kelsey comes to The Ark with a new release, “No Regular Dog.”
Nadim is donating a portion of his income from this performance to support the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom For All effort in Michigan. Nadim Azzam brings his passion as a lyricist, MC, guitarist, and soul singer to the Ark. This young Ann Arborite built a name with his heartfelt, rap-laced solo acoustic set, and has been amassing a national following in love with his rapid-fire hip-hop delivery fused with the sincerity of a 1950s love song balladeer. His original music is a hip-hop, alt-rock, jazz fusion that uplifts and inspires, bringing that feel-good, smile worthy element found in Ed Sheeran, Michael Franti, and G Love & The Special Sauce. His powerful debut EP, Here's to Changes Vol. 1, landed him a nationwide campus tour with Matisyahu. Nadim comes to The Ark with lots of new music, and we can’t wait to see where he goes next.
At Royal Oak Music Theatre Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 35 years. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian). Bragg has recently added best-selling author/musicologist to his CV with the success of his acclaimed 2017 book ‘Roots, Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle Changed The World’.
With sales of more than three million albums worldwide, the Verve Pipe was one of Michigan rock and roll's great success stories of the 1990s. Formed in East Lansing, the band gained a following for its textured rock songs distinguished by inventive arrangements, soul-searching lyrics and layered vocals.