Shows & Events

Cancelled

45th Ann Arbor Folk Fest – Night 1

Hill Auditorium 825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

Presented by The Ark and Ford Motor Company Fund. Get ready to Find Your Folk!  The 45th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival returns to Hill Auditorium on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, live and in-person. The festival is the largest annual fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music.

Cancelled

45th Ann Arbor Folk Fest – Night 2

Hill Auditorium 825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

Presented by The Ark and Ford Motor Company Fund. Get ready to Find Your Folk!  The 45th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival returns to Hill Auditorium on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, live and in-person. The festival is the largest annual fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music.

Virtual Event

A Michigan Tribute to Nanci Griffith

Online

Presented by The Ark and Ford Motor Company Fund Musicians with Michigan roots will pay tribute to Nanci Griffith by offering covers of her classic songs. Featuring Annie and Rod Capps, Chris Buhalis, Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis, Dick Siegel & Dave Keeney, Jen Sygit, London Beck, The Lucky Nows, Matt Watroba, May Erlewine, Nadim Azzam, The RFD Boys, Rochelle Clark, and The Accidentals with special guests Kim Richey, Maia Sharp, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and The Burney Sisters.

$10
Cancelled

James McMurtry

Opener: BettySoo

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

In James McMurtry’s new effort, The Horses and the Hounds, the acclaimed songwriter backs personal narratives with effortless elegance (“Canola Fields”) and endless energy (“If It Don’t Bleed”).

$25
Virtual Event

Mustard’s Retreat

Facebook LIVE

Mustard’s Retreat has been delighting audiences by telling stories for 40 years- they are witty, insightful, fun, and profound, as well as accomplished songwriters and musician ( guitars, dulcimer, electric bass, mandolin, harmonica, pennywhistle). In addition to being raconteurs and storytellers, they will give you things to laugh about for days to come and remember for years. Tales of stupid frogs, wandering cadavers, haunted bridges and techo-nerds, memories of small towns and high school, first loves and last…and places we’ve been or maybe just dreamed of.

Free

Anaïs Mitchell & Bonny Light Horseman

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

Venue changed from Michigan Theater to The Ark ANAÏS MITCHELL is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, and the Tony and Grammy award-winning creator of the Broadway musical Hadestown

$29
Cancelled

Ocie Elliott

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

Ocie Elliott is musical duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy from Victoria, B.C., Canada.

$20

The Ark’s Open Stage

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

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 of it, Open Stage nights offer supportive audiences and a terrific space.

$3, $2 members, seniors, students

Corn Potato String Band

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

The Corn Potato String Band earns high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history.

$20
Cancelled

Lucinda Williams and Her Band

Michigan Theater 603 East Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI

Update 1/24/22 - This event has been rescheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022. Lucinda Williams, heralded by The New York Times as an “archetype in a lineage of rocking, literary American songwriters,” will headline a benefit concert at The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on Feb. 11, 2022 to mark the 40th anniversary of The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s daily meal program.

$35, $150

Heywood Banks

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

Heywood Banks is simply one-of-a-kind, almost impossible to describe, with a style his very own. Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon, with a show that appeals to college students, stoners, businessmen, yuppies, rednecks, punks, kids or your grandmother.

$30

Langhorne Slim

Opener: Nat Myers

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

Langhorne Slim didn't write a song for more than a year. A battle with clinical anxiety disorder and prescription drug abuse, which came to a head in 2019, had dimmed the light within. The man who once seemed to ooze spontaneity was now creatively adrift, stumbling along in the fog.

$25