Shows & Events

The Hot Club of Cowtown & Tyler Hilton

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Known for its legendary music collection, including the early albums of Elvis Presley, Sun Studio left an indelible mark on the history of rock ‘n’ roll. In 2005, Tyler Hilton was cast to play the legendary rock star in the blockbuster biopic, Walk the Line (starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash). Now Tyler has teamed up with America’s premiere hot jazz and Western swing trio, Hot Club of Cowtown, bringing Elvis’ greatest hits from the Sun Studio years to life on the stage. The Hot Club of Cowtown has been an Ark favorite for years, but they’ve continued to break new ground since first visiting Ann Arbor in the 1990s, and this new show is no exception. Both The Hot Club of Cowtown and Tyler Hilton will perform their own material, and then they’ll join forces for the Elvis material—which is very much in the Hot Club’s wheelhouse.

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Jill Jack’s Birthday Bash

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Celebrating a lifetime of music! Jill Jack’s annual birthday bash has become a New Year's tradition at The Ark! Jill's magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics.


The Brother Brothers

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

The Brother Brothers, twins, are Brooklyn's Adam and Davis Moss. They offer rich harmonies and thoughtful songs accompanied by guitar, cello, violin, and banjo in a coherent way that only musicians from the same family can achieve. Already established players and composers in a wide spectrum of genres around New York and beyond, they have teamed up to bring their individual experiences together.


Robert Jones & Matt Watroba

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Ever since their first meeting, over 20 years ago, Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners. Their relationship started when they hosted back-to-back radio shows on WDET-FM, Detroit. Later on they started performing together and in doing so discovered a friendship based on mutual respect and a love for traditional American music. For Matt and Robert, American roots music (folk, blues, spirituals, work songs, chants, etc.) is music that matters.

$20, $10 students

The Ark’s Open Stage

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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

Wallis Bird

Opener: Marielle Kraft

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Few can enrapture an audience the way Wallis Bird can. Bird is coming to Michigan with a brand new album, Hands, which finds her turning the spotlight onto herself, raising issues that are sometimes hard to confront, only to emerge optimistic and whole.


Djangophonique // Harmonious Wail

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. A true disciple of the style, Andrew has spent countless hours immersing himself in the language of Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche, and he’s joined on stage by bandmates that match his skill and passion for the material. With respect for the tradition and a fearless creativity that bends the conventions of the style, Djangophonique is keeping the Hot Club of France revival alive and well.

The members of Harmonious Wail, from Madison, Wisconsin, are purveyors of Americana-infused gypsy jazz who continue to take their listeners on a ride via the music of the Hot Club sounds of Parisian cafes, to the deepest blues of the Memphis Delta, to the heartfelt folk scenes across every-town-America


Heywood Banks

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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 from Flint 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. Heywood intersperses his humorous observations of life with twisted, inventive, bizarre songs, sung and played in a variety of styles, from folk, to country to rock to pop, and way beyond.

Artist Spotlight Series Live and Virtual

Shane Guerrette

It’s the old way of doing things that inspires a new sound for upstate NY based artist, Shane Guerrette. Drawing influence from classic soul and roots rock genres, Shane has only just begun to craft his own retro flavored sound. With a recent self-released debut album called “Here’s Hoping” and plans of touring in the near future, you’ll want to keep an eye out for what’s to come from this rising star.


Neal Francis

Special Guest: Danielle Ponder

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

presented by ann arbor's 107one On his new album, “In Plain Sight,” Neal Francis offers up a body of work both strangely enchanted and painfully self-aware, unfolding in songs sparked from Greek myths and frenzied dreams and late-night drives in the depths of summer delirium. True to its charmed complexity, the singer/songwriter/pianist’s second full-length came to life over the course of a tumultuous year spent living in a possibly haunted church in Chicago. The result: a portrait of profound upheaval and weary resilience, presented in a kaleidoscopic sound that’s endlessly absorbing. 
American soul singer Danielle Ponder is both empowering and a powerhouse. In 2020, NPR described her music as anthemic while compassionate; soulful, while bold and strong. She reverberates with a goosebump-inducing passion,."

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Friday Night Folk: BanjoFest

The Ark 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

46th Ann Arbor Folk Festival - Presented by Bank of Ann Arbor Valerie June headlines this in-the-round evening in The Ark's Ford Listening Room featuring her own specially curated lineup of phenomenal women banjo players, including Yasmin Williams and Michigan’s own Rachael Davis.

$250, $120, $45
Folk Festival Special Event

46th Ann Arbor Folk Fest

Hill Auditorium 825 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

46th Ann Arbor Folk Festival - Presented by Bank of Ann Arbor Saturday night of the Ann Arbor Folk Fest offers the traditional Folk Fest format in beautiful Hill Auditorium, featuring a blend of renowned and up-and-coming performers, providing the opportunity to hear artists you know and love while discovering great new talent.

$250, $120, $70, $47.50