Shows & Events

May Erlewine with Packy Lundholm

Opener: Frances Luke Accord

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

Songwriter May Erlewine travels the Midwest in the spring, offering an intimate evening of music and togetherness. May’s songs cut right to the heart of things, creating a space to feel and to enjoy a night of music and community. Joining Erlewine on guitar, the incredibly talented, Packy Lundholm. This tender duo has traveled the world together digging deep into each performance to bring you a very uniquely heart-full experience.


Jill Sobule

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

Jill Sobule’s work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. In a dozen albums spanning three decades of recording, the Denver-born songwriter/guitarist/singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia nervosa, shoplifting, reproduction, the French Resistance, adolescent malaise, LGBTQ issues, and the Christian Right. Her hits include “I Kissed A Girl”—the first openly gay-themed song ever to crack the Billboard Top 20—and the alt-rock anthem “Supermodel” featured in the film “Clueless”.

Artist Spotlight Series Live and Virtual


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

Stringfever is a group of talented musicians who have lived and breathed music since a young age. Formed in 2003, and currently composed of three siblings and their cousin, this internationally acclaimed quartet has performed 1000+ Shows in 33 countries since 2004, from private performances for the British Royal family to a packed audience at Madison Square Garden. Stringfever’s selections range from inspiring classics to popular music; every performance engaging audiences with humor and energy.

Free, Donations accepted for Food Gatherers

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. Performers have eight minutes (or two songs) each to do their thing. Doors open at 7:30, and names are drawn at 7:55 and 8:30. If your name isn't chosen, bring your raffle ticket with you next time, and you'll double your chances.

$3, $2 members, seniors, students free with student ID

Vance Gilbert

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

Vance was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Starting out hoping to be an R&B and jazz singer once at college, there he discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of the acoustic singer-songwriter thing. Word spread like wildfire about Gilbert's stage-owning singing and playing, and Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her 1992 Fat City tour where he took much of America by storm and by surprise. “With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god..” wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


The RFD Boys

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

It's hard to believe, because each show is fresh and new, but the RFD Boys have been delighting Michigan audiences since 1969 with their fabulous musicianship and sly, exquisitely timed between-song humor. The RFD Boys are one of southeastern Michigan's most durable musical ensembles, and their shows capture a deep slice of musical Ann Arbor.

$16, $15 members, students or seniors

Susan Werner

Opener: King Margo

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

Over the course of her 25-year career, Susan Werner has earned a reputation as “one of the most innovative songwriters working today” (Chicago Tribune). With formidable chops on guitar (she began playing at age five) and piano (she was a guest on NPR’s Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz), along with a graduate degree in voice performance, she puts on shows that are a one-woman master class in musicianship. Her songs have been recorded by Tom Jones, Michael Feinstein, and Shemekia Copeland. Her latest recording of originals is “The Birds of Florida.”

$25, $33, $50

Matt Andersen

Special Guest: Old Man Luedecke

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

When Matt Andersen steps on stage, he brings a lifetime of music to every note he plays. His latest album, “The Big Bottle of Joy,” is all about hard-won celebration; a dozen songs infused with raw blues-rock, rollicking Americana, thoughtful folk, and ecstatic gospel. Andersen’s stage presence is informed by decades of cutting his teeth in dusty clubs, dim-lit bars, and grand theaters all over the world, delivering soulful performances that run the gamut from intimate to wall-shaking.


Peter Madcat Ruth’s 75th Birthday Celebration Concert

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

Celebrate the birthday of a local legend with an all-star lineup featuring Peter Madcat Ruth’s C.A.R.Ma. Quartet with John Churchville on tabla, Brennan Andes on bass, and guitarist Dan Ripke. Special guests include Rachael Davis, Seth Bernard, and Nashville based harmonica virtuoso Buddy Greene.


Louisiana Calling with The Sonny Landreth Band and The Iguanas

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

The deep roots tag team of Cajun slide guitar phenom Sonny Landreth and legendary New Orleans Latin-Americana rockers the Iguanas presents a mind-blowing musical trip through the scenic soundscape of the bayou. Still wet from crawling out of the swamps, this cross-pollinated confection will be both savory and sweet. Louisiana’s calling—here’s your chance to answer!


William Fitzsimmons

Opener: Baerd

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

William Fitzsimmons is an indie troubadour from Illinois whose eight studio albums explore themes of joy, heartbreak, loss, and connection. The Sparrow and the Crow 15th Anniversary Tour is a celebration of his critically acclaimed third album; hailed by iTunes as the “best folk album of 2008.” Written after his first divorce, the record is a beautiful walk through love, loss, and healing. William will embark on a 30-city tour of the US playing the record in its entirety for the first time, in intimate settings armed only with his voice and acoustic guitar, in addition to other fan favorite songs from his catalog.


Jackie Greene

Opener: Cousin Curtiss

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

Americana and roots singer-songwriter Jackie Greene is a jack-of-all-trades and an artist who can croon over soulful piano ballads as much as he can shred a bluesy guitar solo. Since the release of his critically-acclaimed debut album 'Gone Wanderin’,' Greene has built an enduring audience through a relentless touring schedule with the likes of BB King, Mark Knopfler, Susan Tedeschi, and Taj Mahal. He played lead guitar with The Black Crowes on their Layin’ Down With #13 World Tour, recorded and toured with Trigger Hippy - his supergroup with Joan Osborne - and in the last four years performed over 300 shows of his own, all while continuing to record and release his solo work.