Shows & Events

Lizzie No

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

New York singer-songwriter, harpist and guitarist Lizzie No is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary indie folk music. Her 2017 debut album, "Hard Won," was hailed as "simultaneously understated and fervent" by Billboard magazine. No's 2019 album, "Vanity", was a hit at college radio stations across the country, cracking the NACC Top Adds Chart. Rolling Stone called the first single, "Narcissus," a "crisp alt-rock gem" and a Song You Need To Know. Since then she's released a sophomore album and a surprise home-studio-made EP, and she's bringing a bold new album, "Halfsies," to The Ark.

$20
Cancelled

The Trials of Cato

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

The remarkable rise of BBC Radio 2 award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed "the Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories.

$20

The Cadillac Cowboys

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

Some traditions die hard; others just continue to survive despite all odds. The latter is the case with the Cadillac Cowboys. When the Country Volunteers first took the stage of Mr. Flood’s Party in Ann Arbor, back in 1974 no one ever knew what assortment of rag-tag volunteers would show up from one week to the next. Eventually, the lineup began to solidify into a regular outfit that came to be known as the Cadillac Cowboys and, 50 years later, here they are playing the western swing, boogie woogie, classic country and rock & roll that’s as comfortable as an old pair of cowboy boots. Amazing enough. But what’s more amazing is that the Cadillac Cowboys play their tunes with the same freshness, rawness, and energy that they brought to the stage in those early years.

$20

Seth Bernard

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

Seth Bernard’s journey—from potent young Interlochen Center for the Arts idealist to iconic troubadour of the Great Lakes region—has been rooted in the woods and water, soil and soul of Michigan. Born on Earthwork Farm in Lake City on April Fools Day 1980, Bernard has been playing the trickster-bard ever since. Like a true old-school folkie, he writes and plays the songs because they mean something, and that something they mean drives a life beyond just playing songs.

$20

John Moreland

Special Guest: Ken Pomeroy

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

Tulsa-based John Moreland returns to The Ark with his new album, Birds in the Ceiling. A compelling blend of acoustic folk and avant-garde pop playfulness, Birds in the Ceiling lives confidently in a space of its own, enriched by tradition but never encumbered by it. The songwriting that has stunned fans and critics alike since 2015’s High on Tulsa Heat remains potent, while the sonic evolution that unfolds on the record feels like a natural expansion of 2020’s acclaimed LP5.

$25

Kaia Kater

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

Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian Kaia's jazz-fueled voice and deft songcraft have garnered acclaim from NPR's Tiny Desk, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and No Depression. Through her artful banjo playing and lush songwriting, Kaia draws on influences rooted in Quebec, the Caribbean, and Appalachia, all of which reflect the diversity of her background, her ties to the Canadian folk music scene, her college years spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia, her father’s experience growing up in Grenada, and her recent work in film composition.

$20

Gretchen Pleuss

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

Gretchen Pleuss is an Ann Arbor, Michigan based poet and singer-songwriter whose "vocal delivery and skillful finger picking call to mind the folk singers who graced the stage of the Gaslight Café during the 60's Greenwich Village folk renaissance. Fans of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and other folk luminaries will appreciate Gretchen's gorgeous arrangements and thought-provoking songwriting" - Dan Jarvis, Midwest Action. Hailing from humble roots along the Ohio River, Gretchen’s lyrics weave her personal experiences into larger reflections of society and self. Gretchen’s soft vocals and infectious melodies allow listeners to transport themselves into her heart.

$20
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Matt Nathanson

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

Over his almost 30 year career, Matt Nathanson has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His sixth studio album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough multi-platinum hit "Come on Get Higher.” Matt comes to The Ark in support of a new album, Map At The Mall.

$50, $65, $80

Chris Fleming

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

Chris Fleming was named one of Variety’s Ten Comics to Watch for 2019. He has amassed over 70 million views on his Youtube channel and has appeared in Comedy Central’s CORPORATE, Splitting Up Together, Netflix’s Last Laugh and Twelve Forever. The Huffington Post has called him “perhaps one of the best things on the internet.” Of his live show, Chortle says, “you can’t take your eyes off this unpredictable, exciting performer.”

$35

House of Waters

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

The "Jimi Hendrix of the Hammered Dulcimer" (NPR), Max ZT is an innovator of an instrument rarely heard in contemporary music. With roots in Irish folk music, Max has studied in Senegal, where he trained with the Cissoko Griot family, and India, where he studied under the santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques. Moto Fukushima is a recognized master of the six-string bass. With a background in jazz improvisation, Western classical music and the music of South America, Moto's playing is a combination of finesse, subtlety, and power that leaves audiences “slack-jawed in awe.” (Jazz Wise) Nominated for the Best Contemporary Instrumental album at the 2024 GRAMMY awards, House of Waters is at the forefront of jazz innovation.

$20

Davy Knowles // Jeffrey Gaines

Special Guest: JD Eicher

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

Whether playing mandolin, acoustic, national steel, or screaming electric guitar, Isle of Man-born Davy Knowles has an unmistakable style. Jeffrey Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and his powerful live performances. With only his voice and a guitar for accompaniment, Gaines has earned a reputation as a captivating performer, entertaining his audiences worldwide.

$25

Loudon Wainwright III

Special Guest: Wesley Stace

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

Grammy winner Loudon Wainwright III is a cherished icon of American folk music, a darkly witty and touchingly personal songwriter and storyteller. He started out in the folk clubs of New York and Boston before going on to a long career that's encompassed both music and acting. He has released over 30 albums and written folk classics including "Dead Skunk" and "The Man Who Couldn't Cry," and created music for film and theater.

$30