With an eye toward cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, The Ark is deeply committed to innovative programming. We provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for ALL people to listen to, learn about, perform and share music.
American/Alt-Country | Bluegrass/Newgrass | Blues | Celtic | Celtic/British Isles | Chamber Folk | Classic Folk | Comedy | Contemporary Songwriters & Groups | Country/Rockabilly | Family | Genre-Defying | Gospel | Hip-Hop | Humor | Jam Bands | Jazz | Klezmer | Latin | Legends | Local/Regional | Musical Theatre | Progressive Singer-Songwriter | Rock/Pop | Roots | Soul/R&B | Spoken Word | Topical/Political | Traditional Dance | Traditional/Old-Time | Virtuoso | Western | Women’s Music | Workshops and Seminars | World | Zydeco/Cajun
With over 300 nights of live music offered each year you are sure to find your music and your community at The Ark.
“It’s a folk singer’s job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people.” – Woody Guthrie
“Folk music is not an acoustic guitar – that’s not where the heart of it is. I use the word ‘folk’ in reference to punk music and rap music. It’s an attitude, it’s an awareness of one’s heritage, and it’s a community. It’s subcorporate music that gives voice to different communities and their struggle against authority.” – Ani DiFranco
“People seem ready for a more in-depth idea of folk music, culture and history.” – Rhiannon Giddens
“There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both.” – Dave Alvin