Both Sides Now: The Music and Lives of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen

Wed
23
October 23 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

“Two singer-songwriters sit on the edge of a cliff . . .” With these words, we are drawn into the world of Both Sides Now, a theatrical concert that explores the music and lives of long-time friends and one-time lovers, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Created by, and starring Robbie Schaefer and Danielle Wertz, the cabaret-style performance travels decades alongside songs such as A Case of You, Hallelujah, Big Yellow Taxi, Suzanne, and many more.

$25
Tue
25
Artist Spotlight Series Live and Virtual
June 25 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Bass singing folk group The Wellermen were discovered during the viral Sea Shanty trend of early 2021. The four had never met in person prior to going viral together, with members Bobby Waters & Luke Taylor based in the US and Jonny Stewart & Sam Pope based in the UK. The four members’ lives were to change when they dueted with a seemingly innocuous Sea Shanty on TikTok. Since the release of the now ubiquitous TikTok, it’s been viewed 100m+ times across multiple platforms and continents, and has seen The Wellermen appear on shows like Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and The Colbert Show.

Free, Donations accepted for Food Gatherers
Sun
14
July 14 @ 7:30 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Katie sings traditional and contemporary folk, country-folk, and folk-pop tunes. A deft interpreter of beloved songs, her captivating voice and velvety-smooth delivery bring new life to the compositions of writers such as John Prine, Michael Nesmith and Lennon and McCartney.

$20
Tue
13
August 13 @ 7:30 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

The youngest of 14 children, Iris DeMent was born in Paragould, Arkansas, and moved to California with her devoutly religious family when she was three. As a teenager she absorbed the country music of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash, as well as the folk classics of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Her 1992 debut album, “Infamous Angel,” distilled these influences into a poetic yet down-to-earth songwriting style. With a heartfelt, homespun voice that listeners recognize instantly, Iris released some of the most powerful roots albums of the 1990s with the beautifully sparse “My Life” and the harder-edged “The Way I Should.” Her songs are her way of healing our broken inner and outer spaces.

$35
Sun
4
August 4 @ 7:30 pm

With Special Guest: Mustard's Retreat

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Peter Yarrow co-wrote “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” and by any measure he’s one of America’s most beloved folk singers. With Peter, Paul & Mary in the 1960s and beyond, he was part of a group that changed the world of music. He’s been active in changing the wider world as well, and he has never slowed down since the birth of Peter, Paul & Mary during the Kennedy administration. In 1969 he was one of the organizers of the antiwar March on Washington. In support of the rights of Jews in the former Soviet Union he wrote the anthem “Don’t Let the Light Go Out.” In 2000 he founded Operation Respect, a set of school and camp curricula designed to promote a culture of tolerance and respect. Peter’s recent appearances have emphasized music as a shared message and an antidote to mean-spiritedness and intolerance.

$30
Wed
12
June 12 @ 8:00 pm

With Special Guest: Wesley Stace

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 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
Sun
19
May 19 @ 7:30 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Michigan Emmy-winning songwriter Kitty Donohoe, based in Ann Arbor, is celebrating more than 50 years as a performing singer-songwriter. She recently received the 2024 Michigan Heritage Award for her 30 plus years of entertaining audiences with her original songs about our state, as well as being named a finalist and Outstanding Achievement Award for three of her songs by the Great American Song Contest in 2022. Drawing from her Irish, Canadian and American roots, Kitty backs herself on guitar, cittern and piano to write songs that can be uplifting, thought-provoking, celebratory, moody, quirky, humorous and everything in between!

$20
Thu
2
Live and Virtual
May 2 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

On hiatus since 2019, “For Pete’s Sake”, an all-star, in-the-round celebration of the songs and life of Pete Seeger, returns to The Ark! This year’s revival of the longtime Ark tradition features Michigan music favorites San, Laz, & Emily Slomovits; host of “No Roots – No Fruit” podcast and popular community singer, Matt Watroba; folk-roots singer-songwriter and beloved troubadour, Chris Buhalis; Hollerfest prime mover and prolific singer-songwriter/performer, Billy King; Michigan folk royalty, Annie & Rod Capps; legendary writer of classics like “Angelo’s” and “What Would Brando Do” and a do-not-miss performer, Dick Siegel; and songwriter, performer, and active proponent of our southeast Michigan music scene, Judy Banker – coming together to celebrate Pete’s birthday by sharing stories and, in the true Seeger style, lots of singalongs. All proceeds from this event go to support The Ark.

$20
Mon
20
Sold Out
May 20 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

$50, $65, $80
Thu
11
April 11 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Heralded by Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine, Amy Speace is one of contemporary folk and Americana music’s leading voices. Lauded by mentors Judy Collins, Tom Paxton and Janis Ian, as well as the songwriting community in Nashville, her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Sid Selvidge among others. After 20 years of touring, she has played concerts all across the US and Europe and has graced stages from Glastonbury Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK to Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and Mountain Stage.

$20