Ki5 & Jordan Hamilton

Thu
25
May 25 @ 8:00 pm

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

Vocalist, songwriter, and producer Kyler Wilkins from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been performing as Ki5 (rhymes with high-five), using nothing but a loop station and a simple effects unit since 2017. His vibrant composition style—influenced by his time in a cappella groups—explores the human voice meshed with beatboxing and delivers familiar genres such as R&B, pop, and soul. Cellist and vocalist Jordan Hamilton is a mix of mastery and maverick musicality; hip-hop influenced, rhythmically layered, melodically robust. He makes avant garde folk-soul music, a key to navigating space, time, and change gracefully. John Sinkevics of Local Spins describes his music this way; “Plucking, sawing, pounding and caressing the cello to extract sometimes other-worldly sounds; melding live looping with classical music interludes, hip hop, and jazz.” Tonight these highly innovative Michigan musicians join forces in a duo show.

$20
Wed
10
May 10 @ 8:00 pm

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

Tony Furtado’s banjo and slide guitar range over the entire landscape of American roots music. He puts together traditional string styles, blues, and rock into fusions that have a haunting quality yet seem perfectly natural. Equally at home as a solo act or as a collaborator, Tony has played with musicians as diverse as Alison Krauss, David Grisman, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, and Widespread Panic. Lately he has focused his energy on songwriting. Says Paste: “He mixes bluegrass roots with a mainstream pop streak, easily holding the spotlight, thanks to his restrained virtuosity on acoustic and slide guitar and a warmly engaging voice reminiscent of T Bone Burnett, sans preachiness.” All the music of America is in Tony Furtado’s music, and Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn’t need categories.” Tony comes to town with a new release, “Decembering,” and it’s been too long since we’ve heard what he’s been up to creatively!

$20
Fri
28
April 28 @ 8:00 pm

Opener: Anna Vogelzang

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

Returning from the 2023 Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Kyshona (“kuh-SHAUNA”) has been hailed by Billboard for “descriptive songwriting and soulful vocals alongside a versatile blend of folk, rock, and R&B influences.” Kyshona has always lent her voice and music to those that feel they have been silenced or forgotten. She began her career as a music therapist, writing her first songs with her patients—the students and inmates under her care. She soon found the need to write independently and find her own voice, an endeavor which led her to the fertile ground of the Nashville creative community and songwriting culture. Since then, she has learned how to balance her music career with her passion to heal the hurting. Audiences will find a common thread of empowerment, overcoming adversity, and finding hope in her work. Her debut LP, “Listen,” was co-produced with Andrija Tokic (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and recorded mostly at his famed Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter.

$20
Mon
17
April 17 @ 8:00 pm

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

Over the years, we’ve featured fiddler Mark O’Connor at The Ark many times, with each show revealing a new facet of this amazing American musician. Mark’s new project, “Crossing Bridges,” gives a glimpse into how it all came to be. “Crossing Bridges” is a book and a concert, tracing his journey rom his childhood years, when at age 11 he was winning classical guitar competitions against University graduates, and at age 12 was thrust as a soloist onto the Grand Ole Opry stage introduced by the King of Country Music, Roy Acuff. The story covers Mark’s 1970s child prodigy years on the road as national fiddle and guitar champion. The acclaimed musician learned at the feet of American music legends while exploring his relationships with his mother and dysfunctional family, a near career-ending accident and his involvement in some of the world’s most iconic instrumental bands. The memoir details the personal triumphs, struggles and demons that informed the decisions he made about his music, career path and the risks he was willing to take for a shot at the brass ring. The first half of this show will feature music, while the second half offers a discussion of the book, anecdotes, and a Q&A.

$30
Sun
5
March 5 @ 7:30 pm

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

Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”) started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop-in, no-commitment singing event in 2011. Now happening twice weekly, and open to anyone who likes to sing new arrangements of pop songs, C!C!C! boasts a dedicated and passionate membership of inspired singers from in and around Toronto, Canada. They have performed live with Patti Smith at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Tegan and Sara on the Juno Awards, at TEDx Toronto, and at the Toronto International Film Festival Closing Gala at Roy Thompson Hall. Choir! Choir! Choir! sings popular songs, choral style—you never know quite which ones. Like what you hear? Show up, and they’ll teach you an original arrangement of a song you love. Tonight: an epic George Harrison singalong to celebrate George’s 80th birthday.

$25
Mon
13
February 13 @ 8:00 pm

Opener: Abigail Stauffer

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

Jess Merritt is an Ann Arbor singer and songwriter whose rich, soulful voice evokes a unique emotional resonance.  From power ballads to velvet keys, soul and rock to blues and pop, listeners are headed into a memorable experience by this expansive and versatile artist.

This special “musical memoir” performance marks Jess’s 40th birthday and a return to the stage with her band, the Understorey, after a 5-year hiatus.  The Understorey is composed of longtime collaborators Josef Deas and Jenny Jones and new members Brennan Andes, Jon Brown and TJ Zindle.  The show will feature a mix of original songs, covers and stories about the “path to renaming and reclaiming” herself, along with special guests.

$20
Tue
6
December 6, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

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

Avoiding easy categorization, The Bad Plus has won critical acclaim and a legion of fans worldwide with their unique sound and flair for live performance. Now in their 21st year, The Bad Plus continues to push boundaries as founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) embark on a new piano-less incarnation of the band with Ben Monder (guitar) and Chris Speed (tenor saxophone)—re-energizing their sound and inspiration.

$30
Sat
12
November 12, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

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

Alex Cuba is a multiple Latin Grammy/Grammy/Juno winning singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition. His musical evolution for years was all about searching for the simplicity and soul in Cuban music –taking apart the complex arrangements, mixing it with North American influences, adopting the melodic simplicity of pop music, looking to Cuban folk traditions for inspiration—he’s always exploring, always creating something fresh and new, and always, it seems, getting it just right.

$20
Sat
5
November 5, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

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

Born and raised in Detroit’s inner-city, BLKBOK (born Charles Wilson III), grew up in a music-filled house. When it came to music, most of the kids he grew up with pursued hip-hop, adopting rap names. However, it’s no coincidence that Charles chose the name BLKBOK, which echoes that of one of the greatest pianists and composers of all time. The tag is also an apt reflection of the elements that have contributed to the artist’s identity and symbolizes his colorful journey from pop and hip-hop culture to his critically acclaimed, neo-classical debut album “Black Book,” and to various mixtape projects and collaborations.

$25, $40
Fri
7
October 7, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Opener: Dani Darling

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

Conceived in the lively, bohemian port city of Valparaiso, Chile, Kiltro draws much of its thematic energy from Latin American folk artists, making for an emotive and stylistically unique merging of older genres with contemporary ones.

$20