The Ark’s Open Stage

Wed
21
August 21 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 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
Wed
8
May 8 @ 8:00 pm

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

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

Ann Arbor based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage as well as her American roots as an artist. Iconic WFMT-Chicago folk dj Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond most singer-songwriters.” She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender) and she’s been praised in the press equally for her voice, her musicality, and her songwriting.

$20
Thu
2
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
Sun
28
April 28 @ 1:00 pm

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

Gemily (Gemini + Emily) is the folk music trio comprised of Laz and San Slomovits and San’s daughter, Emily. Laz and San, as the highly popular family music duo, Gemini, have been performing throughout Michigan and the United States since 1973. Emily first began joining them on stage when she was just eight years old, and increasingly since graduating from college in 2016. All three are versatile instrumentalists and excellent singers. Between them they play over a dozen instruments including guitars, violins, ukulele, mandolin, pennywhistle, and a variety of folk flutes and hand percussion instruments.

Sat
13
April 13 @ 8:00 pm

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

Frontier Ruckus have just released their new album On the Northline via Loose Music. Their first full length release since 2017’s Enter The Kingdom, the new record exemplifies the group’s intricate orchestral folk pop sound which has endeared them to fans nationwide, backdropping guitarist/singer/lyricist Matthew Milia’s poetic observations on the mundane and the holy.

$25
Sat
22
June 22 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 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
Wed
28
February 28 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 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
Wed
21
February 21 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 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. Twelve performers have eight minutes (or two songs) each to do their thing. Sign-up: doors open at 7:30 p.m. At 7:55 we randomly select the names for the first half, and at 8:30 we draw names for the second half. If your name isn’t chosen, bring your raffle ticket with you to the next Open Stage (often the first and third Wednesdays of the month–check our calendar or website, theark.org), and you’ll double your chances.

$3, $2 members, seniors, students free with student ID
Wed
10
April 10 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 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