Steppin’ In It

Sun
14
January 14, 2024 @ 7:30 pm

Opener: Zak Bunce

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

Toting a stack of vintage instruments and a sound that brings listeners back to the days of old-time radio, Lansing’s Steppin’ In It pounds out its own distinct combination of […]

$30
Sat
28
October 28 @ 8:00 pm

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

​​Since 2005 when Erin Zindle first created The Ragbirds, the band has gathered and maintained a passionate, grassroots fan base by continually reinventing themselves with an ever-evolving sound, while remaining […]

$25
Sat
2
December 2 @ 8:00 pm

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

The Empty Pockets ignite a bright flame by harnessing a joyful friction between Americana, folk, and rock ’n’ roll spiked with roots soul. The Chicago quartet—Josh Solomon (guitar, vocals), Erika […]

$20
Tue
24
Artist Spotlight Series Live and Virtual
October 24 @ 8:00 pm

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

If you haven’t heard of the cheerfully named supergroup Mr. Sun, you’ve certainly heard its proponents, four of the finest musicians on the American Roots scene: Renowned fiddler Darol Anger, […]

Free, Donations accepted for Food Gatherers
Sat
29
July 29 @ 8:00 pm

Opener: Thunder & Rain

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

With a blend of dreamy acoustic duets, foot-stomping folk and bluesy murder ballads, New Zealand-born and Nashville-based South for Winter’s sound is as eclectic as their origins. The band is composed of New Zealander Nick Stone, Colorado native Dani Cichon, and Michigander Alex Stradal, and together the three multi-instrumentalists and songwriters combine elements such as cello, guitar, mandolin, and three-part harmonies into a genre-bending sound described by American Songwriter as “impeccable.” The band was an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance in 2022, and an Official Artist at South by Southwest in 2023, and they’re coming to Michigan with a debut album on the way.

$20
Fri
7
July 7 @ 8:00 pm

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

Ani & Kora are Ani Mari and Kora Melia, a folk duo from Houghton, Michigan. Old on soul and sharp as a tack, their music (Ani’s lyrics, lead vocals, and rhythm guitar combined with Kora’s virtuosic fiddle and mandolin playing and backing vocals) is inspired by their upbringing in the Keweenaw Peninsula and the folk, indie rock, and Americana music they grew up immersed in, with pinches of jazz and riot grrrl thrown in for good measure. Their most recent album, “Good Fighter,” was recorded in the Twin Cities with Americana folk and country artist Erik Koskinen. Ani is also a current student at the U-M and plays around Ann Arbor with her other band, Ani Mari & Company.

Dead North is an avant-garde bluegrass band from Houghton, Michigan, consisting of Luke Pascot on guitar and vocals; Kora Melia on fiddle, mandolin, and vocals; and Nate Miller on bass and vocals. Inspired by the likes of Tony Rice, The Grateful Dead, Billy Strings, and so many more, their sound is a psychedelic harmony of bluegrass standards, jazz improv, and Appalachian folk. Immersed in the music of a past generation, they are a common sight around campfires in the Northwoods, in the back rooms of breweries, and in your favorite Michigan theaters.

$20
Sat
15
July 15 @ 8:00 pm

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

The Tillers are Mike Oberst, Sean Geil, Aaron Geil & Joe Macheret. The Tillers arose out of Cincinnati’s West Side punk scene and have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string band style folk music for a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk storytellers of the national soundscape. Their shows attract an assortment of gray-haired mechanics, neo-hippies, farmers, punkers, professors, and random strays all stomping, clapping, singing, and belting outbursts of “John Henry!” and “Darlin’ Corey.” Check out the Ark debut of this unique Ohio group!

$20
Tue
11
July 11 @ 8:00 pm

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

Dobro master and 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is a bandleader, producer, session musician, instructor, and a very funny guy! He’s produced over a hundred albums, and he’s featured on over 1,600 studio albums. He’s a member of Alison Kraus & Union Station, co-bandleader for Transatlantic Sessions in the United Kingdom, founder for the Grammy winner bluegrass supergroup The Earls of Leicester, and he leads The Jerry Douglas Band. Since 2017, The Jerry Douglas Band has been forging new paths into the musical horizon with deep roots in bluegrass and folk that spreads out into the Americana and jazz landscapes. In 2021, The Jerry Douglas Band released an album, “Leftover Feelings,” with legendary singer songwriter John Hiatt. The album was nominated for a 2022 Grammy for Best Americana Album, and their previous record, “What If, “also received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. The group performs at some of the top U.S. festivals such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Pilgrimage Music Festival, Big Ears Festival, DelFest, FreshGrass, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest, and many others. In addition to Douglas, The Jerry Douglas Band includes Daniel Kimbro on bass, Christian Sedelmyer on fiddle, and Mike Seal on guitar.

$30
Wed
10
Cancelled
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
6
October 6 @ 8:00 pm

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

While in Arizona studying audio engineering, Ben Daniels decided to be a musician. A natural poet, he soon became a young songwriter schooled on Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, J.J. Cale, and John Prine, among others.

Since 2006, Ben has written songs that speak directly to the things we all see, recognize, and think. Years later, his lyrics have the authenticity of an artist.

Together since 2008, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with an Americana sound from the Michigan ground. From their opening song to the finale of their set, their musicianship, experience, and originality make no two shows alike. And with the bluegrass roots of Tommy Reifel (bass), Wesley Fritzemeier (drums/mandolin/fiddle), and George Merkel (guitar), Ben Daniels Band’s live show never fails to take over the venue.

$20