The War and Treaty

Special Event
April 21, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

El Club 4114 W VERNOR HWY. DETROIT, MI 48209 United States

at El Club, Detroit Since forming in 2014, The War And Treaty have amassed a following as eclectic as their sound itself, a bluesy but joyful fusion of Southern soul, gospel, country, and rock-and-roll. Known for a live show nearly revival-like in intensity, the husband-and-wife team of Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter endlessly create an exhilarating exchange of energy with their audience, a dynamic they’ve brought to the stage in opening for the legendary Al Green and touring with the likes of Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell. So when it came time to choose a title for their forthcoming sophomore album, The War And Treaty quickly landed on Hearts Town—the Nashville duo’s adoring nickname for their ardently devoted fanbase.

$25, $30 day of show
April 11, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Opener: Kirk Thurmond

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

Morgan James is a Juilliard-trained singer, actress, songwriter and recording artist in New York City. Morgan recently co-produced and starred in an all-female concept recording of “Jesus Christ Superstar” entitled “She Is Risen.” She independently released her studio albums of original soul music, entitled Memphis Magnetic and A Very Magnetic Christmas, recorded to analog tape in Memphis, Tennessee. Other albums include “Reckless Abandon,” which prompted the Huffington Post to call MJ the Brightest Breakout Artist of the Year.

October 9 @ 7:30 pm

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

Nadim is donating a portion of his income from this performance to support the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom For All effort in Michigan. Nadim Azzam brings his passion as a lyricist, MC, guitarist, and soul singer to the Ark. This young Ann Arborite built a name with his heartfelt, rap-laced solo acoustic set, and has been amassing a national following in love with his rapid-fire hip-hop delivery fused with the sincerity of a 1950s love song balladeer. His original music is a hip-hop, alt-rock, jazz fusion that uplifts and inspires, bringing that feel-good, smile worthy element found in Ed Sheeran, Michael Franti, and G Love & The Special Sauce. His powerful debut EP, Here’s to Changes Vol. 1, landed him a nationwide campus tour with Matisyahu. Nadim comes to The Ark with lots of new music, and we can’t wait to see where he goes next.

Live and Virtual
June 20 @ 8:00 pm

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

Chastity Brown has been called a banjo-playing soul singer and “a rocking, rolling encyclopedia of roots music.” She’s been featured on CMT and NPR’s “Favorite Sessions, and has been the subject of profiles in Paste and the Times of London, among others. Livestream access is made possible with support from Ford Motor Company Fund.

February 20 @ 7:30 pm

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

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the great soul interpreters of her generation”, Bettye LaVette is a vocalist who can take any type of song and make it completely her own.

August 29, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

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

Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured the young Elvis generations before.