316 S. Main, Ann Arbor
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Michigan’s leading showcase for American and international performers of all forms of traditional and roots music and contemporary songwriting. Shows almost every night at 8 p.m. Mon.– Sat., & 7:30 p.m. Sun., unless otherwise noted. Tickets are sold in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and TheArk.org, and at the door. Note: Proof of vaccination and masks required.

Upcoming Events

December 4, 2022: Chris Pureka.

Portland (OR)-based pop-folk singer-songwriter who grew up in New England. “Chris Pureka’s gritty tunes are charged with charm, toe-tapping poetry, and a sexy dose of wit,” says singer-songwriter Alix Olson. Opener: John Allison-Weiss, an L.A.-based indie pop singer-songwriter. $20.

December 6, 2022: The Bad Plus.

This New York City-based trio led by pianist Ethan Iverson performs what one critic calls “reconstructions of pop songs,” including inventive covers of music by everyone from Blondie to Nirvana to electronic artist Aphex Twin. AllMusic.com critic Thom Jurek praises the band’s “mercurial, mysterious, yet utterly musical sense of adventure,” in a review of its 2016 album, Inevitable Western. The band comes to town with an eponymous new CD. $30.

December 8, 2022: Ebird & Friends Holiday Show.

Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local eclectic band the Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the Michigan music scene for her very popular annual program of new and old holiday music, now in its 15th year. This year’s featured performers are Tunde Olaniran, Emilee Petersmark, Timothy Monger, Chris Dupont, and Kylee Phillips. $25-$50. 2 p.m. (Sat. only) & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.).

December 9, 2022: Ebird & Friends Holiday Show.

Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local eclectic band the Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the Michigan music scene for her very popular annual program of new and old holiday music, now in its 15th year. This year’s featured performers are Tunde Olaniran, Emilee Petersmark, Timothy Monger, Chris Dupont, and Kylee Phillips. $25-$50. 2 p.m. (Sat. only) & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.).

December 10, 2022: Ebird & Friends Holiday Show.

Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local eclectic band the Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the Michigan music scene for her very popular annual program of new and old holiday music, now in its 15th year. This year’s featured performers are Tunde Olaniran, Emilee Petersmark, Timothy Monger, Chris Dupont, and Kylee Phillips. $25-$50. 2 p.m. (Sat. only) & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.).

December 11, 2022: Kat Edmonson.

An Austin-based pop-jazz singer-songwriter who is often compared to fellow Texan Norah Jones, Edmonson has released 3 critically acclaimed CDs that have been hits on the jazz charts. “She’s got an authentic, almost old-time jazz quality about her,” says Lyle Lovett. She comes to town with “Holiday Swingin,” a Christmas show that features such Christmas favorites as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “O Christmas Tree”, and “Let It Snow.”  $25.

December 13, 2022: Nefesh Mountain

Bluegrass-based Americana quartet fronted by the husband-and-wife duo of vocalist Doni Zasloff and banjoist & guitarist Eric Lindberg. The band is best known for its incorporation of Jewish musical styles into a traditional bluegrass idiom, and they often sing in Hebrew. Opener: Taylor Ashton, a Brooklyn-based Canadian  $20.

December 14, 2022: Open Stage.

All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up (doors open 7:30 p.m.) to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark. $3 (members, seniors, & students, $2).

December 15, 2022: Ocean.

Acclaimed D.C.-area Celtic music quartet led by accordionist & keyboardist Jennifer Cutting. Tonight’s show celebrates the winter solstice and the Christmas season with a program that includes British Mummer’s play recitations, traditional English & French carols, Scottish & Irish fiddle tunes, 19th century broadside songs, and some originals. With vocalist Christine Noyes, percussionist Stephen Winick, and U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Sean Heely. $20.

December 16, 2022: Vienna Teng.

Sold out.

December 17, 2022: Blackthorn.

This veteran Royal Oak quartet plays a wide range of Celtic music, from contemporary Irish songs and traditional songs of emigration to sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and haunting ancient airs. $20.

December 29, 2022: “The Music of Fela Kuti.”

Led by Cincinnati-based Nigerian musician Baoku Moses, an ensemble of U-M music school faculty, students, and alumni, along with local and Detroit musicians, performs music by the legendary Nigerian composer musician, a pioneering figure in the creation of Afrobeat, a genre that blends West African music with American funk and jazz. With trumpeter Ingrid Racine, tenor saxophonist Andrew Bishop, baritone saxophonist Alex Harding, guitarist Ray Ureña, keyboardist Brian DiBlasio, bassist Ben Rolston, drummer Jonathan Ovalle, and congas player Owl DiBlasio. $20.

December 31, 2022: Crossroads Ceili.

An evening of Celtic music, song, and dance hosted by Mick Gavin, a veteran Detroit Irish fiddler (and County Clare native), with an assortment of guest performers TBA. $25.

Past Events

December 4, 2022: Chris Pureka. (More Info)

December 3, 2022: Over the Rhine. (More Info)

December 2, 2022: Dick Siegel. (More Info)

December 1, 2022: Rollie Tussing Trio. (More Info)

November 27, 2022: The David Mayfield Parade. (More Info)

November 27, 2022: Gemily. (More Info)

November 26, 2022: Mr. B. (More Info)

November 25, 2022: Matt Watroba. (More Info)

November 20, 2022: Windborne. (More Info)

November 19, 2022: The RFD Boys. (More Info)

November 18, 2022: Glen Phillips. (More Info)

November 17, 2022: Will Hoge and Dave Hause. (More Info)

November 16, 2022: Open Stage. (More Info)

November 15, 2022: Ryan Montbleau. (More Info)

November 13, 2022: Rachael Davis. (More Info)

November 12, 2022: Alex Cuba. (More Info)

November 11, 2022: Nervous but Excited. (More Info)

November 10, 2022: Rachael Yamagata. (More Info)

November 9, 2022: Rodney Crowell. (More Info)

November 7, 2022: Sons of the East. (More Info)

November 6, 2022: Peter Madcat Ruth’ C.A.R.Ma. Quartet (More Info)

November 5, 2022: BLKBOK. (More Info)

November 4, 2022: Amanda Shires. (More Info)

November 3, 2022: “Veterans for Peace Concert.” (More Info)

November 2, 2022: Karla Bonoff. (More Info)

October 29, 2022: Erin Zindle & the Ragbirds. (More Info)

October 28, 2022: Jon McLaughlin (More Info)

October 26, 2022: Acoustic Eidolon. (More Info)

October 25, 2022: Megan Slankard. (More Info)

October 23, 2022: Alejandro Escovedo. (More Info)

October 22, 2022: Lucy Kaplansky. (More Info)

October 21, 2022: Carbon Leaf. (More Info)

October 20, 2022: Seth Bernard. (More Info)

October 19, 2022: Augustana. (More Info)

October 15, 2022: The RFD Boys. (More Info)

October 14, 2022: The Verve Pipe. (More Info)

October 13, 2022: The Sweet Remains. (More Info)

October 12, 2022: William Fitzsimmons. (More Info)

October 11, 2022: The Appleseed Collective (More Info)

October 8, 2022: Trace Bundy. (More Info)

October 7, 2022: Kiltro. (More Info)

October 5, 2022: Kelsey Walden. (More Info)

October 4, 2022: John Splithoff. (More Info)

October 1, 2022: Annie Capps & a Band of Badass Women. (More Info)

September 30, 2022: Stephanie Lambring and Ken Yates. (More Info)

September 29, 2022: Vance Gilbert. (More Info)

September 28, 2022: Open Stage. (More Info)

September 27, 2022: Big Little Lions. (More Info)

September 26, 2022: Gwenifer Raymond. (More Info)

September 24, 2022: Joe Reilly & the Community Gardeners. (More Info)

September 23, 2022: Black Jake & the Carnies. (More Info)

September 22, 2022: Joe Purdy. (More Info)

September 20, 2022: Watkins Family Hour. (More Info)

September 19, 2022: Glen Tilbrook. (More Info)

September 17, 2022: The RFD Boys. (More Info)

September 16, 2022: Cold Tone Harvest. (More Info)

September 15, 2022: Chris Bathgate. (More Info)

September 14, 2022: Kittel & Co. (More Info)

September 13, 2022: David Bromberg. (More Info)

September 12, 2022: Foghorn Stringband. (More Info)

September 8, 2022: “Student Welcome Show.” (More Info)

September 7, 2022: Open Stage. (More Info)

August 31, 2022: Open Stage. (More Info)

August 28, 2022: Milk Carton Kids. (More Info)

August 27, 2022: Chris DuPont & Kylee Phillips. (More Info)

August 26, 2022: BeauSoleil. (More Info)

August 25, 2022: Lee DeWyze. (More Info)

August 24, 2022: Katie Geddes. (More Info)

August 23, 2022: Dan Navarro. (More Info)

August 21, 2022: Sierra Ferrell. Sold out. (More Info)

August 20, 2022: “George Bedard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash.” (More Info)

August 19, 2022: Hiss Golden Messenger/Aoife O’Donovan. (More Info)

August 18, 2022: Adam Ezra Group. (More Info)

August 14, 2022: Téada. (More Info)

August 13, 2022: The RFD Boys. (More Info)

August 12, 2022: Seth Walker. (More Info)

August 11, 2022: The Black Feathers. (More Info)

August 9, 2022: Linden Thoburn. (More Info)

August 8, 2022: “Shakespeare Unplugg’d.” (More Info)

August 7, 2022: Billy Gilman. (More Info)

August 6, 2022: The Yellow Room Gang (More Info)

August 5, 2022: The Young Novelists. (More Info)

August 3, 2022: Skerryvore. (More Info)

July 31, 2022: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. (More Info)

July 30, 2022: Wine, Women, & Song. (More Info)

July 29, 2022: Mike Gentry/Mike Vial. (More Info)

July 28, 2022: Gaelic Storm. (More Info)

July 27, 2022: Open Stage. (More Info)

July 26, 2022: Lilli Lewis. (More Info)

July 17, 2022: Laura Veirs. (More Info)

July 16, 2022: Willy Porter. (More Info)

July 15, 2022: Tommy Malone. (More Info)

July 14, 2022: Sonny Landreth. (More Info)

July 11, 2022: The High Kings. (More Info)

July 10, 2022: Parsonfield. (More Info)

July 9, 2022: The RFD Boys. (More Info)

July 8, 2022: Laith Al-Saadi Trio. (More Info)

July 7, 2022: Carsie Blanton. (More Info)

July 6, 2022: Marcia Ball. (More Info)

July 5, 2022: Eilen Jewel. (More Info)

July 2, 2022: Mountain Heart. (More Info)

July 1, 2022: Marshall Crenshaw (More Info)

June 30, 2022: King Margo. (More Info)

June 29, 2022: Open Stage. (More Info)

June 28, 2022: Dani Darling. (More Info)

June 24, 2022: The Natalia Zukerman/Matt the Electrician. (More Info)

June 23, 2022: Brandy Clark. (More Info)

June 22, 2022: The John Doe Trio. (More Info)

June 20, 2022: Chatham Rabbits. (More Info)

June 20, 2022: Chastity Brown. (More Info)

June 18, 2022: 10,000 Maniacs. (More Info)

June 17, 2022: Blueshouse and Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective. (More Info)

June 15, 2022: Open Stage. (More Info)

June 14, 2022: James McMurtry. (More Info)

June 11, 2022: Bill Kirchen. (More Info)

June 10, 2022: Luke Winslow-King. (More Info)

June 9, 2022: Grant-Lee Phillips. (More Info)

June 7, 2022: Rob Massard. (More Info)

June 4, 2022: Chris Bathgate. (More Info)

June 3, 2022: John Gorka (More Info)

June 2, 2022: The Steel Wheels (More Info)

June 1, 2022: Eric Hutchinson. (More Info)

May 26, 2022: May 26: Warren & Flick. (More Info)

May 25, 2022: Iris Dement. (More Info)

May 24, 2022: Drew & Kin. (More Info)

May 22, 2022: Sam Lewis. (More Info)

May 21, 2022: Matt Anderson. (More Info)

May 20, 2022: Mike Massé. (More Info)

May 19, 2022: Waipuna. (More Info)

May 18, 2022: Open Stage. (More Info)

May 17, 2022: Sondre Lerche. (More Info)

May 15, 2022: Marc Cohn. (More Info)

May 14, 2022: The RFD Boys. (More Info)

May 13, 2022: May Erlewine (More Info)

May 11, 2022: Oliver Wood Trio. (More Info)

May 8, 2022: Ken Yates. (More Info)

May 8, 2022: Carrie Newcomer. (More Info)

May 7, 2022: Mary Fahl. (More Info)

May 6, 2022: The Sweet Water Warblers. (More Info)

May 4, 2022: The Black Opry Revue. (More Info)

April 30, 2022: Griffin House (More Info)

April 29, 2022: Nora Jane Struthers (More Info)

April 28, 2022: Gavin DeGraw (More Info)

April 27, 2022: Alan Doyle (More Info)

April 26, 2022: Cary Morin (More Info)

April 24, 2022: Katie Pederson (More Info)

April 23, 2022:  “Mr. B’s 25th Blues and Boogie Celebration” (More Info)

April 22, 2022: Cheryl Wheeler (More Info)

April 21, 2022:  Jimmy Webb (More Info)

April 20, 2022: Jonatha Brooke (More Info)

April 16, 2022: Haley Heynderickx (More Info)

April 15, 2022: Chris Smither (More Info)

April 14, 2022: Joe Pug (More Info)

April 13, 2022: Adia Victoria (More Info)

April 10, 2022: BeauSoleil (More Info)

April 9, 2022: Kyshona (More Info)

April 7, 2022: “U-M Jazz Showcase” (More Info)

April 6, 2022: Open Stage (More Info)

April 5, 2022: Penny & Sparrow (More Info)

April 3, 2022: Watchhouse (More Info)

April 2, 2022: The RFD Boys (More Info)

April 1, 2022: Graham Nash (More Info)

March 31, 2022: Sarah Harmer (More Info)

March 30, 2022: Open Stage (More Info)

March 26, 2022: Joseph (More Info)

March 25, 2022: Crystal Bowersox (More Info)

March 24, 2022: The Cactus Blossoms (More Info)

March 23, 2022: John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (More Info)

March 22, 2022: London Beck (More Info)

March 18, 2022: Oshima Brothers (More Info)

March 17, 2022: Hannah O’Brien & Grant Flick (More Info)

March 16, 2022: Open Stage (More Info)

March 13, 2022: Ron Pope (More Info)

March 12, 2022: Todd Snider (More Info)

March 11, 2022: Laith Al-Saadi (More Info)

March 10, 2022: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (More Info)

March 9, 2022: The Accidentals (More Info)

March 8, 2022: Bruce Cockburn (More Info)

March 7, 2022: Joshua Radin (More Info)

March 6, 2022: We Banjo 3 (More Info)

March 5, 2022: We Banjo 3 (More Info)

March 4, 2022: Martin Sexton (More Info)

March 2, 2022: Jigjam (More Info)

February 28, 2022: John Moreland (More Info)

February 28, 2022: Allison Russell (More Info)

February 24, 2022: Enter the Haggis (More Info)

February 22, 2022: Marielle Kraft (More Info)

February 20, 2022: Bettye LaVette (More Info)

February 19, 2022: Peter Mulvey (More Info)

February 18, 2022: John McCutcheon (More Info)

February 16, 2022: Open Stage (More Info)

February 13, 2022: “My Folky Valentine.” (More Info)

February 12, 2022: Langhorne Slim (More Info)

February 11, 2022: Heywood Banks (More Info)

February 10, 2022: Corn Potato String Band (More Info)

February 9, 2022: Open Stage (More Info)

February 5, 2022: Mustard’s Retreat (More Info)

January 18, 2022: G. Love & the Juice (More Info)

January 16, 2022: Ellis Paul (More Info)

January 15, 2022: “Jill Jack’s Birthday Bash” (More Info)

January 14, 2022: The Sweet Remains (More Info)

January 14, 2022: The Sweet Remains (More Info)

January 12, 2022: Skerryvore (More Info)

January 11, 2022: Oliver Wood Trio (More Info)

January 9, 2022: Drew Nelson (More Info)

January 8, 2022: The Yellow Room Gang (More Info)

January 7, 2022: Jorma Kaukonen (More Info)

January 4, 2022: Albert Lee (More Info)

December 18, 2021: Blackthorn (More Info)

December 17, 2021: Mick Gavin’s Crossroads Ceili (More Info)

December 12, 2021: Dar Williams (More Info)

December 11, 2021: 14th Annual Ebird & Friends Holiday Show Live at the Ark (More Info)

December 10, 2021: 14th Annual Ebird & Friends Holiday Show Live at the Ark (More Info)

December 8, 2021: Stephen Kellogg (More Info)

December 7, 2021: Nefesh Mountain (More Info)

December 6, 2021: Charlie Parr and Dead Horses (More Info)

December 5, 2021: Andy McKee (More Info)

December 3, 2021: Arlo McKinley (More Info)

December 2, 2021: Steve Poltz (More Info)

November 27, 2021: Mr. B (More Info)

November 26, 2021: Matt Watroba (More Info)

November 21, 2021: Peter Bradley Adams (More Info)

November 20, 2021: Lucy Kaplansky (More Info)

November 18, 2021: Joe Jencks (More Info)

November 16, 2021: Carsie Blanton (More Info)

November 14, 2021: San Fermin (More Info)

November 13, 2021: Jon McLaughlin (More Info)

November 12, 2021: Willy Porter Trio (More Info)

November 11, 2021: Sonny Landreth (More Info)

November 10, 2021: Chicago Farmer & the Fieldnotes (More Info)

November 9, 2021: Darrell Scott (More Info)

November 8, 2021: The Lone Bellow (More Info)

November 7, 2021: Brendan James (More Info)

November 6, 2021: Madison Cunningham (More Info)

November 5, 2021: Sam Lewis (More Info)

November 4, 2021: Los Lobos (More Info)

November 3, 2021: Hot Club of Cowtown and Davina & the Vagabonds (More Info)

October 31, 2021: Dustbowl Revival (More Info)

October 30, 2021: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express (More Info)

October 29, 2021: Carolyn Wonderland (More Info)

October 28, 2021: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers (More Info)

October 26, 2021: Scott Cook (More Info)

October 25, 2021: Steve Forbert (More Info)

October 23, 2021: Dick Siegel (More Info)

October 22, 2021: Cold Tone Harvest (More Info)

October 21, 2021: The Small Glories (More Info)

October 20, 2021: Erin McKeown (More Info)

October 19, 2021: David Ramirez and Matt Costa (More Info)

October 18, 2021: Willie Nile (More Info)

October 17, 2021: Cowboy Junkies (More Info)

October 16, 2021: Joshua Davis (More Info)

October 15, 2021: Trace Bundy (More Info)

October 14, 2021: David Wilcox (More Info)

October 13, 2021: Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche (More Info)

October 12, 2021: Willie Watson (More Info)

October 11, 2021: Rainbow Girls (More Info)

October 10, 2021: The David Bromberg Quintet (More Info)

October 9, 2021: The Verve Pipe (More Info)

October 7, 2021: “Veterans for Peace John Lennon Birthday Concert.” (More Info)

October 6, 2021: The Mersey Beatles (More Info)

October 2, 2021: The Accidentals and Sawyer Fredericks (More Info)

October 1, 2021: Tom Rush (More Info)

September 30, 2021: Iris Dement (More Info)

September 29, 2021: Choir! Choir! Choir! (More Info)

September 28, 2021: Adrian + Meredith (More Info)

September 26, 2021: May Erlewine & the Motivations (More Info)

September 25, 2021: Susan Werner (More Info)

September 24, 2021: Will Sheff and Damien Jurado (More Info)

September 21, 2021: Joe Troop (More Info)

September 19, 2021: Riders in the Sky (More Info)

September 18, 2021: Eddie from Ohio (More Info)

September 17, 2021: Carbon Leaf (More Info)

September 16, 2021: Seth Glier (More Info)

September 15, 2021: Michael McDermott (More Info)

September 13, 2021: Leo Kottke (More Info)

September 12, 2021: Asleep at the Wheel (More Info)

September 9, 2021: Elliott Brood (More Info)

September 7, 2021: Mick Flannery & Susan O’Neill (More Info)

September 3, 2021: Loudon Wainwright III (More Info)

August 29, 2021: Paul Thorn (More Info)

August 28, 2021: George Bedard & the Kingpins (More Info)

August 27, 2021: Lee DeWyze (More Info)

August 26, 2021: Molly Tuttle (More Info)

August 24, 2021: Grace Pettis and Rachael Kilgour (More Info)

August 23, 2021: Crys Matthews and Heather Mae (More Info)

August 22, 2021: Marc Cohn (More Info)

August 7, 2021: Jo Serrapere & the Lafawndas (More Info)

August 4, 2021: Adam Ezra Group (More Info)

August 1, 2021: The Steel Wheels (More Info)

November 12, 2020: Le Vent du Nord: The Ark Livestream Series. (More Info)