Find Your Folk

With an eye toward cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, The Ark is deeply committed to innovative programming. We provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for ALL people to listen to, learn about, perform and share music.

With over 300 nights of live music offered each year you are sure to find your music and your community at The Ark.

“It’s a folk singer’s job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people.” – Woody Guthrie

“Folk music is not an acoustic guitar – that’s not where the heart of it is. I use the word ‘folk’ in reference to punk music and rap music. It’s an attitude, it’s an awareness of one’s heritage, and it’s a community. It’s subcorporate music that gives voice to different communities and their struggle against authority.” – Ani DiFranco

“People seem ready for a more in-depth idea of folk music, culture and history.” – Rhiannon Giddens

“There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both.” – Dave Alvin