The RFD Boys

Fri
15
December 15, 2023 @ 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.

$16, $15 members, students or seniors
Fri
5
January 5 @ 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.

$16, $15 members, students or seniors
Mon
4
December 4, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

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

Yes, Nefesh Mountain is a bluegrass band. Yes, some of their lyrics are sung in Hebrew. No, it isn’t a gimmick or a parody. And, no, it’s not klezmer music. […]

$20
Wed
29
November 29, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

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

We remember Don Julin from the amazing duet shows that he did with Billy Strings, announcing a monster new talent. But there’s more to this Michigan musician than that. Ever […]

$20
Sat
3
February 3 @ 8:00 pm

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

Appalachian Roadshow is a visionary acoustic ensemble, bringing new-generation interpretations of traditional Americana, bluegrass and folk songs, as well as offering innovative original music, all presented with a common thread […]

$25
Mon
30
October 30, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

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

Masters of their trade, The Lonesome Ace Stringband bring grit, skill and abandon to Americana music, bridging old-time, bluegrass and folk traditions into a seamless hybrid of original material that is at once fresh and timeless.

Instrumentation alone sets this Toronto-based trio’s sound apart: consisting simply of fiddle (John Showman), clawhammer banjo (Chris Coole), and upright bass (Max Heineman). The spine-tingling harmonies and interchanging lead vocals only bring more magic to the equation. They’re releasing their fifth album, a feisty and mighty all-original collection (Try To Make It Fly Oct 2023) and touring it to Canada, the US and Europe.

$20
Mon
25
September 25, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

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

Larry Bellorín hails from Monagas, Venezuela, and is a legend of Llanera music. Joe Troop is from North Carolina and is a Grammy-nominated bluegrass and oldtime musician. Larry was forced into exile and is an asylum seeker in North Carolina. Joe, after a decade in South America, got stranded back in his stomping grounds in the pandemic. Larry works construction to make ends meet. Joe’s acclaimed “latingrass” band Che Apalache was forced into hiatus, and he shifted into action working with asylum seeking migrants.

Currently based in the Triangle of North Carolina, both men are versatile multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters on a mission to show that music has no borders. As a duo they perform a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music on harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, guitar, maracas and whatever else they decide to throw in the van. The program they offer features a distinct blend of their musical inheritances and traditions as well as storytelling about the ways that music and social movements coalesce.

$25
Sun
22
October 22, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

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

Sweden’s Väsen-Duo, Mikael Marin and Olov Johansson, have, after almost 40 years of interaction and touring, refined their sound and their stage presence to the extent that today they are unique in their kind. They perform on a variety of stringed instruments, including kontrabasharpa, oktavharpa, three-rowed nyckelharpa, violoncello da spalla and a blue electric base-viola. Väsen comes to Michigan with a new album, “Melliken.”

Hawktail brings together musicians you’ve heard in a dozen other places into an exciting new combination! Fiddler Brittany Haas was a member of Crooked Still and a fixture on Chris Thile’s “Live from Here” radio shows. Bassist Paul Kowert is a longtime member of Punch Brothers. Guitarist Jordan Tice grew up in bluegrass and has played with The Dave Rawlings Music Machine. And mandolinist Dominick Leslie has studied with Thile, Mike Marshall, and David Grisman, and has performed with Noam Pikelny & Friends. Put it together, and you have a band that can range across genres and recombine them with ease, imagination, and brilliant virtuosity.

$25
Tue
24
Artist Spotlight Series Live and Virtual
October 24, 2023 @ 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, Professor Emeritus at Berklee College of Music, who has released dozens of influential solo albums over a 50-year career in addition to his work with David Grisman and Mike Marshall, and founded the Turtle Island Quartet, Psychograss, and Republic of Strings; Joe K. Walsh, mandolin virtuoso and vocalist who spent four years with the award-winning bluegrass act the Gibson Brothers before becoming a solo artist, songwriter, and Strings Department Professor at Berklee; all-around guitar genius Grant Gordy, a former member of David Grisman’s band and respected solo artist and educator; and the phenomenal Scots bassist Aidan O’Donnell, who has backed harpist Maeve Gilchrist and countless modern jazz heroes. Their appearances in the last few years at Wintergrass, Rockygrass, Grey Fox, Freshgrass, Redwing Roots, and at IBMA conventions have created a reverberant clang throughout the Acoustic Americana music world.

Free, Donations accepted for Food Gatherers
Sat
30
September 30, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

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

The Gibson Brothers are the bluegrass duo of Eric and Leigh Gibson, from Ellenburg Depot, New York, in the hardscrabble lands along the Quebec border. They’ve gotten widespread recognition for their deep and realistic original songwriting, which grows organically out of the community and the experiences in which the brothers have taken part. There’s beauty but also pain in the vivid storytelling of their songs. But the Gibsons also fit perfectly into the great tradition of brother duets with their ringing, instinctive harmonies. Says Michael Eck of No Depression: “To say they’ve got the classic brother duet thing down is an understatement; they own it.” Some of their recent music has been experimenting with the incorporation of electric instruments. This duo has been cleaning up at bluegrass awards shows these days, and if you’re wondering who the heirs apparent to the bluegrass greats might be … well, come on by! The Gibson Brothers come to Michigan with a wonderful new release, “Darkest Hour.”

$25