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Jeff Daniels will host this year’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Annual festival will take place Jan. 29, 30

Jeff Daniels will emcee the Ann Arbor Folk Festival for the second time.
Jeff Daniels will emcee the Ann Arbor Folk Festival for the second time. (Luc Daniels)

ANN ARBOR – Actor and musician Jeff Daniels will emcee the 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival, The Ark announced on Wednesday.

Daniels, a longtime friend and supporter of the venue, emceed the event for the first time in 2007 and later returned as a headliner for the 2014 festival.

“We are pleased to welcome our good friend back to provide artist intros and share some of his own music with us this year,” read a statement released by The Ark.

It was also announced on Wednesday that artist Kim Richey will be making an appearance as the special guest of The Accidentals as they kick off the festival’s first night. Richey’s history with The Ark goes back to 1997.

The news comes two weeks after The Ark announced additional artists for this year’s Folk Fest, set for Jan. 29 and 30.

Lineup for the 44th Ann Arbor Folk Festival. (The Ark)

The lineup is subject to change.

Folk Fest is an annual fundraiser for The Ark, a nonprofit music venue for folk, ethnic and roots music.

Tickets

Member pricing

  • Single night passes: $20 livestream only; Silver Bundle $60 livestream + exclusive #arkfamily festival shirt; Gold Bundle $110 all benefits of Silver + festival branded mask; Platinum Bundle $225 all benefits of Gold + festival mug and poster; Benefactor Bundle $450 all benefits of Platinum + snack basket.
  • 2-night Series passes: $37.50 livestream only; Silver Series Bundle $115 livestream + 2 exclusive #arkfamily festival shirts; Gold Series Bundle $200 all benefits of Silver Series + 2 festival branded masks; Platinum Series Bundle $400 all benefits of Gold Series + 2 festival mugs and one poster; Benefactor Series Bundle $800 all benefits of Platinum + 2 snack baskets.

Public sale

  • Single night passes: $25 livestream only; Silver Bundle $75 livestream + exclusive #arkfamily festival shirt; Gold Bundle $125 all benefits of Silver + festival branded mask; Platinum Bundle $250 all benefits of Gold + festival mug and poster; Benefactor Bundle $500 all benefits of Platinum + snack basket.
  • 2-night Series passes: $45 livestream only; Silver Series Bundle $135 livestream + 2 exclusive #arkfamily festival shirts; Gold Series Bundle $225 all benefits of Silver Series + 2 festival branded masks; Platinum Series Bundle $450 all benefits of Gold Series + 2 festival mugs and one poster; Benefactor Series Bundle $900 all benefits of Platinum + 2 snack baskets.

A tax-deductible contribution to The Ark is included in all ticket bundles.

To become an Ark member, call 734-761-1800.

Since this is the first year The Ark is putting on a virtual show, it has compiled answers to FAQ for digital orders:

  • All Folk Fest content will be new, unique performances exclusive to this event.
  • Artists’ sets will run approximately 20-40 minutes each.
  • You’ll have up to a week to view the festival as many times as you like.
  • All orders must be made online directly through this link.
  • Passes offer access per household, not per person.
  • You can order one night only or a two-night series pass.
  • There are great ticket bundles that include exclusive Folk Fest merchandise (not available for separate purchase), as well as a livestream only ticket starting at $25. Ticket bundles include a donation to The Ark.
  • On the day of the festival, you’ll receive a link to the program by email.
  • Ticketing service fees on livestream/merchandise bundles display as “shipping fees” but be advised that actual merchandise shipping costs are included in the bundle prices.
  • Your merchandise will be sent to you after the festival (with the exception of snack baskets).
  • Complete artist information can be found on The Ark’s website here.

For more information about tickets and The Ark, visit www.theark.org.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.