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Folk music venue The Ark to reopen in Ann Arbor on July 29

First shows will be at half-capacity

Patrons line up outside The Ark on Main Street ahead of a show.
Patrons line up outside The Ark on Main Street ahead of a show. (The Ark)

ANN ARBOR – The Ark has announced it will be reopening for the first time to the public on July 29.

It will be the first time the venue has welcomed audiences into its Listening Room since the beginning of the COVID pandemic in March 2020.

Its first show will feature Kim Richey, while The Steel Wheels are scheduled for Aug. 1 and Adam Ezra Group will perform on Aug. 4. The venue will be at half-capacity for these shows. The Ark will roll back to full capacity on August 22 with a performance by Marc Cohn.

Here’s the full lineup of events for August:

The Steel Wheels - Aug. 1

  • Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $40
The Steel Wheels. (The Steel Wheels)

Adam Ezra Group - Aug. 4

  • Show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $20
Adam Ezra Group. (Michael Keegan)

Marc Cohn - Aug. 22

  • Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $75 gold circle; $55 reserved; $45 general admission
Marc Cohn performs live. (KIM MANCUSO PHOTOGRAPHY)

Crys Matthews & Heather Mae - Aug. 23

  • Show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $20
Heather Mae and Crys Matthews perform during the first virtual Ann Arbor Folk Festival in January 2021. (The Ark)

Grace Pettis & Rachael Kilgour - Aug. 24

  • Show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $20
Grace Pettis. (Nicola Gell Photography)

Molly Tuttle - Aug. 26

  • Show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $25
Molly Tuttle. (Molly Tuttle.)

Lee DeWyze - Aug. 27

  • Show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $20; VIP: $70
  • The VIP experience includes admission to the show, two-song sound check, meet and greet, photo op and one tour merch item available only through VIP.
Lee DeWyze. (Lee DeWyze)

George Bedard - Aug. 28

  • Show starts at 8 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $20
George Bedard. (Konwinski)

Paul Thorn - Aug. 29

  • Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Live and in person at The Ark
  • Tickets: $30
Paul Thorn. (Paul Thorn)

For more information and to purchase tickets, 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.