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The Ark

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Address: 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108
Phone Number: +1 734-761-1451
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19:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 19:30 - 23:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This music venue and nonprofit organization is dedicated to the...

This music venue and nonprofit organization is dedicated to the presentation and encouragement of folk, roots and ethnic music through live performances by well-known and up-and-coming entertainers.

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Music Venue Like No Other

I have been to the ARK many, many times, however, I don't know how it missed my reviews. Last night I saw Mandolin Orange and My Bubba. Walk down the hallway full of framed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
DebQuantock
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Saline, Michigan
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Saline, Michigan
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to the ARK many, many times, however, I don't know how it missed my reviews. Last night I saw Mandolin Orange and My Bubba. Walk down the hallway full of framed performer pics and you will recognize many. Any seat in the house is a good one, but the couple extra dollars for reserved center section in... More 

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Thank DebQuantock
Cleveland, Ohio
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Saw Darlingside - great show. This is a small theater so almost all seats are good. Get line at least an hour early though since they don't open doors until 30 min before the show. Drinks and snacks available. Ticket prices are very reasonable. A must-do if you're visiting Ann Arbor.

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Thank StusanO
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Place is great to see a show at not a bad seat in the place. Real close to the performers, awesome venue for seeing live music.

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Thank Nicholas S
Toronto, Canada
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Don't hesitate to come see a show here. It's a super venue with excellent sight lines. It's also right downtown within walking distance of many great eateries.

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Thank kportgirl
Arkona, Canada
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Place is awesome for an intimate show of your favorite artists. 5 dollar membership to buy beer and great bar selection. Volunteer staff are polite and very helpful for first time attendees to the venue. Have amazing music line up year round. Always enjoy this place.

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Thank jimmySarnia
Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

We saw Lucy Kaplansky at The Ark last night. The facility was clean, the volunteers who run the place were friendly and the seating comfortable. The sound was excellent - not overbearing - and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

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Thank WalkerB8
Detroit, Michigan
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

My wife and I LOVE this place. At this point we have been here for several shows and have not been disappointed yet. The venue is comfortable and intimate. With only 400 seats you're always close to the action. We have sat in several different places with yet to find a bad seat. The website is a great place to... More 

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Jackson, Ohio
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

The Ark is the perfect venue for an intimate evening of entertainment. It's limited 400-persons capacity provides not a bad seat in the house. We were lucky to have seats for the sold-out Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies performance. Our seats though at the back of the house were not too far from the stage to clearly see and... More 

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Maumee, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

The Ark is an intimate setting and you feel close to the artist. The sound is great and venue has very good sight lines to the stage. Do yourself a favor and check out their website to see who is coming and enjoy the show.

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Thank Mark B
Fishers, IN
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

I came to see my favorite Irish band, The High Kings. This venue is very intimate, with audience members right next to the stage on three sides. Everyone at The Ark was wonderful. Ushers were very friendly and helpful. I was impressed that volunteers came around during intermission and at the end to collect recyclables and trash. Very different mindset... More 

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