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The Ark

Open Now: 19:30 - 23:00
Open today: 19:30 - 23:00
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Sam Lewis

The ark is an amazing venue and even though I arrived with a very ungrateful person. The staff was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Novi, Michigan
via mobile
Outstanding Music in an Intimate Setting

A one of a kind tiny venue with outstanding sound and musical acts. The most respectful audience... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2019
Okemos, Michigan
via mobile
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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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Hours Today: 19:30 - 23:00
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
316 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108
+1 734-761-1451
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ark is an amazing venue and even though I arrived with a very ungrateful person. The staff was amazing and Sam and his band killed it. I left thrilled to have gone and amused at my partner for trying to make the night bad.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

A one of a kind tiny venue with outstanding sound and musical acts. The most respectful audience. Go to discover new music. A wonderful experience.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LawyerSL
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

This was my first visit to the Ark. We had an amazing time listening to Arturo Sandoval. He and his group put on a fantastic show. The venue worked out very well. Even in general admission we had a great view of the show. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KHA8
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

We went here in September to watch a Riders in the Sky Concert. The volunteers that work the venue were super friendly. We loved that there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. The small intimate venue was the perfect place for the concert.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 316JessicaB
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Intimate experience every time. The acoustics are amazing. Never over-powering. Truly a listening room. While the performer is on stage you could hear a pin drop. The audience is captivated by who's on stage. Sometimes as a added bonus the artist will come out to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jenn F
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Our first visit to the Ark was for a Susan Werner concert. Not a bad seat in the house. They served drinks, but you have to buy a club membership for $5.00.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank lwlevey
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We saw Alan Doyle at this intimate venue with great acoustics. This is a gem for Michigan and Southwestern Ontario music fans!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Gvanb70
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Loved it. just saw Ricky Skaggs and thought the show and the place was outstanding. Very small room, but thats what makes this pace great. Make sure you get in line early. I was there about 45 min early and a line was already going....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank marajoe
Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is an acoustical venue that has been around for 70 years plus! Totally run by volunteers, it is an exceptional place to visit. Check their web page for something of your liking and enjoy!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank CaptMc
Reviewed 4 November 2017

This is one of the best concert stages in the country. Most seats are very close to the performance, making for a strong connection between players and audience. That creates an up close and personal magic for the viewer. The Ark is a legendary theater...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Claude F
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8 July 2017|
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Response from cfklein129 | Reviewed this property |
No. You have to have a membership to purchase beer or wine and they won't sell you one if you're under 21. Venues in Ann Arbor, being a college town regularly check ID before serving alcohol.
1 December 2016|
Response from E8702QDtoms |
Stairs, yes, but there’s also an elevator. Seats are average width— not particularly crowded.