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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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America's top Folk Music Venue

If you like live folk music, roots, Americana, Celtic, world music or anything that's considered "off the beaten track" then you will love The Ark. Great shows almost every night... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
cfklein129
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like live folk music, roots, Americana, Celtic, world music or anything that's considered "off the beaten track" then you will love The Ark. Great shows almost every night of the week. Local, regional and national acts take the stage to entertain here. Recently renovated, there's not a bad seat in the house. Volunteer run and organized as a... More 

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Thank cfklein129
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unique, friendly, lovely venue where you feel 'at home' while watching excellent performers of Folk, Blues, Jazz music shine. if in Ann Arbor for a while, don't miss it!

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Thank Katimelrot
Saginaw, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We went to the Ark for the first time. This is a really great venue and appears much more close and intimate then it's 400 seating capacity. The were doing some renovating which should not be about finished, but it did not take away from the comfortable feel of the place. We will return!

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Thank Larry T
Saline, Michigan
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

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 2 helpful votes
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
3 attraction reviews
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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116 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
14 attraction reviews
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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