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The Ark

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Address: 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone Number: 734-761-1451
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Description: This nonprofit organization and nightclub is dedicated to the presentation...
This nonprofit organization and nightclub 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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Great Venue for Folk Music

I visited the Ark for the first time to see Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin and the Guilty ones. I had seen them before in a much larger space without near the quality acoustics found... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Indiana
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I visited the Ark for the first time to see Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin and the Guilty ones. I had seen them before in a much larger space without near the quality acoustics found at the Ark. It was a great concert experience. My only complaints have to do with the popularity of the group and the resulting crowd.... More 

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Pemberville, Ohio
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161 reviews 161 reviews
21 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

What a treat! Great, independent music and a really awesome environment. The theater is set-up so that everyone has a good seat. It is intimate. The seating is comfortable. They take good care of you. They have snacks, drinks of all kind (bar and cafe), and it is a very comfortable environment. It is fun to watch people here, too.... More 

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central ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Intimate venue for music performances. We attended Loudon Wainwright III concert in October. Only drawback was waiting in line in the cold wind for a GA seat. Generally affordable pricing. I bought tickets by phone and picked up tickets the night of the show. If I lived here, I'd probably be an usher. Inexpensive popcorn is available. Line for alcohol... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Right in the middle of Ann Arbor on Main Street is this unique concert venue that hosts a wide variety of acts from open mike nights to free concerts to national and international acts. There is not a bad seat in the house, and even for reserved seating shows, you are close to the artists and the crowd is always... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I have been going to The Ark for acoustic music for many, many years. Every single artist I've seen mentions that it is one of their favorite venues. It is certainly one of mine. It is a very low key, intimate venue with about 400 seats (no standing), though sometimes they have a dance floor. The Ark is a non-profit... More 

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cleveland, ohio
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137 reviews 137 reviews
29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Drove from Cleveland, Ohio to Ann Arbor to see Arlo Guthrie and was not disappointed. Arlo was his usual charming self and put on a great concert with his son and a couple friends. Opening act was A J Croce and he did a good job of starting the evening. Loved the size and atmosphere of The Ark and thought... More 

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Findlay
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Got tickets to see Arlo Guthrie ,venue advertised that AJ Croce would open,he did not. Tickets were pretty high priced,venue was small and not laid out well but the worst part was this place is like a private yuppie club.I got a beer when we arrived but when I went to get a 2nd one,I was told that I had... More 

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Temperance, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Have heard many folk musicians at the Ark over the years. Every seat is a good one, and it's a down-home kind of place. Tomorrow I'm meeting friends there to hear and enjoy, HorseFeathers. check them out on Youtube or Spotify. Go on the website to see the whole year's line up, order tickets, become a member, and there are... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I have been here numerous times over the years and this is one of the BEST places to see acts up close and personal.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

If you like your music live and you enjoy new groups as well as those who have been around for awhile - this is a great place to visit! It is a non-profit organization and deserves your support. They have a number of community events that they provide fund raising events typically with locally great performers. They have several events... More 

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