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The Ark

Closed Now: 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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A Great Place For Live Music

I always look forward to going to a performance at The Ark. I enjoy the variety of artists on the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Van Wert, Ohio
Fabulous Music Venue

The Ark is a world class music venue. Small, intimate, fabulous sound system. Top artists in many... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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: 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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

I always look forward to going to a performance at The Ark. I enjoy the variety of artists on the schedule. It is an intimate theater with all seating close to the stage. Ticket prices are very reasonable. I particularly enjoy seeing legendary artists in...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ark is a world class music venue. Small, intimate, fabulous sound system. Top artists in many genre, particularly Americana come to play and perform. The recent renovation has been a good improvement.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank rodbeer
Reviewed August 6, 2019

The Ark is an amazing Ann Arbor non-profit treasure. They host several hundred shows a year (!) in an intimate venue. There really are no bad seats but it's worth paying a bit extra for a reserved seat. Every past and future famous folk and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank jermil
Reviewed April 5, 2019 via mobile

Membership required for alcohol service. Don’t forget this little tidbit. Membership will be food for a couple of months or so which was convenient since we returned 6 weeks later for another show. The sound mix for the Royal Wood performance was outstanding but not...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

I’ve gone to 2 concerts here, and I had great experiences both times. It’s in a great location on Main Street and I love the variety of artists they invite. It feels super intimate and cozy. There aren’t many seats so I recommend getting there...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank elsaeng
Reviewed March 23, 2019

This venue holds several hundred people and all of the seats look like they have good views of the performers. We went to see Lunasa in March 2019, sat near the back of the reserved section (most tickets are general admission) and the sound quality...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 19, 2019 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
Thank Jgifford7
Reviewed February 3, 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 October 13, 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 September 17, 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
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July 8, 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.
December 1, 2016|
Response from E8702QDtoms |
Stairs, yes, but there’s also an elevator. Seats are average width— not particularly crowded.