Friday, August 10, 2018

20 of metro Detroit's most iconic music venues

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The Ark

click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE ARK
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The roots of this Ann Arbor venue run deep with folk music culture. Opened in 1965, The Ark served as a creative space for students to express themselves through music, art, and poetry. The Ark was a haven for students to speak freely about their concerns and connect with the community during the political and social turmoil of the 1960s. In 1977, The Ark established the Ann Arbor Folk Festival as a fundraising festival to support The Ark’s creative mission. By the late '70s, The Ark was reorganized as a non-profit organization and has remained a beacon of Ann Arbor’s music scene. Famous folkies who have gathered here include singer-songwriter Joan Baez, punk poetess Patti Smith, the legendary Arlo Guthrie, and contemporary folk favorites such as Alison Krauss, Iron and Wine, and the Avett Brothers.

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