This Weekend at The Ark: Mike Masse; Ragtime Extravaganza; Iguanas

Mike Massé
Friday, August 9, 8 pm
Tickets: $30 at

Epic classic acoustic rock
Don’t miss this amazing show of Mike performing some of the best classic rock songs of all time acoustically: Toto, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles … His YouTube video views are in the MILLIONS, a really unique talent.

Mike Massé returns to Ann Arbor for this intimate evening of acoustic music. Mike is an internationally acclaimed artist whose arrangements are praised for their originality and emotional honesty. Legends of rock, including Toto, Boston, Sarah McLachlan, Asia, and others have expressed their love and gratitude for his renditions of their finest works. Toto cites Mike’s cover of “Africa” as their favorite. 

This is an opportunity for friends and families to bond over timeless music. All ages are welcome. From the 60’s to the 90’s, there will be something in the concert from each era.  

Music of New Orleans
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35 GA/$50 reserved

River Raisin Ragtime with New Orleans flavor

The River Raisin Ragtime Revue, a 13-piece ragtime orchestra recognized around the world for their meticulous recreation of ragtime and early jazz music, presents the 8th Annual Ragtime Extravaganza! Special guests Evan Christopher (clarinet) and Tom McDermott (piano), both leading New Orleans musicians, join the R4 orchestra for a program featuring ragtime and jazz from the Crescent City. Christopher and McDermott both appeared in and contributed music for the HBO series “Treme,” based on post-Katrina New Orleans. The program will feature well known figures in ragtime and jazz and includes works by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Kid Ory and the Original Dixieland Jass Band. The River Raisin Ragtime Revue is an orchestra dedicated to educating and entertaining audiences of all ages through performance and preservation of America’s original music. Their music has been call “education, entertainment and a sonic blast all rolled into one” (Fanfare).

Sunday, August 11, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20

A continent-wide vision of American music, from New Orleans
What if Americana actually encompassed ALL of North America? You’d have the Franco-Acadian inflections of Canada, as best exemplified by the accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous music the US has ever produced, and the lilting grace and fiery passion of the music of Mexico. You’d also have New Orleans’ premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, The Iguanas. It’s as if Rue Bourbon, Muscle Shoals and Plaza México were all within earshot of each other and The Iguanas were the musical conduit between them. Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades save for a short, Katrina-imposed exile in Austin the members of the Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willie DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights. Their two-decade ride has taken them all over the map musically and geographically, yet the inescapable patina of their hometown infuses every note they play.