Live shows returning to The Ark starting on July 29

The Ark, Michigan’s nonprofit home for folk and roots music and considered one of the top music clubs in the world, will host its first shows inside the venue at half-capacity beginning with Kim Richey on July 29. Two more half-capacity shows will follow on Aug. 1 with The Steel Wheels, and Aug. 4 with Adam Ezra Group.
The Ark will begin presenting shows at full capacity on August 22 with Marc Cohn.
The venue also will continue to present periodic livestream performances through the Ark Family Room Series on Facebook and YouTube.
The Steel Wheels
Live and in person at The Ark
Sunday, August 1, 7:30pm
Tickets: $40
“Few groups have come as far in such a short period of time as The Steel Wheels…”
–Mountain Stage
Simultaneously familiar and fresh, the Steel Wheels bring a singular energy to every note they play and sparkling craft to each song. This potent combination, paired with a robust tour calendar, have made the veteran band hands-down favorites of fans and peers alike. From their base in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, The Steel Wheels have played the most prestigious festivals, listening rooms, and clubs in the world, cementing a reputation as one of the top independent bands on the scene today.
With their 2020 release, Everyone A Song, Vol. 1, The Steel Wheels demonstrate the humanizing power of honest storytelling, setting the personal experiences of their supporters to song.
What started as a ruined touring season turned into a time of great creativity, as the band devised a new model of writing and recording. With the 5 members isolated from each other and their listeners, they quickly shifted from veteran touring outfit to home recording gurus. Songwriter and lead singer Trent Wagler conceived of a project entitled Distance Together, an avenue for fans of the band to commission works and send musical greetings to their loved ones. The initiative sparked a surprisingly impactful and intimate songwriting process, with Wagler setting the personal stories of fans to song and verse.Adam Ezra Group
Live and in person at The Ark
Wednesday, August 4, 8pm
Tickets: $20
It’s “All Right Today” with Adam Ezra Group!
Talk to any Adam Ezra Group fan around the country, and they’ll tell you that each AEG performance is a one-of-a-kind, community-driven experience, propelled by the spirit of the people in front of the stage. For both fans and band members alike, an AEG concert is a rally to live life with intensity and soak in the moments we share with one another. Hailing from Boston, AEG has an unconventional approach that allows them to surge beyond their beloved hometown and emerge as one of the most uniquely powerful, underground live music experiences in the country. While Ezra has played with an array of musicians over the years, his current line-up featuring Corinna Smith on fiddle, Alex Martin on drums, and Poche Ponce on bass has been creating a new buzz around the country, as evidenced by their heavy tour schedule, ballooning tickets sales, and opening features with The Wallflowers, Galactic, John Oates, The Wailers, Southside Johnny, Graham Parker, and America. With no set lists, every AEG show provides new and unique concert experiences that the band has been recording in real time and sharing with fans on thumbs drives as part of their “Live Sound Project” every night. Go to any Adam Ezra show, solo or with the group, and you will not only find fans who have traveled vast distances to be there, but also doubtless a fair number of rabid followers accumulating as many AEG shows as possible throughout the year.