This weekend at The Ark: Joshua Davis (Saturday); Brother Elsey (Sunday)

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $30

The “Voice” of West Michigan
Over the past twenty years, Michigan-based Joshua Davis has honed an impressive range of skills – songwriter, bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist among them – in the most honest possible fashion: night after night, song after song, show after show Davis simply delivered every performance as though his life depended on it. Investing himself in the American musical diaspora, he has explored the common thread connecting folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and country forms – discovering his personal perspective as a composer in the process. “My sound is rooted in the folk tradition,” Joshua explains, “but it’s not folk music. Terms like Americana, roots rock, and heartland rock come up, but there’s so much more to it than that. I’m not a purist: I play with that American folk lineage, I play with those metaphors.” His versatility and ravenous musical curiosity has resulted in a divergent and fervent output. Since his appearance as a finalist on Season 8 of NBC’s “The Voice”, Davis has been churning out an album a year and has plans to continue to do so. His sensibilities shine brightest on his latest trio of solo releases, each a thoughtful dispatch on life, love, change, and growth.

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets; $15
An Americana-fueled band of brothers from Michigan
Bonded by the ties of blood and bone, Brother Elsey unearths its heartfelt sound from the depths of the human spirit. The trio delves into the nuances of the human experience by way of dusty southern rock and endearing Americana, exploring the tension that tears us apart while gripping tightly to the ropes that tie us together. With roots in Detroit, Brother Elsey has just as well found its home on the endless American interstate, packing their weathered songs in equally weathered suitcases and sharing them with anyone willing to listen. The band’s latest release, “Matador,” drifts from delicately haunting and heart-wrenching to anthemic and inspired. Brother Elsey has performed at such venues as Saint Andrews Hall, The Magic Stick, The Shelter, and Gruene Hall. The band’s song “Wildfire” was featured on MTV’s Teen Mom OG. In 2019, Brother Elsey plans to tour extensively and finish recording their debut full-length record.