The annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark, returns to Hill Auditorium for two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music on Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.
Multifaceted singer songwriter Ryan Adams, touring in support of his acclaimed Ashes & Fire release, will make his Ann Arbor Folk Festival debut as Friday night’s headliner. Friday night’s program also includes Denver-based gypsy-rockers DeVotchKa, the fast-rising band Dawes, celebrated veterans Carbon Leaf, and a host of other artists bringing a progressive sound to the folk music scene. To hear what’s happening on the leading edge you’ll want to check out Elephant Revival, Sunny War and David Wax Museum.
On Saturday night, the Festival celebrates its 35th Anniversary with two of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival’s most emblematic and legendary performers, Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith. These two singers have been particularly instrumental in bringing AAFF to this milestone year. Rounding out the Saturday night headlining bill is the renowned Glen Campbell. Though he’s no stranger to music lovers, Glen is new to the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, which will be part of his farewell tour. Saturday night’s program is completed by several artists delving into the heart of folk and roots traditions, including Joe Henry, Sarah Jarosz, Caravan of Thieves and Seth Glier. Comedian Heywood Banks brings a unique twist to this year’s Festival, serving as MC both nights.
Highlighting a selection of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary performers, each night of the Festival includes a blend of well-known and up-and-coming artists, providing the audience with an opportunity to hear artists they know and love while discovering great new talent. All funds raised through the Festival benefit The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music.
The 35th Ann Arbor Folk Festival Lineup
Friday, January 27:
DAVID WAX MUSEUM
HEYWOOD BANKS, MC
Saturday, January 28:
CARAVAN OF THIEVES
HEYWOOD BANKS, MC
**program subject to change**
TICKETS ON SALE:
– Member Pre-Sale: Tickets are on sale to Ark annual members by mail only postmarked November 1 through 30 and are priced at $47.50 for a single night. Series tickets (both nights) are $85. For information on becoming an Ark member call (734) 761-1800.
– Gold Circle and Platinum Circle Tickets: Gold and Platinum Circle tickets – the best seats in the house – are NOW until they are gone by calling The Ark office at 734-761-1800 or by mail. Gold Circle tickets are $80 for a single night and $145 for series tickets (both nights). Platinum Circle tickets are $160 for a single night and $290 for series tickets. Gold and Platinum Circle tickets include a tax-deductible donation to The Ark. Platinum Circle tickets include backstage passes during intermission and an invitation to our Saturday pre-glow party.
– Benefactor Circle Tickets: New for 2012! Become a Benefactor of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and provide additional support to The Ark. Benefactors receive all the benefits of Platinum Circle ticket holders and enjoy personalized seat selection and more. To become a Folk Festival Benefactor, contact Annual Giving Manager Tom Stoll or Executive Director Marianne James at The Ark office at 734-761-1800.
– Student Pre-Sale: Students can purchase tickets in advance of the general public, November 14 through 19, through the Michigan Union Ticket Office in person only with a valid student ID. Student tickets are priced at $35, $47.50 and $80 for a single night or $60, $85 and $145 for both nights.
– Public Sale: Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 1 by phone at (734)763-TKTS or in person at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, Herb David Guitar Studio, the Ark box office, or on line at www.mutotix.com. General public tickets are $35 and $47.50 for a single night; $60 and $85 for series tickets.