It’s that time of year again! What time, you ask? Time for the Ann Arbor Folk Festival – a two-night annual event celebrating a collection of the world’s finest folk and roots music! Currently in it’s 37th year running, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival will take place this year on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st. The festival, which is sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, will be held at Hill Auditorium and begins at 6:30 pm each night. Both nights of music feature of variety of well-known, up-and-coming, and local artists, providing you with an opportunity to discover new talent as well as appreciate music you already know and love. All profits raised from ticket sales for the Festival benefit The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music.
Friday night will feature headliners Iron & Wine and Neko Case as well as other artists including Justin Townes Earle, Willie Nile, Pear and the Beard, Thao and Get Down Stay Down, and a local favorite The Appleseed Collective. On Saturday, you will find Patty Griffin headlining and performing new material for the first time since 2007. Folk-pop performer Ingrid Michaelson and actor/musician Jeff Daniels are also among Saturday’s most noteworthy acts. Other artists performing Saturday include Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Johnnyswim, PigPen Theatre Co., and a Michigan band The Crane Wives. Look out for roots artist Seth Walker providing an inspirational blend of blues, gospel, R&B, rock and pop with a dash of country as the Master of Ceremonies both nights.
For more information regarding the Festival and how to secure tickets, please visit www.findyourfolk.org and don’t forget to follow Ann Arbor Folk Festival on Tumblr for music, video, artist info and updates. Happy listening everyone!