FRIDAY: CAPTAIN IVORY
Jan. 12, 2018, 8 p.m
“These guys are well on their way.”—Mitch Ryder
Your family’s record collection just hitched a ride a generation forward, met a few genres along the way, and started a rock band called Captain Ivory. It’s dirty, in-your-face, hands-inside-the-vehicle-at-all times rock ‘n’ roll. This quintet came to Nashville by way of Detroit, where they kept their ears to the pavement to blend sounds both new and old, sounds of legends who’ve walked before, with a twist of new that is sure to get your feet tapping and hands clapping. Think Jack White with a bit of Radiohead, Derek Trucks, and more! This band has a following in Europe, where MuzikaleVibe in the Netherlands writes: “Occasionally we come across unknown, but ridiculously good music to which we are very excited about; such is the case when we found Captain Ivory.”
SATURDAY: An Intimate Acoustic Evening with THE JILL JACK BAND (photo above)
w/sg Sydney Burnham
Jan. 13, 2018, 8 p.m.
“Sexy, smooth, sultry, well-trained yet twangy”—The Filter
Jill Jack’s annual birthday bash has become a New Year’s tradition at The Ark! Jill’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won dozens of Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Jill extends the tradition of the confessional (i.e. achingly open, unafraid of intimacy) singer-songwriter, and is proud of that style and its continuation. You get all of Jill Jack in a performance—her blend of folk and rock traditions, her open humor. Jill keeps little of her process away from her audience; each show is about opening a window and shining a light into her songwriting, leading inevitably to the intense relationship with her fans.
SUNDAY: CHRISTINE LAVIN
Jan. 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
“She’s a folkZinger!” –Orlando Sentinel
Christine Lavin, the mischievous singer-songwriter who brought us “Good Thing He Can’t Read My Mind” and “Sensitive New Age Guys” is at it again! Says the Washington Post: “Lavin knows how to keep her audience guessing, thinking, and laughing at the same time.” The prolificChristine has released 22 albums, and she’s coming to Michigan with a new one, “Spaghettification.” Her many local fans already know it, but others may not realize that by now she’s accumulated a songbag of pointed satirical material that’s just about unmatched in its size, breadth, and insight. She’s always got a trenchant topical song or two at hand, so get ready for new material from one of America’s great comic songwriters!