This Weekend at The Ark: Ricky Skaggs on Saturday; AA’s choral ensemble Sunday



Friday, March 2, 2018, 8:00pm

Tickets: $25

“Like Spinal Tap with a twang”—The Tennessean, Nashville

The Doyle and Debbie Show is a revue, a fabulous piece of parody simultaneously lampooning and idolizing country music’s tradition of iconic duos—and touching the nerve of the battle of the sexes that has always been bubbling under the surface. Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton wield the vocals of vintage country stars and the acting chops of Broadway veterans, taking audiences on a freewheeling joyride through a wickedly funny script and slew of equally hilarious original songs. Over the past few years, this “brilliantly tacky tribute to Music City” (Nashville City Paper) has developed a rabid cult following in Nashville, with many people seeing the show over a dozen times. Someone once said that we only satirize what we love most, and Doyle and Debbie, who’ve become a Tuesday-night fixture at Nashville’s legendary Station Inn, offer the latest and most fun chapter in a long history of self-satire in country music.


The Love Hangover II


Saturday, March 3, 7:30pm

(SOLD OUT) Tickets: $150, $80, $55

A benefit for Breakfast at St. Andrews
Acoustic Routes Concerts and The Ark are pleased to announce Docabilly! A Celebration of Life and Music of Arthel “Doc” Watson, featuring Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with special guest Nathan Bell of Chattanooga, Tenn. Joining us as emcee is Lisa Tucker-Gray of Toledo, Ohio.  This special show is a benefit for the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, a daily meal program that has been feeding the homeless and working poor for more than 30 years.  It will be held at The Ark, Ann Arbor, Michigan’s storied music club, on March 3, 2018, which would have been Doc’s 95th birthday.  We’d like to express our gratitude to the Watson family for giving us their blessing to celebrate Doc’s birthday in this way.


Cabaret Night with the Vocal Arts Ensemble


Sunday, March 4, 5pm

Tickets: $50

Ann Arbor’s world-class choral ensemble presents songs named for people
Our venue has changed, but this celebratory event that has become an Ann Arbor staple continues to thrive. This year’s theme revolves around songs named for people, from the courtly Elizabeth to the ordinary Joe. As usual, pop, Hollywood and Broadway make up the fare, featuring soloists, as well as small and large ensembles. Join us for food, drinks, and fun at our annual fundraiser!

For more than two decades, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor has maintained a tradition of professional excellence in the performance of fine choral music. Founded in 1992 as a small chamber group devoted to a cappella singing, the group has solidified its reputation as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the region, performing several concerts each season. VAE performs with a core group of about 24 and presents a highly varied repertoire, from Josquin to Bolcom. Benjamin Cohen, noted conductor, composer and playwright, became music director in 2000. VAE is a non-profit chamber ensemble run by an elected board of directors. The ensemble includes professional singers and instrumentalists, and enjoys a diverse membership drawn from the Ann Arbor area, with singers chosen on the basis of musicianship. VAE has been invited to perform throughout Michigan, collaborating with local artists and ensembles, and has been the featured choir with the Ann Arbor Symphony.




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