Coming up at The Ark: The Railsplitters (Tuesday); Heaton & Peacock (Wednesday)



Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15

Unconventional bluegrass from Boulder, Colorado

Although rooted in traditional bluegrass and old-time music, The Railsplitters are pushing the boundaries of those genres in every sense. With their lush harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and nonconformist songwriting, The Railsplitters deftly demonstrate what happens when musical influences ranging from samba to hip hop merge with traditional Appalachian music.

Hailing from the Rocky Mountain Front Range, the Railsplitters feature Lauren Stovall and her Emmylou-esque vocals in the lead, Dusty Rider’s melodically intricate banjo licks, Peter Sharpe’s Brazilian and bluesy flare on mandolin, Joe D’Esposito’s New-England and Italian inspired fiddling and the ever-so-groovy Jean-Luc Davis on the double bass. They come to Michigan with a new album of energetic, genre-bending music.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 8:00pm

Tickets: $20

New music from ace contemporary songwriters

Minnesota-born songwriter Alice Peacock writes highly personal material that takes inspiration from the introspective women of a generation ago: Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Her recent album “Love Remains” is a timely and timeless collection of novellas that brings to mind the joy simple things and the prospect of a better world. Alice’s abiding belief in the power of music is a constant. “Can music change the world?/ Yeah, I think it can,” she sings in “Forgiveness,” and she has a story to back it up. Boston’s Anne Heaton (left) has amassed awards and praise from critics, fellow artists, and fans with her songs that are by turns “tender, barbed, and spiritual” (Washington Post). Her graceful, vulnerable, and sometimes humorous pop-folk songs have captured audience imaginations for over a decade. Anne has opened for Jewel and played the Sundance Film Festival and Lilith Fair), and she was a featured artist on the New York Times Music Podcast. Anne’s latest album is “Dora,” a collaborative group of poems-turned-songs with poet Claire Clube.


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