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October 28, 2012

The Ark Fall Fundraiser

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Written by: David Nassar
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Each autumn, as Ann Arbor locals slip their hands into their pockets to keep warm, they pull out generous donations to keep one of the area’s most beloved institutions alive – the non-profit home for folk, roots and ethnic music and art, The Ark. This year’s fundraiser is co-sponsored by iSPY and features perhaps the most acclaimed folk group of the last couple of years, Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose 2010 debut album, “Genuine Negro Jig,” earned them a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.

With an expanded lineup and a highly acclaimed 2012 release, “Leaving Eden,” Carolina Chocolate Drops have taken their unique version of American folk revivalism and combined it with blues, jazz and world-music influences to produce one of the most musically diverse and exciting shows around. A collection of highly skilled musicians, CCD keeps the energy high as they feverishly pluck away on banjos, mandolins and guitars, while keeping the foot-stompin’ percussive beat with jugs, bones and the mean beat-box artistry of Adam Matta.

If you are looking for a way to support Ann Arbor’s premier folk venue at this year’s benefit, there are a variety of options available to you. Zingerman’s Roadhouse will provide a pre-show dinner reception for Jug Band Benefactors ($500 donations), Guitar Strummin’ Sponsors ($250) and Banjo Pickin’ Patrons ($125) from 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. If you’re a bit strapped for cash but still want to show your support, you can purchase a $50 general admission ticket and become a Fiddlin’ Friend of The Ark.  Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the live show, all patrons have an opportunity to participate in a silent auction, as well as an afterglow desert reception provided by Café Felix. All proceeds from the show and the auction go towards supporting the immensely valuable work that The Ark does for artists, musicians, and the entire Ann Arbor community.  For tickets, information, or to make donations anytime, visit

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