Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Ann Arbor Folk Festival 2014
Courtesy of Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

As Michiganders recover from the intense chill of the Polar Vortex, there is so much to look forward to in the coming days of January. Ann Arbor Folk Festival is one such event culminating the month with revelry and reverberation. In its 37th year, the lineup is nothing short of phenomenal with a delightful mix of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music. The acts range from the very well-known to the slightly obscure up-and-comers. All are sure to enchant audiences from all over.

Friday, January 31:

Saturday, February 1:

Ann Arbor Folk Festival 2014
Courtesy of Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

Each year, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival brings to the University of Michigan’s campus a truly spectacular display of folk and roots music. These artists highlight the best there is to offer in Michigan, the United States, and the world. All of the planning and commitment are in an effort to bring people together to celebrate and raise funds for Ann Arbor’s non-profit venue, The Ark. Throughout the year, The Ark is the home for folk, roots, and ethnic music along with a bevy of other talents and causes.

Music festivals are so often associated with the summer months, and the Ann Arbor Folk Festival is the perfect time to really relish in all that is magnificent about Michigan during every season. Just because there’s a little precipitation in the air (and on the ground) doesn’t mean the fun stops in this great state.

I’m pretty excited to see The Crane Wives with the likes of Iron and Wine and Neko Case. Oh man, and it’s going to be great to have Seth Walk on both nights. What are you most looking forward to? Are you going to make the trek to Ann Arbor for this dance-able event?

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