Jeff Daniels joins the Ann Arbor Folk Festival lineup as master of ceremonies
ANN ARBOR, MI – Chelsea native actor, director, singer / songwriter Jeff Daniels joins the 44th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, as host of the event.
Daniels was among the Folk Festival lineup additions announced by The Ark on Wednesday, January 6, along with Nashville singer / songwriter Kim Richey.
Several other musicians have been added to the lineup since the original lineup was announced, including acclaimed actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland, Gina Chavez, Willie Watson, Ron Pope, David Bromberg and Andrea von Kampen.
The annual fundraiser for The Ark will take place on Friday and Saturday January 29 and 30, with its typical split lineup each evening. Both evenings will begin with a live performance by a Michigan artist inside The Ark.
The folk festival is the largest annual fundraiser for The Ark, which could typically host around 300 shows a year before the COVID-19 pandemic. And while attendees may not flock to the Hill Auditorium to break the winter blues at this year’s festival, their support is needed more than ever.
Having to shut down its operations live and in person means The Ark is losing around 70% of its operating revenue through ticket sales and an additional 5% from concessions and merchandise, said The Ark’s executive director Marianne James.
L’Arche has adapted to the world of virtual concerts since the start of the pandemic through live streaming, through its Live Family Room series, or through paid events for artists like Daniels.
Daniels, who grew up in Chelsea, performed original songs and told personal stories of his career on stage and in film during the event.
In November 2019, Daniels hosted a screening of “Guest Artist” – which was filmed in Chelsea – at the Michigan Theater. In April, he took the stage for an unplugged concert to raise funds for his Purple Rose Theater Company, which was struggling to suspend performances due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The upcoming folk festival offers attendees the option to live stream the festival for $ 25 per night. Or they can buy a two night pass for $ 45. Additional packs with access to the festival’s live stream and a donation to The Ark include Folk Festival merchandise.
In addition to the live performances of The Ark, other artists will submit their own live performances to the festival, which will be presented for the first time at the Folk Festival. Those who purchase the live broadcast can also watch the show for a week after its original broadcast.
Here’s a look at this year’s festival lineup:
Friday January 29
The war and the treaty
The Accidentals (live from The Ark)
Saturday January 30
Robert earl keen
Andrea von Kampen
Les RFD Boys (live from The Ark)
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