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Posted on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 5:53 a.m.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival announces 2013 lineup: Civil Wars, City and Colour, Lucinda Williams, Rodriguez and more

By Bob Needham


The Civil Wars

NOTE: Since this story was published, The Civil Wars have canceled their appearance.

Plenty of big and/or intriguing names dot the just-announced lineup for the 2013 Ann Arbor Folk Festival, including Lucinda Williams, City and Colour, the Civil Wars, and Rodriguez.

Colin Hay will host both night of the event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m.Jan. 25 and 26 at Hill Auditorium. Various ticket presale opportunities start Nov. 1, with a general public on-sale date of Nov. 30. The lineup was publicly announced today by The Ark, Ann Arbor's legendary nonprofit roots-music venue, which presents the event.

Canadian City and Colour headlines Friday's lineup, traditionally a bit more more experimental or youth-oriented. City and Colour is the recording pseudonym of Dallas Green, once the leader of the band Alexisonfire; he has released three albums, the most recent of which is "Little Hell."

Friday also features Rodriguez, the remarkable Detroit singer and songwriter who was forgotten until his music became popular in South Africa, all of which is recounted in the new movie documentary "Searching for Sugar Man"; rising local roots-music stars Frontier Ruckus; and the duo Brown Bird.


City and Colour

Saturday's lineup is led by the folk-pop duo The Civil Wars. The popular act headlined the Michigan Theater last fall.

Also featured Saturday are the great, revered singer-songwriter-performer Lucinda Williams, last in town for a sold-out Ark show in early 2011; indie folk-pop Dar Williams, who has long been a favorite in Ann Arbor; Americana band The Steel Wheels, who've played the area several times in recent years; and old-timey musician Frank Fairfield; and West Michigan's Drew Nelson.

M.C. Colin Hay, once the leader of the Australian pop-rock band Men At Work, has long been a successful solo artist and regular performer at The Ark. Additional artists are yet to be announced.

All funds raised through the Festival benefit The Ark, Ann Arbor's non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music. More info at



Here's the rundown on ticket info from The Ark:

Member Pre-Sale: Tickets are on sale to Ark annual members by mail only November 1 through 21 and are priced at $47.50 for a single night. Series tickets (both nights) are $85. For information on becoming an Ark member call (734) 761-1800.

Gold Circle and Platinum Circle Tickets: Gold and Platinum Circle tickets - the best seats in the house - are on sale beginning November 1 until they are gone by calling The Ark office at 734-761-1800 or by mail. Gold Circle tickets are $85 for a single night and $155 for series tickets (both nights). Platinum Circle tickets are $160 for a single night and $290 for series tickets. Gold and Platinum Circle tickets include a tax-deductible donation to The Ark. Platinum Circle tickets include backstage passes during intermission and an invitation to our Saturday pre-glow party.


Lucinda Williams

Benefactor Circle Tickets: Become a Benefactor of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and provide additional support to The Ark. Benefactors receive all the benefits of Platinum Circle ticket holders and enjoy personalized seat selection and more. To become a Folk Festival Benefactor, contact Annual Giving Manager Tom Stoll or Executive Director Marianne James at The Ark office at 734-761-1800.

Student Pre-Sale: Students can purchase tickets in advance of the general public, November 12 through 17, through the Michigan Union Ticket Office in person only with a valid student ID. Student tickets are priced at $35, $47.50 and $85 for a single night or $60, $85 and $155 for both nights.

Public Sale: Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30 by phone at (734)763-TKTS or in person at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, Herb David Guitar Studio, the Ark box office, or on line at General public tickets are $35 and $47.50 for a single night; $60 and $85 for series tickets.

For more information, see The Ark website.



Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

Great lineup!