ANN ARBOR, MI — Immediately after becoming closed for the past 14 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ark live performance venue in downtown Ann Arbor is making designs to reopen its doorways.

But before it does, it is teaming up with the Ann Arbor Summer season Pageant to host an outside sequence of live shows at Fuller Park on June 25-26, such as performances by neighborhood blues rocker Laith Al-Saadi, The War and Treaty and Kishi Bashi.

It’s a fundraiser for The Ark and Summer season Pageant. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May perhaps 21.

“These joint fundraising situations bring live in-individual tunes back again to Ann Arbor at extended past,” the party promo states.

Marianne James, The Ark executive director, explained these will be the venue’s very first in-individual shows due to the fact the pandemic hit.

She’s thrilled it appears like points are moving in the correct direction and cannot wait around to reopen The Ark, she mentioned.

The Principal Avenue location, which has hosted frequent virtual performances during the pandemic, is now scheduling dwell in-man or woman exhibits beginning in August.

The calendar at TheArk.org lists performances by functions these types of as Marc Cohn, John McLaughlin, Dar Williams, Molly Tuttle, George Bedard, Loudon Wainwright III, Susan Werner, Chilly Tone Harvest, Dustbowl Revival, Willy Porter and much more from August by December.

There even are performances by Chicago comedy troupe The 2nd Metropolis scheduled for Sept. 10-11.

“Lots of artists rescheduled their tours throughout the pandemic for this drop, and The Ark has many on the calendar,” James stated in an e mail. “We’re fired up about ALL of them and are on the lookout forward to the option to host audiences for live songs all over again! We’re hopeful to be open up and thoroughly operational by late August or early September, but all the facts will be established by any laws or guidance in place at the time. We have acquired to stay adaptable all through the pandemic!”

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