Acoustic Routes Concerts of Saline and The Ark, Ann Arbor’s nationally renowned home for folk and roots music, are presenting BREAKFEST 2016: The 7th Annual Benefit for The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, a soup kitchen in Ann Arbor. Local musicians and performers from across the country are donating the performances, including:
- Nathan Bell (Chattanooga) with Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys (Cleveland) – Nathan Bell is a songwriter for everyman. His rock and country-tinged songs celebrate work, love and grit leavened by “wonder, gratitude and compassion,” according to Acoustic Guitar magazine. The magazine’s editors also praised his rustic voice, which couples “the grain of Levon Helm and the guff troubadour lilt of Kris Kristofferson.” Backing Nathan are multi-octave singer Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys, masters of country, jazz, blues and gospel.
- Dakota Dave Hull (Minneapolis) – Dakota Dave Hull’s music spans the sacred and profane. He takes the stage with an awesome collection of custom and vintage guitars and fingerpicks everything from ragtime and blues to jazz and gospel with unmatched tone and style. A veteran of A Prairie Home Companion, he has recorded and performed with folk legends like Doc Watson and Dave Van Ronk, and entertained audiences around the world for more than 40 years.
- Rollie Tussing & The Midwest Territory Band (Ann Arbor) – Award-winning guitarist and educator Rollie Tussing & The Midwest Territory Band deliver a style of jug band jazz that hearkens back to the parlors and juke joints of the early 20th century. Their sound is always hot and the feel is pure 78 rpm.
- Samantha Dunlap (Gregory, Mich.) – A member of the Honors Choir at Chelsea High School, Samantha was born with a voice from another era, when jazz clubs and big bands ruled the night. This will be her Ark debut.
Tickets are on sale now for $30 (all general admission) at The Ark box office, theark.org and through the Michigan Union Ticket Officer, phone. 734-763 TKTS.