Acoustic Routes Concerts of Saline announced today that country music legend, five-time Grammy® winner and Grand Ole Opry member Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives will take the stage at The Ark – Ann Arbor’s world-renowned folk music club – on March 16, 2019 to raise money to feed the hungry.
The concert is the 10th annual benefit at The Ark for the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s in Ann Arbor. Every day since the fall of 1982, volunteers have gathered there to serve a free meal to anyone in need, sometimes as many as 165 each day. Many guests are homeless. Others are working but struggling to make ends meet. Everyone is welcome. All concert profits will be used to purchase food, supplies and offset expenses, such as cleaning, heating and maintenance.
Rolling Stone magazine calls Marty Stuart one of the top country music artists of all time: “A musician’s musician, Stuart logged more than a decade as a sideman for the titans of twang – including Johnny Cash, Doc Watson and Lester Flatt – before launching his solo career...building his fan base not only on the strength of his voice, but his hotshot guitar playing, too.”
“I’m honored to have been asked to be part of this event,” Stuart said. “This is one of those times when I’m reminded of what my musical gift is really for.”
NPR praised his latest album “Way Out West,” calling it a “journey through the Joshua trees, shadowy canyons and desert dreams that tantalize travelers with the promise of a golden shore on the other side." Prime cuts from “Way Out West” include Time Don’t Wait, Way Out West, Whole Lotta Highway and Wait for the Morning.
Opening for Marty Stuart is Bloodshot Records artist and Cadillac, Michigan native Luke Winslow-King, who spent most of the last 15 years steeped in the musical cauldron of New Orleans and touring across North America and Europe.
Music journal No Depression called Blue Mesa, his newest record, one of the best roots releases of 2018: “His art serves as a kind of road map of where he’s been in his life – the places that raised him musically and all the incredible art he’s been exposed to since his early days as a musician.” Prime cuts from the album include Chicken Dinner and Leghorn Women.
The emcee for the evening is Lisa Tucker-Gray, the rector of Toledo’s Trinity Episcopal Church, an accomplished singer and the daughter of the Rev. Svea Gray, who led the Breakfast Program for more than 30 years. She will also perform with multi-instrumentalist Curt Waugh.
This event will be the tenth benefit that Acoustic Routes Concerts has produced for the Breakfast Program at The Ark since 2010, with cumulative profits closing in on $100,000.
“The Breakfast started as way to help people get through a deep recession more than 30 years ago, but the need never went away,” said Jim Cain of Lodi Township, founder of Acoustic Routes. “It’s staggering how many people don’t have enough to eat day in and day out.”
Ann Arbor-based food rescue agency Food Gatherers said hunger is a pervasive problem in Washtenaw County. More than one in seven people lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life.
“Some of the Breakfast volunteers have been there since the program’s earliest days. For others, it’s their first community service experience,” Cain added. “Volunteering creates a unique bond and I can’t thank Marty, Luke, Lisa, Curt and our sponsors enough for supporting the Breakfast program.”
Tickets go on sale on September 15 at The Ark box office and at the Michigan Union Ticket Office or 734-663-TKTS (in person and by phone at 9 a.m., online at 10 a.m.).