Saline's Acoustic Routes to Host Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder at The Ark

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 09/16/2017 - 10:48
15-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs to perform at The Ark on Doc Watson's 95th Birthday

Acoustic Routes Concerts of Saline and The Ark, Ann Arbor’s world-renowned music club, announced that country music legend and 15-time Grammy® winner Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will headline Docabilly! – a celebration of the life and music of Arthel “Doc” Watson on March 3, 2018 – what would have been Doc’s 95th birthday. Tickets went on sale today by phone and online at the Michigan Union Ticket Office

Acoustic Routes, founded by Lodi Township resident Jim Cain, produces monthly concerts at Stony Lake Brewing in Saline . The next show, featuring Americana duo The Potter's Field, is tonight at 8 p.m.

Docabilly! is a benefit for the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s in Ann Arbor. Every single 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. All are welcome.

Watson, who passed away in 2012, rose from rural poverty in Deep Gap, North Carolina and overcame blindness to become one of the most influential folk musicians of all time. He won seven Grammys over a career that spanned nearly 60 years, and he was awarded the National Media of the Arts by President Bill Clinton in 2010. 

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“I loved Doc Watson, I loved his singing, his guitar playing, but more than anything I loved his heart for people,” Skaggs said. “This concert to benefit The Breakfast at Saint Andrew’s is something Doc would really appreciate, and I do too. I'm looking forward to doing the ‘Docabilly’ concert.”

Opening for Skaggs ( is singer-songwriter Nathan Bell of Chattanooga, Tenn., who has shared bills with legends like Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and Norman Blake (

As of September 16, Docabilly! sponsors include General Motors Co., The Bank of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor State Bank and Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. 

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