- Ann Arbor
- Published: Jan. 27, 2024, 8:16 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, MI -- The first nighttime of nan Ann Arbor Folk Festival brought a divers operation of euphony to Hill Auditorium Friday night, culminating successful a raucous Opry-esque capacity by headliners Old Crow Medicine Show.
The festival, which serves arsenic nan largest yearly fundraiser for Main Street venue The Ark, returned to a two-night format for nan first clip since nan COVID-19 pandemic, pinch Friday’s show kicking disconnected astatine 7 p.m.
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The nighttime opened pinch emcee Jeff Daniels introducing violinist duo Sons of Mystro, who wowed nan crowd pinch a blend of reggae, R&B and classical inspirations. Singer-songwriter and County Cork autochthonal Darren Kiely took nan shape next, serenading nan crowd pinch modern folk-pop inspired by accepted Irish music.
New York-based related trio BAILEN performed next, bringing their eclectic indie-pop sound to a packed venue. Funk-folk singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian, a seasoned of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch, infused nan crowd pinch soulful energy.
Headliners Old Crow Medicine Show delivered an energetic performance, churning retired original songs and covers of bluegrass and people standards riddled pinch Michigan-specific lyrics. The Nashville Americana supergroup took a infinitesimal mid-set to salary tribute to songwriters mislaid successful 2023, performing mini-covers of artists including Sinead O’Connor, Gordon Lightfoot and Jimmy Buffett.
MLive photographers were location to seizure nan night’s performances and will return Saturday. Check retired nan assemblage supra aliases click here, and enactment tuned for sum of Saturday’s show, including headliner Emmylou Harris.
Tickets for Saturday’s show, which originates astatine 7 p.m. are still disposable online.