Below is a listing of the folk music venues and concert series in the southeastern Michigan area. For special folk music events not included in these series, visit the Concerts & Events link on this site.
Acoustic Muse Concert Series
Concerts held Fridays beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Acoustic Routes Series
Concerts once a month on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Offers a cozy, intimate listening room which showcases local and national poets, storytellers and acoustic musicians. All music is original, traditional or from public domain. Open mic is from 7:30-8:40; the featured performer takes the stage at 9:00 p.m. Light refreshments are available in a smoke and alcohol free environment. Suggested donation at the door is $8.00; a portion of all proceeds go to the Acousticat spay/neuter fund.
Offers concerts six nights a week. Since its inception in 1965, The Ark has earned an international reputation for the quality and breadth of its programming. In addition to its mission of keeping the American musical traditions of folk and bluegrass alive, The Ark is a leader in the presentation of music from around the world.
Café 704 Coffee House
Café 704 Coffee House is new concert series for local musicians. The venue seats up to 140 in an intimate, smoke- and alcohol-free setting, with parking at the door. Concerts are held year-round at 8:00 pm on the last Saturday of the month (except in November and December, the second Saturday). Suggested donation is $5-$10; light refreshments are for sale. For upcoming concerts, see the Website. To inquire about bookings, please contact Al Carter at 248-515-4644.
Carrick's House Concerts
Several shows a year during fall, winter and spring. Concerts normally held Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Basement venue, set up like a small club, with sound, some lights, pizza, and coffee. Offers the very best in national and local acts.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
Concerts Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Tea, coffee, baked goods, cozy upstairs listening room.
Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club
A non-profit organization promoting traditional folk music in association with The Home County Folk League. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
East River Folk Society
Flint Folk Music Society
All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.). Tickets are $17.00 ($12.00 for members, $7.00 for students). Tickets for all shows are available at the door.
Garfield House Concerts
Two concerts a year -- spring and fall
Grand River Folk Arts Society
Concerts held on Saturday nights, starting at 8:00 p.m.
Green Wood Coffee House Series
Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. Features local and national folk musicians in a beautiful listening room. Coffee, cold drinks, and desserts available.
Greenhorn Open Mic Night
Hosted by Kent Koller. Features twelve or more performers each week in many musical styles. Artist sign-up is 7:30 p.m., near the stage.
The Kettle Coffee House Concerts
A non-profit organization dedicated to live music and art. Doors open 7:30 p.m., open mic at 7:45 p.m., followed by the featured performer.
Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase
Features fine local musicians in a listening room setting. Beautiful auditorium, excellent sound system, and free, convenient parking. Light refreshments available. For questions or booking information contact Maggie Ferguson at email@example.com.
Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. Showcases local and national acoustic musicians in a relaxed, fun, and respectful atmosphere. Coffee, cold drinks, and desserts available. Open mic at 7:15 p.m.; doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Fingerstyle Guitar Society
On the Tracks Songwriter Showcase
Concerts held on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May in the beautiful and intimate setting of the Historic Chelsea Depot. Concert time 7:00-9:00 p.m. No advance tickets, pay at the door, first-come first-serve seating. 100% of the admission price goes to the performers.
Located in a Civil War-era building, the Raven Café offers a wide selection of appetizers, lunch/dinner items, coffee and tea, wine and micro-brewed beers, and desserts-to-die-for. Concerts presented Wednesday through Saturday nights. Concert times are 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Wednesdays/Thursdays and 8:00-11:00 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays.
Ten Pound Fiddle
Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. during the academic year. This long-running series features a wide variety of national and international folk, bluegrass, and blues musicians.
Trinity House Theatre
Concerts usually on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
West Bloomfield Township Public Library
Concerts are held once a month on Sundays, with two shows at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
White Crow Conservatory of Music
Presents concerts and workshops five days a week by local and national performers, band class concerts, open mics, and Irish sessions (main concert season runs September through April). All Friday and Saturday performances 8:00-10:00 p.m. Coffee, tea, and cold drinks available.
Windsor Folk Music and Arts Society
Open Stage Coffee Houses monthly (usually, second Friday -- see the Web page) at 8:00 p.m. Local aspiring and semi-professional folk musicians perform to a friendly and supportive audience. Donation suggested. Coffee, cold drinks, and desserts available. To perform at the next available Windsor Folk open mic Acoustic Stage, please call Jan Ciborowski (519-978-3274) and leave a message including a telephone number and e-mail address where you can be reached.
Concerts feature top Canadian folk artists in a small hall with superb acoustics. Performances are Friday or Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available in advance or at the door: $12.00-$15.00. Coffee, tea, cold drinks, and desserts available.