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Ark Hosts Community Sing Featuring Matt Watroba

By |2018-08-08T14:46:30-04:00August 8th, 2018|Ann Arbor, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized|

Ann Arbor’s venue The Ark has hosted everyone in Americana from Mary Chapin Carpenter to The Avett Brothers and even The Carolina Chocolate Drops — and that’s barely scratching the surface. Now, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 16, is a chance for the community members who enjoy The Ark’s sound to contribute their own voices for the 3rd Annual Ark Community Sing.
“The Ark is widely known to have one of the best singing audiences in the country. For the third year running, we celebrate that with a full night devoted to songs that everyone can sing,” write event organizers. “Michigan’s own Matt Watroba has devoted the last few years of his musical work to spreading community singing throughout the country. Matt will transform the audience in to a spontaneous choir.”
Matt Watroba is a Detroit-born, Plymouth-raised musician, teacher and radio host, and he will be hosting this year’s event. He said he’s excited to see everyone join in, regardless of existing singing experience.
“Community singing is not performing,” Watroba said. “It exists so that all willing singers, at all levels of skill, can experience the power of song and musical participation. Performing choruses and musical groups often spring out of the community singing experience, but that is not the purpose — it’s just a welcomed consequence!”
The community sing event will start at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for the general public and $5 for Ark members. More information both about the event and The Ark can be found online at theark.org.

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