This week @ Sonic Lunch: Michelle Chamuel wsg Theo Katzman

ChamuelRain or shine, we’re closing down Liberty Street and putting up the big stage for our next Sonic Lunch concert with Michelle Chamuel & Theo Katzman, brought to you by Bank of Ann Arbor.

Both musicians were once part of My Dear Disco (later re-named Ella Riot), the brilliant indie-rock band who got together right here in Ann Arbor back in 2007.  Ella Riot has been on an indefinite hiatus for a few years, with Michelle Chamuel pursuing a successful solo career and recently drawing national attention by finishing as the 2013 runner-up on NBC’s music reality program The Voice.  A truly captivating vocalist, Chamuel’s new solo album is due out later this year.  katzman

Fellow Ella Riot alum Theo Katzman will kick off Sonic Lunch at 11:30 am with his smart, melodic, and hook-filled meta-pop anthems.

Join us for Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert with Michelle Chamuel and Theo Katzman this coming Thursday at Liberty Plaza — we are expecting one of the biggest crowds in Sonic Lunch history to welcome back these two mega-talented University of Michigan grads and major music talents! — Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one 

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This week @ Sonic Lunch: The Ragbirds

Ragbirds_2Much loved and very well respected by everyone who hears their captivating music, the Ragbirds will perform at Noon on Thursday, August 14 as part of Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series.

The band themselves describe their sound as being a fusion of folk, rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow.  That’s not a bad way to describe a group which incorporates musical influences from – literally – all around the globe.  Led by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Eric Zindle and her percussion playing husband Randall Moore, the Ragbirds have been together for almost a decade, delighting audiences everywhere (they have played 46 out of the 50 United States!) with their infectious global groove.  Their latest release is the live recording We Belong to the Love, with a new studio recording on the horizon for 2015.  Playing feel-good music that is picture-perfect for a summer afternoon, the Ragbirds will light up Liberty Plaza for a Sonic Lunch concert on August 14.

Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one

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This week @ Sonic Lunch: Laith Al-Saadi

Laith Al-Saadi – truly a virtuoso on the electric guitar – will take over Liberty Plaza on Thursday, August 7th for our next Sonic Lunch concert, brought to you by Bank of Ann Arbor.

Laith_05Crowned ‘King of the Blues’ by Guitar Center as one of the top four blues guitarists in the country, Laith had already shared stages with blues legends such as Buddy Guy, Son Seals and Taj Mahal by the time he turned eighteen, and since then he has performed with the likes of Johnny Winter, Leon Russell, the Yardbirds and — most notably – BB King!

Laith combines impeccable technique with a wildly soulful approach, and his most recent album ‘Real’ was recorded with a dream-band of musicians including Jim Keltner (drums), Leland Sklar (bass), Larry Goldings (Hammond B-3), Tom Scott (saxophone) and Jimmy Vivino (guitar and backing vocals).

A true master of the Telecaster guitar, Laith Al-Saadi performs at Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series at Noon on Thursday, August 7. Prepare to be amazed.

— Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one

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Vance Joy at Sonic Lunch on 7/31

We are very pleased to present Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy this Thursday at Sonic Lunch, brought to you by Bank of Ann Arbor. Vance’s career is advancing at a rapid rate, with his Ann Arbor concert coming barely a month before the release of his full-length debut album Dream Your Life Away on Atlantic Records.

Vance JoyBorn James Keogh and a native of Melbourne, Australia, Vance Joy recently finished his studies for a degree in law but is wisely devoting his energy to music these days. The infectious and undeniably catchy song Riptide, originally issued on his EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing, was Joy’s breakthrough release, resulting in his contract with Atlantic and lots of tour dates outside of Australia. According to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, Vance initially wrote the first few chords and lines of what was to become Riptide back in 2008, but shelved the idea as he thought the song was “too simple to work”. But years later, by pure luck, he happened to be writing a melody line to an entirely different song that trigged a memory. “I guess I was just lucky,” he said, when the two songs clicked together to become Riptide.

This young man has a strong following already and is poised for major international stardom!

Our opening act – hitting the stage at 11:30 am this Thursday – is Keri Lynn Roche, a gifted singer-songwriter from the Detroit area who made a strong impression on ‘American Idol’ earlier this year.