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.

Next @ Sonic Lunch: Vance Joy with Keri Lynn Roche

Thursday, July 31 will be the start of a big weekend for Ann Arbor.  We’re kicking it off the fun with popular Australia performer, Vance Joy at Sonic Lunch. Vance’s current hit, Riptide, is climbing the charts.  Local performer, Keri Lynn Roche will open, beginning at 11:30a.m.

On Friday, downtown Ann Arbor will see thousands of soccer fans fill Main Street for an epic street party with performances by talented Michigan musicians.  Then Saturday the Big House will be packed with soccer fans as Manchester United plays Real Madrid.

It’s going to be a great week to be in Ann Arbor!

Martin Bandkyke on The Appleseed Collective

The Appleseed CollectiveAfter a break for the Art Fairs, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series returns to Liberty Plaza on Thursday, July 24 with the Appleseed Collective, the Ann Arbor-based Americana/roots/Gypsy jazz band.

Utilizing fiddle, guitar, banjo, upright bass, mandolin and washboard, the Appleseed Collective plays a unique blend of ragtime, bluegrass, western swing, folk & Dixieland, drawing well-earned praise after earlier performances this year at both the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Touring to support their terrific new album Young Love, their second release, the members of the Appleseed Collective are old souls in young bodies, playing acoustic music with high-spirited intensity.

On Thursday, July 24, catch the Appleseed Collective at Noon on Liberty Plaza as part of Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series.

Martin Bandyke, Ann Arbor’s 107one


No Sonic Lunch this week

Despite the cool weather, it’s time for the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.  Usually third week of July is one of the hottest of the year making the Ann Arbor Art Fairs steamy and sweaty.

This is a week when the Sonic Lunch crew takes a break.  We’ll be back on July 24 with The Appleseed Collective, a popular bluegrass/folk band. Enjoy the Art Fairs and see you next week!

This week @ Sonic Lunch: ZZ Ward

ZZ WardBank of Ann Arbor’s 2014 Sonic Lunch concert series will resume on July 10 with a performance by  ZZ Ward, the sensational singer, songwriter and guitarist whose major label debut “Til the Casket Drops’ brought us three hit singles:  “Put the Gun Down,” “Last Love Song” and “365 Days.”

Born Zsuzsanna Ward and a native of Abington, Pennsylvania, Ward combines rock, blues, hip-hop, soul and R&B in thrilling fashion.  A veteran of both the Coachella and Bonnaroo Music Festivals, Ward’s  notable TV performances include appearances with late-night hosts Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno.  The New York Times has favorably compared her to Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, so you can bet that this is a seriously talented young artist whose career is on the fast track.

Bank of Ann Arbor will be closing down a block of Liberty between S. Fifth Ave and Division so ZZ Ward and her band can take over.  The performance starts at Noon on Thursday, July 10. See you at Sonic Lunch!

Martin Bandyke