Martin Bandyke on Mitch Ryder

Mitch Ryder is the legendary link between classic Motown R&B and hard rocking Detroit-area bands like the MC5 and the Stooges.  The Hamtramck native has recorded over two dozen albums in a career that stretches back to the mid-60s, and he still captivates audiences with his fiery vocals and commanding stage presence.  He was in fine form the last time he performed at Sonic Lunch, so expect another great set of timeless hits when Mitch Ryder closes out the 9th season of Sonic Lunch on Thursday, August 25th! — Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one

Martin Bandyke on Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

On Thursday, August 18th, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series will feature Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, the Lansing-based folk-soul-psych-pop group.

Purveyors of delightful dance music, Hertler insists that his group’s live show is the purpose of the band. “Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming,” says Hertler. “We believe that performance is not a High Art operation, and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time. From piñatas to confetti, to fog, to flowers, to drum solos, to strobe lights, to Thor, to sword battles—literally anything goes.”

Catch Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers when they take the stage at Liberty Plaza on Thursday, August 18th at noon as part of Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch free concert series. — Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one

Martin Bandyke on The Ragbirds

Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series is proud to present the brilliant Ann Arbor roots music quintet the Ragbirds, who perform at noon on Thursday, August 11th in Liberty Plaza. Melding folk and rock with a global approach to rhythms and songwriting, the Ragbirds recently released their fifth studio album “The Threshold & The Hearth,” which debuted in the top 20 on Billboard magazine’s folk chart.

Led as always by the married team of vocalist/fiddle player Erin Zindle and percussionist Randall Moore, the Ragbirds have received praise from the Ann Arbor News & USA Today, and they’ve shared stages with everyone from Brandi Carlile to Rusted Root to Jeff Daniels. Offering hope and love and joy in a world that needs it more than ever, the infectious global groove of the Ragbirds will take over Liberty Plaza at noon on Thursday, August 11th. — Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one