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 


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


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


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