It’s that time of year again… time to say farewell to Ann Arbor’s 6th year of Sonic Lunch (*sniff sniff*), and boy was it a doozy! From 1,800 screaming teenagers waiting outside the Michigan Theater in the rain at 5am to an 8 1/2 month pregnant Erin from the Ragbirds still rocking just as hard as ever, it’s been a very special summer and we’ve had a blast!
Helping us take things out in style is Ann Arbor’s favorite rockabilly dance band, George Bedard & The Kingpins. Come join us this Thursday for your last chance to get down in the summer sun!
If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Michigan’s Greensky Bluegrass does. But you’ve only just scratched the surface. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, “Greensky Bluegrass is representing the genre for a whole new generation.”
Crafting everything from poignant rural ballads accompanied by sweet multi-part vocal harmonies, to distortion-fueled barn burners that cross over into good old fashioned rock n’ roll, this group of musicians play with incredible skill that has prominently placed them as one of the future leaders on the American bluegrass scene.
Check out this video of the group covering Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and then join us Thursday for a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time at Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch!
Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is thrilled to welcome back one of our favorite performers who has played every Sonic Lunch since the series started in 2006. Laith Al-Saadi is an Ann Arbor guitar legend, but has also entertained packed venues across the country with his soulful blend of blues and classic rock.
His newest album, slated for official release any day (and available for sale at Sonic Lunch!), was comprised of a “dream team” of musicians and producers Laith had always wanted to work with. The impressive roster includes legends such as Jim Keltner, Lee Sklar, Larry Goldings, and Jimmy Vivino, among others.
Check out this video of Laith as last year’s Sonic Lunch opener.
We couldn’t be more excited this week as we welcome back one of our favorite Sonic Lunch performers, The Ragbirds! This concert will be particularly special for our Sonic Lunch family, as it is one of the band’s final performances before lead singer Erin Zindle takes a well-deserved maternity leave to welcome her first baby Ragbird into the world.
Check out this video of “Six Wheels” off of their newest CD “Travelin’ Machine”. We’re also happy to help them promote their Kickstarter project to buy a new eco-friendly travelin’ machine of their own for their “Brave New Baby” tour that will kick off this fall.
Sonic Lunch is back this week, and we’ll be rockin’ Liberty Plaza with the amazing Brett Dennen! Hailed as one of the most innovative new songwriters of our time and with a string of hits under his belt, Dennen is sure to please new and old fans alike. Joining him will be local singer-songwriter and YouTube sensation Dan Henig, who has performed all throughout the Midwest, including an appearance at this summer’s Top of the Park at Ann Arbor Summerfest.
Watch Dennen’s music video for his smash hit, “Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog)”.