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

Martin Bandyke on Joshua Davis

In 2015, Michigan native Joshua Davis was one of the finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” impressing millions of viewers with his soothing, inspiring, and very assured performances. A longtime roots music singer-songwriter and former leader of the band Steppin’ In It, Josh performs at Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series on Thursday, August 4th.

“My sound is rooted in the folk tradition,” Davis explains, “but it’s not folk music. Terms like Americana, roots rock, and heartland rock come up, but there’s so much more to it than that. I’m not a purist: I play with that American folk lineage, I play with those metaphors.” Davis’ stint on “The Voice” most definitely raised his profile, and the music that he currently plays is just as true and earnest as when he started performing over a decade and a half ago.

A man with a soulful, stirring voice, Joshua Davis takes the Liberty Plaza stage at noon on August 4 as part of the ninth season of Sonic Lunch. — Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one

Martin Bandyke on Brett Dennen

After a week off for the Ann Arbor Art Fair, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch returns in a big way at 11:30 a.m. (note the special start time) on Thursday, July 28. Headlining the concert at Liberty Plaza will be our dear friend Brett Dennen, the Northern California singer-songwriter who just released his sixth studio album Por Favor. Like Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, Brett plays thoughtful, socially-conscious tunes with optimistic messages, a man who’s always trying to find light in the darkness. Opening up the show will the Accidentals, the Traverse City-based indie-folk trio formed by students at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts. This is a compelling, don’t miss double bill…don’t forget the early start time of 11:30 a.m.

Martin Bandyke — ann arbor’s 107one