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



No Sonic Lunch on July 3

Figuring many of you will be out of town and disappointed to miss one of our great Sonic Lunch concerts, we’re taking the week off.  There will be no Sonic Lunch on Thursday, July 3.

Then we’ll be back with rising pop star, ZZ Ward on Thursday, July 10 at Noon.  We’ll be closing Liberty Street so everyone can have plenty of room to dance and enjoy the concert. Mark your calendars!

Enjoy celebrating the amazing freedom our country provides.  Happy Independence Day!Fireworks

Martin Bandyke on The Wild Feathers

Formed in Austin back in 2010 and based these days in Nashville, the Wild Feathers will perform this Thursday (6/26) as part of Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series.

TheWildFeathersSigned to the prestigious Warner Brothers record label, the Wild Feathers released their self-titled debut album last year, and it’s the perfect showcase for the band’s skillful blend of rock, country & folk, featuring the hit single “Got It Wrong.”  The influential online website AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars, comparing the Wild Feathers to everyone from the Eagles to the Black Keys to the Black Crowes.  It is truly hard to resist the their highly melodic sound, which features the beautiful harmonies of vocalists Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Preston Wimberly, and the band has shared stages with the likes of Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

Americana music with influences from the 60s and 70s but built for the 21st century, the Wild Feathers will take the stage at Noon this Thursday at Liberty Plaza as part of the 7th season of Sonic Lunch, brought to you by Bank of Ann Arbor.

–Martin Bandyke, Morning Host