It’s looking like the rain will hold off for today’s Sonic Lunch, so we’re heading to Liberty Plaza as usual for Kopecky Family Band. See you at 11:30 as we kick things off with Kate Peterson, followed by Kopecky around noon!
Joining Kopecky Family Band for Sonic Lunch tomorrow is another up-and-comer in their own right, The Lunch Room. After hosting dinner parties and brunches for friends to rave reviews, owners Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo started The Lunch Room as a Mark’s Carts vendor, where they built their business and were even voted “Best Food Cart” in Current Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
They have recently moved on to bigger adventures by opening their own restaurant in Kerrytown where they serve delicious and innovative high-quality vegan food using local and organic produce, making everything from scratch from fine ingredients, and emphasizing environmental sustainability.
On tomorrow’s menu:
Banh mi chay: The Lunch Room’s take on this classic Vietnamese baguette sandwich with marinated baked tofu, carrot-radish pickle, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro and mint with garlic mayo. Served on a housemade baguette
Tempeh reuben: marinated, baked tempeh and sauerkraut from The Brinery on housemade rye bread with a special tangy dressing
Join us tomorrow for another great Sonic Lunch!
Kopecky Family Band was formed in Nashville some six years ago by college students Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon, the group quickly expanding to a sextet and recording three EPs while juggling weekday classes with weekend gigs. Independently releasing their debut full-length “Kids Raising Kids” last year, the album was reissued early in 2013 by the very cool ATO Records label (co-owned by some guy named Dave Matthews). Featuring the clever, infectious hit single “Heartbeat,” “Kids Raising Kids” is a terrifically diverse and beautifully crafted effort which incorporates elements of indie-rock, pop and folk. I have an interview with guitarist/vocalist Gabe Simon appearing in this Thursday’s Ann Arbor.com, and here is a quote from my Q&A with Gabe about his band’s philosophy towards making music: ”We follow our hearts in what we feel needs to be played. One of our favorite bands is My Morning Jacket. Their songs don’t all sound like “Highly Suspicious,” or “Gideon” or “Holdin’ On to Black Metal.” I love the ways all the songs can sound so different and yet be cohesive on one record. With six people inspired in completely different ways the songs come together in all kinds of different ways. Whether it’s horns, cello, percussion and everything you can imagine to just keeping things really simple, we just play what we need to play, man.”
I spoke to Simon literally minutes before his group taped a performance of “Heartbeat” for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, evidence that Kopecky Family Band is well on its way to being a household name. Check ‘em out this Thursday at Noon as part of Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series, with opening act Kate Peterson of the Ann Arbor-based duo Nervous But Excited kicking things off at 11:30am.
–- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one
Join us this Thursday for our second-to-last Sonic Lunch as we present rising stars from Nashville, The Kopecky Family Band. Starting as a dorm room jam in 2007, this group of familial (but not blood-related) musicians has been gaining serious steam, recently securing the #18 spot on the national radio charts with their hit “Heartbeat”, which they performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno just weeks ago.
Described as a modern-day Fleetwood Mac by The New York Times, their seamless blend of carefree folk, pop and indie rock is fun and melodic. Don’t miss your chance to see these up-and-comers!
Joining the party this Thursday is Michigan singer-songwriter Kate Peterson of the folk duo Nervous But Excited. Kate will take the stage at 11:30, with Kopecky Family Band slated to start around noon.