August 26, 2013 4:07
All good things must come to an end, including the sixth season of Sonic Lunch! To close things out this Thursday, August 29 at Liberty Plaza will be George Bedard and the Kingpins, making their long-awaited Sonic Lunch debut.
Guitar wizard George Bedard has been a staple on the Michigan music circuit for well over three decades, playing rock, jazz, blues and rockabilly with equal dexterity and style. George began his career in the 70s when he formed the Silvertones with guitarist/harp player Steve Nardella, then went solo after spending time in the 80s as part of Tracy Lee & the Leonards.
Bedard’s latest album is called “Further On,” an ambitious exploration of acoustic blues, New Orleans jazz, swing, jump blues and vintage rock ‘n’ roll. It’s high time for Ann Arbor townie Bedard to play Sonic Lunch, so come and celebrate the season finale at noon this Thursday at Sonic Lunch, brought to you by the Bank of Ann Arbor. --- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one
August 19, 2013 2:14
Kopecky Family Band was formed in Nashville some six years ago by college students Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Dixon, 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 Dixon 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 Dixon 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
August 13, 2013 11:27
As their name implies, the Kalamazoo quintet known as Greensky Bluegrass specializes in bluegrass music, a genre inspired by Appalachian sounds and rooted in U.K. folk.
A hard-working band which averages close to two hundred gigs a year, GSBG has a progressive attitude when it comes to playing bluegrass, sharing stages with the Avett Brothers, Bela Fleck, the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzman, Sam Bush and many others. Skilled musicians with seven albums under their belt, the ensemble won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2006.
Come out to Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch this Thursday, August 15 at Noon for a performance of roots music played to perfection by Greensky Bluegrass. --- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one
For more information or to hear Greensky's music, visit ww.soniclunch.com.
August 13, 2013 10:00
I would like to say Thank You for the best possible send-off for my retirement given to me by Bank of Ann Arbor and it's wonderful customers. The gifts, cards and well wishes meant the world to me. I truly enjoyed working with everyone associated with BOAA and will miss you all.
Thank you again,
August 12, 2013 10:51
There are counterfeit checks in the amount of $822.15 circulating as part of a AWARD CLAIM NOTIFICATION scam. You receive notification that you've won $8,221.50 a drawing or lottery; however, you have to pay $500 in tax. Ah, but lucky you, a check in the amount of $822.15 is sent along to pay the $500 tax. The notification arrives by UPS or Fed Ex to make it appear legitimate. So you send a check for $500 to pay the taxes to get your lump sum payment. Problem is the $822.15 check is a counterfeit and will not be honored. You're out $500 and the scammers now have your account information on your check.
Don't fall victim to this scam. When in doubt, don't send money or provide information to businesses or individuals you have not contacted first. Be smart and safe.
August 6, 2013 11:30
Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is pleased to welcome Laith Al-Saadi to Liberty Plaza on Thursday, August 8 at Noon.
Laith Al-Saadi is one of only three artists to play all six years at Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series (Theo Katzman and the Ragbirds are the other two, just in case you didn’t already know). We keep bringing back the thirty-two year old Ann Arbor native for one reason: he is an absolute master of the Telecaster guitar in addition to being a fine songwriter and vocalist in his own right.
As I write this blurb I am listening to Laith’s stunning new CD Real, captured live in the studio with no overdubs, no Auto-Tuning, no muss and no fuss, just incredible, impeccable musicianship. He’s backed up on his new album by the likes of Jim Keltner (drums), Jimmy Vivino (guitar), Lee Sklar (bass) and Larry Goldings (organ), all top-shelf artists in their own right.
Laith is as comfortable playing rock as he is blues, jazz and r&b, picking up the guitar at the young age of thirteen and learning his craft by incessant touring, including sharing stages with the likes of Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Son Seals. With his jaw-dropping guitar pyrotechnics and soulful approach, it’s no wonder Laith Al-Saadi is always welcome at Sonic Lunch. Prepare to be amazed by Laith this Thursday! --- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one.