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 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.
July 30, 2013 9:19
We’ll keep the band bio brief, as most of you already know about the Ragbirds, the veteran Ann Arbor-based indie-folk band with world music influences playing at Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch on Thursday, August 1 at Noon.
Erin Zindle and Randall Moore, the wife and husband team who have been at the helm of the Ragbirds since their start some eight years ago, are expecting their first child in late-August, making their Sonic Lunch appearance this Thursday their final one for a good two months or so. The group has also begun a Kickstarter campaign to replace their aging tour van with a much-needed new one. I encourage you to go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theragbirds/send-the-ragbirds-on-their-brave-new-baby-tour-thi and make a contribution to the cause!
The Ragbirds are a life-affirming, inspirational, family-friendly affair, and their Sonic Lunch show this Thursday will be their last one until well after Erin delivers her new baby Ragbird. Don’t you dare miss ‘em! --- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one
July 26, 2013 2:29
Bank of Ann Arbor's Social Media Coordinator Matthew Altruda along with President and CEO Tim Marshall were interviewed by Laserfiche's Simplicity 2.0 blog about community banking and social media.
Read 3 Questions with Matthew Altruda at the Bank of Ann Arbor.
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July 8, 2013 9:02
Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is pleased to welcome Luke Winslow King to Liberty Plaza on Thursday, July 11 at Noon.
"Cadillac, Michigan native Luke Winslow King made New Orleans his home about a dozen years ago, and the Crescent City has definitely left its mark on King’s music. The singer, songwriter and guitarist specializes in the classic sounds of early folk, blues, rock & roll and ragtime, played with soulful New Orleans flair.
A seriously gifted musician with a degree in Jazz guitar from Michigan’s prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, King paid his dues by busking on the streets of New Orleans during his early days in Louisiana. Since then he’s shared stages with Jack White, Taj Mahal, Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile and the Rebirth Brass Band. Deftly mixing original material with songs from a bygone era, Luke Winslow King brings his dynamic five-piece band to Liberty Plaza this Thursday as part of Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series."
--Martin Bandkye, annarbor's107one
June 24, 2013 9:45
Bank of Ann Arbor is pleased to welcome Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr to Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor on Thursday, June 20 at Noon.
Few rock bands possess the creativity and inventiveness of the Detroit-based duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., starting with their humorously off-the-wall name!
Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein have gotten a lot of attention since they issued their self-produced debut EP “Horse Power” in 2010, blending Beach Boys harmonies with synth-pop instrumentation to create something truly original. Before long the band signed to the prestigious Warner Bros. label, which released their first full-length album “It’s a Corporate World” a year later. Before long, DEJJ was performing before thousands of fans at the Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Festivals and appearing on late-night TV. In fact the band just performed on Conan O’Brien’s program within the last few weeks in support of their “Patterns” EP, released in April.
Dan and Josh are not only nice guys who make really cool music their own way, they are also big boosters of all things Detroit. Purveyors of high I.Q. dance music, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. returns to Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch this Thursday.
--- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one
June 17, 2013 5:00
Bank of Ann Arbor is pleased to bring Family of the Year to Sonic Lunch in Liberty Plaza on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Noon.
The musicians who comprise the indie-rock band Family of the Year hail from all over the U.S., the quartet including Martha's Vineyard natives and siblings Joe Keefe (vocals, guitar) and Sebastian Keefe (drums), plus Florida native James Buckey (guitar) and California-born Christina Schroeter (vocals, keyboards). Joe Keefe once played in the alt-rock band Unbusted, but that group's hard-edged sound is many miles away from the soothing melodies and luscious harmonies found in FOTY's music, likened to 'The Mamas and the Papas on acid' by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Released just under a year ago, the band's second album 'Loma Vista' features the hit single 'Hero,' a beautiful song which fits in quite well with the new acoustic music scene, a genre which also includes the Head and the Heart, the Civil Wars and the Avett Brothers. 'Loma Vista' was notably produced by Wally Gagel, part of the hit-making production duo Wax Ltd (he and Xandy Barry have collectively and individually worked with artists like Muse, New Order, and The Rolling Stones).
Come see this gifted group at Liberty Plaza this Thursday at noon as part of Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch concert series and see why they've also been booked for prime slots at the upcoming Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago and Mariposa Folk Festival in Canada.
--- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor's 107one