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Bank of Ann Arbor Announces 2019 Sonic Lunch Line-up

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April 16, 2019
Bank of Ann Arbor is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2019 Sonic Lunch concert series.
 
Now in its twelfth year, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free summer outdoor concert series located at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor. Thursdays, beginning June 6, Sonic Lunch will feature a range of local and national artists. Sonic Lunch will once again host opening acts prior to each performance beginning at 11:30am featuring predominately regional artists.
 
2019 Sonic Lunch Summer Concert Series:
6/6      Laith Al-Saadi wsg Sam Corbin
6/13    The Accidentals wsg Adam Plomaritas
6/20    morgxn wsg Magdalen Fossum
6/27    Adia Victoria wsg Erin Zindle
7/11    Rayland Baxter wsg Matthew Milia
7/25    Guster wsg Andrew Horowitz of Tally Hall
8/1      SHAED wsg Ladysse
8/8      Mat Kerekes wsg Oren Levin
8/15    TBA May 31st  wsg Amy Petty
8/22    Michael Franti and Spearhead wsg Abigail Stauffer
8/29    Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas wsg Jacob Sigman
 
Sonic Lunch will not host a performance the week of July 4th  or July 18th
 
“We are excited every year to announce our lineup for the Sonic Lunch concert series” said Tim Marshall, President and CEO of Bank of Ann Arbor, “and this year we are thrilled to be bringing so many
incredibly talented artists to the Sonic Lunch stage. Performers familiar to Ann Arbor such as The Accidentals and Laith Al-Saadi are scheduled to return, along with artists new to Sonic Lunch like Michael Franti and Spearhead, Guster, and SHAED. In addition to our headliners, we are pleased to announce that once again, Sonic Lunch will host opening performances, featuring musicians from Michigan and/or the Ann Arbor area.
 
Mr. Marshall continued “We are extremely honored to be a part of your plans this summer. We love the sense of community Sonic Lunch brings to Ann Arbor and we hope everyone in the area, along with fans of the performers, will be able to make it out to Liberty Plaza over the course of the summer. Bank of Ann Arbor is proud to be part of something that has come to mean so much to the Ann Arbor community and has become an Ann Arbor summertime tradition.”
 
Stay tuned for our special announcement on May 31st, when we will be revealing our August 15th  To Be
Announced performer, live on ann arbor’s 107one morning show with Martin Bandyke.
 
June 6 – Laith Al-Saadi wsg Sam Corbin
www.laithalsaadi.com
In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” Now, he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world.
 
Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops – honed at the University of Michigan School of Music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King.
 
“Laith is one of the most diverse talents we have,” said Maroon 5 front man and The Voice coach Adam
Levine. “Incredible guitar player, incredible singer.”
Entertainment Weekly called Laith Al-Saadi “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable.” Audiences have agreed, propelling Al-Saadi’s most recent release, REAL to the top of the blues chart for
five weeks and the top 20 album chart for two weeks. Laith also had four singles in the top ten iTunes singles charts, and his albums In The Round and Long Time Coming spent time at the top of the rock and album charts.
 
Guitar World Magazine has called Laith Al-Saadi a cross between "Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy at their best,” and Guitar Center crowned him one of the top four blues guitarists in the United States.
 
June 13 – The Accidentals wsg Adam Plomaritas
https://www.theaccidentalsmusic.com
 
Female-fronted, multi-instrumentalist power trio, The Accidentals (Savannah Buist, Katie Larson, and Michael Dause) kicked off 2018 with the release of their debut album, Odyssey, with Sony Masterworks. They followed the album release with two-hundred days of touring nationally, seventeen festivals, sync placement with Turner Classic Movies, FOX Sports, and a RAM Trucks BANDvan #tourtough commercial.
 
They released their latest single, "Heavy Flag," produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Ray, The Decemberists) in October, and they aren’t slowing down going into 2019. They are currently scoring an indie film, touring, teaching workshops across the country, and releasing new music.
 
PopMatters says you can’t define them by comparison to any one band, comparing them to a mash up of influences including, “The Beatles, Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, Led Zeppelin, Ani DiFranco, Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, etc." NPR says, “they display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression,” adding, “they might be the most compelling songwriters of our time."
 
 
June 20 – morgxn wsg Magdalen Fossum
https://www.facebook.com/morgxnofficial/
 
“I think the universe opened up for me in that moment,” morgxn says of writing his sultry, yearning debut single “love you with the lights on.” “Everything I wrote afterwards was silently anchored by this one moment.” Since then, morgxn has been working on songs for an upcoming EP and album that he will release through his label, wxnderlost records. “wxnderlost is a reminder for me that even when you think you know where you’re going, or even when you’re somewhere you want to be, it can all change in an instant. wxnderlost reminds me that the journey is the best part.”
 
morgxn’s journey began in his hometown of Nashville where his earliest musical memories are singing with his mom. “I could hold melodies before I could talk,” he says. By age six, morgxn was a “small,
 
chubby Jewish kid dominating the gospel choir” (as he puts it.) At age nine, he began taking voice and piano lessons and writing songs. After college, he made his way to New York City where he dabbled in theatre. “Theater unlocked my sense of empathy,” morgxn says. “I could see myself in the characters I was playing, but when you tell someone else's story for so long, you start to lose your own.”
 
Now telling his own stories, morgxn is drawn to writing about human resilience in his fearless, vulnerable, electronic-soul songs: “How we pull ourselves back up even when we’re knocked down a thousand times,” he says. “I’m chasing the tension of wanting love, having it, and needing more. It’s that desire to go beyond the surface.”
 
 
June 27 – Adia Victoria wsg Erin Zindle
http://adiavictoria.com
At a recent performance, the host made the mistake of introducing Adia Victoria as an Americana artist. Victoria leaned into the microphone with a correction, "Adia Victoria does not sing Americana, Adia Victoria sings the blues." From there, the artist let her guitar and powerful lyrics speak for her. After a self-released single that drew the attention of Rolling Stone and others, Victoria continued to dazzle and confound with her first studio album, Beyond the Bloodhounds. The album takes its title from a line
in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Just as Jacobs sought to get beyond the reach of
her master's bloodhounds, Victoria is always reaching beyond the facile notions of what a Black woman artist should look like and sound like.
 
In the wake of Beyond the Bloodhounds, touring, press and enormous expectations a lesser artist would have just rested on her laurels. Instead, Victoria released two short albums that show the immense wingspan of her talent and curiosity. “How It Feels” is a French-language short album that reimagines French pop classics with a blueswoman's edge. Victoria returned to her roots with the EP “Baby Blues”, a trio of classic blues covers that first inspired her.
 
A mere two years after Beyond the Bloodhounds, Adia Victoria returns with her
second full-length studio album, Silences. After a season of dealing with others trying to define, claim,
and name her art and artistry, Victoria went inward. "I found when I went back home that the thing that disturbed me the most was the lack of activity. Having to deal with myself once again on an intimate level."
 
Just as Victoria has been intentional about creating the kind of life that she wanted to live, she's done the same thing with her collaborators. The band has changed a lot like Destiny's Child since the first album, to get the perfect presentation and I think I finally found it. Victoria's guys are Mason Hickman- Lead Guitar, Jason Harris- Bass, Peter Eddins- Keys, Timothy Beaty aka Knapps- Drums, Chazen Singleton- Horns, and Austin Wilhote aka Willé- Horns. "No. This is the greatest possession that I have. I have a bunch of guys now that I've been with and they allow me the ability and the space to command them, to direct them. They have faith in me."
 
With Adia Victoria's steady hand and fearless vision at the helm, Silences does indeed get work done. Of the recording process, Dessner notes, ""From the very beginning of our collaboration, it was clear to me that Adia's vision for this album had a cohesive and very particular narrative thread. It was incredibly rewarding to help realize it. The substantive nature of her writing and strength of Adia's lyrics really guided us through the entire recording process. Every sound and direction, whether subversive, experimental or leaning into a groove, it was all in service of her broader vision and the text. Ultimately, the album is both an incredibly personal narrative of Adia's journey and a powerful, broader statement of resistance."
 
July 11 – Rayland Baxter wsg Matthew Milia
RaylandBaxter.com
Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Rayland Baxter? He had an old rubber band factory in
Franklin, Kentucky, and it suited him just fine. As one of the hardest-touring artists on the road today,
 
Baxter’s spent most of his professional life in transit, but ever since he was a kid, he dreamed of creative seclusion someplace lonely and isolated, somewhere he could sit still and devote his every waking hour to writing without interruption or distraction. When the opportunity finally presented itself in late 2016, the Nashville native pounced.
 
“I packed everything in my van and moved to Franklin for three months,” says Baxter. “It was the first time I ever got to be alone and focus solely on songs like that. All I did was write, write, write all day every day. I was obsessed.”
 
By the time Baxter emerged, he’d penned more than 50 tunes and crafted a detailed blueprint for his spectacular new album, Wide Awake. Deftly produced by Butch Walker, the record infuses Baxter’s easygoing, soulful sound with British Invasion melodies and rock and roll swagger, marrying lean, muscular songwriting with adventurous, inventive arrangements. It’s a cutting, insightful collection, one that takes a sardonic view on the violence, greed, and division that seem to define the modern American landscape. Rather than point a finger, though, the music holds up a mirror, offering a sober reflection of the times thoughtfully bundled in bright, infectious hooks. There’s no judgment here, only keen observation, and Baxter implicates himself as much as his neighbor through it all.
 
It was with that newfound sense of self that Baxter entered Thunder Sound, the abandoned rubber band factory-turned-studio in the cornfields of Kentucky that would become his home for three months of intensive soul searching and songwriting.
 
“I blanketed the windows so no one could see inside,” he explains. “I laid a mattress down next to an old Wurlitzer, so I had somewhere to sleep. I had a guitar, a desk with a lamp and some paper and pencils, and that was it. For fifteen hours a day, I wrote.”
 
When it came time to record his mountain of new songs, Baxter relocated to Santa Monica, California, where he wrangled an all-star studio band that included Dr. Dog’s Erick Slick on drums, Butch Walker on bass, Cage The Elephant’s Nick Bockrath on guitar, and piano wizard Aaron Embry (Elliott Smith, Brian Eno) on keys. A producer and artist equally at home working with massive pop stars and indie stalwarts, Walker immediately embraced Baxter’s vision for the album, and the result is a sunny and altogether charming collection. Scratch beneath the surface, though, and you’ll find it’s populated by a cast of characters who project a vision of the good life as they struggle to keep it all together behind closed
doors. On the punchy ‘Casanova,’ the singer reckons with debts he knows he’ll never be able to repay, while the volatile “Amelia Baker” charts the narrator’s descent into near-madness as he pines for a starlet perpetually out of reach.
 
While Wide Awake offers plenty of broad, wide-angle musings, some of its most arresting moments arrive bundled inside deeply personal memories and snapshots. The heartfelt “Everything To Me” is a tender tribute to family (Baxter’s father Bucky, who played pedal steel with Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams among others, contributes to the record), and the laidback “Let It All Go Man” is a reminder that there’s beauty
in simply being alive.
 
July 25 – Guster wsg Andrew Horowitz of Tally Hall
https://www.guster.com
Look Alive is our 8th album. The bulk of it was recorded in a vintage keyboard museum in Calgary AB,
during a January stretch when the temperature reached 30 degrees below zero. We ended up in Canada because our British producer, Leo Abrahams, couldn't turn around an American work visa fast enough, and we feel lucky to have discovered Studio Bell at the last minute. Despite having access to room after room of well-maintained analog keys, Leo gravitated to a cheap Ensoniq Mirage synth from the 1980's that made Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation-era sounds from floppy disks. Leo spent countless hours poring over these floppy disks while the band gawked at the mellotrons, harpsichords, and other vintage equipment housed at Studio Bell. It was the beginnings of a stylistic clash that would ultimately play out beautifully. Our band had always gravitated to "warm" sounds. Leo would introduce us to "cold" sounds
 
and the way they challenge us as listeners. He was the perfect complementary piece for Guster.
 
After working with the late Richard Swift four years ago and discovering a more raw and vintage sound on Evermotion, we fully embraced studio production with Leo this time around. The sheer amount of production on Look Alive grew into its own statement.
 
Writing songs for the second straight record with multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds (who joined the band in 2010) has been a key to our evolution. Working with artists like Leo Abrahams, John Congleton, and Collin DuPuis proved to be inspiring and adds to a "brain trust" that bolsters the songs. With Look Alive the plan is simple. Grow our musical community. Write better and better songs. Keep our minds open. Never repeat ourselves and create a legacy of music that is undeniable.
 
August 1 – SHAED wsg Ladysse
https://www.shaedband.com
Based in Washington D.C., electro-pop trio SHAED balance effervescence and atmosphere. Consisting of lead singer and one-time solo artist Chelsea Lee and producers Max and Spencer Ernst, the group's
second single, "Thunder," landed on the viral streaming charts in mid-2016. They released their debut EP,
Just Wanna See, in September 2016.
 
Chelsea Lee and the Ernst twins first met in high school and began writing music together a few years later. Soon after releasing their debut single, "Just Wanna See," in March 2016, they had a viral streaming hit with the anthemic synth pop tune "Thunder." Both songs were included on their first EP, Just Wanna See, issued that September. It was followed by tours in support of Marian Hill and Bishop Briggs.
SHAED released the stand-alone single "Too Much" in mid-2017, shortly before the trio moved in together and worked on recording much of their second EP at home. In May of 2018, they re-emerged on tour with X Ambassadors, and Photo Finish Records issued "Trampoline," the lead single from Melt, which followed in July.
 
August 8 – Mat Kerekes wsg Oren Levin
http://www.matkerekes.com
Mat Kerekes was born and grew up in the Bedford Township area of Michigan and attended Bedford High School. Famously known as front man of Detroit’s emo/ indie rock band Citizen. Mat released his first single "Ruby," off his forthcoming album set to be released in spring 2019 with rave reviews. Kerekes is one of the most exciting songwriters working today.
 
August 15 – TBA May 31st  wsg Amy Petty
 
August 22 – Michael Franti and Spearhead wsg Abigail Stauffer
www.michaelfranti.com
Michael Franti is a musician, humanitarian, and filmmaker who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Franti is revered for his high energy live shows, inspiring music, philanthropic efforts, and his authentic connection to his global fan community.
 
Franti believes in using music as a vehicle for positive change, stating “I feel a deeper sense of purpose in music today than I ever have in my career. My goal is to make the most inspiring music I possibly can for this crazy and wonderful time we’re all living in.”
 
August 29 – Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas wsg Jacob Sigman
http://jessicahernandez.net
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas return with their sophomore album Telephone // Telefono, their first full- length bilingual recording to be released in both English and Spanish language versions.

A second generation Cuban and Mexican-American, Jessica felt it her duty to further explore her own Hispanic heritage on the band's sophomore recording. She knew songs written and recorded in English required more than simply translation – a full rethink was needed to truly give them equivalent poetry and power in her second language. She pushed herself to use Spanish in ways she had never previously attempted, rewriting the songs with the invaluable aid of her mates in Mexico City to better suit the new lyrics and vocal style. Jessica even spent two full weeks speaking exclusively in Spanish, singing for hours in a friend’s studio to create a kind of muscle memory.
 
Intensely personal and undeniably provocative, Telephone // Telefono is a milestone achievement for the band who are upping the ante on their one-of-a-kind sound clash of Goth pop, Latin rock, psychedelic surf, punk cabaret, dirty dancehall, and bold balladry, a voracious approach made uniquely their own through Jessica's astonishing vocal power and The Deltas’ own boundless versatility. The new songs see The Deltas’ brand of Motor City magic taken to the max while their Spanish counterparts unveil fresh meanings and emotive power. The result is a genuinely unprecedented work of remarkable duality and impossible-to-ignore relevance.
 
In 2014, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas released their debut Secret Evil and spent two years on the road; countless headline gigs, supports with such like-minded acts as Gogol Bordello, Social Distortion and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and well-received sets at festivals like Lollapalooza, ACL Music Festival, Osheaga, and Bonnaroo. Jessica was intensely productive throughout the non-stop tour, somehow finding time to get married while also writing and readying the band’s next album. The Deltas reconvened in their native Michigan for sessions in early 2016, capturing all the fire, excitement, and band unity gained by their almost nightly performances.
 
Long hailed as an explosive and theatrical live outfit, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas will celebrate Telephone // Telefono with a non-stop North American tour schedule, highlighted by headline dates, radio shows, festival appearances, and more.
 
Telephone and Telefono were released on June 23, 2017.
 
 
Sonic Lunch
Started in 2008, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free summer outdoor concert series at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor Thursdays from 11:30am to 1:30pm, June 6 to August 29. Sonic Lunch features a live band from an impressive array of talent in the region, as well as national and international acts. Each week, lunch will be available on-site for purchase from a local vendor. Sonic Lunch concerts are free and suitable for all ages. Seating is available but lawn chairs are welcome. Join the crowds for an energizing mid-day break or just relax and enjoy the sounds.
 
Sonic Lunch is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Bank of Ann Arbor. ann arbor’s 107one and Morning Host, Martin Bandyke, provide promotional support and host each event. As a result, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch has become one of the coolest summer events in Ann Arbor. www.soniclunch.com
 
About Bank of Ann Arbor
 
Bank of Ann Arbor is a locally owned and operated bank with total assets and assets under management of over $3.2 billion, serving people and businesses in Southeast Michigan with offices at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Ann Arbor, in the Traver Village Shopping Center, at the corner of Stadium and Liberty streets, on West Ellsworth Road in Pittsfield Township, on West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti, in Plymouth on Ann Arbor Road, on East Michigan Avenue in downtown Saline, and on Woodward Avenue just north of 14 Mile Road in Birmingham Michigan. UniFi Equipment Finance, a wholly owned subsidiary of the bank and headquartered in Ann Arbor, is a well- established company with a national presence in the small ticket vendor space. UniFi has funded more than 85,000 transactions, totaling over $1 billion. www.boaa.com / www.unifiedge.com. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
 
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