– Music – Sonic Lunch – 2017.06.01 – –

Started in 2008,                                                                       (( Images added June 02 ))—

Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch

is a free weekly summer outdoor concert series that takes place at noon on Thursdays in downtown Ann Arbor at the corner of Liberty and Division streets
from June through August.
Sonic Lunch features a live band ranging from regional to national and international acts. Each week, lunch is available on-site from a local vendor.
Last year’s lineup was highlighted by Ann Arbor native Laith Al-Saadi’s performance in front of the largest crowd in Sonic Lunch history on the heels of his top-four finish during season 10 of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Other notable past performers include

BORNS,
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas,
Joshua Davis,
Vulfpeck,
Darren Criss
Mitch Ryder.

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June 1
Laith Al-Saadi –

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 was  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
B.B. King.

Audiences have , propelled 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”
“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,”
Guitar Center crowned him one of the top four blues guitarists in the United States.

University of Michigan Graduate,
Degree in Jazz Guitar and Bass.

Phillip-Michael Scales

Phillip-Michael Scales (Formerly Briar Rabbit) is a gifted songwriter who happens to be the nephew of BB King.
His sound fits between folk and soul; demonstrating his knack for thoughtful, catchy melodies.
In 2013, he won an International Songwriting Award.

Along with his gift for writing critically acclaimed songs
(Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, American Songwriter)
comes his ability to captivate his audience in a live setting.
Armed only with a guitar, Briar Rabbit uses his strong, soulful tenor, and quick wit to deliver both a musically and emotionally dynamic performance.
“There’s something so great about earning a crowds trust, leading them through an emotional journey and coming out the other side together.”

Briar Rabbit has spent time all over.
He was born in Metro-Detroit, moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, spent four years in Chicago, and settled in Los Angeles.
He is no stranger to touring and has been on the road for the better part of five years opening for such acts as

Guster,
David Cook,
Crystal Bowersox,
Tyler Hilton,
Jon McLaughlin,
Cory Brannan
Kate Voegele.

His music has taken him all the way to the Middle East, as well as festivals across the US and Canada.

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June 8
L P –

Part Feist and part Joan Jett, powerful, genre-defying, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter LP (Laura Pergolizzi) was raised in New York on a steady diet of

Joni Mitchell,
the Doors,
the Pretenders,
Nirvana,
Jeff Buckley.

She spent her formative years honing her craft in other bands before releasing her 2001 solo album, Heart-Shaped Scar (produced by David Lowery [Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker]) .
She began to hit her stride in 2004 with her second outing,
Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol,
Her 2006 appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference  resulted in a deal with Island.
With Island, Pergolizzi began writing songs for other artists, including

Heidi Montag,
Rihanna,
Christina Aguilera.

A 2011 Citibank television commercial, which featured excerpts from LP‘s “Into the Wild,” gained Pergolizzi a huge fan base.
Her Warner Bros. debut EP,
Into the Wild: Live at Eastwest Studios, appeared in April 2012
Her full-length debut album,  Forever for Now, saw release in 2014.
In 2016, LP issued her  fourth studio long-player, Lost on You, via Vagrant Records.
The album’s opening track, “Muddy Waters,” appeared during the taut closing scene of the season four finale of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. (AllMusic.com)

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June 15
TUXEDO –

Before he moved west and became a retro-soul dreamboat, lovers of roller skate disco and electro-funk in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan knew Mayer Hawthorne as DJ Haircut, and his mixtape Shoot the Duck, Vol. 1 was a prized possession.
The disco, post-disco, and boogie tracks on that mix provide the inspiration for Tuxedo, a band formed by Hawthorne and Jake One, a fellow lover of those sweet sounds.
The two had exchanged similarly smooth and funky disco mixtapes in 2006, then years later decided to make their own version.
The duo proves to be masterful at re-creating the feel of the moment in the early ’80s . The duo conjures up visceral memories of the finest artists of the era,
From the drum machines to the synth settings, everything is just right.
“Lost Lover” is pure Gap Band swagger,
“The Right Time” sounds like Billy Ocean getting AM radio funky,
“Two Wrongs” is a lovely quiet storm ballad with a perfect guitar solo.
From beginning to end, the album is a happily reverent trip back to a time that’s too often ignored by both disco and funk fans.
Tuxedo is a fine display of the duo’s love for the electric funk disco sound, and their immense skill at re-creating it. (allmusic.com)

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June 22
The Accidentals –

Billboard’s Breakout Band at SXSW 2015,
Huffington Post’s Sweet Sixteen of 2016,
Yahoo Music’s Top Ten Bands to Watch 2017…

From 2012-2014, The Accidentals recorded three original albums, were guest artists on fifteen others, scored two films, and landed song placements in commercials, documentaries, and music compilations while playing over seven hundred live shows. THEN they graduated high school.
After graduation from world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, The Accidentals added multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter, Michael Dause, as their touring/studio drummer and opened for musical greats such as;

Andrew Bird,
Sixto Rodriguez (Sugar Man),
Brandi Carlile,
Dar Williams,
Ladysmith Black Mambazo,
Ben Sollee,
Rusted Root,
The Wailers,
Keller Williams,
Arlo Guthrie,
Martin Sexton,
Joan Baez,

and more.
In 2015, they scored original pieces for a 72-piece orchestra, an opera-dance project with Son Lux, and a smaller 30-piece string ensemble while touring the US extensively.
In June of 2016, they released a brand new, self-produced EP called Parking Lot, of which the single, “Michigan and Again,” went viral.
They’re kicking off 2017 as major label artists, having signed a record deal with Sony Masterworks to release a full-length album in the second quarter of the year.

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June 29
Theo Katzman –

If you’ve heard the name Theo Katzman recently, you probably know him as the singing drummer and guitarist in the funk band Vulfpeck.
With his 2017 release, Heartbreak Hits, Katzman returns to his roots as a rock and roll inspired singer/songwriter.
A 10-song collection of musings on loss and letdown, Heartbreak Hits blends personal vulnerability with imaginative songcraft, yielding an album that’s somehow a living dichotomy of tragic/comedic, serious/satirical, over-the-top/subtle, and healing/hurting.  Katzman  writes “songs to soothe your post-Y2K pop culture hangover.”

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July 6
Michigan Rattlers –

Upholding a time-honored songwriting tradition, Michigan Rattlers recount human stories through a soundtrack of Americana punctuated by countrified rock’n’roll and folk.
The subjects of their 2016 self-titled debut EP practically live and breathe between Graham Young’s rustling guitar and Adam Reed’s percussive upright bass.
Born in Petoskey, MI and based in Los Angeles, the duo’s music plays out like a film.  “All of my favorite songs tell stories,” says Graham.
Lifelong friends Graham and Adam began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school.
Residing in a quiet tourist town of 6,000 located on the banks of Lake Michigan, the pair regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing an inimitable musical chemistry informed by the likes of

AC/DC,
Chet Atkins,
Eric Clapton,
Creedence Clearwater Revival,

Settling down in Los Angeles, the boys recorded a short demo and began playing locally. The demo found its way into the hands of super producer Johnny K and they cut the bulk of their first EP at NRG Studios in just one day.

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July 13
Tim Reynolds Trio  / TR3 –

Virtuoso guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Tim Reynolds formed the first incarnation of TR3 in 1984, playing a wild hybrid of psychedelicized rock, funk, and prog.
The trio featured a constantly revolving cast of musicians other than its guitarist and front man.
After moving to North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the middle aughts, Reynolds met bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier.
Playing and touring together, they eventually gelled into the most visible — and constant — incarnation of TR3.
Their mix of Reynolds‘ quirky originals and unusual versions of cover songs by

James Brown,
Led Zeppelin,
King Crimson,

and others added breadth and depth to their stage shows.

In early 2014, TR3 signed to ATO Records, and in August the pre-release single “All Over the Place” appeared.
The sophomore studio full-length Like Some Kind of Alien Invasion appeared in October of that year.

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July 27
NOMO –

NOMO was conceived in 2003 when University of Michigan jazz studies graduate, multi-instrumentalist (tenor sax, keyboards, electric mbiri) Elliot Bergman, and some of his acquaintances began jamming at an Ann Arbor, MI, house where many of them lived. This led to the eventual formation of the group, which recorded its self-titled EP on Ypsilanti Records that same year – after producer Warn Defever dared Bergman to bring as many people as he could to the studio.
In 2004 the band (which, with album and live appearances combined, has had over 60 contributors) issued a full-length record of the same name.
NOMO‘s mix of African beats, avant-garde jazz, and funk caught the attention of California’s Ubiquity Records, who soon signed them.
The founding members of NOMO also currently play in Wild Belle.

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August 3
The Record Company –

The Record Company write and play raw, sincere rock n’ roll.
Influenced by the rough honesty of their heroes–bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges, and rock greats like The Rolling Stones–their sound incorporates slide guitar, distorted bass, a garage-sale Ludwig drum kit and the heartland-hued voice of Chris Vos, who grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm.
The three-man group started in late 2011, hanging up some old mics and recording live in the bass player’s living room in Los Feliz, CA.
The Record Company have since played concert halls across North America, opening for acts as diverse as

B.B. King,
Social Distortion,
Buddy Guy,
Grace Potter,
and Trombone Shorty.

The band toured Europe supporting Blackberry Smoke in Oct-Nov 2015, and their first full-length album is came out on Concord Records on February 12, 2016.

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August 10
May Erlwine & The Motivations –

Some people might call May Erlewine “Michigan’s darling songbird”, but her songs have traveled far beyond her home state.
One of the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation, May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world.
Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness and held a lot of space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times.

Raised in a family rich with art and music, May began writing songs and playing them for the people at a very young age.
Her journeys have taken her all over the world, from street corners to renowned stages, May has performed for all walks of life.
In her travels, Erlewine came to know the land and the pulse of the people.
Her songs show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk.

May pulls from a wide variety of sounds and influences to create her unique musical landscape.
You’ll hear traditional folk roots, old time country swing, soul, and rock and roll, but mostly, she’s inspired by the hearts of the people and the one in her chest.
This music is about feeling and it’s about telling life’s stories.

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August 17
The Stellars / Jacob Sigman –

The Stellars

The Stellars are an Ann Arbor-based rock band that bring a refreshing brand of rock’n’roll that harkens back to the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, while retaining a unique modern sound.

Born and raised in the Mid West, Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Jacob Sigman combines influences of Motown, Soul, and Contemporary Pop music to create something both new and familiar.

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Jacob Sigman


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Jacob Sigman
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August 24
Joshua Davis –

Michigan’s Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land.
He writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul.
Performing Songwriter Magazine called the result, “Some of the liveliest and most rocking roots music around.
For over 15 years Joshua has made his living sharing his songs, stories and knowledge across the US and Canada at festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses and dives – as a solo act, front man for roots ensemble “Steppin’ In It”, classic swing band “Shout Sister Shout”, songwriter showcase band “The Starlight Six” and frequently as a workshop facilitator, presenter or instructor.

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August 31
Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers –

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers will make a sprightly young groove doctor out of anyone.
With spectacular energy pulsating from every member of the band, the Rainbow Seekers could illuminate the very chambers of Heaven.
Lead singer Joe Hertler splashes through lyrical puddles of golden rain, leaving his audience wearing flowery headdresses and bubbling smiles.
A ride on the Rainbow will take you across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and—at last—into a funky firth, where only the fiercest of friendships can be found.

“The live show is the purpose of the band.
This is why we make music.
Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming,” says Hertler.
“We believe that performance is not a High Art operation, and that you should do anything you can to ensure that the crowd is having a good time.
From piñatas to confetti, to fog, to flowers, to drum solos, to strobe lights, to Thor, to sword battles—literally anything goes.”


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– Music – Sonic Lunch – Ann Arbor – MI – Thursdays -2016-06/09-08/25 –

  • Sonic lunch

    Liberty plaza….liberty and fifth, Ann Arbor, MI (map)

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     Sonic Lunch

    The 2016 Lineup !

    The following bands will comprise the official 2016 Sonic Lunch Line-up:

    6/2 Wild Belle

    6/9 Laith Al-Saadi

    6/16 Frontier Ruckus

    6/23* JR JR  w/s/g Joe Hawley of Tally Hall

    6/30 Ben Daniels Band

    7/7 The Outer Vibe

    7/14 The Suffers

    7/28* Brett Dennen w/s/g The Accidentals

    8/4 Joshua Davis

    8/11 The Ragbirds

    8/18 Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

    8/25 Serena Ryder 

    *All concerts with a special guest (w/s/g) will begin at 11:30am

    Bank of Ann Arbor  announced their 9th consecutive year for Sonic Lunch.
    They have brought over 100 acts to Liberty Plaza for “tens of thousands of cheering, dancing people,”
    – Tim Marshall, President and CEO of Bank of Ann Arbor,
    Founder of Sonic Lunch.
    “We love to contribute positive economic and social impact to Ann Arbor and to the artsts that we bring in.  Giving back is what we do!”

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    Laith al-Saadi

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    June 2nd  Wild Belle

    Wild Belle – multi-instrumentalist Elliott Bergman and his younger sister Natalie Bergman – is an American indie reggae and rock band based in Chicago.
    Their debut studio album Isles was released 2012.
    Wild Belle’s latest album, Dreamland was released in April of 2016.

    Elliot and Natalie Bergman are two of four children born to musician parents, who brought them up in a house full of music.
    Elliot, the older sibling, is a multi-instrumentalist studied at the University of Michigan where he started  Nomo.
    His younger sister, Natalie, started performing with Nomo, playing tambourine and singing backing vocals when she was sixteen.
    Elliott and Natalie decided to branch off with their own project and chose the name, Wild Belle.
    http://www.wildbelle.com

    June 9th – Laith Al-Saadi  

    Laith will be returning for his 9th season of Sonic Lunch but this time as a national act after making his triumphant rise on NBC’s The Voice.  Laith Al-Saadi was crowned “King of the Blues” by Guitar Center making him one of the top 4 Blues guitarists in the Country.  Laith has been a staple of the Michigan music scene for most of his adult life.  He has shared the stage with greats like Buddy Guy, BB King, Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Luther Allison, Son Seals & Johnny Winter.  Laith is one of the best and most polished guitar-driven acts you are likely to find on earth.  In 2013, Al-Saadi teamed up with producer Jeffrey Weber and an all star cast of L.A. session legends to make his third release “REAL.”. The album was recorded live to 2-track with no edits, overdubs, autotune or compression at the world famous Ocean Way Recording Studios in Hollywood. The album features a dream-band of musicians such as Jim Keltner (Drums), Leland Sklar (Bass), Larry Goldings (Hammond B-3), Jimmy Vivino (Rhythm Gtr/ Backing Vox), Tom Scott (Sax), Lee Thornburg (Tpt), Brandon Fields (Bari Sax), Nick Lane (Trombone / Horn Arranger) and more…

    The soulful new album harkens back to the great musical traditions of New Orleans and Chicago with a splash of Blues, Country, Gospel, and Roots Rock and is arguably Al-Saadi’s best work to date.

    http://www.laithmusic.com

    June 16th Frontier Ruckus

    Frontier Ruckus is an American folk-rock band from Michigan.  Frontier Ruckus was named “Best Folk Group” in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly.  They’re centered on the lyrically intensive songs of Matthew Milia, and was formed by Milia and banjo player David Winston Jones while living in Metro Detroit.  Frontier Ruckus released their fourth full-length album, Sitcom Afterlife. Prior to the complete album release, the tracks “Sad Modernity”, “Bathroom Stall Hypnosis”, and “Darling Anonymity” were released individually, highlighting the band’s shift toward a greater focus on classic power pop arrangements, while still remaining densely lyrical

    http://www.frontierruckus.com

    June 23rd  JR JR

    With an ear for Brian Wilson-esque harmony, JR JR swirl indie pop, folk, and electronic elements into one breezy package. Originally named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with typical irreverence, the duo of Joshua Epstein (also of the Silent Years) and Daniel Zott came together in Detroit in 2009. Working out of a basement studio, the pair worked to create a sound that was danceable without sacrificing anything in the songwriting department, merging intricate and airy melodies with solid programmed beats and synth atmospherics.

    Their hard work bore fruit in 2010 when they released their debut EP, Horse Power, on Quite Scientific, quickly followed by the EP My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1. That same year, the pair was also tapped to do a remix of Moby’s “Wait for Me.” The resulting buzz from their early releases led to a record deal with Warner Bros., who released their Record Store Day-exclusive EP titled We Almost Lost Detroit in spring 2011. The duo’s full-length debut, It’s a Corporate World, followed that summer. In 2013, they returned with an EP, Patterns, before releasing their sophomore full-length, The Speed of Things, later that year.

    In 2015, even though they had the blessing of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. himself, to avoid ongoing confusion by fans and seekers of the race car driver, Epstein and Zott decided to change the band’s name to simply JR JR. Their first LP under the shortened handle and their third with Warner Bros., the endearing JR JR was released that September

    www.jrjrmusic.com

    w/ Joe Hawley

    Joe Hawley of Tally Hall (red tie) will be making his triumphant return to the city where it all started.  Joe has already had great success after Tally Hall with the release of Hawaii Part ii and now is starting to embark on playing live for his fans.

    JUNE 30th Ben Daniels Band

    When Ben Daniels decided he was going to be a musician, it was more than a career choice. A natural poet, this young songwriter went to school on Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, and Jack White, among others. His lyrics speak directly to a younger generation that hears, sees, and thinks about the very things he’s writing. From their opening song to the finale of their set, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with their originality, musicianship, and a sound that spans Americana, Blues, Jazz, and Rock.

    Throughout years of touring, BDB has played numerous venues in Michigan, New York City, Washington D.C., and Nashville . As a solo artist, Ben has stepped on the stage in Austin, TX at the Cactus Cafe, as well as The Barns at Wolf Trap. The son of actor Jeff Daniels, he has quietly monitored what it takes to live life as an artist. Beyond a passed down talent, the Ben Daniels Band believes in hard work, perseverance, and creatively challenging themselves and their audience.

    With George Merkel on guitar, Tommy Reifel on bass, Wesley Fritzemeier on drums/mandolin, and Amanda Merte on percussion/vocals, BDB’s live show never fails to take over the venue. With five CDs under their belts – Coming From The C, Checkin’ In To The Michigan Inn, Can’t You See, The Mountain Home EP, and their dual album & movie release Old Gold – the Ben Daniels Band is has grown to be a formidable group that sounds pleasantly familiar, yet unforgettably unique.

    July 7th The Outer Vibe

    The Outer Vibe is a musical vacation where everyone enjoys a slice of paradise delivered by the band’s feel-good nostalgic and energetic concert experience. “Clint Eastwood drinking a pina colada at a Dick Dale concert” is how the band describes the sounds and styles of their 2015 full-length release “Full Circle,” a collection of songs they often describe as cinematic surf disco.

    “Full Circle” was created in collaboration with producer Brad Dollar (Grateful Dead, Keb-Mo, The National) and mastering engineer Joe LaPorta (The Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend). Upon its release in May 2015, “Full Circle” was supported by a national tour, along with radio airplay in 11,000 retail stores, commercial radio airplay in 5 midwest states, and airplay on 200+ college radio stations.

    Dollar says, “When I listen to the latest batch of The Outer Vibe productions, I feel like I’m on a vacation I don’t want to leave. The guitars feel like a Cheshire smile on a sunny beach, the drums beat like perfect waves on the shore. Everything stays glued together with sticky-sweet vocals, trumpets sounding from the west, and bass sounds that walked down from another planet. All at the same moment providing reflection and rejoice.”

    “Full Circle” is a follow-up to their 2012 album “Hoka Hey”, which independently achieved much success, achieving top 5 request at radio in Michigan, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas and licensing from ABC News’s “Good Morning, America” and West Michigan’s Baker College in 2013.

    https://theoutervibe.com

    July 14th, THE SUFFERS

    The Suffers are here to shake up the notion that they’re another soul revival band. Just as much influenced by classic rock & roll, country, Latin and Southern hip hop as they are the Stax/Volt or Muscle Shoals era, The Suffers are bringing a fresh approach to what they have coined Gulf Coast Soul. Late night legend David Letterman proclaimed in early 2015 “If you cant do this, get out of the business”, let it be known that The Suffers are here to stay! With a year that included performances for NPR’s Tiny Desk, Newport Folk Fest, Austin City Limits Music Festival and The Late Show, The Suffers have delivered over 150 stirring performances of their signature 3rd Coast Soul sound to thousands of new and old fans alike. The large ensemble packs each position of the rhythm and horn section with a level of talent and taste that provides the perfect foundation for singer Kam Franklin’s massive voice. The band’s sincerity and emotion are laid bare in their music, which has garnered an audience so broad and varied that they may prove to be the panacea for a jaded and stratified live music scene. Their 2016 self-titled debut album is set to hit shelves on February 12th and will be the continuation of what 2015’s Make Some Room EP started. Expect to see the band’s name continue to climb up the tier on posters of the best festivals around!

    http://www.thesuffers.com

    July 28 Brett Dennen w/s/g The Accidentals

    Youthful West Coast singer/songwriter Brett Dennen, with a fragile, high-pitched voice that makes him sound at times like a cross between Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon and Neil Young, first drew attention in 2004 with the single “Desert Sunrise.” The tune, with its easy groove and soulful phrasing, garnered enough spins on KCRW to warrant the release of his self-titled debut the following year. In 2006, Dennen signed with Dualtone and released So Much More. Hope for the Hopeless followed on the same imprint in 2008. Dennen’s fourth studio effort, Loverboy, which featured subtle African rhythms and more of a pop veneer, arrived in April of 2011, followed in 2013 by the sparser acoustic-based Smoke and Mirrors and 2014

    release of Out of My Head.  Brett’s latest release Por Favor is getting released on May 20th, 2016.  http://brettdennen.net

    w/  The Accidentals

    Multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist are creating quite a name for themselves among music lovers of all genres. Described as, “A duo giving an edge to folk with unique instrumentation,” Z93 FM DJ, Matt Mansfield writes: “Combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics and you’ve got Accidentals music. Songwriters, look no farther to find a new pairing to be jealous of, especially with such a bright future ahead of them.”

    They met in 2011 at their public high school. Katie (15) was a freshman cello player, “playing up” in the Philharmonic Orchestra and Savannah (16) was Concert Master, violinist. They volunteered for a class assignment that threw them together for their first rehearsal and The Accidentals were born.

    Growing up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalist for mothers, their influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure. Their collective playlist you won’t find on mainstream radio

    In 2015, the band won Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best” of Northern Michigan Music for their third year in a row, The Emerging Artists Series at Summerfest hey were named one of the top seven breakout artists at SXSW 2015 by Billboard Magazine. Their album, Bittersweet, won “Album of the Year” and the band landed, “Best New Artist” 2015 WYCE Jammie awards. Their song, The Silence, won St. Cecilia, Art Prize People’s Choice.

    http://www.moreaccidentals.com

    August 4th Joshua Davis

    Joshua’s amazing talent led him on a journey that landed him as a finalist on the most recent series of NBC’s The Voice.  Michigan’s Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land.  He writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul.  For over 15 years Joshua has made his living sharing his songs, stories and knowledge across the US and Canada at festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses and dives – as a solo act, front man for roots ensemble “Steppin’ In It”, classic swing band “Shout Sister Shout”, songwriter showcase band “The Starlight Six” and frequently as a workshop facilitator, presenter or instructor.

    http://www.joshuadavismusic.com

    August 18th  Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

    Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers will make a sprightly young groove doctor out of anyone. With spectacular energy pulsating from every member of the band, its no wonder why they are headlining festivals and one of Michigan’s top rising stars.  Lead singer and Amish excommunicate Joe Hertler splashes through lyrical puddles of golden rain, leaving his audience wearing flowery headdresses and bubbling smiles. A ride on the Rainbow will take you across the mountains of Motown, through the fjords of folk, over the archipelagos of Americana, and—at last—into a funky firth, where only the fiercest of friendships can be found.  Their new album “Terra Incognita “ goes beyond their comfort limits into new styles, new instruments, and new vocals. Everything works out in favor of Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers. It might be early to say, but Terra Incognita could be just what they need to push them over the threshold. Fans that love Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers for their folk melodies will not be disappointed. Though they’ve gone in new directions, the new album still features songs similar to those on On Being. With slow, precise fingerpicking Joe gently sings poetry similar to their old stuff in “Betelgeuse” and “Red Wings.”

    http://www.joehertler.com

    August 25th Serena Ryder

    Ryder is an artist adored by fans, peers and critics alike which is due mainly in part to her immense raw and earnest songwriting talent and beautifully electric live performances. Over the years, she has received numerous accolades including three prestigious Juno Awards that include: 2008 New Artist of The Year, 2009 Adult Alternative Album of The Year (Is It O.K.) and 2010 Video of The Year (Little Bit of Red). Ryder has also seen fantastic album success over the years, with If Your Memory Serves You Well (2007) and Is it O.K. (2009) both achieving Gold selling status. In 2012, her single “Weak In The Knees” also achieved Gold Certification.

    http://serenaryder.com