Started in 2008, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch is a free summer outdoor concert series happening at the corner of Liberty and Division in downtown Ann Arbor Thursdays from Noon to 1:30pm. 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. Perich Advertising & Design, a local advertising agency, contributes the annual design of Sonic Lunch posters, banners, t-shirts and stickers. THS Audio provides sound production. As a result, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch has become one of the coolest summer events in Ann Arbor.
Aug. 2 – Anderson East wsg Phillip-Michael Scales
When you listen to Anderson East’s powerhouse hit single “Girlfriend” you’ll immediately realize that this is one truly talented singer.
Anderson (born Michael Anderson) grew up in the deep south listening to gospel music, then started playing guitar when he was 10.
His major label debut Delilah was released by Elektra Records in 2015, and the Dave Cobb-produced follow-up Encore (featuring that smash cut Girlfriend) came out earlier this year.
With his soulful, gritty vocals, it’s no wonder that Anderson is often compared to Van Morrison and Ray LaMontagne.
Jon Caramanica of The New York Times has high praise for Anderson, stating that his “second major label album is an often lustrous revisiting of raucous Southern soul, rousingly delivered and pinpoint precise. He has a voice full of extremely careful scrape and crunch, but his howls never feel unhinged.”
Anderson East is bringing a big band with him to Sonic Lunch, so organizers are throwing up the big stage and will close down Liberty Street for his much-anticipated performance on Aug. 2.
Opening the show that morning at 11:30 a.m. will be Phillip-Michael Scales, who played Sonic Lunch last year. The nephew of B.B. King, Phillip-Michael was born in the Detroit area, attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and eventually settled in Chicago. With his supple tenor voice, captivating guitar work and quick-witted stage presence, Scales has opened for everyone from Crystal Bowersox to Guster.
August 9 – Bettye LaVette wsg Antwaun Stanley
August 16 – Caitlyn Smith wsg The Zindles
August 23 – Absofacto wsg Katie Lee
August 30 – Theo Katzman wsg Jacob Sigman