Sonic Lunch welcomes Bettye LaVette to the stage on Thursday


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. 9 – Bettye LaVette wsg Antwaun Stanley

Legendary vocalist Bettye LaVette will headline Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series on Thursday, Aug. 9.

A master interpreter of songs, Bettye’s latest release is Things Have Changed, featuring her brilliant take on classic and lesser-known tracks from the Bob Dylan catalogue.  A native of Muskegon, Bettye’s career goes back to the year 1962, when she recorded the hit R&B single My Man – He’s A Lovin’ Man for Atlantic Records.  There have been many, many ups and downs in her career ever since then, with the 2005 Joe Henry-produced album I’ve Got My Own Hell To Raise helping to once again raise awareness of her spectacular vocal prowess.

LaVette gained even more career traction when she sang the Who’s Love, Reign o’er Me in tribute to the band’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend at the ’08 Kennedy Center Honors.  Then in January of 2009 she sang at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, performing Sam Cooke’s classic song A Change Is Gonna Come with Jon Bon Jovi.

LaVette is someone to be cherished – a music industry survivor who’s still in peak form. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones says, “When you hear a voice like Bettye LaVette’s, there’s a sense of transportation…a certain freedom of movement and emotion that is rare.”

Opening the show at Liberty Plaza on Aug 9 will be the Ann Arbor-based singer-songwriter Antwaun Stanley, well known for his work as featured vocalist in the funk group Vulfpeck.  The Flint native studied at the University of Michigan before releasing his debut solo album I Can Do Anything in 2006.  Stanley also sang with the Motown-influenced band Ann Street Soul before he began appearing as a guest vocalist with Vulfpeck in 2013. ​

Coming up

​August 16 – Caitlyn Smith wsg The Zindles

​August 23 – Absofacto wsg Katie Lee

​August 30 – Theo Katzman wsg Jacob Sigman


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