Now in its 12th 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. Every Thursday through Aug. 29 (except for July 4 and July 18), 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 11:30 a.m. featuring predominately regional artists.
2019 Sonic Lunch Summer Concert Series:
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
After taking a break for Independence Day, Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch concert series will continue on Thursday, July 11th with Rayland Baxter and special guest Matthew Milia.
Rayland is the son of multi-instrumentalist William “Bucky” Baxter, best known for playing pedal steel guitar in Bob Dylan’s band during the 1990s. A native of Bon Aqua, Tennessee — which is just forty miles from Nashville—Rayland has released three albums for ATO Records, the American record label co-founded by Dave Matthews. Baxter’s most recent release is 2018’s Wide Awake, a collection of wry, wise tunes that features the hit single “Casanova.”
One of Baxter’s recent live appearances was at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festivalin Manchester, Tennessee, where he joined the Lumineers for a rousing version of the Talking Heads classic “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody).” Rayland recently told Rolling Stone magazine, “I like seeing the ground pass. I like playing shows. I like the camaraderie from the band that happens.”
Opening Sonic Lunch at 11:30 a.m. on July 12th will be Matthew Milia, leader of the Michigan-based folk-rock band Frontier Ruckus. Milia recently issued his debut solo album Alone at St. Hugo, the title being a reference to the Catholic school he attended for several years. Recorded the old-fashioned way on a reel-to-reel tape recorder, the album received rave reviews, with influential music blog BrooklynVegan calling it “a gorgeous dose of indie folk.”
Two singer-songwriters of rare talent, Rayland Baxter and special guest Matthew Milia will make July 11th’s Sonic Lunch one to remember for a long time.
By Martin Bandyke, morning drive host on Ann Arbor’s 107one.