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– Music – Thursdays – Sonic Lunch – 2017.06.01 – 08.31 –

Started in 2008,

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.
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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,

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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 –
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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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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The LaFontaine Main Stage at The Riverside Beer Garden

The main stage, sponsored by
The LaFontaine Automotive Group
, will be under the big top in the Riverside Beer Garden, with live music until midnight on Friday and Saturday! Families are welcome until 9pm both Friday and Saturday evening!

Click Here For Our Full Schedule!

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Scott Morgan
Performing Saturday, August 16
A true Michigan Rock’n’Roll legend, Scott Morgan first gained fame in the mid 60′s with the Ann Arbor garage/soul band the Rationals. He went on to front some of the most legendary names in Detroit Rock including Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Powertrane and Doge Main, as well as European collaborations like Hydromatic Drive & The Solution. Morgan is bringing his new 10 piece garage/soul band to the Heritage Festival Stage, which includes members of the more recent Detroit Garage Rock heroes The Sights.

1979922_10203739004660160_1795154558_oThird Coast Kings
Performing Friday, August 15
The Third Coast Kings are a seven element proper deep funk and soul outfit from Michigan. They make it a point to remain true to the style and technique of playing proper deep funk and soul to a live audience that might otherwise only be heard on dusty 45s. They are proud to be a part of the growing number of acts putting the right kind of funk back onto the stage, bringing the hot heat to wherever they perform, like only the Kings can. These cats will put the dip back into your hips and the jive in your stride.

lady-sunshine-and-the-x-band-c1d737b5c051c253_largeLady Sunshine & the X Band
Performing Saturday, August 16
Lady Sunshine was born to sing the blues. Born on a plantation near the Mississippi Delta in West Helena Arkansas, Lady Sunshine grew up singing gospel music as a little girl and is definitely the ‘real deal’! Sunshine is the consumate entertainer and that deep soulful southern hunger that drives her is apparent both on and off the stage through her heartfelt originals and down-to-earth demeanor. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975 and began performing professionally in genres such as Blues, R&B, Gospel, Soul & Jazz.

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George Bedard & the Kingpins
Performing Friday, August 15
George Bedard has been a seminal figure on the Michigan roots rock scene for more than 20 years. A member of the Silvertones in the 1970s and Tracy Lee & the Leonards in the 1980s, Bedard has been increasingly attracting the attention that his energetic guitar playing and gutsy vocals deserve as leader of his own band, the Kingpins. Goldmine recently called Bedard “one of the best rockabilly pickers on the planet,” while Record Roundup wrote “Bedard may not become the next trendy thing, but as far as this kind of music, he’s already the next cool thing.

5611435485_9d05d8837f_zBlack Jake & the Carnies
Performing Sunday, August 17
Led by the pied piper of the macabre, “Black Jake”Zettelmaier, these nontraditional ne’er-do-wells disinter traditional instruments from their folky tombs and imbue them with new unnatural life. Jolts of punk, ragtime, blues,and circus music course through every fiber, creating a rampaging crabgrass monster of dynamic energy you just can’t ignore. Friend and foe alike can’t help but marvel at their foot-stomping, genre-throttling licks.

1459175_10152042344972184_1033366417_nDragon Wagon
Performing Sunday, August 17
Dragon Wagon’s  high-energy mix of bluegrass, rock and folk with just a shot of Irish whiskey is guaranteed to get any crowd dancing, laughing, and singing along.  Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Bass, Drums and harmony vocals bring honest original music and tasty covers to life with expert musicianship and a genuine crowd connection. Featured at major events and venues nationwide, Dragon Wagon has earned the respect of their peers and the love of fans across the country with their Fine Mitten Spirits!

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John Latini & the Flying Latini Brothers
Performing Saturday, August 16
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas. And it’s not just that he’s been awarded an official Proclamation from Paul Schreiber, mayor of his Ypsilanti home town, or that he received a “Letter of Recognition and Appreciation” from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

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Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys
Performing Friday, August 15
Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys got its start in 2005. Just like rockabilly originators Johnny Cash, Bill Haley and Carl Perkins, this Michigan trio cut its teeth on steel-guitar driven country in the style. But the draw of the big beat was irresistible, and over time the band’s approach has become sharper and tighter. Not self-consciously retro, Delilah and the Lost Boys remain committed to hand-crafted American music that stands at the crossroads of creativity and craftsmanship, liberally drawing from hony tonk country, rockabilly and surf music.

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Captain Ivory 
Performing Saturday, August 16
The Motor City is a down and dirty place to be these days.  Captain Ivory’s music reflects this sentiment with a raw power that mirrors the crumbled rubble of a Detroit city street.  The same streets that laid the groundwork for some of Rock N’ Roll’s most acclaimed artists–Captain Ivory kept their ear to the pavement to blend sounds both new and old.  A sound of legends who’ve walked before, with a twist of new that is sure to get your feet tapping and hands clapping…

photo-4-5The Devil Elvis Show
Performing Friday, August 15
Formed in early 2007, The Devil Elvis Show is a Rock & Roll band from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area that specializes in performing Elvis tunes in a unique and modern way.  Combining 50’s Rock & Roll with elements of rockabilly, country, punk, soul, and R & B. Devil Elvis is more than a tribute to Elvis, it is a tribute to Rock & Roll itself. The band appeals to anyone that enjoys a rockin’ good time.

NoteworthyNoteworthy Soul Band
Performing Friday, August 15
“A collaboration of diverse musicians, inspired by the spirituality of music” NoteWorthy’s style is a fusion of old-school and new, and appeals to a wide spectrum of tastes. Whether they are playing a bluesy rendition of a classic hit or an original creation, NoteWorthy keeps it RAW, INTENSE and REAL.

1902811_10203145597895950_4461232735676800972_nTall Cool One
Performing Saturday, August 16
Led Zeppelin is alive and well and living in Ypsilanti through this local tribute band!

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Dave Menzo and the
Cave of Wonders

Performing Saturday, August 16
From deep tribal drums sounds, to the soaring strings and vocals, and all the electrifying layers in between.

 

 


1891134_10152271175480266_108833099_nGhost City Searchlight
Performing Sunday, August 17
Ghost City Searchlight plays original music inspired by traditional Celtic and American folk songs infused with raucous energy. Their brand of charismatic folk-rock tells stories that are drawn from the spirit of tall tales heard around the campfire, from the pages of dime novels read under the covers with a flashlight, and from the personal experiences of anyone who
feels the deck is stacked against them.
2014 YHF Main Stage Schedule

 

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The full schedule for the 2014 Concert of Colors:

Saturday, July 5
7-11 p.m. Tune Up Concert, New Center Park
8 p.m. Chicago AfroBeat Project (Afrobeat)
9:30 p.m. Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Afro-Latin)

Thursday, July 10
The Scarab Club
7 p.m. Planet D Nonet — Sun Ra Centennial Band (avant jazz)
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Friday, July 11
Detroit Institute of Arts, South Lawn
5 p.m. PanaMO (Latin jazz/salsa)
7 p.m. Cuddle Magic w/ Phyllis Chen (baroque avant-garde)

Saturday, July 12
Max M. Fisher Music Center
Meijer Main Stage at Orchestra Hall
3:30 p.m. Conjunto Chappottin y sus estrellas (Cuban Son)
5:30 p.m. Black 47 (Celtic rock)
8 p.m. 7th Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue: Bob Seger’s “Live Bullet” Revisited (rock).
Featuring Scott Morgan & the Sights,
Spyder Turner, Detroit Cobras, Liz Larin,
Nadir w/ Steffanie Christi’an,
Doop & the Inside Outlaws, Maysa Harra, the Infatuations,
Blaire Alise & the Bombshells,
Corktown Popes, Jess Domain, Luder, Lamont Zodiac and the All-Star Revue Band.

Comerica Diversity Stage, the Music Box
2 p.m. October Babies (world fusion/rock)
4 p.m. Gabriel Brass Band (New Orleans-style brass)
6:30 p.m. HK & Les Saltimbanks (French/Algerian)
9:30 p.m. Third Coast Kings (funk/soul)

Wolverine Outdoor Stage
1 p.m. TBA
2 p.m. Diviniti (Detroit house)
3 p.m. Wisaal (Arabic/techno)
4 p.m. TBA
5 p.m. Fifth Wall Concept (rock)
6 p.m. Enema Squad (funk)
7 p.m. Rayse Biggs (jazz)
8 p.m. Lola Valley (psychedelic soul)

 

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Max M. Fisher Music Center
Meijer Main Stage at Orchestra Hall
3:30 p.m. Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Thornetta Davis and special guest conductor John McLaughlin Williams (classical/gospel/blues)
6 p.m. Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (swing, country, folk rock)
8:30 p.m. Seun Kuti with Fela’s Egypt 80 (Afrobeat)

Comerica Diversity Stage, The Music Box
2 p.m. Taller Than They Appear w/ Maugre’s Vaudeville Puppets (folk, klezmer, variety)
4:30 p.m. Sheila Landis featuring Rick Matle (samba jazz)
7 p.m. Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (African fusion)
9:30 p.m. Wayne Kramer & Melvin Davis’ Rock & Soul Summit (rocking R&B)

Wolverine Outdoor Stage
1 p.m. TBA
2 p.m. Muruga & the Cosmic Hoedown Band (psychedelic world music)
3 p.m. Denise Davis & the Motor City Sensations (R&B, pop, funk)
4 p.m. Mariachi Flor de Toloache (mariachi)
5 p.m. Allan Barnes (jazz)
6 p.m. Annamaria Austin (R&B)
7 p.m. Sean Dobbins Organ Group (jazz)
8 p.m. Hot Sauce (soul)

 

 

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ORQUESTA LA INSPIRACION
Thursday, OCTOBER 17th, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
SALSA DANCE PARTY,  
$5 suggested donation
(Latin Dance instruction provided prior to 8pm)
Food available to purchase
Student Center – Ballroom A
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
358 EMU Student Center
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
 
SPONSORED BY THE Center for Multicultural Affairs
 

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Orquesta La Inspiracion.

Led by Puerto Rican-born congero Ozzie Rivera and music director-pianist Bill Meyer, this 10-piece unit honors the traditions of merengue, cumbia and Afro-Caribbean jazz while forging new directions in Latin music.

Raised in Detroit, Rivera is a longtime cultural activist and social worker. He’s studied Afro-Latino music for more than 30 years. “Music with heavy drumming helps people get into a different, spiritual plane,” says Rivera. “If it’s not putting you in a trance, it’s not doing its job.” That sounds pretty inspirational.
Meyer is a key component of Detroit’s jazz community, an activist and leader of his own bands. His long list of associates includes luminaries such as George Burns, Smokey Robinson, Cab Calloway, Burt Bacharach, Nipsey Russell, Natalie Cole and Savion Glover. 

Inspiracion is a mighty river of Latin sounds with strong old- and new-school currents.
Singer Figueroa and trumpeter Bob Mojica each have more than 40 years’ experience in the salsa and jazz inferno.
Saxophonist Chris Kaercher is deeply funky, having spent time with the likes of the Temptations, James Brown, Lou Rawls, the Manhattans, and the Spinners.
Bassist Steve Backus is known for his R&B bass grooves with Detroit band Jocelyn B and the Detroit Street Players.
Singer Armando Vega has that youthful spirit.
 The experiences of percussionists Gregory “Greco” Freeman and Javier M. Barrios range from Detroit jazz and soul to salsa and reggae.
Songbirds Dulce Checkler and Consuela Lopez bridge the old and new, going deeply into African call-and-response vocals, as well as the latest salsa and soul hybrids.
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Livonia’s outdoor summer concert series 7-9 p.m. Thursday
Livonia City Hall at Five Mile and Farmington roads.

The concerts, sponsored by the Livonia Parks and Recreation and the Livonia Arts Commission, are free for the public to attend. They continue 7-9 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 29.

With the exception of Aug. 22, all concerts will be held outdoors at Livonia City Hall. The Livonia Symphony Orchestra will play Aug. 22 in the Livonia Community Recreation Center gym.

Chris Swish, arts commission liaison, said the concerts will feature an extra half hour of music this year. All of the groups, except the Earth Angels dance group and the symphony, are new this year or have not played as a part of Music from the Heart in several years.

An arts commission committee selects the groups each February. “Every year they try to get something for everybody,” she said, adding the genre ranges from rock and roll to swing music to the classics.

In the case of inclement weather, check the city’s web site, www.ci.livonia.mi.us, to see if the concert has been canceled.

Canceled concerts are not rescheduled..

The concert schedule is as follows:

July 11 – The Paisley Fogg, ‘60s rock and pop

July 18 – Midnight Special, ‘70s rock and pop

July 25 – Trilogy, mixed

Aug. 1 – Allan as Tim and The Dance Hall Rockers, Tim McGraw music, country

Aug. 8 – The Earth Angels School of Rock, dance/rock for children

Aug. 15 – The Millionaires, swing music

Aug. 22 – Livonia Symphony Orchestra, classical

Aug. 29 – Sinjon Smith, rock

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2013 Sonic Lunch Line-up:

6/06  Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
6/13  Darren Criss wsg/Theo Katzman at The Michigan Theater
6/20  Family of the Year
6/27  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
7/11  Luke Winslow-King
7/25  Brett Dennen wsg/Dan Henig
8/01  The Ragbirds
8/08  Laith Al-Saadi
8/15  Greensky Bluegrass
8/22  Kopecky Family Band wsg/Kate Peterson
8/29  George Bedard & The Kingpins

All shows start at noon, except for those with special guests (wsg) which will start at 11:30am.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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