Ann Arbor's Song of Summer
By John Masson
June 4, 2013
Michigan Law's Summer Starters may get an academic head start on the rest of the student body, but they also get a few intangible benefits.
Not least of which is living in Ann Arbor during the laid-back summer months, which are partly defined by local traditions like Sonic Lunch, a collaborative effort presented by the Bank of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Radio, 107.1 FM. Sonic Lunches are free concerts held most Thursdays from June 6 through Aug. 29, generally outdoors in downtown Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza from noon to 1:30 p.m.—which just happens to include a large swath of the Summer Starter lunch hour.
Bands draw on southeast Michigan's deep pool of musical talent and include a cross-section of genres, this year including Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, U-M alum and "Glee" star Darren Criss, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Brett Dennen, and Greensky Bluegrass, among many others.
And while music may be the food of the soul, there's other food available during the shows, too. Local restaurants take turns selling specially priced lunches at Liberty Plaza during the shows, while other area eateries offer discounts to concert-goers who stop in on their way to the shows.
For Summer Starters new to Ann Arbor, Sonic Lunch is an easy way to get to know the city. And certainly a lot drier than kayaking through The Cascades on the Huron River … but more on that later this summer.
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