The Accidentals | Sonic Lunch | Aug 31st | w/ Patty PerShayla | Free | 11:30 AM | Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor, MI | August 31, 2023 (2023)


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Liberty Plaza | Ann Arbor, MI

The Accidentals | Sonic Lunch | Aug 31st | w/ Patty PerShayla | Free | 11:30 AM | Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor, MI | August 31, 2023 (3)


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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 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Each week, lunch will be available on-site for purchase from a local vendor. Sonic Lunch is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Bank of Ann Arbor, ann arbor’s 107one.
The Accidentals
Long before glowing acclaim from ​NPR ​and ​Billboard​, packed shows, unforgettable festival appearances, millions of streams, and collaborations with everyone from BTS to Kaboom Collective, the journey of The Accidentals commenced in a public high school classroom in Traverse City, MI. As the story goes, concertmaster​ ​violinist Savannah Buist, and cellist, Katie Larson, raised their hands at the request for volunteers to play a music boosters concert and wound up being musical soulmates.
After Sav and Katie attended a school presentation by The Moxie Strings, their collective fate would be sealed forever.“If the Moxie Strings hadn’t come to our school, we might not have pursued music professionally,” admits Sav. “We didn’t see many other girls playing popular music on violin and cello in sustainable careers. We didn’t even know that career path existed until those two women walked through the door. That’s when we realized it was possible.”
“We live and breathe music,” adds Katie. “Music helped me ​survive those awkward middle school years when I wasn’t sure ​where to identify myself. ​​It’s​ helped us figure out who we are, given us confidence, allowed us to travel the world, and completely opened up our minds.”
The Accidentals now host and lead workshops across the country, hoping to inspire other young musicians. They opened a nonprofit in 2020 called Play It Forward, Again and Again, to help provide access to instruments, lessons, and mentors for all aspiring musicians.As advocates for youth music and youth empowerment, they focused extensively on “getting out the young vote” in the 2020 election. They donated over twenty livestreams to raise money for causes including the #iVoted festival, Headcount, Rock the Vote, Arts Quest youth programming, Michigan Music Alliance, Musicians Treatment Foundation, Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Lighthouse Shelter Detroit, Headstart, TREES, Concert for Hunger Chicago, NIVA, and more, while delivering their new single, “How Many Hands” to the 2020 compilation ​U.S.P.S.​ – ​United Songwriters for the People’s Sovereignty​.“We’re just paying it forward,” says Sav. “We have an incredible support system and core base of music family that help afford us the opportunity to give back.”
The band’s “core supporters” are what they refer to as “The FAMgrove.” Derived from the song “Mangrove” off their ​Bittersweet​ album, The Accidentals’ FAMgrove community began in 2012 as a Facebook group and is now an interactive, personalized, Fanclub on Patreon, where the band houses their podcast “Bucketseat Chronicles,” an extensive Tour Blog, New Music Friday, Trivia Nights, Book Club, Throwback Album Deep Dives, Traditions club, a yearly “reunion party” for the Fam, and more. Core Famgrove members Dan and Jan Kautman remember when The Accidentals’ ​Tangled Red and Blue album first released in 2012​,​ “the songs were catchy and incredibly deep for such young writers.” Having built a devout fan base right out of the gate,
Sav and Katie transferred to Interlochen Arts Academy for the remainder of high school and completed a successful crowdfunding campaign to release ​Bittersweet​ only a year later. Shortly after, they met Michael Dause at Blissfest and welcomed him behind the kit as their full-time percussionist, cementing the lineup.
As high school ended, the band began nonstop touring, playing 200+ shows a year at such festivals as Electric Forest, ​ ​Rocky Mountain Folk Fest, Summerfest, and SXSW, ​and on stages with the likes of Brandi Carlile, The Wailers, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Andrew Bird, Martin Sexton, Rusted Root, The Decemberists, and more.
Following the 2016​ ​release of​ Parking Lot​ EP, ​Huffington Post​ touted The Accidentals among its ​“Sweet 16 of 2016​.​”​ Billboard​ called them “the band to watch.”
On its heels, they signed a deal with Sony Masterworks label, and 2017’s ​Odyssey rapidly accelerated the momentum. The 13-track trip boasted collaborations with Kaki King, Jenny Conlee of The ​Decemberists, Lily & Madeleine, and​ jam band guitar virtuoso Keller Williams, whom the band later paired up with to form the Keller Williams Accident ​at​ Millennial Music Conference in 2019. Garnering praise from ​Yahoo! Music,​ ​Pop Matters​, ​Billboard​ , and more, ​NPR​ claimed, “[The Accidentals] are some of the most compelling songwriters of our time…they display equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness, and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression.”
Jumping to the big screen, the band scored the indie documentary ​One Simple Question ​and wrote “Marrow” for the award-winning movie, ​Almost Home​. “Michigan and Again” showed up on an episode of ​The Boys​ on Amazon Prime Video, and “Chekhov​’​s Gun” is the soundtrack for a Turner Classic Movies reel. RAM released a documentary with the band to promote their #Bandvan series, bringing viewers behind the SXSW and Folk Alliance scenes to show what it’s like to be “in the van” with the band.
In 2018, The Accidentals began work on their fourth full-length album. The three-piece reached out to “two of our dream producers of all-time​,”​ ​namely John Congleton [St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey] and Tucker Martine [The Decemberists, Neko Case]—and both obliged. Sessions with Congleton happened in L.A.
Before heading to Portland to work with Martine, the bandmates experienced the rougher side of the road. “Our gear trailer and everything in it was stolen in the middle of the night, in Tucson, Arizona,” sighs Katie. ​“…​ “it was devastating.” Two days later, as their audience raised $40,000 to make up for the loss and the band soldiered on to open for Gabriel Kahane at the MIM, back up Gina Chavez and represent Fender, Shure, LR Baggs, Takamine, SKB Cases, NS Design, D’Addario and Roland Boss at NAMM in CA.
The same perseverance propelled The Accidentals to pivot when the Global Pandemic hit. With help from those same sponsors, the trio transformed the attic of their shared house in Traverse City, MI, into a state-of-the-art recording studio known as ​“Atticus Blue”​ – ​named by their FAMgrove members on Patreon. There, the band hunkered down to bring their fourth album recording to completion: ​Vessel​.
Grabbing the reins as co-producers, the music on ​Vessel​ takes shape as a natural evolution for The Accidentals. Underpinned and upheld by the orchestral core, the band tightly embraces their folk-pop and Americana influences more than ever before with a common thread of their signature strings and “ethereal harmonies.​ ​”​ Not to mention, Katie and Sav both switch off not only strings and vocals, but also acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and mandolin on the forthcoming ​Vessel, ​currently slated to release in fall 2021.
“We’ve been super influenced by the artists we’ve toured with, and we’re really streamlining what our sound is now,” explains Sav. “During the Lockdown, we focused on the songs, the songwriting, and really had time to consider the production. It feels like there’s a cohesiveness and a clear narrative to the album as a result.”
During the Covid-19 quarantine, Sav wrote a manual on using OBS and Streamyard software for live streaming that garnered industry attention, including Recording Academy and Folk Alliance panels, Patreon, Bandsintown, and Hypebot articles. While she was helping other artists/venues with their live streaming, Sav met Kim Richey. That happenstance meeting would lead to Richey co-writing the first single off of the Accidentals brand new TIME OUT EP. TIME OUT was written during quarantine over Zoom with legendary writers like Tom Paxton, Kim Richey, Dar Williams, Maia Sharp, Mary Gauthier, and Jaimee Harris. It usurped the Vessel album to release in May 2021… That savvy tech knowledge, access to a studio in a pandemic, and their reputation for scoring strings quickly established Sav and Katie as the go-to string team for other artists’ albums. ​They have written and performed string parts on eleven albums, including Keller Williams’ “Hate, Greed, Love” and a remix of “Euphoria” by K-Pop juggernaut and global superstars BTS.
With ​Vessel​ and more surprises on the horizon, the journey of The Accidentals has only just begun. “The goal of our music has always been shared experiences. Music helps us process things that are hard to process,” Sav leaves off. “A lot of the writing comes from touring, and touring is just a myriad of extremes, triumphs, and failures. It’s how we connect with people in those moments that shape our experiences. Hopefully, people can relate to something we’re creating in a way that feels like understanding. Maybe, it offers a different perspective, and that leads to less loneliness and more community.”


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Liberty Plaza, 221-225 E Liberty St,Ann Arbor,MI,United States, Ann Arbor, United States

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What time is Sonic lunch in Ann Arbor? ›

Sonic Lunch is a series of free, weekly concerts held at noon on Thursdays at Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza at the corner of Liberty Division. The series was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and held a shortened schedule from August to September in 2021.

Where is Sonic lunch in Ann Arbor? ›

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 11:30a to 1:30pm.

What is Sonic lunch? ›

@bankofannarbor Sonic Lunch is a. free outdoor summer concert series in Ann Arbor - Thursdays #SonicLunch ❤️🎸

What time does Sonic serve lunch near me? ›

Sonic is a rarity in the fast food industry in that its entire menu is available all day, every day, from open to close. This means that there's no set breakfast menu and no set lunch menu; you can order anything at any time.

Does Sonic take Apple Pay? ›

Yes. You can select a different card using the Apple Pay modal that appears when you get to the payment step.

What restaurant is in the SONIC movie? ›

The Burger Princess is a restaurant where Sonic oftenly travels too to meet up with the Burger Princess mascot.

How many Sonics are in Michigan? ›

SONIC restaurants have locations in 44 states, 19 of which are in Michigan.

How long has SONIC been in Michigan? ›

For more than 60 years, SONIC Drive-Ins in Michigan have built the ultimate dining experience with our drive-in restaurants.

Do you get breaks at Sonic? ›

Yes, for every 8 Hr shift we would get a 30 min lunch break no pay.

Does Sonic let employees eat for free? ›

Sonic Free Lunch or Snacks

Corporate employees have access to a company subsidized cafe at Sonic headquarters.

What are Sonic burgers made of? ›

The recipe includes three ingredients, the company says: 100 percent pure beef, mushrooms and seasonings.

What time does Taco Bell stop serving breakfast? ›

WHAT ARE TACO BELL'S BREAKFAST HOURS? Taco Bell typically serves breakfast between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

What time does Chick Fil A stop serving breakfast? ›

Chick-fil-A restaurants serve breakfast Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Was this answer helpful? Still have a question? We love hearing from our customers.

How do you pay cash at Sonic? ›

Pay. Pay cash to your carhop or pay with a credit card or debit card at the stall.

Can you pay Sonic with cash? ›

At Sonic, you may purchase tasty meals with various payment methods, including cash, credit cards, debit cards, and gift cards. To pay for your order, select one of these payment methods.

Does McDonald's do Apple Pay? ›

If you have an iOS device, and your card is registered to your Apple Wallet, Apple Pay will automatically display as a payment option within the McDonald's app. If you have registered a card to the Google Pay™ app on your Android, you can select Google Pay™ as a payment method in the McDonald's app.

Why is Sonic restaurant blue? ›

The red lettering is a nod to the brand's Cherry Limeade, while the blue is referencing ice-cold ice cream. Through its research, Sonic discovered that the double-delta symbol was an important one to customers, as was the emphasis of car culture.

Why does Sonic give you mints? ›

Each customer received a mint with their order, a tradition to remind customers that they were "worth a mint." Smith had the prototype of the future Sonic. In 1956 Charlie Pappe, manager of a Woodward supermarket, partnered with Smith and opened a second Top Hat Drive-In.

Is there going to be a Sonic 3? ›

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 will be speeding into cinemas on December 20, 2024, assuming there aren't any delays. This was confirmed in early August 2022, marking a slightly longer wait than fans are used to for Sonic's big-screen adventures.

What 4 states don t have SONIC? ›

Most people in the country can get their hands on some Sonic since there are locations in 44 of the 50 states. And now a moment of silence for Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

How many Chick Fil A's are in Michigan? ›

Currently, there are 18 Chick-fil-A locations open in Michigan, including the Northville and Shelby Township locations, which opened on Thursday. For more information on Chick-fil-A, visit their website at

Where is the biggest SONIC? ›

World's Largest Sonic Drive-In - Review of The Varsity, Atlanta, GA - Tripadvisor.

What is the oldest Sonic? ›

The original Sonic the Hedgehog was released on June 23, 1991, for the Sega Genesis, boosting Genesis sales dramatically.

How old is the oldest Sonic? ›

Sonic - 16 (because his birthday was in Generations) Tails - 12 (He just seems that age) Knuckles - 18 (He's too wise to be 16)

What is the oldest Sonic show? ›

Sonic the Hedgehog

What is Sonic's new menu item? ›

The Big Dill Cheeseburger features crinkle-cut pickle slices, pickle fries and dilly ranch sauce along with the beef patty, lettuce and American cheese on a toasted brioche bun. The pickle fries are dill pickle spears cut into the shape of a french fry then fried and served with ranch dipping sauce.

How much do you need to buy a Sonic? ›

What does it take to become a SONIC franchisee? The franchise fee is $45,000, with a total investment for a traditional SONIC ranging from $1.02 to $1.77 million (excluding land). The net worth of a partner can be used toward the total net worth/liquidity requirements.

Is everything half price on Sonic app? ›

Get half price Drinks and Slushes any time whenever you Order Ahead in the app.* You can enjoy Happy Hour on your way to work, for a quick break, or right before you head to bed!

Would I get to keep my tips if I worked for sonic? ›

Yes, all carhops keep their own tips. Yes, you don't always get tips from each customer but whatever you make whether it is cash or coins you keep at the end of the night. However you are responsible for any missing cash or fake money that comes in which will be deducted out of your tip pocket.

Should I tip sonic workers? ›

So yes, please tip your carhop. A dollar here and there goes a long way. And if your carhop has been going the extra mile, fill out the survey Sonic has ar the bottom and use their name as well as tip them what you would tip a waiter at a restaurant.

What jewelry is not allowed when working at sonic? ›

Single plain band ring with no stones/engravings, studs, necklaces tucked under shirt, clear facial piercings if any and gauges in ears must be clear.

Can you eat McDonald's for free if you work there? ›

We get one free meal during our meal break, and we can have up to two items to take home. The managers can have two meal breaks though. Other locations allow you to take your employee meal home or offer a discount on food items. Absolutely not, not even on nine to ten hour days that I work without breaks.

Does McDonald's offer free food to employees? ›

Similar to KFC, hourly employees at McDonald's who decide to do a full shift are eligible for 1 full meal. To make things better, they have the freedom to choose what they want for their meal (except for menu items from McCafe).

Do Sonic employees get paid daily? ›

They are among the latest QSR employers to implement daily pay benefits for their hourly employees. Since launching earlier this month, 23% of Great American Hospitality's SONIC employees have enrolled in DailyPay.

Are Sonic locations franchises? ›

With an adaptable model, industry-leading technology, and pent-up demand in markets nationwide, SONIC offers multi-unit franchise owners like you a path to limitless possibilities. Maximize Multiple Dayparts: Delight guests all day with Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon, Dinner, and Evening items.

How many Sonic restaurants are in the United States? ›

You can download the complete list of 3,545 Sonicdrivein locations data as an Excel file, along with geo-coded addresses, phone numbers and open hours from our data store.

How many Sonic restaurants are in Indiana? ›

The Number of Sonic Drive-Ins in Every State
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How many Sonic restaurants are in Iowa? ›

There are now more than 3,500 Sonic Drive-In locations in the U.S., but only seven in Iowa.

How much is the franchise fee for 7 Eleven? ›

An initial franchise fee of $25,000. An inventory down payment between $20,000 and $40,000, plus an initial cash register fund. Land and building improvements, which vary by site.

What is the royalty fee for 7 Eleven? ›

The franchise focus of 7-Eleven is on delivering proactive customer service to our franchisees in every aspect of their business.
Financial requirements for this franchise:
Liquid Capital:$50,000 - $150,000 What does Liquid Capital mean?
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How much does opening a Sonic cost? ›

The license fee for a traditional SONIC restaurant is $45,000, with a total investment ranging from $1,768,000 to $3,543,000 (excluding land). The license fee for a non-traditional SONIC restaurant is $22,500, with a total investment ranging from $348,500 to $1,020,500 (excluding land).

What does RT 44 mean at Sonic? ›

The amount of the energy drink in each Slush is proportional to the size that a customer orders. Ordering the smallest size means two ounces of Red Bull, while ordering a Route 44 — a 44-ounce Slush — means the entire can gets poured in.

What is the oldest Sonic Drive-In? ›

Echoing the jet age, Top Hat's slogan was "Service with the Speed of Sound," so the men chose the new name "Sonic." In 1959 the Stillwater Top Hat became the first Sonic Drive-In.

What 4 states don t have Sonic? ›

Most people in the country can get their hands on some Sonic since there are locations in 44 of the 50 states. And now a moment of silence for Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Where is the biggest Sonic in the US? ›

World's Largest Sonic Drive-In - Review of The Varsity, Atlanta, GA - Tripadvisor.

How many Chick Fil A's does Indiana have? ›

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Why did Sonic close locations? ›

The company's allegations of missed royalty and fee payments and quality control problems such as undercooked meat and unsafe food and drinks prompted a U.S. District Court judge in Oklahoma to order the restaurants closed, court documents indicate.

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