ARTIST OF THE WEEK
Closing out the 2022 season of Sonic Lunch on August 25th will be the sensational pop-soul band Lawrence, featuring siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence.
Born into an artistic family, Gracie and Lawrence are the highly precocious children of film director, producer and screenwriter Marc Lawrence, who wrote and/or directed Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice, Noelle and Forces of Nature. Clyde was all of six years old when he wrote a song for Miss Congeniality, the smash hit comedy starring Sandra Bulllock and Michael Caine. And Gracie was just twelve when she appeared in a Broadway production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs.
After releasing their debut EP Breakfast in 2016 and full-length debut Living Room in 2018, Lawrence --- based in New York City --- then issued two collections of live material. After that came the breakthrough album from last year, Hotel TV, on which they joined forces with the acclaimed producer/singer/songwriter/rapper Jon Bellion. Hotel TV includes the smash viral hit single Don't Lose Sight, which Lawrence has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbertand Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Opening the show at 11:30 AM will be Djangophonique, led by the virtuoso guitarist Andrew Brown. Devoted to the music of legendary jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt, Djangophonique made their live debut three years ago at the Blue LLama Jazz Club, and recently issued Introducing Djangophonique, their debut studio recording. Music is in Andrew Brown's DNA, as his dad was a session musician for Motown Records and his uncle a top-shelf jazz bassist who worked with the likes of Chet Baker and Art Blakey. Also a co-founder of Americana/roots band The Appleseed Collective, Brown's stunning dexterity on guitar will dazzle your ears.
--- Martin Bandyke, ann arbor’s 107one