Acoustic Routes and five other businesses with Saline ties are teaming up with national sponsors like General Motors to help fight hunger in Washtenaw County as sponsors of The Love Hangover, a benefit concert at The Ark on Ann Arbor on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm.
The Love Hangover is a unique concept: three of Michigan’s hottest American bands and a moonlighting priest will gather to sing love songs (and a few murder ballads) on the Saturday after Valentine’s Day. All ticket proceeds benefit the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, a daily meal program at 306. N. Division St. in Ann Arbor that has served a free breakfast to anyone in need since 1982.
Local sponsors include Acoustic Routes, which is producing the concert; Karen Moeller Design, which created the concert poster; as well as Michigan Power Rodding; The Bank of Ann Arbor; Old National Bank; and Waddell & Reid Financial, Inc. Other benefactors include Suburban Collection of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor State Bank, M.L. Hassett, Inc., Zingerman’s Community of Businesses and General Motors.
“For the Love Hangover, we’ve asked the artists to mine their catalogs and favorite covers for love songs that will make people laugh, dance and cry in their beer, Saline resident Jim Cain, founder of Acoustic Routes, which begins monthly concerts at Stony Lake Brewing on March 25 after five seasons at Mangiamo Italian Grill. “The night will be heavy on Americana but really it’s anybody’s guess where things will go.”
The featured artists are:
• The Whiskey Charmers: Critics call their bluesy, Western-influenced sound “silk and steel…heartache and whiskey.”
• Plain Jane Glory: Husband and wife Michael and Laura Boxer deliver harmonies and arrangements that are honest passionate, heartfelt, eclectic and nostalgic all at once.
• The Flutter and Wow: This five-piece band have been nominees for multiple Detroit Music Awards, including Best Folk Band, Best Acoustic Band and Outstanding Americana Vocalist
• The Very Rev. Dr. Lisa Tucker-Gray: By day the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth, Lisa Tucker-Gray’s adventures in music have taken her from the off-Broadway stage to cabaret and musical theater productions in Europe and around the country. She is also the daughter of Rev. Svea Gray of Ann Arbor, who led the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s for 30 years.
• The emcee for the evening is Joe Payne, president of the University of Michigan stand-up comedy club.
The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s is staffed by volunteers from across the region. It serves as many as 165 people every day to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity – problems that food rescue agency Food Gatherers said impacts one in seven people in Washtenaw County.
Tickets for The Love Hangover are on sale now for $30 (all general admission) at The Ark box office, http://theark.org and through the Michigan Union Ticket Office, phone. 734-763 TKTS.