Friday, June 24 at 8:30pm | Rackham Stage

The seven-piece progressive soul pop outfit Paddlebots is ready to bring positive energy and good vibes to A2SF this summer. Loaded with funky grooves and soulful singing, the group has forged a unique style that artfully combines the accessibility of soul and pop with the sharp musicianship of funk and jazz. Originally formed by college friends Kortez Buckner and Haruki Hakoyama, bonding over a shared love of music but inspired by disparate genres (jazz for Hakoyama and gospel, pop, and soul for Buckner), the group’s ensemble style has coalesced into a sound that brings the best of these sensibilities together. Their electric live performance is animated by groove-heavy rhythm backing horn-driven melodies, performing both originals and covers like Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and JT’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” Sounds like the recipe for summer fest success.

This event is free and takes place at Top of the Park located at 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Get directions and parking details here.


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