The Lucas Paul Band are Ann Arborites at heart, but often make Traverse City their temporary home away from home, at least on stage.
We have and always will have plans to come up to Traverse City frequently because we get the best love up here of anywhere, says the bands namesake Lucas Paul, hands down.
The band is comprised of Pete Birchler on lead guitar, Bobby Streng on sax, Mark Damian on drums, Matt Henninger on bass, and Paul on rhythm guitar and lead vocals,
In early 2006, Paul explains, he was a lost soul - freshly out of college, but with no job prospects and no band.
I would frequent Goodnite Gracies in downtown Ann Arbor every Wednesday and Thursday to watch local blues prodigy Laith Al Saadi, he explains, and every night found myself staying until last call because his band was that good.
After months of persistent begging to Gracies manager, Terry Martin, Paul got a shot to perform before one of Al Saadis shows.
Eventually, Laith handed me a few gigs of his own that he couldnt take, Paul says, so I put a band together. After getting our foot in the door, other nightclubs became interested in what we had to offer.