Laith Al-Saadi 

June 9, 2016: What a day for a daydream that came true. Singer-songwriter Laith Al-Saadi, newly famous from his triumph on national TV's "The Voice," drew a record hometown crowd to see him play Sonic Lunch on this sunny, cool afternoon in downtown Ann Arbor. 

And he played and sang as he always has: beautifully, skillfully, growling-raw and raspy-smooth. He played and sang for the 5,000 or so at Sonic Lunch as he's done hundreds of nights a year for many years all over Ann Arbor and beyond. As he did at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in January when he performed between the "big acts."

Now he is the big act. Finally, he got his due, and his hometown got to celebrate the hometown boy who has always made good. 

'Bout time, we say. He's a consummate musician, having earned his degree in guitar from U-M and honed his talent in so many venues. We're dang proud of him. 

Thank you, Laith, for being a big part of what makes Ann Arbor great. Thanks also to Sonic Lunch for its smart booking of Laith and many other great acts, to Bank of Ann Arbor for its generous sponsorship, and to all the fans who filled Liberty Plaza—and way beyond—to enjoy Laith's music, this beautiful day and this wonderful town.

Here's MLive's story about Laith's appearance—with video!

Largest crowd in Sonic Lunch history turns out for Laith Al-Saadi concert in Ann Arbor

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Local Tweeters went crazy-wild over Laith's appearance at Sonic Lunch. Here's a look: