December 3rd, Sunday 6pm-9pm
$10 Suggested Donation
Avey/Grouws Band – Jeni Grouws met Chris Avey and Bryan West at a blues jam in the Quad Cities in 2015, and later that year The Avey Grouws Duo was formed. After throwing in a handful of well-received full band gigs in 2016, in 2017 the duo finally called up Bryan West to officially form the Avey/Grouws Band. Chris Avey, formerly of The Avey Brothers and former lead guitarist for blues icon Big Pete Pearson, has been called a “younger, more fiery Coco Montoya mixed with a dash of Tab Benoit”. Avey and drummer Bryan West came in 3rd in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2009 as The Avey Brothers. The strength and grit of Avey’s guitar and vocals are beautifully matched by the sheer power and nuance of Grouws’ unmistakable voice. She’s been called “a choir full of angels on a runaway train!” Gary Eckhart of Blue Monday Monthly saw their first performance in 2017 and said, “It was their first show and they are already ready for festivals!” The band has been steadily booked in 2017 in La Crosse, WI, Minneapolis, MN and throughout their home state of Iowa. And though their musicianship is stellar, there is simply something about how the band communicates with an audience. An evening with the Avey/Grouws Band is playful, raucous and rooted in the moment. And you won’t want it to end!
The Avey Grouws Band is Chris Avey, Jeni Grouws, Bryan West, Andrew Durham, Randy Leasman and Ian Farmer.
We Need You! The Avey/Grouws Band is heading to Memphis to represent the great state of Iowa in the International Blues Challenge in January. And like every band before us, we need your help! The honor to represent is big…and so is the price tag to travel with a crew of 5 for 5 days in Memphis, plus the actual travel days costs.
We KNOW you already support the blues, and you’ve all been so good to us, so come on out to Lefty’s Live Music December 3rd from 6-9 and we promised you a great show! And we challenge you to bring one friend with you that hasn’t been to a Central Iowa Blues Society event recently…or ever. Because we’re ready to show everyone just how much fun the blues can really be!
Suggested $10 donation at the door for 3 hours of the best music we can give you, including a showcase of our actual IBC set! We’ll give away a few prizes throughout the night just as a thank you for being there. Plus we’ll have tshirts, koozies and hats from the band on sale with all proceeds going directly to the travel fund.
We honestly couldn’t be more proud to represent Iowa at this year’s IBC and we are incredibly grateful for your support. We won’t let you down!
– Sincerely, The Avey/Grouws Band