We all know The Avey Grouws Band is on stage at Rhythm City Casino Friday night, but who are they ?!
Let’s find out!
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 giving a handful of well-received full-group concerts in 2016, in 2017 the duo finally called on Bryan West to formally form the Avey / Grouws Band. Chris Avey, formerly of the Avey Brothers and former guitarist to blues icon Big Pete Pearson, has been called “younger, more spirited Coco Montoya mixed with a hint of Tab Benoit.”
Avey and drummer Bryan West came 3rd at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2009 as the Avey Brothers. The strength and grain of Avey’s guitar and vocals are perfectly matched to the power and nuances of Grouws’ unmistakable vocals. It has been called “a choir full of angels on a runaway train!”
Gary Eckhart of Blue Monday Monthly saw their first performance in 2017 titled Grouws ‘A Rising Star’ and said, âIt was their first show and they are already ready for festivals! And they were ready. AGB wowed audiences at Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Prairie Dog Blues Fest, Nordic Fest, and Smokin ‘In Steele BBQ & Blues Fest.
With the release of their EP “Road to Memphis” in May 2018, Avey / Grouws Band marks its place on the music scene. And while their musicality is stellar, there is simply something about the way the band communicates with an audience.
An evening with the Avey / Grouws Band is playful, harsh and anchored in the moment. And you won’t want it to stop!
Must be 21 and over to attend the show.
See you on Friday evening!
Learn more here: https://facebook.com/events/s/avey-grouws-band/648873039883943/
Tristan Layne Tapscott has been dubbed the “Quad Cities PT Barnum” and although whoever originally said it meant it as an insult, he readily accepts the title.