Posted: June 9th, 2011
East Ave at Vermont Tavern

East Ave met with 11th and State St on Friday night.  Obviously, I’m not talking about East Ave the road; I’m talking about East Ave the band.  You might ask what is at 11th and State St, well, it’s the Vermont Tavern.  And when these two paths cross each other, you can’t help to stop, look, and listen.

When seven musicians take the stage, often it is a collaboration, but this wasn’t a collaboration with another band. Yes, that’s correct…East Ave has seven band members.  With so many members, they can specialize in certain sounds and instruments to give you a sound that is unique.  This unique sound makes it hard to say they sound like anyone else.  They’re styling is fused with jazz, reggae, rock, funk, and a little bit of folk/country.  That’s a lot of genres, but they make it seem easy.

The multi-genre influences East Ave has creates a sense of good feeling music.  The Vermont Tavern was a perfect place to play. The relaxed environment in the bar is enhanced with easy going, foot tapping tunes that East Ave plays.  I have to say, my favorite song they played Friday is called, “Going Home” if I’m not mistaken on the song title. It had everything you need in a song: rhythm, great lyrics, great vocals, and the sense of not worrying about anything else in the world…just living in the moment.

I advise those who haven’t seen them to check them out.  They are a familiar name around the Erie music scene, and with good reason.  Be sure to check out the photos from the show in the online gallery by clicking here. You can purchase the photos too.

One last thing, if you would like to have your band or group covered by RockErie’s Show of the Week, shoot me an email at and tell me where and when you are playing! Thanks everyone and enjoy the REO Speedwagon show this weekend! It’s FREE!



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