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Jay Gavan is one of the guitarists with Guitar UP!, a surf-rock band he founded with his brother, guitarist Shawn Gavan, seven years ago. This summer they released their first full-length album, Western Pacificwhich will be available at their concert Friday night, Aug 23,  at Old Dog Tavern. Joining them in the group are bassist Mark Duval and drummer Bryan Heany

Jay Gavan says his interest in surf rock was formed as a kid when his older brother was learning guitar from an instructor who loved The Ventures. Over the years they pursued different musical paths, but would jam on surf rock tunes when they got together for family gatherings. The 12 original tunes on the new album were written by Jay and Shawn as well as drummer Bryan Heany. They reflect influences from spaghetti Westerns, James Bond soundtracks, as well as Michigan landmarks like the Mystery Spot in St. Ignace and the Straits of Mackinac. 


BenJammin & Analisa at Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo
Madison Bennett, WMUK

Benjamin and Analisa Gauthier weren’t planning on becoming professional musicians, but they say they always wanted to work with children. The duo, known as BenJammin and Analisa, now uses their musical talents to create educational songs for not only children, but all age levels.


The Hired Hands Band of Kalamazoo plays what they describe as “honestly Americana” music. They have three public performances coming up between now and the end of the year.