A fundraiser at J. Gumbo's will help a local youth band make its way to a blues showcase in February.
A fundraiser at J. Gumbo’s will help a local youth band make its way to a blues showcase in February.
The fundraiser is slated for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at J. Gumbo’s, 64 Granville St., and would help three young musicians represent Columbus at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.
Twelve-year-old Brandon Pettiford of Gahanna and siblings Wes and Julia Crow of Lewis Center make up the band, Pett Crow. The band will be one of 16 youth acts worldwide that has been invited to participate in a youth showcase in February.
Brandon is the band’s drummer and plays bass. Wes, 14, is vocalist and plays lead guitar and harmonica, and 13-year-old Julia plays keyboard. Backing them up on bass is Wes’ and Julia’s dad, Scott Crow.
Pett Crow performs both electric and acoustic blues sets, blending their original music with covers by such artists as B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix.
“It’s rare that you find youth singing the blues,” said Sue Pettiford, Brandon’s mother. “They’ve been described as old souls with young minds.”
Sponsored by J. Gumbo’s, the fundraiser mostly will showcase Pett Crow. Special guests Ellie Lee & The Blues Fury and international blues artists Sean Carney and Tom Bowling also will be featured.
Admission to the fundraiser is free. A raffle will be held for various prizes, including items from the Music-Go-Round.
Cash donations also will be accepted to help offset some of Pett Crow’s expenses for the Memphis trip.
Pett Crow was the 2011 Rising Star Talent winner at Gahanna’s Creekside Blues & Jazz Fest. Their debut CD of original material will be released soon. The group has been performing for about a year.
Pett Crow has opened for the Sean Carney Band, Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers and Big Bill Morganfield, son of blues legend Muddy Waters.
More information about the band is online at pettcrow.com.