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Columbus Commons Blog

Pett Crow Takes Center Stage

This Thursday, a young and talented trio of artists will take to the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion stage for the second time this summer, opening for Green Light Go and The Floorwalkers at the last Downtown Live concert of the season. The band is made up of siblings Wes and Julia Crow and fellow young talent, Brandon Pettiford. Pett Crow is not your average blues band; at ages 14, 15, and 16, the band writes their own, original blues tunes, and are accomplished musicians – each playing multiple instruments.

Pett Crow formed in 2011 after being introduced at a competition, and they’ve been going strong ever since. This year they won the Midwest Battle of the Bands competition and last year they traveled all the way to Florida for the 2012 Sarasota Blues Festival, opening for nationally acclaimed acts like Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ana Popovic, and Paul Thorn.

So how does this young band find time to practice and do their homework? During the “off-season,” essentially the school year, Julia, Wes, Brandon, and their families get together nearly every Sunday. The band will practice, polish new songs, learn new techniques, and their families visit. During the summer months, their hectic gig schedule leaves little time for formal band practices.

This laid back group of teenagers, and their families, have clearly developed a strong bond. The way they describe writing new music is just one indication of this – each band member giving credit to the others. With Julia on bass, Brandon on drums, and Wes on guitar, the writing process is a collaborative affair. Most often Wes and Brandon will develop the music, while Julia focuses on lyrics, jotting down ideas in a notebook she always carries with her.

Pett Crow plays at venues throughout the region and the band is excited to be playing at the Commons again this week. They count the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion among the best venues they’ve playing, due in large part to the high-quality sound system and the shear size of the stage. Last time they played the Commons, though, it rained. Here’s to hoping this week draws sun, warmth, and a great crowd!


Don’t miss Pett Crow at the Commons this Thursday, September 5th at 6pm. For more information on Downtown Live, click here.