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Community Concert: Austin Benzing Band
December 23, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Austin Benzing is a West Michigan singer-songwriter and guitarist making a mess in the genre sandbox. His original releases boast a wide array of influences, resulting in Michigan made country-fied progressive rock that is guaranteed to excite crowds of all ages and interests.
Benzing’s full band consists of other Michigan based genre rebels, such as Zach Dubay, Jeremiah Wenger, and Devin Anderson. Marissa Peak and Olivia Vargas of August – the Band also lend vocal talents to create a vibrant music landscape.
Growing up on the fringe of the Manistee National Forest, Austin Benzing picked up a guitar at age 10. Inspired by classic country and heavy metal influences like Buck Owens, George Jones and Metallica, it quickly became his focus to make his own mark. As his musical appetite increased to artists like bluegrass’ Punch Brothers, jazz’s Julian Lage and the jam band Umphrey’s McGee, his songwriting delved into multiple projects and interests. Benzing is a member of acclaimed West Michigan band, The Turnips, and the Avocadsquad collaboration collective. He was also part of the Balsam Brothers, a popular “aggressively happy” progressive rock band that came out of Ferris State University and birthed two records. Benzing also plays with Michigan country band, Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys, various bluegrass trios, and Bluewater Kings Band. Benzing also curates and leads a classic two hour Grateful Dead Tribute Show a few times a year, upon special request.