Avenue features three distinct lead singers, harmonies from
two-part to four-part, passionate instrumental picking,
original tunes from almost every member's pen, and a
professional and fun stage presence. They also play some
non-bluegrass songs in decidedly bluegrass fashion with tons
of enthusiasm and energy.
The band features Scott Hopkins on banjo and harmony vocals.
Scott writes for the group and keeps the band running like a
well-oiled 5-stringed instrument. Liz Hopkins plays
the upright bass and sings beautiful lead vocals. Her
harmony vocals always blend with the other male members of
the band, and she just started writing songs for the group.
Tony Califano plays the mandolin and is the band's primary
lead singer and song writer. Tony's vocal style and
musical approach bring an edge that are different but
complimentary to the styles of the other band members. Brig
McCutcheon plays rhythm guitar, sings lead and harmony
vocals and lives around the corner from Scott and Liz.
Joe Gumpper is a classically trained violinist and jazz
fiddler and uses his great tone and intonation while
bringing his own unique style to the group.