Avon Dews, a Washington, D.C., native, began his musical career as a young man playing bass guitar in his family band, New Elements. Years later, he started playing around with the harmonica out of curiosity, but found that with a little practice the instrument made beautiful music. As a professional harmonica player, Avon expanded his musical career by performing at numerous prestigious events — including the American Market at the National Harbor; several Feel the Heritage Festivals in Arlington, Virginia; a Maryland Special Olympics benefit; various scholarship fundraisers and church events, etc. Avon has also performed at the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival, the 2015 NAMM festival, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Blue Monday series, weddings and a host of local and out- of-town venues. Avon formed his own entertainment company in 2008, SmileyDew Entertainment, which coordinated and promoted his own concerts at THEARC Theater in Washington, D.C. He was able to hone his stage performance skills as well as learn the behind-the-scene business of event promotion, which is invaluable when working with larger promoters and entertainment companies. Avon Dews is hard at work on his debut CD, due to be released in early 2016. His style is classic, cool and jazzy with a little old school and a touch of funk. Avon’s performance is a must-see event for music aficionados seeking to appreciate and experience the beautiful sounds that a skilled harmonica player can bring out of such a small instrument.
“Jazz harmonicist Avon Dews and the Avon Dews Band, gave an inspiring performance at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night. Avon, with his smooth style and selections ranging from Jazz to R&B, set the tone for an evening of pure excitement. I have known Avon as a jazz harmonicist, but on Sunday I had the opportunity to experience him as a vocalist, and a dancer as well. Avon has a unique gift of entertainment. He is a native of Washington D.C., and joins the many talented musicians and vocalists in our area as one who delivers the finest in entertainment. Washington, D. C. and its metropolitan area are so rich with great talent. That is why I love living here. That is why I will always SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!” Mickie Hill - SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC - D.C.
"I didn't know"
““The show was very enjoyable and well worth the ticket price. I didn’t know a harmonica could sound so jazzy.”” DL - Upper Marlboro, MD
"Too Cool Top Cat"
“Last night I had the pleasure of witnessing the best show of this 2013 year, took me back a few years when a show lasted more than a hour, show started promptly at 7:30 as advertised, had the entire place in a constant groove until 10:15 funds well spent, Avon Dews...TC TC, "Too Cool Top Cat", Valerie Moten...Queen of The Mic, live at the Arc in DC, absolutely wonderful, oh!! excuse me, how could I forget to mention the high energy, love what they're doing BAND, Oh my!! on the one! highly recommend everyone to check them out, awesome!!!”