Derek Melies, Ben Abbate, and Ryan Eads are the founding members of Avenue 17, which officially formed in mid-summer of 2011 with the addition of lead vocalist James Keeney and bassist Michael Ceseña. Since then, the group has played regularly across the Kansas City area at venues like The Czar Bar, The Beaumont Club, the Aftershock, Club 906, the All-Star Bar, Zona Rosa, Yahweh Underground, Burlington Creek, and various other shows. In early 2013, Tj Boone joined the Avenue 17 line-up as bassist, replacing Michael Ceseña.
The band released their debut, three-track EP, Skylines & Silhouettes on April 5, 2013 (available for download at https://soundcloud.com/avenue17 ). Since the EP release, their most popular track, "Landslide" was featured on Alice 102.1's Local Edition in late spring, as well as 96.5 The Buzz's 'Homegrown Buzz' show.
Currently, the band is in the studio recording their second EP, "These Lights Point North".