Downers Groove is a rock band that originated in Downers Grove, Illinois. It was founded by guitarist Danny Mazzarella and drummer John Hayes in October of 2011 after spending a year playing shows together on different instruments in a different band. They have since been rehearsing and performing originals in Chicago and the West Suburbs with working musician and bassist Josh Izzo. As of late, singer-songwriter and keyboardist Joe Skonie solidified the band's lineup as a quartet. The band blends rock, jazz, blues, funk, folk, and sometimes bluegrass while leaving space for these avenues to be explored through extensive, jazz influenced improvisation.