Michigan Rock and Roll on the Listening Lawn
Desmond Jones is a five-piece American rock band from Michigan. With original music written to complement the group's sound as a whole, the music is centered around melodic guitar riffs, funky bass lines, groovy drumbeats, and smooth saxophone. The group takes influence from Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Charles Mingus, Phish, The Band, and Led Zeppelin to name a few. Desmond Jones puts on exciting and high-energy shows with a high level of musicianship and skillful improvisation. Each show, set list, and song is different from night to night. The group has played 800 shows all over the country and has shared the stage with bands like Papadosio, Ripe, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, EOTO, Here Come the Mummies, Aqueous, Mungion, Dopapod, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, and many more. Desmond Jones has released two EPs and three full length studio albums available on all major platforms. The band is touring in 2022 and hitting every diner along the way.

Special Guest

Elijah Russ

Elijah Russ has been involved in the West Michigan music community for many years. As a musician, he can often be seen sporting stellar guitar skills with all sorts of groups as a sideman for acts like Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, Melophobix, The BlueWater Kings Band, The Legal Immigrants, and even touring with Harper & The Midwest Kind. As a soul-rock songwriter and bandleader, he can be heard playing around the region as a soloist and for special events with a full or expanded lineup of Grand Rapids musicians. I personally have been involved in his music as a recording artist with his 2019 single “Mind Your Business” as well as recording a solo on one of his new releases. His passion for the community and music radiates through his playing, and he’s a welcome addition to any lineup

The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after


A few short steps from the Listening Room is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.