Avian Aura

Madison, WI locals Gary Flesher, Jr and Joan Herzing began working together in early 2014, when the pair were involved with various lineups, garnering experience in studios, and becoming players in the regional Upper-Midwest music scene.  Until then, Joan had been (and still is) active in the long-established powerhouse band, the Blue Olives, while Gary was chipping away at his songwriting skills (and still is). 

Avian Aura decidedly took flight (pun) as of late 2017, recording the first EP- At First Glance- in early 2018, and then got to work crafting and delivering a solid live performance, playing a host of venues that specialize in good vibes and positivity, and engaging with a supportive audience both on and off the stage.

Expect to hear a mix of original music with a dose of tasteful covers, an array of Joan's instrumentation (saxophone, keys, cajon, accordion, etc) and soaring vocals, and Gary working the sound board, as well as contributing on acoustic guitar and vocals.  Avian Aura is a fresh presentation to a classic concept, hoping to be present and connected, to express what it means to be human in an otherwise distant existence, and on track to continue producing content, contact and mileage.


 UPCOMING Live Shows

Lakeside Street Coffee House

October 18 | Madison, WI | 7p

Stardust Animal Sanctuary- Benefit Concert

October 20 | Richmond, IL | 1:00p

Con Amici

October 26 | Baraboo, WI | 7p

Brix Cider

November 8 | Mount Horeb, WI | 5:30p

Common Ground

November 9 | Middleton, WI | 7p

State Line Distillery

November 22 | Madison, WI | 8p

The Corner Pub

November 30 | Conroe, TX | 9p

Spring Yoga- Realign Workshop

December 1 | Spring, TX | TBD

Fahrenheit 364

December 6 | Stoughton, WI | TBD

State Line Distillery

December 13 | Madison, WI | 8p

Monona Yoga- Winter Solstice

December 20 | Monona, WI | TBD


The Cidery- Middleton, WI

Stateline Distillery- Madison, WI | Short Branch Saloon, Neenah, WI | Harvest Moon Yoga Festival, Baraboo, WI

House of Blues- Foundation Room- Chicago, IL | Big River Theatre- Alma, WI | Yahara Bay Distillers- Madison, WI

Roaring Table Brewing Co- Lake Zurich, IL | Box Factory for the Arts- St. Joseph, MI | Aurora Cellars- Lake Leelanau, MI

Ciccone Vineyard- Suttons Bay, MI | Mackinaw Trail Winery-Manistique, MI | Elmaro Winery- Trempealeau, WI

Summer House- Wisconsin Dells, WI | Fields @ The Wilderness- Wisconsin Dells, WI | Monona Yoga- Monona, WI

Balanced Rock Winery- Baraboo, WI | B L U X- Wisconsin Dells, WI | Boulder Brew Pub- Verona, WI

Trilogy Brew- Spring, TX | Blue Door Coffee- The Woodlands, TX | Woodlands Waterway Art Festival- The Woodlands, TX

Threshold- Madison, WI | Brix 340- Waunakee, WI | Brocach- Madison, WI | Con Amici- Baraboo, WI

Aloft- O’hare, Rosemont, IL | Fahrenheit 364, Stoughton, WI | Aloft- Chicago Mag Mile, Chicago, IL

Aloft- Milwaukee Downtown- Milwaukee, WI | Rugan’s, Burlington, WI | Aloft Minneapolis- Minneapolis, MN

Breman Cafe- Milwaukee, WI | Island City Brewing Co.- Winona, MN

Vines & Rushes Winery- Ripon, WI | Urban Fuel- Fond Du Lac, WI | Octopi Brewing- Waunakee, WI

Bailey’s Run Winery- New Glarus, WI | Baraboo Bluff Winery- Baraboo, WI | The Vault- Reedsburg, WI

Kinney Creek Brewery, Rochester, MN | The Starline- Harvard, IL | Paoli Schoolhouse- Paoli, WI

Giada’s- Wisconsin Dells, WI | August Hill Winery- Utica, IL | Preservation- Geneva, IL | Ragged Roots Music Festival- Wisconsin Dells, WI

Minocqua Brewing Company- Minocqua, WI | Riverfront Terrace- Wisconsin Dells, WI | Unity of Madison- Madison, WI

Firehouse Depot- Harvard, IL | Vintage Brewing Company- Sauk City, WI | East Side Club- Madison, WI | Lakeside Street Coffee- Madison, WI

High Noon Saloon- Madison, WI | The Frequency- Madison, WI | Ashling on the Lough- Kenosha, WI | The Root Note- LaCrosse, WI

Gaslamp- Des Moines, IA | The Cornerstone- Galena, IL | True Coffee- Verona, WI | Fox River Brew House- Appleton, WI

New Moon Cafe- Oshkosh, WI | Oshkosh Main Street Fest- Oshkosh, WI | Crystal Corner- Madison, WI

Ashling on the Lough- Kenosha, WI | The Root Note- LaCrosse, WI | Capital Brewery- Madison, WI | Crescendo- Madison, WI

Gabe's- Iowa City, IA | Kochanski's- Milwaukee, WI | Funk's Pub- Madison, WI

Fox River Brewing Company- Appleton, WI | Brink Lounge- Madison, WI | Art Bar- Milwaukee, WI

Wednesday Night Live- Mt. Horeb, WI | Woodshed Ale House- Sauk City, WI | Tuvalu Coffee House- Verona, WI

Uncommon Ground- Chicago, IL | Mother Fools Coffee House- Madison, WI | Bos Meadery- Madison, WI

Steel Bridge Song Fest- Sturgeon Bay, WI | Eronel- Dubuque, IA | Chazen Art Museum- Madison, WI | Prairie Street Brewery- Rockford, IL

The Clark Hotel- Waukesha, WI | The Harmony- Madison, WI

...and more...