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An Intimate live music experience for any occasion

Whether headlining a show, festival, theater stage or touring the globe with some of the biggest artists, vocalist COURTNEY GAYLE and guitarist ELI MENEZES, have been performing locally and abroad for over 15 years. The pair met in January of 2019 and began a musical project together which soon gave birth to Gritty Sunset within a few months. After well over a decade in the music and event industry in New York City (where they met), they desired a change and figured they could bring their rich musical experience and fierce east coast hustle to the “Live Music Capital of the World”. 


In September of 2020, they decided to make the cross-country move to the vibrant and ever-evolving city of Austin.. With an overwhelming and gracious warm welcome from the incredible Austin musician community coupled with Courtney and Eli’s extensive performance background in NYC, the duo was quickly plugged into this city’s vivacious music scene.


From both public and private events to weddings, cocktail hours, corporate parties, holiday parties, fundraising galas, welcome receptions, their paired tenure in vocal performance and guitar brings a memorable and dynamic experience to any occasion. 


Why Choose Gritty Sunset?

With so many live music options to choose from, why choose this duo? Let’s start with Eli’s brilliant one-of-a-kind guitar arrangements that bring the listener on a refreshing new journey through their most beloved songs. This self-taught musician and producer will have you hear your favorite tunes in a way you’ve never heard them before!  When Eli takes a solo, people are always left mesmerized and entranced by his masterful musical choices.


As far as singers go, Courtney has an undeniable ability to stand out with her enchanting, velvety vocal tone and captivating stage presence — she has been labeled by more than a few, as a real-life Disney princess. Similar to Eli, she enjoys making any song she sings unique to her personal vocal style. With her BA in Musical Theater, she can easily take on any character or role if a song requires a certain dramatic value. 


Between these two talented and seasoned musician-performers who have worked with dozens of bands across the country, you are guaranteed a musical journey you won’t forget!, CLICK HERE to watch videos of their beautifully arranged vocal & guitar medleys. 

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Ready to book this band? 

Once you’ve decided to book Gritty Sunset for your event (smart choice btw), the personalized, straight-forward booking process walks you through all the details with ease. You will work directly with Courtney and Eli to ensure a personal experience that will be tailored to your specific needs. It’s highly encouraged to give them a call, get to know them, and ask the tough questions to make sure they are the right fit for you. Just to get an idea of personality, many of their past clients have become friends who regularly attend their live public shows.


  • Unsure of what type of vibe or collection of songs will best suit the guests at your party? Not to worry-–you are in excellent hands with Courtney and Eli. With almost two decades in the wedding and event industry, they can help you curate the perfect setlist and overall flow to create an exceptional guest experience. CLICK HERE to see their videos.

  • Do you have songs that are special and unique to you and/or your guests? If our live band doesn’t already know the material, they will compose a customized musical arrangement for up to two special song requests. 

  • Looking for that WOW factor in a small, chic package? Look no further. With their sleek and tidy A/V equipment setup, they can easily blend into the specific theme or decor of your party without taking away from the aesthetic. 

  • Do you want to add more musicians? They can do that too! They understand that certain events call for that bigger band sound and they have a healthy roster of talented local artists that they work with frequently.

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