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Boogeying to sounds of the Bootleg Band

PLATTSBURGH - There's no prohibition on how willing one local band is to rock.

The Bootleg Band has evolved since it was formed in March 1994 by bassist Bruce Danville, Bruce's son, Scott Danville, Bruce's daughter, Kristin Delisle, and drummer Doug Stone. In June 1994, vocalist Shelly Weston and fellow Beezwax bandmember guitarist Vinnie Rock joined the combo. Scott and Kristin left the band later that year and the group continued on as a four-piece until Shelly's husband, Brock Weston, from the band Crosscut, joined in 1996.

The progressive rock group has performed together extensively throughout Northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire through the years, weathering the retirements of drummer Doug Stone and guitarist Vinnie Rock. The band added Sean Fitzpatrick on drums in 2007 and Brandon Frenyea on vocals and guitar in 2008.

The Bootleg Band today consists of Bruce Danville on bass guitar and keyboards, Shelly Weston on vocals and keyboards, Brock Weston on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Frenyea and Fitzpatrick. In addition to the players, the band is supported by sound engineer "Super" Dave Boudrieu and lighting tech Caroline Danville.

One of the main highlights for the band in the last few years, said Brock, was in 2009 when the band was invited to participate in a competition in Vermont. The winning band was decided by a voting system over a four-week competition, with The Bootleg Band being the only band from New York to perform.

"Since we were an unknown in Vermont, we didn't have much support. So, we had to 'import' our support," said Brock.

The band chartered a 55-passenger tour bus, filling it to capacity.

"If we had more time, I think we could have filled two busses," said Brock.

Though The Bootleg Band didn't win, it was "the most fun a band could have and still lose," said Brock. That, he attributes to the fans who follow the band.

"Our fan base in the area is made up of awesome and super loyal people ... and we thank them for being there," said Brock.

(Editor's Note: The Bootleg Band will be performing this Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 Ball Billiards Caf , 7202 State Route 9, starting at 9:30 p.m. Check out the band on-line at www.thebootlegband.com or find them on Facebook and MySpace.)

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