Plattsburgh The Back Porch Band has been having fun for nearly a decade.
The band — formed in the summer of 2003 — consists of Pete Barber on mandolin and acoustic guitar; Bob Bunnell on vocals, harmonica, and bass and electric guitar; Steve Fulton on vocals, banjo, ukulele, acoustic guitar and boogie-woogie bass guitar; Erena Fulton on vocals, acoustic, electric, and bass guitar; and sound technician Mary Laura Barber.
“We all found ourselves playing music on the Barbers’ back porch on Chazy Lake, the site of the former Chazy Lake Hotel,” said Bunnell. “There were a dozen or so musicians who came and went the first couple of years, and then the band coalesced into seven members.”
Members Millard Eggleston and Gerry Perron passed away, leaving the five performing together.
What attracts people to the band — that plays their own blend of old country music, bluegrass, rock and roll and folk music — is their sound and their lightheartedness, said Bunnell.
“People who come to our shows often remark that they like song variety and the vocal harmony,” said Bunnell. “We like to interact with the audience and joke around with each other.”
The band first played Plattsburgh in 2006 for the Kent-Delord House Museum “Music at Dusk” series.
“The enthusiastic crowd makes it one of our favorite gigs, and we look forward to the event every year,” said Bunnell.
What’s unique about the band is that the majority of proceeds they make at performances goes to Hospice of the North Country.
“A small amount is used to pay for equipment upkeep and expenses, and the rest is given to Hospice,” said Bunnell, who noted the band has donated more than $20,000 to Hospice to date.
The band’s next performances are Thursday, Aug. 25 at the annual Redford Picnic in Redford from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Samuel F. Vilas Home on Beekman Street in Plattsburgh. That concert will begin at 6 p.m.
Check out The Back Porch Band on-line at www.backporchband.com.