If you're looking for a band with a swingin' rhythm and an old timey flavor, look no further. This group combines the talents of 5 noteable musicians responsible for the tapping of thousands of feet across Ohio for the last 20 years. The band specializes in Western Swing and pop & jazz from the '20's, '30's, '40's, but plays several musical styles , ranging from Appalachian tunes, Blues, Old Country & Folk, to even 50's & 60's pop. Requests from the audience are frequently honored. Dance music includes swing, two steps, waltzes, polkas, schottische, fox trot, cha cha, and square dances.
Included among the more than 60 shows they average each year, have been several County Fairs; Sternwheeler cruises on the Ohio & Muskingum Rivers; several Arts & Crafts Fests; Burr Oak and Malabar State Parks; Concert series in Lancaster, Dublin, Westerville, Worthington, Barnesville, Youngstown, Grove City, Wadsworth, Clifton; Cincinnatti's Appalachian Fest and Tall Stacks Fest; Old revived theaters in McConnelsville, Chesterhill, Gallipolis, Clifton, Pemberville, Grand Rapids, Jackson, and countless dances.
It's the hot swinging fiddle playing of multi-instrumentalist Joe Lautzenheiser from Massilion, Ohio that keeps those feet moving.
From Zanesville, our lead female vocalist is Kris Geis, adding great lead & harmony vocals to the show. With her wonderful vocal range, she presents music from the era of Bob Wills, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, & Patsy Cline. Kris teaches Environmental Science & Biology and also maintains a Facebook page for the BPSB.
Caleb Hutslar from Columbus, Oh plays one swinging keyboard. Caleb has played with several jazz bands in Ohio over the years including Anna and the Consequences, The Charged Particles and After Hours. Caleb teaches piano in Worthington, Powell & at Kenyon College in Gambier, Oh.
Driving the band & swinging on his upright bass is Jonathan Sowers from Lancaster, Oh.
Also carrying lead & harmony vocals and the guitar work on his Gibson guitar, is Pete Shew. When not making music, he raises apples and beef with his wife on his Morgan County, Ohio farm, near McConnelsville.
So, whether you're looking for a family oriented variety act, a hot dance band with a swinging dance rhythm you can't resist, or an historical anomaly that will knock your socks off, we suggest stepping out to THE BACKPORCH SWING BAND. Contact Pete Shew at (740) 557-3032 or email@example.com
Photo by Jillie Burns, Athens, Oh