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The Plant Band to perform at EvenFlow in Geneva

Derek Plant of The Plant Band will perform at EvenFlow Music and Spirits in Geneva on Oct. 14.
Derek Plant of The Plant Band will perform at EvenFlow Music and Spirits in Geneva on Oct. 14.

GENEVA – The Plant Band plays classic rock, pop, rhythm and blues from the 1960s through the ’90s – as well as music from the current century, bassist and vocalist Kevin Summers said.

“It was a blessing to find these guys so close to my house,” said Summers, a Batavia resident. “They are friends as well as competent musicians.”

The Plant Band will be performing from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at EvenFlow Music and Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva, with a $5 cover charge.

Other band members are Batavia resident Derek Plant – for whom the band is named – as well as Michael Backfish of North Aurora, Mark Schmitz of St. Charles Township, Adam Watts of Aurora, Tim Falls of Batavia and Wally Kissel of Warrenville.

Plant handles vocals, guitar, harp and fiddle; Schmitz does vocals and drums; Backfish does vocals, guitar and tenor sax; Watts plays baritone, alto and tenor sax, as well as trumpet and trombone; Falls plays alto sax and soprano sax; and Kissel plays keyboards.

The song list is extensive, including “Listen to the Music,” “Miss You,” “Soul Man,” “Midnight Hour” and “These Arms.”

Derek and his brother, Daren Plant, used to be an acoustic duo in 1999, Kissel said.

“Then they migrated to a band with a bass and a drummer,” Kissel said. “Then I joined in 2005, and I played keyboard.”

The Plant Band went on hiatus in 2010, and when it reorganized in 2012, Daren moved on to other interests, Kissel said.

“We’ve gone through different guitar players and we added horns to the band in recent years,” Kissel said.

The band members all have regular day jobs, so their performances are not every weekend – more like once or twice every three to four months – and private parties, Summers said.

Even so, he said, “It’s a solid commitment.”

“We practice regularly,” Summers said. “We’re all friends and it’s almost like family.”

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