WILLIAMSPORT — When it comes to covering music, The Benderz from Philadelphia has it covered.
The rock and rolling music of this cover band returns to the Cell Block in Williamsport for a stellar show that follows up the band’s performance at the same venue only two weeks ago that had the Cell Block filled to capacity.
“We love playing at The Cell Block and have been there many times over the years. Of all the rooms we have played at across the East Coast, the Cell Block is by far the most unique and interesting. I mean, how many venues can you go to, hear amazing music and have a good time that once was housed a prison,” said lead guitarist Matt “M” Hughes. “We always have a blast up there and this weekend looks to be no different.”
Covering music from the 1980s up to today’s Top 40 tracks, the band has become known for their non-stop party-hearty brand of music and showmanship which often leads to people dancing and hopping up on stage.
“I love performing. I love the interaction with the crowd. For me, there is no better thing in the world than to be on stage making music and making sure the crowd has a fantastic time,” he said.
A popular band on the Atlantic City casino scene, the band often books gigs as far north as Boston all the way down to Florida.
“We can adapt our sound to fit any room or venue,” Hughes said. “The crowds we get in Florida are the young party crowd while the casino crowd is always mixed with young and older people. The Cell Block has a cool crowd that is both locals in their 20s with a lot of the college crowd so it definitely is a party.”
Although The Benderz is a cover band, they shy away from the traditional songs most cover bands use for their set list, instead opting for a selection of artists such as Journey and Bonjovi to name just a few.
“We often hear from our fans how much they like the fact that although we’re a cover band, we make each song sound different and not what they expected,” Hughes said. “We’re a little eclectic and since we have both a male and female vocalist, we can cover just about any song. So when people come out to hear us they know they are going to have a party.”