SOUTHINGTON — A free concert by the Spin Doctors is slated for the annual Apple Harvest Festival next weekend.
The New York-based band, which formed 30 years ago, peaked in popularity in the mid-1990s when “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” topped the rock charts.
The concert is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Oct. 12 on the main stage.
The band’s lineup includes all four original members: singer Chris Barron, guitarist Eric Scheckman, bassist Mark White and drummer Aaron Comess.
Scheckman and Comess spoke with the Record-Journal’s “On the Record: Music” podcast earlier this week.
Comess said that after 30 years, the band members still “have a great chemistry” and this year “we’re sounding better than we’ve every sounded.”
“Even when we play those old songs, we tend to improvise a lot and play different set lists in our shows,” he said, “and we mix it up with the newer material … so everything just stays really fresh.”
Scheckman said the band plays shows mostly on weekends from March through November, hopping from town to town.
“The sound is kind of iconic,” he said, adding that the band members together “just have the craziest combination of styles, and that’s what keeps it fresh.”
Comess said the band tries to give a great show wherever they play, so playing an outdoor festival isn’t that different from a club venue.
“As long as the people are there and into it, we have a great time,” he said.
Making a living in the music industry for 30 years is a difficult thing to do, but the band members keep themselves busy, sitting in on session recording and creating solo projects.
Scheckman released an album this year called “Who Shot John?” and is touring in support of it later this year.
Chris Palmieri, who coordinates festival entertainment, said organizers wanted to find a band “with a wide appeal and (we) feel they are the perfect choice.”
“People of all ages are excited to hear them play,” he said.
Other entertainment at the Apple Harvest Festival this year includes shows by Braiden Sunshine, The Kyle Niles Band, and Cody Bondra and the Contraband.
For a scheduled of events, visit www.southingtonahf.com.