What began as a random jam session 10 years ago has become what Maury Hendry called "a dream come true."
That session saw him and his son, Ryan, go to the Liverpool home studio of their friend Chris Cox. They cranked out a few songs, Maury said. That led to open mic nights. And that led to a drummer.
A decade later, Cox and the father and son are three-fourths of the band Hendry, which will perform at Tinkers Guild in Auburn Friday and the LakeHouse Pub in Skaneateles Saturday.
"I'm 68 years old and I get to go out at night and play rock 'n' roll with my son," said Maury, of Phoenix. "It's awesome, it really is."
Maury plays electric bass and vocals, Ryan acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Cox acoustic guitar and vocals, and Brendan Backus drums. Depending on the song, though, Cox sometimes switches to electric guitar, Maury said, as he'll likely do at this weekend's shows. The LakeHouse crowd has been known to pack the dance floor, he added.
The band sticks to covers, mainly alternative rock from the '90s and early 2000s. Whether it's "Wonderwall" by Oasis or "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne, it's the music Ryan listened to in high school, Maury said. But Hendry also covers music from the '60s, when Maury was playing in bands at that same point in his life. The band also picks up popular new songs once in awhile, like Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk." That's because it plays what its audience asks: At the beginning of every show, Ryan hands out a list of all the songs Hendry knows, then takes requests.
The band has more than 75 songs in that repertoire, according to its website. It always tries to add more, particularly in the summer, when the band is busiest.
"We go by what the people want," Maury said.
Five questions with Maury Hendry, of Hendry
Q. What's your favorite song to play live?
A. Probably "Africa" by Toto.
Q. What's one venue you've always wanted to play but haven't had a chance to yet?
A. We haven't done anything at Turning Stone. We've talked about it, but just haven't yet.
Q. Who's your biggest musical influence?
A. I loved The Beatles, and more recently Queen. And Fabian, when I was young.
Q. Do you have a "desert island album"?
A. Boston's "Greatest Hits" is a good one.
Q. What's the first concert you remember seeing?
A. I saw the Rolling Stones at the War Memorial. I believe it was 1964.