When Scott Reeves and Steve Burton starred on General Hospital, they wanted fans who met them to have an “experience.” They thought viewers deserved more than to stand in line and get autographs.
So, Reeves and Burton, who portrayed Dr. Steven Webber and Jason Quartermaine, respectively, along with Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) formed Port Chuck, a band that performs covers from the 1980s and 1990s. Port Chuck will play a show at Stand Up Live in Phoenix’s CityScape on Wednesday, May 17.
“We wanted them to walk away with a memory and really, really spend some quality time with us,” Reeves says. “We came up with the idea of a cover band. Brandon and Bradford were both involved in music to some extent over the years.
“They flipped out over the idea. We rehearsed a couple of times, to sort of experiment and see what was going to come out of it. We had a blast from day one.”
Port Chuck’s debut came during CMA Fest in Nashville, a country music fan event that featured appearances by soap stars.
“We thought a couple hundred fans would show up,” he says. “As we started playing, people were coming to our tent. Before we knew it, we had close to 2,000 people—General Hospital fans, country music fans, people who didn’t know who we were. We thought there was something to this.
“We decided to take it a little more seriously. The rest was history. We do about two to three of these tours a year.”
The concerts share the four men’s influences. The soprano of the group, Anderson, whom Reeves calls “the most animated,” sings musical theater and songs by bands like The Outfield. Barash is “a Neil Diamond, Billy Joel kind of lounge guy.” Reeves says Burton “always wanted to be a white rapper.” As for himself, Reeves is a “Bon Jovi-Aerosmith kind of guy.”
“The ’80s. That’s my soundtrack,” Reeves says. “It’s funny because we’re all very different from the standpoint of our musical tastes. We love everything each other loves, though.”
A former member of the country music duo Blue County, Reeves has experienced the rush of performing live. The other three, however, had not before Port Chuck.
“We’re doing ’80s and ’90s hits,” Reeves adds. “It’s a big party. Everybody’s singing along, having a blast. Here, fans get to see the former characters they’ve come to know on TV bust out and show a different side. Everybody has tons of fun.”
Port Chuck Unplugged, Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, 480.719.6100, phoenix.standuplive.com, 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, $35-$149.