Gravity takes hold at fund raiser

Justin Joyner and his bandmates in Gravity had all belonged to groups that performed original songs. All decided that wasn't for them.

We want to cater to the crowd. That's our main goal, Joyner said.

That's why Gravity focuses strictly on cover songs. At gigs throughout the Capital District, they play rock songs from the 1950s to today. On Friday, June 18, Gravity will bring those familiar tunes to the Brookside Musuem in Ballston Spa for an outdoor benefit concert.

The concert is the museum's 16th annual and serves as one of three main fundraisers, along with a 5K race in August and an Octoberfest/auction in the fall. Proceeds support the museum's educational programs, Executive Director Joy Houle said.

This year's show, "Gravity: You Can't Resist the Pull," kicks off at 8 p.m. on the museum's lawn. Burgers, hot dogs and other food will be sold and there will be a cash bar.

"It's a really great time," Houle said. "We always have fun."

The same could be said of Gravity. In addition to Joyner, a 2002 Saratoga Springs High School graduate who plays guitar and sings lead vocals, the band is made up of Christian DeFrancqueville, bass guitar and vocals; Scott Fivel, guitar and vocals; and Will Railton, drums and percussion. All four have full-time jobs, but they make time for gigs nearly every weekend, performing at bars and nightclubs, festivals and weddings.

"It is hard work, but it's something we all enjoy doing," Joyner said. "That's kind of what keeps us going."

Music has been part of Joyner's life for nearly as long as he can remember. He started singing when he was 5 and first played the guitar when he was 8. He joined his first band when he was 16.

In 2005, Railton, a friend from high school, asked Joyner if he wanted to join Gravity with Fivel, who hails from Troy, and DeFrancqueville, a Catskills-area native.

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