Welcome to Stephen Smith's Bounce-BackBand Website.  Stephen provides music in a variety of styles and formats, all perfectly authentic and true to each form's musical roots.  The reggae is root, the blues is bluezy, the funk is funky, the soul is soulful and the classic rock is, well, just classic.  Stephen is able to bounce-back and forth from one style to the next in seamless transitions, yet is versed enough in each style to provide an entire night of music in any genre. 

Stephen performs solo or with a variety of talented musicians, making each performance a unique experience.  On week nights Stephen can be found entertaining in clubs and restaurants solo, in duo, or with a small 3-piece combo.  On weekends and at larger events, Stephen can be seen with either Room Service (roomservicefunk.com) or with the Bounce-back Reggae Band.

Click on the music player below to hear Stephen singing with the Bounce-back band.  Solo and duo performances can be heard on the "Music" page.

Bounce Back Band at The Wunderbar This Saturday 

Hey all my downstate friends!  We are performing at the Wunderbar in Hudson NY THIS SATURDAY Night.  The Wunderbar is a great venue with excellent food and a cozy intimate atmosphere.  Good Food, Live Music, Pool Table in the back, you can't go wrong.  ALSO  Hudson is having its annual Block Party that day.  Stores in the 1400 block will host special events and sales.  Head to Hudson for the day and wind up at Wunderbar for a blast with our Reggae and Funk ensemble.  Music starts at 10 PM. No cover!

Bounce-Back Band to Host the CRBN Jam May 11 

Hey kids grab your Mom and  celebrate Mothers Day by taking her out to hear the Retro Funk and Reggae Music that she craves.  The Bounce Back Band will be performing all the great bounce-back hits that she danced to when she was YOUR age!  And Hey MOM!  if the kids don't get it, leave em home and come on out yourself.  Its YOUR time.  We'll be there for you.

Bill Morris to join us on Friday 

Anyone planning on coming to the American Glory BBQ this Friday will get to see Me and Norm play with Bill Morris on drums.  Bill is the highly accomplished musician and sound engineer that rocked the house with Lee and the Funkmasters last Friday Night.  See ya there!

Friday Night Gig was a Success! 

Thanks to everyone that came out to hear Lee and the Funkmasters at Wunderbar.  We had a great time.  Marty was rockin, as always.  Lee brought the funk.  Bill was slammin and Don was great on those keyboards.  The place was packed.  Thanks Hudson NY!!  Next up is Me and Norm at American Glory in Hudson this Friday NIght.

Steve and Marty to Join Lee and the Funkmasters Tomorrow NIght 

Marty and I are looking forward to having a blast at Wunderbar Bistro in Hudson with Lee and the Funkmasters.  LeRoy Patterson is the fabulous funky bass player that is the driving force behind many local projects, including Lee and the Funkmasters and Room Service.  Friday Night, Lee brings the Funk, Bill Morris brings the thump, Marty brings the mad solos.  Sorry, but the famous Bounce Back Horn Section is off that night.

Remembering Pete Seeger 

Stephen has begun working on a suite of original reggae songs to honor Pete Seeger.  "Pete was the first live musician I ever saw when he came to an AME Zion church picnic at Baird Park sometime in the 1960's.  He had a banjo and a guitar and sat under a tree playing songs for all us kids.  It was my first experience with a live, solo performance.  I remember wanting to play the guitar but I didn't for many years after.  As an adult I learned about the many ways that Pete embodied an honorable life in music and environmental activism.  He never wanted a monument or any worldly honors but I think the most appropriate thing to remember Pete by is a song."

(Stephen is a Board Member of Clearwater, the organization founded by Pete Seeger to clean up and preserve the Hudson River)

Acoustic Duo Performing in Hudson 

As-Is, the Acoustic Duo of The Bounce Back Band consists of Norm Neilsen on Bass and Steve Smith on guitar and vocals.  We will be performing in Hudson at the American Glory BBQ at 342 Warren Street.  We start during the late supper hour with an eclectic program of Blues, Classic Rock and Sweet Soul Music then round out the night with Reggae and Funk Dance Tunes.  Check our Gig Book for dates and times.

New Gigs Added 

I am pleased to report that the coolest of all venues, The Wunderbar Bistro, has booked The Bounce Back Band for 3 engagements this spring and summer.  Check our Gig Book for times and dates.  BTW, The Wunderbar is located at  744 Warren Street (over the top of the hill and past the park, on the left heading east).  Their food is excellent and the ambiance is perfect for an intimate dinner followed by dancing and partying to The Bounce Back Band.  Hope to see you there!
Robin Nzinga Smith with Slam Allen
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Robin Nzinga Smith with Slam Allen Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

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Previous events

Solo Gig Aboard Clearwater

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Rhinecliff Dock, Amtrak Park and Ride, Rhinecliff, NY

This is a private educational sail funded by North River Friends of Clearwater for the benefit of the children of Coeymans Day Camp, which is provided by Riverview Baptist Church. Stephen will provide entertainment during the sail, along with lessons on river ecology, biology and history provided by the Clearwater Crew.

March for the Ocean, Music by Stephen Smith

Cold Spring Dock aboard Clearwater, Dockside Park, Cold Spring, NY

Sat, June 9, Stephen Smith provides music for March for the Ocean (M4O); 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon MARCH FOR THE OCEAN
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will host a Clean Water Forum to present a current a State of the Hudson report in cooperation with Riverkeeper, Scenic Hudson, the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, and others at the dock at Cold Spring. This local event will occur during the March For the Ocean (M4O), a nation-wide movement organized by Blue Frontier Campaign to demand water protection. As an arm of the sea, the Hudson River Estuary environmental conditions are directly connected with the global oceans. We will explore current challenges and successes of water protection while delivering our 'Cargo of Concern'.


Clearwater Tribute at the Linda

The Linda, 339 Central Ave, Albany, NY

A family-friendly event featuring Annie and the Hedonists, Three Quarter North and the Bounce-Back Band in a special event to support Hudson River Sloop and the legacy of Pete Seeger. All proceeds will go to provide educational sails aboard Clearwater to deserving local school groups.

Stephen Smith and Friends

Coxsackie Riverfront Park, South River Street, Coxsackie, New York

Join us as we sail aboard Clearwater with noted bird expert Rich Guthrie as he points out bird species and habitats along the beautiful Hudson River. Stephen will provide a sea shanty sing-a-long on the return trip and dockside music with friends as the picnic snack meal is served.

See Flyer above. This is a fund-raiser to support Clearwater Environmental Action