HANCOCK - What started out as a birthday party for a friend has become a reunion show of sorts for Mike Curto and the rest of Anchor Baby, as the band will play its first show in nearly 20 years Saturday at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock.
Mike, his brother Shawn Curto, Gabe Murray and Fred Berryman were going to just play for their friend Kelly Barkell, owner of Rock Locks Hair Salon - which is sponsoring the show - but they decided to kick the event up a notch.
"We decided to take it to another level, try to get people out to see a new old talent that's out there," Mike said. "It's my brothers and a couple of my old friends I used to be in a while ago, and it's like 20 years never went by. It's a nice comfortable feeling, and everybody respects each other and jells well with each other."
Mike, who moved away from the area in 1992 but is now moving back, plays lead and rhythm guitar and sings, Shawn plays drums, Murray plays bass and Berryman handles vocals as well as rhythm and lead guitar. The band plays a variety of rock music, but doesn't like to be pigeonholed into a specific type of rock.
"We cover all the stuff from the '50s to the present," Mike said. "We try to put a spin on the older stuff, and play songs that not only we like to play, but that others like to hear. We want to play something a little more fresh to listen to."
Although the band has not played together in 20 years, Mike said practice has gone well and he is excited to take the stage once again with his bandmates.
"I am so looking forward to it," Mike said. "Onstage is where we all belong, and it's the best feeling in the world, it truly is."
The show is all ages and will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Orpheum, which is in the Studio Pizza building on Quincy Street in Hancock.