Family band Points East — which is made up of brother/sister duo Brian and Heather Cummings and their dad Keith — developed its own brand of Americana meets Indie folk sound organically over the years. From casual jam sessions at family gatherings to widely seen performances at local vineyards, restaurants and festivals, the trio continues to gain recognition.
The entire family has been involved with music from a young age, whether formally playing in high school band or chorus, or picking up instruments and experimenting. Points East made its debut on the North Fork music scene in 2010 on a whim. While father and son Keith and Brian Cummings were casually playing guitars at a backyard barbecue, they were asked to perform at Billy’s by the Bay in Greenport, which earned them another show at Corey Creek Vineyards the following Tuesday.
Keith’s daughter, Heather Cummings, soon joined in, and the following summer Points East booked every weekend. The band performs originals and fresh takes on covers with a focus on vocals and harmony, reflective of the family’s love for singing with one another.
“The most fun can be when we take on a certain song and apply our own personality through our instruments, melody and harmonies. Music has always brought our family together; each person bringing their own talent, including the best clappers! The song immediately takes on a life of its own.” - Keith Cummings
The band is also frequently accompanied by Taylor Cummings and Steve Shaughnessy.
In their words: “Family is always a priority and music has helped us grow to become even closer over the years as the power of music tends to do. Our style has evolved as we grow together as musicians.”
Musical influences: Amos Lee, The Band, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac
See them this month:
Saturday, July 6 | Lenz Winery, 38355 Main Road, Peconic
Saturday, July 13 | The Chequit Inn, 23 Grand Ave, Shelter Island Heights
Thursday, July 18 | Bedell Cellars, 36225 Main Road, Cutchogue
Friday, July 26 | Greenport Harbor Brewery, 42155 Main Road, Peconic
For more show dates visit, pointseastmusic.com
Genre: Blues, rock, soul, folk and country