What: Travis Ehrenstrom Band

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend

Cost: Free

Contact: mcmenamins.com or 541-382-5174

The Travis Ehrenstrom Band was missing a member just minutes before its set at this year’s Bend Roots Revival on Sept. 29.

Guitarist Conner Bennett joined his five bandmates on the Black Butte Porter Stage just in time — the band on the opposite stage wrapped up its set only moments before. He jogged from the other end of the festival grounds near Deschutes Brewery’s warehouse, where he had just finished performing with Broken Down Guitars. (Fortunately, Bennett used two setups at the festival and didn’t have to run with his amp.)

Bennett wasn’t the only member of the band who had multiple commitments that weekend: Bassist ­Patrick Pearsall, a festival co-founder, had already played with numerous bands that day, and still had another set left that evening with The Mostest. Indeed, every member of the six-piece band plays with multiple groups, including keyboardist Patrick Ondrozeck (Shady GroOove), drummer Kyle Pickard (Lassen, work with brother Ryan Pickard), guitarist Gregg Morris (Riderbymyside) and Ehrenstrom himself (sit-ins with Shady GroOove, Riderbymyside, Lande and Redbird). By the time Roots came around, TEB hadn’t played together in close to two weeks, Ehrenstrom said.

“I’d been on the (Pacific Crest Trail) for 10 days right before, too, so I was like — 10 days felt like 100 days,” Ehrenstrom said recently while sitting with Pearsall, Morris and Bennett at The Bulletin offices. “So to come back — from the first note where the whole band jumped in, it was like, ‘oh, this is weird. I haven’t even seen these guys for two weeks, and we’re doing this right now.’”

While its members keep busy with multiple projects, the Travis Ehrenstrom Band has seen its own schedule blow up over the last year. The sextet regularly played at Bend Brewing Co. (where it released its first full-band album, “Something on the Surface,” in September), McMenamins Old St. Francis School and other venues throughout summer — and landed a slot at the 11th 4 Peaks Music Festival in June. The band returns to McMenamins on Thursday.

“I think that’s a testament to the band: All of us are in other projects as well, but the fact that we want to make time for this band,” Morris said. “It always amazes me whenever we can practice. … This is our life, but it all seems to come together because we all want it to happen.”

“Something on the Surface” may be the band’s first studio album, but it’s the third record Ehrenstrom has released under his name, following 2013’s “Remain a Mystery” and 2007’s “Somewhere in Between.” The latter record grew out of Ehrenstrom’s experiences with the Americana Project, the Sisters Folk Festival’s music and arts education program in Sisters middle and high schools, where he also met Pearsall.

That was the first year Pearsall was involved with the Americana Project as well — he was 26 at the time, and Ehrenstrom was 16. The two became fast friends and musical partners — Pearsall is the only musician in the band, besides Ehrenstrom, to appear on all three Ehrenstrom albums.

“I’ve never thought of him as, oh, well, Travis is this kid who I play music with,” Pearsall said. “Even when we were making his first album when he was 18 or whatever down in Santa Cruz, I never had that, ‘Well, we’re just making an album for kids.’ No, these are great songs; he’s a good songwriter. He wrote great songs back then.”

Ehrenstrom was already on a musical path before he started with the Americana Project, drawing influence from Dave Matthews Band, Ryan Adams and others. He called the Sisters program “hugely helpful” for him, but also said it gave him some misconceptions about the music business at large.

“I remember the first album I released, I had an album release concert in Sisters that — I think there were probably 200 people, sold 100 albums on the first show,” he said. “And then your first gig out of Sisters, Oregon, is to two people at a coffee shop in Hillsboro coming down.”

After attending college in Portland, Ehrenstrom moved to Seattle, where he joined up with folk-rock singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen in his band, The Courage. That band toured extensively and released an album, “Fearful Bones,” in 2010, but split in 2011. Ehrenstrom returned to Sisters soon after.

“I think the last month I was living in Seattle, I remember my rent was $800, and I had made $600 that month, and so I was like — we were touring nonstop for almost two years and sleeping in Ford Econolines,” he said. “It just got to a place where I got pretty sick of playing music actually.”

It didn’t take long for him to want to start playing again. Teaming with Pearsall, he recorded “Remain a Mystery” with help from a Kickstarter project and a rotating cast of musicians.

“The end result is something that I’m super happy with, but I learned a lot about myself in that process,” Ehrenstrom said. “Part of what influenced, I think, this new album was the reflection of how hard the last one was.”

After another break, Ehrenstrom started assembling his eponymous band. The turning point came about three years ago when Pickard joined, with the lineup solidifying in the last year with the addition of Bennett.

“I truly think every individual in this band, to me, does things at certain times where it’s otherworldly in a sense,” Ehrenstrom said, “where it’s like, they just kind of disappear from themselves for a little bit and come back and it’s like, oh, my gosh, that was magical.”

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