The Alpaca Gnomes
The Alpaca Gnomes are a vibrant, stomp-and-groove original rock, folk, jam band with humble beginnings in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT. They are known for blending their catchy originals with unique takes on classic songs and playing marathon length shows while keeping the crowds dancing and smiling.
Their self titled album, featuring 9 originals, including popular tracks “Honey”, “Train Song” and “Just In Case”, was released in 2012 featuring Benny Mikula(Vocals/Acoustic), Michael Gargano(Drums) Kimberly Nordling-Curtin(Violin/Vocals), Chris Barry (Guitar/Vocals), Martin Van Buren Amidon IX(Bass), Matt Summ(Percussion).
Since then they’ve been busy playing all sorts of gatherings and continue to build upon their loyal following of Gnomies. Most recently they sold out The Acoustic in Bridgeport and have made stops at InfinityHall(Norfolk,CT) Fairfield Theatre Company(Fairfield, CT), Palace Theatre(Stamford, CT), Arlene’s Grocery (NYC), Toad’s Place(New Haven) and many others.
They’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage and playing their songs with many talented musicians over the years including DJ Logic, Ed Mann(Frank Zappa) and members of Railroad Earth. They’ve also had the opportunity to share bills with the likes of Blues Traveler, Living Colour, Rick Derringer, The Tokens, The Drifters and many other fantastic bands.
Among The Acres
“Among the Acres” is a folk rock quartet based out of Hartford, CT that fuses an eclectic range of influences into a sound defined by cascading vocal harmonies, intricate string melodies, and an insatiable desire for “groove”. They deliver powerful live performances, marked by a dynamic spectrum of style, emotion, and sound.
Songwriters and founding members Michael Day and Sean Lemkey sowed the seeds of the project while recording their own solo material with a common producer, Patrick Giguere. The pair spent countless hours workshopping songs in various basements, sharing a passion for the detail and depth of musical composition. Soon thereafter, drummer and percussionist Erik Lindblad and bassist Greg Ganci came aboard, bringing with them a keen sense of feel and rhythmic musicality.
As the name might suggest, the band’s songs seek to evoke an atmosphere reminiscent of the range of feelings experienced being in the great outdoors – the serenity, clarity, and simplicity, juxtaposed with the volatility, immensity, and mystery of nature. The writing strives to balance raw personal testimony with the universal human experience, interweaving heady themes with familiar and catchy melodic ideas. The wide scope of instrumentation helps to express these themes, which ranges from acoustic guitar, banjo, electric guitar, bass, and various percussion and drum arrangements.
“Among the Acres” can be found performing all over Connecticut and the greater New England area, playing everywhere from local breweries, to festivals, and of course seizing any opportunity to play outside! They have recently been interviewed and featured in the Hartford Courant and have a loyal local following.
Among the Acres is sure to appeal to a wide range of listeners and bring a memorable performance wherever the road takes them!