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Alligator Wine / Bio

Alligator Wine was formed in the winter of 2010 and is made up of an all-star cast of characters from Lowell, MA. The intention of this outfit is to re-interpret the music of the Grateful Dead and apply our signature to the music that has so inspired us all over the years. Each member of the project has been an active member of the Lowell music scene for many, many moons. First up is Lowell's best kept secret, Matt Siopes, who rocks the rhythm guitar and will take most of the lead vocal responsibilities. Matt is a local open-mic legend and it's high time he takes his immense vocal prowess outside the confines of this humble blue-collar town. Also, on lead vocals and rhythm guitar is Chad Verbeck from the band Rockspring. Chad's solid rhythm playing and trustworthy vocals make him a solid addition to the band's ever-diversifying sound. Gil Feeney will fill the enormous shoes of lead guitar duties. Another unsung hero from the bowels the Mill City, Gil's ever-original approach to lead guitar is sure not to disappoint even the most devout of Jerry-purists. Next up is Lee Sullivan on the keyboards. He comes to Alligator Wine via the wildly eclectic Lowell band Electric Donkey. If you've been fortunate enough to catch the Donk play live you know that innovation and originality are not hard to come by. A beautifully moody player of the instrument, Lee will lull you to sleep one minute and kick your ass the next. On the bass guitar is Mr. Sparky Warsnip, a founding member of the band Kweejeebo. This highly progressive, instrumental jazz fusion band rocked the Lowell music scene steady for nearly 10 years and they still get together a few times a year per demand of their legions of loyal fans. Look for Sparky to droppin' all kinds of bombs-on-yo-moms when this crew hits the road. Also, borrowed from the band Kweejeebo is John Normandin on the drums. Whether ripping on jazz fusion, holding it down with the blues, or wailing out on an open ended jam, John's sharp technical playing has never ceased to amaze audiences over the years. Finally, joining forces with John on drums and percussion, Mike Dion will be taking on the duties of the 2nd drummer./percussionist. Mike was a founding member of the nationally recognized string band Hot Day at the Zoo and now he focuses most of his time on his original project Daemon Chili. What the hell is he doing playing drums in a Dead cover band, you ask? Just living the dream is all! As the band prepares to turn 4 years old, keep any eye out for Alligator Wine to be coming to a town near you. It's always a party.

General Info

Band Members
Matt Siopes - rhythm guitar & vocals Gil Feeney - lead guitar, Sparky Warsnip - bass, Lee Sullivan - keyboards. Mike Dion - drums, John Normandin - drums
Artist Name
Alligator Wine
Home Page
Rock / Grateful Dead / Tribute

Contact Info

Lowell, MA