Gerry Arias is a singer-songwriter from Sussex County, New Jersey with strong family roots in Costa Rica. See Gerry live in support of his latest release, "On Holiday." Available on all major streams and directly on Bandcamp. The following are "On Holiday" 2022 Tour Dates:
A Brief Biography
1991-2006: As a percussionist, Gerry has traveled, performed and or recorded with many great artists including Natalie Merchant (10, 000 Maniacs), Sting (The Police), Dina Regine (first two solo records), Johnny Cuomo (Ireland, VOT) and Los Mas Valientes (Female heavy Newyorican Latin Jazz). Gerry has played every big room in NYC: CBGB's, The Continental, Don Hill's, The Kat Club, Knitting Factory, Bowery Ballroom, Bowery Electric...many of these classic clubs no longer exist. These days you can catch Gerry live in NYC at The Hard Swallow dive bar in the Lower East Side on Tuesday Night: "Frank Wood Presents: Gritty Tuesdays." Gerry has also performed at Jones Beach Theatre and the PNC Arts Centers on timbales with Natalie Merchant.
2007-2011: Gerry was also the house drummer at the world renowned Showplace Studios in Dover, New Jersey during the original launch of American Showplace Records and he is featured on many recordings with the up & coming artists of that time. During this tenure, Gerry also recorded three albums with Grammy Award winning producer Ben Elliot at Showplace Studios under the Brother Earth moniker that featured Andre Worrell, the lead singer of Mephiskapheles, on bass, and Monk Americana (Band Droidz, The Veldt) on Electric Guitar, and Therlin "Money Earnin" V. James on Electric Guitar (after Monk went on tour with The Veldt). Gerry composed the majority on these tunes and sang live while playing drums. You can hear Brother Earth's music on all major streams. Look for the Albums, "The Mixed Signals" and "Lost & Found" to make sure it's the right band.
2011-2020: Family Life. Accomplishments in Education: STEM/FAPA & Esports. Return to music.
2020-2021: During the pandemic Gerry grew exhausted of working indoors (18 hours of screen time per day) and he began performing again in outdoor concerts (cold, rain or shine) at the Get Juiced Bar in Sussex Borough as a solo acoustic act. Ultimately he was joined by upstate New York drummer Hektor Bee who is a well regarded percussionist himself. Together they formed a duo called Sabbados and played a lot of shows in Woodstock, NY and the tristate area, including an appearance at the first Latin Punk Festival held in Philadelphia, PA. During the winter of 2021 the Covid surge had most folks go back indoors, but Gerry still played gigs in NYC at The Hard Swallow as a "Solo Sabbados Set." He also began recording new songs in 2021 at The Creamery Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Gerry grew up in Cypress Hills Brooklyn and felt connected to the atmosphere and the engineering style of Quinn McCartney. Their collaboration produced interpretations of "American Girl" by Tom Petty and "Working Class Hero" by John Lennon.
2022: With the recording bug fully embedded, and several solo appearances later, Gerry embarked on a musical journey. In April of 2022, Gerry visited the West Coast of Ireland to record two new songs.
"On Holiday" was mixed and engineered by Robert Wedgbury at Wild Way Recording in Moughna, Ireland and "Jane S. Paddy" was mixed and engineered by Quentin Cowper of Violvetine. Quentin also played acoustic guitar and slide, and the song features a haunting performance by Neil Fitz on Fiddle. Both songs feature Brian Flemming on Irish bodhran & Latin Percussion. Next was Costa Rica, where Gerry recorded "You and I." For more track information on these songs and more, visit Gerry's Bandcamp page. At Bandcamp, artists get paid directly for any music that is purchased through download, gift, and donations.
This summer, with the help of his partner, promoter, and percussionist (Coach) Maria German, Gerry played 23 shows in July, and August. They traveled as far down as South Carolina and look forward to heading back "on the road again" soon. You can catch "MGA" within the Sussex County region as regular performers for top clients like: The Dimmick Inn, Milford, PA; The Mountain House Tavern, Branchville, NJ; The Hard Swallow, NYC; The Greeks, Andover, NJ, Station Bar and Curio, Woodstock, NY; and Krogh's in Sparta, NJ.
No show too big or small, we plays them all:)