SHELTON, Conn. — The Alpaca Gnomes are returning to the stage this weekend for the Soupstock Music and Arts Festival in Shelton — a first since the April death of their beloved bass player.
"We have been quiet around these parts since we lost our dear friend and bandmate, Martin "Marty" Van Buren Amidon IX," the band said in a Facebook post. "Marty is truly irreplaceable in music and in life."
Amidon, 37, died in a motorcycle crash near his home in Newtown on April 18.
The band is calling on two friends to fill that void as it returns to performing this summer.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., the Alpaca Gnomes will be part of the lineup at the Soupstock Music and Arts Festival in Shelton. (Click here for more info.)
"Soupstock is a family fun event that we have been a part of for many years, and we hope you can make a this a part of your weekend," the band said.
"Our friends Joe Ballaro and Denny Peterson will be our special guests throughout the summer and handling the bass duties," the Alpaca Gnomes said. "Both of these guys have shared the stage with Marty in the past, and we are grateful to have them aboard when their schedules allow. We will continue to give our all spreading our love of music and trying to bring smiles to your faces."
The Alpaca Gnomes promised to honor Amidon through their music. Fans can support his family through donations sent to: Marty's Bass, P.O. Box 665, Newtown, CT 06470.
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