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Alternate Routes w/s/g Gracie Day and The Knights

Infinity Hartford


Sat, September 16, 2017
Hartford, CT
Show at 8 PM

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Alternate Routes w/s/g Gracie Day and The Knights

Come enjoy a night of incredible folk and roots rock here in Hartford. Alternate Routes have been wowing audiences for over a decade, and have had songs featured in the Sochi Winter Olympics as well as NCIS. Joining them for the evening is local folk rock stars Gracie Day and the Knights. 2017 New England Music Award: Best New Act and Gracie is an Infinity Hall Hartford employee as well! Intimate show for an intimate setting, see you there!

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Artist Bio

The Alternate Routes are the band that helped us to remember “we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.” Now they’re back with a new single, “Safe Haven”—a love song that uses real life as its backdrop.


“Nothing More” propelled the band into new ears and new heights, having been featured prominently in the 2014 Winter Olympics, on NCIS, and in a partnership with TOMS shoes. It was followed up with "Somewhere in America," a poignant and personal conversation about gun violence that earned the band a 2016 Independent Music Award and a visit to the White House.


“Safe Haven” continues the socially-conscious, no-hold-barred examination on modern living that the band has increasingly embraced. It reflects an evolution and maturity that results from sticking together and trying new things, musically and lyrically, for over a decade.


“Sitting down with someone you love and trying to convince them, and yourself, to keep pushing forward, to face your fears and stay strong, is a sentiment that I hope many people can relate to,” says guitarist, Eric Donnelly.


"Safe Haven" was self-produced by Donnelly, drummer and engineer Kurt Leon, and singer Tim Warren, a sonic departure from previous efforts that highlights the use of the recording studio itself as an instrument. It was mixed by fellow Bridgeport, Connecticut native Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, The Swell Season).


The Alternate Routes first burst onto the scene in 2005 with their breakthrough album Good and Reckless and True. They released several albums on Vanguard Records and on their own, toured extensively, and relentlessly refined their craft. They have collaborated with such seemingly disparate artists as singer-songwriter Patti Griffin, director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), and guitarist Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket. They’ve performed on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and have been repeat guests on NPR’s “Mountain Stage.”


The core lineup of the Alternate Routes is:


Tim Warren (vocals)

Eric Donnelly (guitar)

Kurt Leon (drums)

Ian Tait (bass)

Taryn Chory (vocals)

Gracie Day

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Singing was always a sacred, private part of my life that I didn't share. I remember distinctly in sixth grade, my brother left for high school at 7am, which happened to be the same time that my parents left for work. However, MY bus didn't arrive until 8:30...  

My mom would kiss me goodbye, and I would feign grumpiness and roll over to resume sleep, but the second I heard the garage door close, I'd bolt out of bed, get ready for school as quickly as possible, and spend the next hour listening to music and singing in the kitchen.

It was a Motown box-set that captured my obsessive side at the time. My mom had given it to me as a random present - perhaps to wean me off the pop radio music I played repetitively. I often cite this gift as crucial in forming my overall music taste, and while I'm still retrospectively grateful, I recognize and appreciate the fact that this move was also self-serving on my mom's part. One can only hear an 'NSync record so many times. (Or so I assume. Dirrrty pop! Just can't stop!)

But before Motown, Christina, Mariah and 'NSync even made it to my ears, my heart belonged to folk music and 70's rock. It was less by choice, more by birth, but hey, it fit. My dad's music taste was such a soundtrack to my formative years, that as a two-year old, I thought my dad was James Taylor. Because he used to play his songs on guitar around the house, my mom said that once, on the way to pre-school, I heard James Taylor playing on the radio and I shouted, "Hey, it's Daddy!" **

I remember being so fascinated with the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkle, it was like magic to me. Then again, music is magic to me. It will never cease to be, despite what I learn about music theory. On long car rides as an 8-year-old, I’d listen over and over again to Sheryl Crow’s first two albums thinking, “How? Just How?” Pain, struggle, and story transformed into beauty is alchemy. However, at 8-years-old, I didn’t yet understand pain and emotional turmoil - that didn’t hit until after the Motown phase. 

If you’re still with me, you can see how easily I use music to mark milestones and moments in my life, a tendency I doubt is uncommon. The ability of a song to transport you to an exact time and place is a cliché at this point, but that doesn’t make it any less true or powerful. I still have a mix-CD (remember those? Anyone?) from a boyfriend in high school and you can bet your mp3s I know every word.

I met a folk musician early this summer who had been traveling on the road. She was writing and drawing intently in her notebook when she peaked my interest at a bar. After I discovered she was a musician too and I listened to her songs, I heard the influence of Conor Oberst immediately. Oberst used to be hailed as the next Bob Dylan. I’m not a fan of comparisons in general, but Oberst was my Dylan. He spoke to my generation of disillusioned, lost, America-centric, institutionalized teenagers raised by the idealistic generation Dylan spoke to. There is definitely a kinship I feel between another Bright Eyes (his band) fan because if that young, angsty way with words and lyrics touched you at all, it touched you a lot.

Obert’s lyricism hit upon my other passion hard – writing. My struggles as a teenager had me devouring music and getting lost in books. It was only the way to cope, to not feel alone, to not hate myself, to escape my existence. At this time, my Ipod was filled with Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Smashing Pumpkins, Azure Ray, Nick Drake, Death Cab for Cutie, Of Montreal, Ingrid Michaelson, Modest Mouse, Kate Nash, Radiohead, Regina Spektor… etc. At night, I would teach myself guitar while everyone was asleep, easing my troubles by singing and experiencing life through another’s words.  **

I had written poetry since third grade, but it wasn’t until I got my heart broken that I started to blend together my two passions – singing and writing.  It was even longer until I got confident, happy and healthy enough to start playing in public, just a few years ago. The response has been amazing and I’m so grateful everyday for the people who support, inspire and indulge me. My dream with music is to give people a happy escape or a happiness enhancer, or a sad song to relate and release to, or anything close to a fraction of what music has done for me. Thank you all for listening. Love to all! And please, follow your bliss.


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