4.1 Who's that guy with the guitar?
Most likely, if it's moe. related, it's Al Schneir. Al has been known, on occasion, to play solo
acoustic sets. These sets are very informal, often with Al telling stories in between songs.
4.3 Merry Danksters.
The Merry Dankster tour consisted of evenings of acoustic music and solo performances. It
Jim Loughlin (moe., Yolk), Jim Lomonaco (Yolk) & Chris Noel
Peter Prince (Moon Boot Lover)
Max Verna (Ominous Seapods), Tom Pirozzi (Ominous Seapods)
Al Schneir (moe.)
Chuck Garvey (moe.), Dave Rauch (Acoustic Forum) & David Gans
Also featured throughout the tour were members of Strangefolk, Illuminati and
Some of the Merry Danksters reunited for the Merry Dankster II tour in December 1997.
4.4 Sonic Garden.
Sonic Garden is a Buffalo based band of primarily Grateful Dead covers. Before Vinnie Amico came
to play drums for moe., he played with Sonic Garden. On August 22 & 23, 1997, Vinnie reunited
with Sonic Garden, bringing with him guitarist Al Schneir, for a two-day tribute to the Dead.
Vinnie can still be caught performing with the band every now and again.
4.5 The Transamericans.
January 1999 saw Al with a nomadic group known at the Transamericans first time. Playing with
Ted Marotta (Ominous Seapods) - drums, vocals
Jim Loughlin (moe., Yolk) - bass, vocals
Kirk (freebeer&chicken) - keys, harp, banjo, vocals
Rolf Witt (Danksters, Sonic Garden) - mando, fiddle, guitar
4.6 Acoustic Forum.
A project of Vinnie's including:
Vinnie Amico (moe.) - Drums
Rolf Witt (Merry Danksters) - Fiddle, mandolin, Guitar
Dave Ruch (Merry Danksters) - Mandolin, Guitar
John Yakovou (Sonic Garden) - Guitar
Billy Contable (Doug Dillard Band, Hypnotic Clambake) - Banjo
Elliot Tyler - Bass