UrbanAcoustic’s founders, Terry Meigel and Joe August, are long-time friends and long-time musicians. They’ve performed together literally hundreds of times, from local acoustic gigs, to Long Island’s hottest clubs (Mulcahy’s, CPI, Claudio’s), and in New York City’s most renowned music venues (The Bitter End, The Wetlands, and CBGBs). The two front men bring an enormous amount of enthusiasm to the music. On stage, their experience together is marked by strong vocals, rich harmonies, a diverse library of solid material, and their unique and complimentary guitar work.
The acoustic/electric duo teamed up with Mike Eklund on percussion. Mike and Joe were former band-mates in the popular Long Island Omnipop band, Funhouse. Mike is clearly the smartest and most talented percussionist on the planet. The choices he makes behind the kit are always so fitting to the music and the current mood. He’s added so much to the band’s sound. But no one quite knows how he makes it sound as if there are 3 people on percussion.
In April 2009, the band lucked out when they found Arron Dicesare through Craig’s List. Arron on bass guitar turned out to be the perfect addition to the band. His attention to detail and outstanding musical choices re-shaped their sound over the past year.
In January 2012, Terry Meigel leaves the band to pursue other personal goals. We’ll miss you both on and off the stage brother! Thanks for bringing us to the great phase we’re in now!
After some soul searching the band decides to keep on and lucks out in finding super talented Mike Roberts to join them on lead guitar. Mike brings a big sound on guitar and is a sure fit both musically and personally. We’re looking forward to kicking it UA style with you Mike!
In April 2016, after a two year break for UA and a four year respite for Terry Meigel, the UA core is back together again!
This four-piece has unbelievable chemistry both on and off the stage. Great friendships have evolved from the music they share which makes the task of making music itself a cinch. Four-minds, one sound!
UrbanAcoustic has captured something quite distinct by combining an unplugged feel with a full band sound. Strong musicianship, intense energy, a diverse repertoire, unique sound, and professional attitudes allow UrbanAcoustic to fit into any situation.