What's your hometown(s) and how long has the group been in Savannah?
Omingnome was formed by four very gnomish beings who met by fate in Savannah around October 2012, beneath the ancient moon.
Guitarist Tyler Cutitta moved to Savannah after spending three years in Brooklyn, where he ran a DIY music venue, recording/production studio and founded several Brooklyn-based bands. He was told there was a singer in town who was looking for help from a producer and that was Melissa Hagerty.
Melissa has lived in Savannah for seven years, graduating from SCAD as an illustration major, and has been creating visual and performance art and been in several musical projects, including Savannah's own eight-piece Word of Mouth. The two immediately fell for each other and formed the duo YonahBug, writing, recording and performing.
All the while, bassist Tony Bavaro, who happened to move to Savannah from Massachusetts almost on the exact same day as Tyler, began performing improvised madness at local open mic and jam nights around town with Tyler, Melissa and drummer Eric Braun.
Eric has lived in Savannah for several years and is currently finishing up his last semester at SCAD as a visual effects major.
Before the four even considered themselves a band, they were asked to play several shows after people witnessed their on-stage chemistry and unique sound at the improv nights. By December 21, Omingome was officially formed.
Some of your influences?
Omingnome's musical influences come from many nearly inhuman and near-human lifeforms. From '70s musical wizards Gong and Frank Zappa to crickets, cicadas, screech owls, Bjork, Syd Barret, Pink Floyd, the sound of a rabbit's ears cutting through the wind, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendix, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, tree frogs, Erykah Badu, The Doors, The Beatles, Santana ...
We love the classics, the innovators, the shapers and limit pushers.
Your sound in three words.
Funky, psychedelic, jazz, aka outer space, forest, soul.
What are some of your favorite Savannah venues to perform at and why?
Some of our favorite venues in Savannah include Southern Pine Company, The Wormhole, The Jinx, Anahata Healing Arts Center and every living room or space in someone's home that has been also used as a music venue.
As far as traditional venues, The Jinx and The Wormhole are helping Savannah become a favorite destination for touring bands, with their big beautiful stages and professional stage lighting.
The Jinx has a prime location, books out-of-state talent and lets it ring out into the ears of tourists as they walk by.
How can you not love The Wormhole? Best sound in town, located in what is perhaps one of the future epicenters of Savannah's local art and music scene. Upon walking inside, you usually lose track of all time and space, as its name suggests.
Both Wormhole and Jinx open their doors to more than just music and operate their stage with comedy, burlesque and host weekly events that keep the scene going, like Hip Hop night at The Jinx and Wormhole's open mic nights.
Anahata is a great venue because of how untraditional it is.
At Anahata, we have been involved with several performance art pieces, from Melissa's vision of ConeArtists to even performing the music of the planets in Jorge Balanos's Journey Through Outer Space. Anahata is becoming more musical and is the most open-minded venue to any type of performance or expression (not to mention their very fair system of payment).
It is one of the most peaceful places in Savannah and feels like a second home to anyone who enters.
Southern Pine Company has been our favorite venue to play. It is home to a thriving and ever-expanding community of artists, minds and visions collaborating and looking toward the future of Savannah. There is even a real-life fairy making sure everyone is happy and progressing. Some of the gnomes have gotten very involved with the great momentum at Southern Pine, which includes forming a non-alcoholic, all-ages music venue, which will be more of a community center for people from all walks of life. An all-ages venue is desperately needed in Savannah.
Also taking flight is the Savannah Bazaar, a monthly event focused on letting artists sell their unique goods at tables. The vending price at just $20 for the day allows many young artists to realize their value and potential. This event is creating a beautiful, collaborative camaraderie of artists, poets, craftsmen, health advocates and more. It is a haven for the local music scene, and the vision is to have both local and touring musicians performing and earning a fair monetary payment at each bazaar.
We believe in our local community of creative minds, and want to work toward keeping the musicians and artists in Savannah by allowing them to survive monetarily. The term "starving artist" is outdated, and with the abundance the earth provides for us, there is no need for anyone to be starving anymore. A community that supports each other and recognizes value in one another is one creating local movements, and therefore allowing it to ripple out toward the rest of the world.
We also hope to bring more talent into Savannah and make it more of an art destination, not only for the historic tourism, but for its innovative, thriving culture!
What's in the future?
The future is now, and we have added a wonderful member to the Omingnome experience known as Simon Ross of Planetary Projections. Simon is truly a wizard - what he does with color and light is mind-blowing, and we could not be happier to have him joining us not only on local shows but also on the road and beyond.
... We are starting to book Omingnome at some music festivals around the country and we see a long tour and several mini tours between now and this time next year. We have an album coming out soon known as "Dance of the Enchanted Fetus." We see walks on the beach, sun gazing, yoga, foraging, mountain hikes, dips in swimming holes and new friendships formed around the globe approaching.
Individually, the gnomes are teaming up with various community projects and groups aimed at bettering Savannah as a whole, including the Savannah Bazaar, the magic at Southern Pine Company, The Green Economy Summit, OccuGardens, more Marches Against Monsanto, more community building with Anahata, hopefully bringing Food Not Bombs! to Savannah and keeping the tradition of Dance for Peace alive with local hugging fairy and bringer of joy, Malcolm Love Randall.
Anything else to add?
We are all so happy to be in Savannah right now. We plan on Savannah always being our home base, and we hope we can help make this community grow, not only for artists and musicians, but for everyone who calls this uniquely beautiful, historic, creative, mossy, ball of love home.