If you like the Gas House Gorillas, Frank Cursio and Chris Percuoco think you’ll go bananas for Gorillas On The Loose.
Cursio, 53 and Percuoco, 50, comprise the acoustic duo, an offshoot of the Gas House Gorillas. From New Jersey and Pennsylvania respectively, Cursio and Percuoco both currently live in Port Charlotte.
“I moved here nine years ago to get out of the cold,” laughed Cursio, adding Percuoco did the same. “I’ve been playing the guitar for about 40 years now. Chris and I formed the duo about two years ago. We work our gigs around our Gas House Gorillas appearances. They play on weekends and we play during the week. Chris and I looked at it as an opportunity to perform different songs that we wouldn’t necessarily do with the other band, which is basically a dance rock band.”
Cursio added the music that has most influenced him comes from Van Halen, R&B music from the ’60s and ’70s, classical music and jazz.
“Gorillas On The Loose plays the Beatles and Maroon 5 and everything in between,” he said. “We do it all, from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000s and beyond. We play a wide range of rock and pop music. All covers. We have backing tracks that play the drums and bass while we front with our guitars and sing. It’s a big, full sound. It sounds like a whole band.”
Cursio added he and his partner aren’t big talkers during their sets. They’re all about the music.
“It’s nonstop tunes with us,” he laughed. “We play a lot of songs like a big, live juke box.”
Gorillas On The Loose will play Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 25, and Dean’s South of the Border in Punta Gorda from 8 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 27.
For more information about the duo and a full schedule of upcoming gigs, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Gorillas-On-The-Loose- 103654406810773.