- Wed. Oct. 17th 2018
- Location: The Belleville Club
- Show starts: 07:00 pm
- Doors open: 06:30 pm
- Capacity: 90
- Tickets: Starting at $30 pp (HST Included)
MONKEYJUNK! (2XÂ Juno Award Winners & 20+ Maple Blues Awards)
Southside Productions is very proud to be bringing Monkeyjunk back to downtown Belleville by popular demand after in incredible sold out show 2 years ago at San Souci.Â This time we are bringing them to the Belleville club for a very intimate show on their 10th Anniversary Tour!
âThe name MonkeyJunk comes from Son House, who once said âIâm talking about the blues, I ainât talking âbout no monkeyjunk.â But I am going to talk about MonkeyJunk â they are brilliant and have produced one of the best albums I have heard in a long timeâ¦; Ten tracks that prove that this Canadian band is here to stay. And as Son House would have said if he had seen these boys: âIâm talking âbout the blues, Iâm talking about MonkeyJunk!'â â Bob Boncey, Blues Matters (UK)
âThe Sultans of Swamp R&Bâ â William Shatner
âMonkeyJunk are keeping the spirits of Muddy Waters and the other roots giants alive with their own unique brand of music. Check it out â you wonât be disappointed.â â David Wilcox
âLoved your CD, some really cool tunes â It is one I find myself listening to over and over againâ â Ritchie Hayward, Little Feat
âBlues, raw and different.â â Star Trek captain/Canadian actor/musician Bruce Greenwood
For over eight years, the name MonkeyJunk has been synonymous with the emergence of a new kind of blues on the Canadian and international scenes. Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampy blues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics. Their fifth Stony Plain Records release,Â TimeÂ To RollÂ is unique in that it incorporates elements of all four of their previous recordings with added maturity in songwriting and instrumentation, cementing MonkeyJunkâs originality and sound as its own.
As one of the hardest working bands on the scene today, these Canadian ambassadors of blues/rock are constantly working to up their game in terms of songwriting and musicianship, with the results being evident onÂ Time To Roll. In just over a year since the release of their seminal recordingÂ Mood Turn Red, MonkeyJunk has delivered 10 top-notch tracks that are consistent with the quality and passionate delivery they are known for.Â âWe wanted to push ourselves to work hard and to work efficiently and focused â to see what we could come up with in a shorter period of time. The result is a brash, groovy as always collection of songs that show where the band has been and where we have arrived in eight and a half years of writing, recording and touringâ, says drummerÂ Matt Sobb.
Time To RollÂ was recorded at Signal Path Studios in Almonte, Ontario and mixed and mastered in just over two weeks spanning across two months. On the writing and recording process,Â Steve MarrinerÂ comments,Â âI believe we captured a more raw side of MonkeyJunk. We wrote the tunes pretty quickly and didnât do a lot of second-guessing.â
Heading back to their blues roots and drawing on inspiration the runs from John Lee Hooker and Lightninâ Hopkins to J.J. Grey & Mofo and The Meters,Â Time To RollÂ is heavy on groovy riffs, solid backbeat & topped with Marrinerâs soulful and fervent vocals.Â Time To RollÂ is also unique and progressive for the band, as theyâve added electric bass on most of the songs. No MonkeyJunk recording to date has included bass, but they felt that it would be a welcome addition to MonkeyJunkâs sound.
From flat-out blues-infused rockers such as âBest Kept Secretâ, âThe Hunterâ (a cover of the classic by Albert King), and âUndertaker Bluesâ, to the moody and melodic âBlue Lights Go Downâ (co-written by Tom Wilson of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Lee Harvey Osmond) and raucous Southern rock inspired âTime To Rollâ, âCanât Call You Babyâ & âGoneâ to the funky and soulful âPray For Rainâ & instrumental âFuzzy Poodleâ.
Steve Marriner, the trioâs vocalist, baritone guitarist, harmonica and organ player, was well known as the âgo-toâ guy as a producer, sideman and session player. Heâs also toured the world performing alongside Harry Manx. Steve is also the consummate musical networker and stage guest having been invited to join many artists in concert such as Randy Bachman, Colin James and Big Sugar. At the age of nineteen, lead guitaristÂ Tony DÂ performed for three nights in Buddy Guyâs band. In 1982, he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn. These events helped propel him into a long-standing career with his own popular project, The Tony D Band. He has also toured with some of this countryâs greatest musicians, including the late Dutch Mason. Before MonkeyJunk, drummer and percussionistÂ Matt SobbÂ was a very busy session drummer around Ottawa and has backed up several regional, national and international artists live on stage, touring and in studio over the last 25 years such as Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Jeff Healey and Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond), The Tony D Band, his brotherâs band Marty Sobb and The Mobb among many others. MonkeyJunk has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, winning the award for Blues Album of the Year in 2012.
The Belleville Club in downtown Belleville is the place to be on Wednesday Oct 17th. Purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. A limited amount of Discounted earlybird tickets are available while quantities last. Tickets are $30 (hst included) for earlybird and $35 (hst included) for advanced up until the night of the show. Tickets at the door will be $40 (hst included) if any are available. Ticket locations at The Belleville Club (210 Pinnacle St Downtown) & (844) 775-9816 (open 7 days a week) at the corner of Dundas and Pinnacle Streets.
Genre: Rock, Blues, Roots, Funk, etc.
Bands Influences: The Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks (Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks), Albert King, Booker T & The MG's, North Mississippi Allstars, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Gov't Mule, Jimi Hendrix & many more.
Steve Marriner (Guitar/Harmonica/Lead Vocals)Â
Tony D (Guitar/Vocals)
Matt Sobb (Drums/Vocals)