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MonkeyJunk

Jan 19th 2018 @ Wilbert's Food & Music

Cleveland, OH
I Was There
Friday, January 19th, 2018
9:00 PM
Wilbert's Food & Music
812 Huron Road East, Cleveland, OH 44115
Monkey Junk BioSince 2008, the name MonkeyJunk has been synonymous with the emergence of a new kind ofblues on the Canadian and international scenes. Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genrelines, the Ottawa Ontario-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampyblues & rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics. Their fifth Stony Plain Recordsrelease, Time To Roll is unique in that it incorporates elements of all four of their previous recordingswith added maturity in songwriting and instrumentation, cementing MonkeyJunk’s originality andsound as its own.Steve Marriner, the trio’s vocalist, baritone guitarist, harmonica and organ player, was well known as the ‘go-to’ guy as a producer, sideman and session player. He’s also toured the world performingalongside Harry Manx. Steve is also the consummate musical networker and stage guest havingbeen invited to join many artists in concert such as Randy Bachman, Colin James and Big Sugar. Atthe age of nineteen, lead guitarist Tony D performed for three nights in Buddy Guy’s band. In 1982, he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn. These events helped propel him into a long-standing career withhis own popular project, The Tony D Band. He has also toured with some of this country’s greatestmusicians, including the late Dutch Mason. Before MonkeyJunk, drummer and percussionist Matt Sobb 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 asKim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Jeff Healey and Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings,Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond), The Tony D Band, his brother’s band Marty Sobb and The Mobbamong many others. MonkeyJunk has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two CanadianIndependent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for aJUNO Award, winning the award for Blues Album of the Year in 2012