The award-winning trio MonkeyJunk is a band rooted in the sounds of swampy soul, dirty blues and rock ’n’ roll.
Named after a phrase by American blues legend Son House, “I’m talkin’ ‘bout the blues now, I ain’t talkin’ about monkey junk!”, these fearless musical journeymen from Ottawa will be bringing their fierce live show to Lorenzo’s Cafe in Ashton Creek, east of Enderby, Friday, April 24.
With Tony D on lead guitar, Steve Marriner on vocals, baritone guitar and harmonica, and Matt Sobb on drums, this band of road warriors formed in 2008.In just seven years, MonkeyJunk has earned a sterling reputation in the music industry, both in Canada and abroad, by having been nominated and winning awards from the Junos, Canadian Independent Music Awards, and 20 Maple Blues Awards.
They also join the late Jeff Healey in being one of only two Canadian acts to have ever won Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards) in Memphis, Tenn.
With three critically-acclaimed albums to their credit, MonkeyJunk continues to create powerful, original music while exploring and destroying musical boundaries as evidenced by the unique and raw sound of their latest release All Frequencies.
“They are brilliant and have produced one of the best albums I have heard in a long time…” reads a review in Blues Matters, U.K. 2013.
MonkeyJunk is currently working on its next album, which will be released in fall 2015, and features guest performances by Canadian rock legends David Wilcox and Big Sugar frontman Gordie Johnson.
They continue to entertain their faithful “MonkeyJunkies” with a relentless, international tour schedule and have appeared at many prestigious festivals including the Edmonton Folk Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Le Buis Blues Festival (France), and have had sold out venues in Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria and Sweden.
Following the date at Lorenzo’s, MonkeyJunk will be heading to Kelowna for a performance at Mission Hall Saturday, April 25.
The show at Lorenzo’s, 901 Mabel Lake Rd., starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and cover is $20 at the door. Call 250-838-6700 for reservations.