On Wednesday, May 30th, The Blue Grotto played host to the Juno award winning blues band Monkeyjunk. The band, hailing from Ottawa, was touring in celebration of their tenth year together as a band, and their second Juno, this one for their latest album, Time to Roll.
Made up of vocalist, bassist and blues harpist Steve Marriner, guitarist Tony D and drummer Matt Sobb, the band played music from across their four albums. By their fourth song, the title track to Time to Roll, the dance floor at the Grotto had filled up, and they kept it full through their whole set.
The entire band was revved up for the evening, but guitarist Tony D was especially great, soloing without effort through ever song. Marriner had a unique set up, singing into one mic, and playing the harp into another with a special custom set up. Sobb even took the reigns as lead vocalist on a couple of songs.
After an intermission, the band tore through David Wilcox’s “Hot Hot Papa”, and a few slower ballads, before finishing up with an epic drum solo from Sobb, and a long harmonica solo from Marriner, which saw him wandering out into the crowd like Buddy Guy.
The concert was co-sponsored by CFBX. About 50 people came out to see the concert. If you missed Monkeyjunk, they’ll be back in the area for the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, August 16-19th in Salmon Arm.
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