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MonkeyJunk break out the funk for the Geomatic Attic

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The German Canadian Club was packed to the rafters literally for the Geomatic Attic’s Rockabilly and blues and dance party, Thursday, March 30 featuring Peter and the Wolves and MonkeyJunk.


 The show, which began at 8 p.m. was well underway by the time I arrived so I missed another great  Peter and the Wolves show, I caught them on March 24.

 But I was in time for MonkeyJunk to launch into “Time To Roll,” the title track off their last album.


MonkeyJunk playing  the German Canadian Club, March 30. Photo by Richard Amery

 Every chair on the floor as we well as every foot of the dance floor was occupied as were most of the seats in the balcony.

The  Ottawa trio including baritone guitarist/ harp player and singer Steve Marriner, lead guitarist Tony D and drummer Matt Sobb are always a good time and this show was no exception.


 They had 15 years of music to draw from as they are touring in celebration of their  15th anniversary. They were mostly playing older material.


But they played their  brand new single “ Shotgun Love” came early in the set. it  is a blustering  blues rocker, which recalls the funky riff of Living Color’s “ Cult of Personality.”


 They added a tasty, funky sauce and a dash of R and B to a triple helping of the blues, which had the dance floor seething with energy.


They went back to their 2015  album “Moon Turn Red for  “ Small Town Evil” and “ Show Me Yours,” which brought the funk to the forefront.


Marriner belted out powerful tenor vocals. Tony D supplied searing slide guitar solos and Matt Sobb set down an unstoppable groove.


 They turned blues classic “Tiger in Your Tank,” on its head, and from their  2014 album of the same name“ Small Time Evil.”


 They played a lot of hot, heavy, sweaty and funky riffs  guaranteed to get the crowd moving.


They wound down their show with solo spots. After Marriner shone with a harp solo and Tony D showed his favourite slide guitar chops, they segued into a hot cover of Big Sugar’s “Digging a Hole.”


Around 10:30 p.m. They wound up their set with “Light it Up” from their 2015 “ Moon Turn Red” album.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 March 2023 15:49 )  
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