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The Patchwork Monkey amuses, offends, beatifies, seduces, charms, and grooves you.  We also have t-shirts now.  

Welcome, and thank you for visiting our website! Our merry band compulsively entertains, impulsively flinging tunes with ardor and abandon.  We play bawdy blues, funky tunes, torchy jazz, rollicking rock, edgy folk, precious metal, post-grunge lounge, and apocolyptic pop.  Please peruse our audio, video, lyrical, and monkey content at your leisure, and be sure to attend a Patchwork Monkey show near you to experience our Kozmic uniqueness with all 11 of your senses...


 

 

Patchwork Monkey

Patchwork Monkey is a female fronted band grounded in blues and expanding its sound with funky tunes, torchy jazz, rollicking rock, edgy folk, precious metal, post-grunge lounge, and apocolyptic pop.   While borrowing from sources as diverse as Bach, Arabic Maqa'am, and 1930s classic blues, the band is edgy, bawdy and whimsical.

The band's 5 members feature the lovely Rebecca Sites's vocals, the deft piano of Blake Gilmore and the sweet guitar work of Alec Stanley, with Josh "Doogie" Venden delivering the groovy bass (upright and electric) and Mr. Larry Allen beating on drums with sticks.  

They have been swinging around the wilds of Madison Wisconsin since 2005, in various incarnations.  Patchwork Monkey puts on a visual spectacle when they play live ... transforming any stage into a sanctuary for stuffed monkeys that are concealed and revealed with the pulsing and spinning of the stage lights.  The light-hearted and joyful performances belie the dark subject matter of death... and pain.  Of course, the sexy songs are cheerful. And people dance to it, so it's cool. From the guaranteed to grab your attention vocals, to the intricate interplay between the band, to whimsical staging, Patchwork Monkey is going to woo and entertain you...

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 "Patchwork Monkey," whose members number 5 or so, is busy making original music about angels and aliens and love and muck and your mama.  Their CD, entitled "Titanic Quartet" is due out , you know, when it happens.

 

Rebecca Sites, simian chanteuse, beguiles the audience with primordial vocals.  This is her:


 

Alec Stanley-guitarist, lyricist, vocalist:

Josh "Doogie" Venden on bass:


Blake Gilmore on keys:

Larry Allen on drum kit:

 

And so this is the band as seen recently on Red Dragon T.V.


(except not really, because our dear Earl Maxwell retired from the band last year)

The only thing we like more than making you laugh is making you cry... or dance... or give us money so we can buy bananas and gasoline and the occasional fermented beverage.  We earn your affection... it is easy to love on the monkey...

Patchwork Monkey's retrospective

The patches on the monkey have moved around a bit, but the two founding members are the incorrigible Alec Stanley and the irrepressable Rebecca "Nebula" Sites.


In 1999/2000 they appeared on the midnight live show of WYOU's special Y2K New Year's show.  This was their first year in Madison, and may that tape remain forever obscure, but thus their duo was born.  Thor was baby New Year for the show (an adorable 1 year old at the time) and it was Rebecca's 29th birthday to boot.  (well, until midnight anyway)

Thus a tradition was born, and Alec and Rebecca put a show on for their friends and loved ones every year for Rebecca's b-day party, and "Patchwork Monkey" was born as such a name with the addition of Thomas Yellowfeather, another guitarist.  Acoustic blues and a bit of folk was the color of the band... Rebecca did a sketch of the monkey based on Alec's jovial appearance, and Patchwork the Patriarch was the rallying flyer/invitation/host

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So here is a list of the wonderful musicians who have helped propel the Patchwork Monkey project on his marvelous musical adventure (past tense):

Guitar-Thomas Yellowfeather, Zen Cats, Yellowfeather massage was a founding member and spent a couple years in Rebecca's living room with her and Alec making music while son, Thor, slept growing from toddler to terror to teenager (jury out on the adjective... see the song:  "Thor's Locker")

Bass-Ben Johnson of wavelength studios, http://www.wavelengthpros.com/ Gadjo Players, Beefus, The Vandelays, New Speedway Players, and The Barb Cheron players agreed to a stint with the monkey while we honed our performance chops and repertoire.  He's a killer bass player, and a very talented tech monkey.  He did the some of the demo recordings we still love like Reflection (on this site). 

Drums-Matt Kreuger is Ben's backbone, can be found where Ben is found.  He is a drumming GOD.  Listen to him on the old studio version of St. James if you get a chance...

Guitar-Jason Vitela-a stellar rockin' blues guitarist, laid it down.  Proud papa, busy man, and only could ride the monkey for a year or so. You can hear him shred on a couple studio and live recordings we got kickin' around...

Drums-Graham Thorbrogger-solid Viking fella.  He rode the monkey for a couple of seasons, he has mojo for the hand-drums and still warms the skins with bands like The Handphibians and The Samba Novistas.  We've got some good pics of him rockin'g with us on Inferno stage in our gallery, it was legendary.

Drums-Joel Croyle-complicated hard rocker, composer, writer, and Renaissance man.  Patchwork Monkey propelled him into his next stage.  He just released his solo album! He was our drummer for a few seasons, and is still our go-to guy for sitting in.

Drums -Miracle Maxwell Slater, Earl Shoemaker- Nuanced listener, clever beatmaker, tight grooveshaker. We miss our Earl!  We gigged hard the year he was ours, but fate divided us, leaving us with fond memories and a few pics to prove it...

Drums-Rob (AreJay)Murphy- beatwriter, laughter generator, sweet talented, popular young fella.  He is still being courted by a number of talented regional bands. 

Bass-Erik Reidasch - friend of the band, Groovulous Glove, Bagdhad Scuba Review, The Material Boys.  He  special guested with us at the Inferno.  Damn good musician, all round awesome guy.

Hand percussion and harmonica-Marko Oles- honorable guest and friend of the monkey.  He's been known to make special appearances, and put in some time songcrafting.