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...