Music, movies and unabashed monkey love.

Concerts & Events’ Category

Barnburners Heat Up January 2017 First Friday

Posted in: Concerts & Events, First Friday, Local Talent, News | No Comments

Barnburners Heat Up January...

Oh my gosh, what a frigid night for the first First Friday of 2017.  To those who braved the cold to come see Scott Manery and The Barnburners at Cheeky Monkey, it didn't matter.  "Why" you ask?  Simple answer.  They are a smokin hot band who know how to ramp up the heat so everyone has a good time and feels warm to the core.  Playing a mix of fan favourites off their four CD's, I don't think their was a cold person in the building - especially the dancers. This was The Barnburners third time playing at Cheeky Monkey for a First Friday.  Sure hope to see them back many more times.  Maybe on a night that is not so flippin cold. For more photos of the night taken mostly by Grumpy (Roland) CLICK HERE

More

Dylan Menzie visits Cheeky Monkey

Posted in: ADVENTURES OF CHEEKY CHARLIE, Concerts & Events, News | No Comments

Dylan Menzie visits Cheeky...

On Saturday, November 19, 2016 it was a true pleasure to welcome PEI singer/songwriter Dylan Menize to Cheeky Monkey.  Dylan along with his band mates, drove from their previous nights gig in Guelph to be here in time for an afternoon acoustic solo set by Dylan. Playing one of his favourite instruments, his treasured vintage 1920's 4 string tenor guitar, he entertained the audience with a mix of his original songs and interesting stories.  His songs are sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical, the way any good songwriters material should be.  They are well crafted songs, but what really stands out when Dylan performs is his emotionally charged delivery.  Going from a soft, intimate sound one moment to soaring and impassioned the next, impressed many of us.  His vocal projection certainly did not need any microphone amplification in our store.  Dylan  has the art of personal volume control mastered using his voice as an ...

More

Wild First Friday with Wild Cards

Posted in: Concerts & Events, First Friday, Local Talent, News | No Comments

Wild First Friday with Wild...

For the November 2016 First Friday, a somewhat 'new' group played at Cheeky Monkey.  Wild Cards consists of 3/4 of Erika & Sara And The Guys.  Over the years, they had played here a multitude of times including for Record Store Days.  We have and do think very highly of their musicianship.  With a new singer, their sound has morphed into something different again. Sara Campbell on guitar, Scott Vegh on bass guitar and Gerry Hawley on drums have a  gutsier, upbeat sound with the addition of  Renee Card as the front vocalist.  Renee brings a seasoned, strong and somewhat sultry sound to the overall feel presented. Their play list varied from the likes of 'Long Train Running' by the Doobie Brothers to current hits like 'Stay With Me' by Sam Smith.  The first come off like a slow, sizzling groove with the second was litterly dripping with emotion.  All four look to ...

More

Tasty Layers of Entertainment for Sept. 2016 First Friday

Posted in: Art, Concerts & Events, First Friday, Local Talent, News | No Comments

Tasty Layers of Entertainment...

From D Wayne to Flatheads with a dash of colourful art and a pinch of Rock of Ages musical thrown in, the September 2, 2016 First Friday was a tasty blend of entertainment. The newest art exhibit and sale titled "The Onset" by Bill Walters once again showcases his talent for capturing the beauty that is all around us in the great outdoors. Whether it be a close study of a phlox plant in full bloom or a downriver oil refinery, Bill manages to find the stately elegance of the subject matter. His use of colour is impressive in that it is vibrant and understated at the same time. All that is mastered while sitting outside in the elements and creating his pieces quickly before his "model" changes. On top of his works being pleasing to the eye, they are pleasing to the wallet too. Every piece is very reasonable priced making ...

More

Dressed to Kill: Blues Duc Criuise Review

Posted in: Concerts & Events, Local Talent, News | No Comments

Dressed to Kill: Blues Duc...

Dressed To Kill: 3RD Annual Duc d’Orleans II Cruise Displayed The Humane Aspect Inherent In Live Performance Beautifully Sunday August 21, 2016 by Brian Hay The Cruise Rocked! And they did it in a big way that proved to be a showcase for the best elements in a live show. The band was great, literally, rock solid on every front. Bass player Bruce Sleeuwenhoek and drummer Dallas Labarre created a pocket that was as close to seeming like an “Immaculate Conception” as anything that stems from a pairing could be. Lead guitarist Jeff Turnbull soloed extensively, but always with restraint while adding his work to the rhythm playing as was needed. Singer and rhythm guitarist Keil Simmons gave impassioned deliveries of every song the group played and added delectable lead playing when the opportunities arose. As strong as their musical end was however, it was only the foundation for what the band actually gave. The ...

More

MO POP FESTVIAL TICKET GIVEAWAY @ Cheeky Monkey

Posted in: Concerts & Events, Entertainment NEWS, News | 1 Comment

MO POP FESTVIAL TICKET...

WHAT WAS MOPOP FESTIVAL LIKE YOU WONDER... ...It was awesome.  Roland and I attended the 2nd day (Sunday July 23) of the two day festival located just a bit west of Joe Louis Arena on Detroit's riverfront. The line up was impressive.  We got there in time to see Banners, Liverpool musician with a Sarnia connection - his bass player is originally from here and used to play in a band with our good friend (and occasionally helper) Ross Ellsworth.  Banners has a Coldplay vibe and we  predict great things to come for him. Our next favourite act, a new discovery to us was a band called Nothing But Thieves - also from England.  Don't think they expected it to be as roasting hot as it was - they had on long sleeves and leather jackets - but sounded fantastic.  They have new fans in us. Some of the other acts we caught were Shakey Graves and Father John Misty. Over all ...

More

The Gypsy Flats Cheeky Monkey Debut

Posted in: Concerts & Events, First Friday, Local Talent, News | No Comments

The Gypsy Flats Cheeky Monkey...

Despite the first half of the July First Friday evening being rainy and the date being a week after the first Friday on the calander due to Canada Day, there was a decent turn out for the local band THE GYPSY FLATS Cheeky Monkey debut.  Those that braved the elements were treated to a band that certainly knows what they are doing on many levels. With an extensive playlist ranging from newer hits to classics, they had something to please everyone listening.  Most of the lead vocals were done by Cassy Dube, with a few songs being handed over to drummer Ryan Smith and lead guitarist Mike Beauchamp.  All three made choices of songs that suited their voices perfectly with the other two added sweet harmonies as backup.  Not to be left out, bass player Marc Gauthier enhanced the over all sound aptly.  A local seasoned musician made the comment that ...

More

JUNE FIRST FRIDAY with MARINOL NATION, BILL WALTERS &...

Posted in: Art, Concerts & Events, First Friday, Local Talent, News | No Comments

JUNE FIRST FRIDAY with MARINOL...

June First Friday with Marniol Nation, Bill Walters & Pat McGill We sure had a room full of talent for the June First Friday at Cheeky Monkey. Local musicians under the name of Marinol Nation provided the entertainment for the night. Below is an in-depth review by blogger, Brian Hay. It was also the opening night of a new art exhibit and sale called "From Here and There" by Bill Walters. With Plein air paintings (painted outside in the moment) ranging from nearby locales such as Canatara Park  to farther points on the compass such as Lake Berkley Florida, our three back walls are a colourful travelogue. Bill's works are not your normal 'landscape' art. To me, they have a dreamy, warm feeling even if they are of a snow field or summer storm building in the clouds.   In the pictures posted here and on our website Photo Gallery (CLICK HERE), ...

More

Hey, You Got Any Hit’s Goin’ On Danny Michel?

Posted in: Concerts & Events | No Comments

Hey, You Got Any Hit’s...

The answer may be no in the Top 20 radio context.  To those that are fans of Canadian singer/songwriter Danny Michel - he has a multitude of hits and catchy tunes.  Most making commentary on the world at large in a delightfully cheerful and poignant way. A small, but appreciative audience had the pleasure of hearing and seeing Danny in person at the fabulous Sarnia Library Theatre on Wednesday, May 11th.  Many in attendance were first timers at seeing him perform live.  For us personally, it was our second time, but first time seeing him do a solo act.  Last year we saw him with a band during London's Home County Music Festival.  Have to say the two performances were totally unique.  During his solo show here in Sarnia, the audience had the benefit of comfortable seating, in climate controlled conditions and the great acoustics of the room.  These factors gave everyone ...

More

LOCAL MYSTERY TOUR – Fun Fundraiser for Local...

Posted in: Concerts & Events, News | No Comments

The Local Mystery Tour is an exciting new event that sees teams of four collecting and deciphering clues as they weave their way through the community in search of the final destination, the Prize Room! The event will take place over the course of several weeks, and the first clue will be released on June 6th. One clue will lead you to the next. All clues will be released via email & on Facebook. Teams can work at their own pace and even split up tasks. The purpose is to have fun and discover new places in their community. The Tour ends when each team finds the prize room. The first team to locate the prize room has their choice of prize. The last team to find the prize room gets what’s left J. Teams register and collect donations through the Local Mystery Tour website, and we are asking each team to ...

More