Sault Blues community jams with MonkeyJunk (19 photos)


MonkeyJunk hit the stage at the Verdi Hall (Bridge View) in the Sault last night.

It was a sold out show – 220 people – who enjoyed a pasta buffet beforehand!

This was MonkeyJunk’s 3rd visit to the Sault, their first since 2011.

The band, consisting of Steve Marriner, Tony D, and Matt Sobb, applauded the Sault’s blues community, describing it as “thriving.”

And they weren’t wrong.

The energy in the room was unbelievable, with everyone movin’ and groovin’ to the beat of MonkeyJunk’s Blues-y vibes.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with the band on their intermission, and they said they were pumped to be  in Sault Ste. Marie because of the energy of the crowd.

Marriner said, “Obviously Johnnie (Tibbles, from the Sault Blues Society) did his job because they filled this room. Everyone out here tonight is real stoked and it’s a blast.”

The band also gave a big birthday shout out to Tibbles, who will be celebrating his 65th today.

They did a Blues rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and had the whole room sing along. Tibbles was presented with a delightful cake, and it made the concert all the more celebratory as the community came together for great music and some birthday fun!

These guys were a pleasure to watch and a treat to talk to. For the full exclusive interview SaultOnline conducted with Steve Marinner prior to the concert, click here.


We look like we are about to drop an album together!

For more on the Sault Blues Society, click here.

To check out what MonkeyJunk is up to next, click here.


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Riley Smith is an enthusiastic and versatile critical thinker who has just joined the Sault Online team! She holds a double Honours Degree in History and Political Science from Algoma University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations and Event Management from Sault College. In addition to obtaining her Google Marketing Fundamentals certification, she is also working towards a Certificate in Diversity and Intercultural Relations, part-time. She has hands-on experience in social media marketing, media relations, public relations writing, event planning, and stakeholder and client relations, developed through post-secondary schooling and placement at Cavera Inc., as well as experience as the First Nations and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator for the Missanabie Cree First Nation.