Updates

 

Please also visit Joe and the Wheel Monkeys on Facebook.  

Contact us at joe.engert2@gmail.com or 503-516-4342

For bookings, please check our schedule below.  If the date is not listed, we are available

We can accommodate a wide variety of venues.  Small, quiet  background music with one to 3 people, Upbeat folk, country, rock with 3 to 7 people. Low volume, high volume. Let us know what you need and we can accommodate.  We've played retirement centers, private dinners, wineries, bars and festivals. We have a large variety of sound equipment and can accommodate any space.

10-25-2023: I've added a list of our songs. The ones marked with a “g" for guest musician are songs that were added for musicians that played with the band on one or more occasions. These songs that are not on our regular playlist but can be added to a playlist with sufficient advance notice. 

SONG LIST:

/files/1256181/Song list as of 10-25-2023

Please scroll down to see our schedule. Scroll past the schedule to get to the sign-up form. 

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1-27-2024:  Updated schedule

About Us

 

So far, all of our gigs have come about from people seeing us perform. Recently, I've signed us up for a couple of booking sites. These have been asking us for Bios of our members and a Band Description. So I'll be updating this section as time permits. 

The BAND: 

The Wheel Monkeys are an Americana band that plays a wide variety of music from folk and bluegrass to country and rock. We have hundreds of songs in our repertoire. All of our music has our own twist on it. We call it "Monkeying it up" The size of the band and the set list can be tailored to accommodate events from small dinner parties to large outdoor events. "Wheel Monkeys" is railroad slang for car inspector.  They check the wheels (trucks) on the trains before they leave the railyard. Joe is a Train fan as well as a Car guy. We're a bit of a jam band, trading off leads and vocals and modifying tunes as the venue suits us. We have fun and it shows!

Joe Engert:

Joe has been hosting  a jam night in downtown Hillsboro at Pizzario every Wednesday for several years.  The band was formed because one night we had a request to play at an event.  So a group was formalized and a name was chosen.  Joe has been playing at jams and open Mics in Portland since the early 90s. He grew up in Chicago and as a boy played on the railroad tracks next to Wrigley Field. He's always been drawn to train songs. He learned to play guitar in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Soon he was introduced to bluegrass. He has always played whatever struck him as fun and never relegated himself to a particular genre. 

Rose Darke:

Rose has enjoyed being a core musician in JATWM since 2017.  She’s added quick bluegrassy licks and sweet violin melodies to recordings for many local musicians. Rose began playing classical orchestra, even touring Europe with a symphony as a teenager.  She loves traveling and playing music with friends around the country, especially at Oregon Country Fair and in Mountain View, Arkansas.  During the day she works as a union pipefitter and teaches mechanical drawing to apprentices in the evening.

Katie Darke: 

Katie captures hearts with her shining voice and festively joyous stage presence. Her creative backup vocals add warm depth to JATWM.  With over 50 songs written, she stays busy working on recordings when she’s not teaching high school English or playing frisbee or running trails.  Katie is currently playing shows with her new project Sunkicks, a multigenerational group focusing on her original songs.   She also books solo singer songwriter shows and has been sought after to return each time she plays a new venue.

Dave Hopkins:

Dave is the drive to our sound. He is the groove in all our music. A primo stand up bass player, he has been an orchestra member in addition to playing with several bands. His vocals are outstanding. His breadth of experience and skill on the bass come through in every song. 

Barryn Makagapal:

Barryn is a primo Cajon player that keeps the rhythm. He plays with many musicians in the Hillsboro area. He is a regular at the Pizzario jams

John Malloy: 

John is a skilled lead guitar player and bluegrass flat picker. He has jammed with Joe since the mid 90s. A member of several bands in the past, in addition to joining the wheel monkeys, he is in the process of creating a new bluegrass band. John is also our primo sound man and has provided depth to our total sound. 

Spencer Mayasich:

Spencer is a wonderful lead guitar player and member of Sunkicks. He plays with us very often at the weekly Pizzario jams. 

Paul Manning:

Paul is a versatile and talented electric bass player. He is a staple at the weekly Pizzario jams. He is also a member of Sunkicks.

Stevan Rogers:

From his facebook page: "Guitarist/mandolinist in the HalfGrassTrio band...sometimes Joe and The Wheel Monkeys. Music Junkie!" Stevan is a remarkable musician, well known and respected all over the greater Portland area. It's always a blast when he plays. Recently we have been playing a trio with Joe, Stevan and Barryn.  (We're the ones available in the afternoons). I've jokingly been calling us the The Half Grassed Monkeys. 

 

General News

On the cover is Rose Darke, Barryn Makagapal, Dave Hopkins, myself (Joe Engert), and John Malloy ("I am smiling"). The photo was taken at Scotch Church Road Vineyard on 10-15-22

The photo on the music tabKatie Darke is front and center. 

On the music tab videos:  Spencer Mayasich often sits in with us and is featured in the compilation video dated 11-4-22.  You will also see Stevan Rogers who sits in quite often and Brent Hodge, who sits in on occasion.

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Joe Engert continues hosting a jam night at "Pizzario" on most Wednesdays 7 to 9:30PM.  Bring an instrument and a cord, plug in and join us! Please check the schedule if you're interested.  The jam schedule is confirmed at the beginning of every month. 

 

 

 

 

Shows

Upcoming Events: 

Date Event Location
 —  — England  
Pizzario Jam Night Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124 Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124
 —  — The Last Lap The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113 The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113
Pizzario Jam Night Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124 Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124
Diversity Club 3 Bands Diversity , Forest Grove, OR 97116 Diversity , Forest Grove, OR 97116
Pizzario Jam Night Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124 Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124
 —  — Newburg Avamere Newburg Avamere, Newburg Oregon 97132 Newburg Avamere, Newburg Oregon 97132
 —  — Hillsboro Downtown Station Hillsboro Downtown Station, Hillsboro, OR 97123 Hillsboro Downtown Station, Hillsboro, OR 97123
 —  — D'Anu D'Anu Wine bar, Hillsboro, OR 97124 D'Anu Wine bar, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Pizzario Jam Night Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124 Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124
 —  — Last Lap The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113 The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113
Pizzario Jam Night Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124 Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124
 —  — Ackerly Happy Hour The Ackerly at Reed's Crossing, Hillsboro, OR 97123 The Ackerly at Reed's Crossing, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Pizzario Jam Night Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124 Pizzario, Hillsboro, Or 97124
 —  — Hillsboro Downtown Station Hillsboro Downtown Station, Hillsboro, OR 97123 Hillsboro Downtown Station, Hillsboro, OR 97123
 —  — Chicago  
 —  — The Last Lap The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113 The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113
 —  — New York  
The Last Lap The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113 The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113
 —  — The Last Lap The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113 The Last Lap, Cornelius, Oregon 97113

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