Please also visit Joe and the Wheel Monkeys on Facebook. Contact us at email@example.com or 503-516-4342
6-4-2023 I added Katie to the "About Us" section that I'll expand over the next few weeks. Ive the also updated the schedule.
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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 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 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 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 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 is the drive to our sound. He is the groove in all our music. A primo 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 is a primo Cajon player that keeps the rhythm. He plays with many musicians in the Hillsboro area.
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.
On the cover is Rose Darke, Barryn Makagapal, Dave Hopkins, myself (Joe Engert), and John Malloy ("I am smiling").
Katie Darke is a regular and her photo is on the music tab.
Spencer Mayasich often sits in with us and is featured in the compilation video dated 11-4-222.
The photo was taken at Scotch Church Road Vineyard on 10-15-22.
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.