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Meet the Band

Tune Monkeys are: Mark Chambers (mandolin), John Walkenbach (guitar), and Jerry Ray Weinert (upright bass).

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The band consists of three friends who have monkeyed around with traditional string band tunes since their teen years. Coming together as a band in 2019, they now present a combined musical experience of nearly 150 years!

Tune Monkeys are in Tucson and play for community and private events: Farmers Markets, restaurants, bars, and coffee houses. Mark Chambers, mandolin, leads the band with his captivating style and enormous collection of old and new acoustic string band tunes. John Walkenbach, guitar, is a master of rhythm and good musical taste. Both Mark and John grew up in Missouri. Jerry Ray Weinert, upright bass, anchors the beat and complements John's swinging rhythm. He cut his musical teeth in Ohio.

The band's goal for each performance is to have more fun than a bunch of monkeys in a monkey tree.

Where to See Tune Monkeys

No upcoming gigs, for pandemic reasons. We'll probably be back.

Too late for these:

• Noble Hops in Oro Valley. Sunday, April 5th, 2020 (5:00 - 8:00) - CANCELED
• Oro Valley Farmers Market. Saturday, April 18th, 2020 (9:00 - 1:00) - CANCELED
• Oro Valley Farmers Market. Saturday, March 21st, 2020 (9:00 - 1:00) - CANCELED
• Noble Hops in Oro Valley. Thursday, March 5th, 2020 (5:00 - 7:00)
• Oro Valley Farmers Market. Saturday, February 15th, 2020 (9:00 - 1:00)
• Tohono Chul Park. Thursday, February 13th, 2020 (5:30 - 8:00)
• Noble Hops in Oro Valley. Sunday, February 9th, 2020 (5:00 - 8:00)
• Oro Valley Farmers Market Citrus Jubilee. Saturday, January 25th, 2020 (9:00 - 1:00)
• Oro Valley Farmers Market. Saturday, January 18th, 2020 (9:00 - 1:00)
• 5 Points Farmers Market. Sunday, January 12, 2020 (9:00 - 12:00)
• Oro Valley Farmers Market. December 21st, 2019 (9:00 - 1:00)
• Noble Hops in Oro Valley. December 8th, 2019 (5:30 - 8:30)
• Oro Valley Farmers Market. November 16th, 2019 (9:00 - 1:00)

Jam Recordings

Listen to some jam recordings that are mostly Tune Monkeys.

Free MP3 downloads.

Thanksgiving Jam 2018

Thanksgiving, 2018. Before Tune Monkeys were Tune Monkeys.

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