Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat are the essence of down home Texas blues inspired rock ‘n’ roll and roots music. They have been playing together for over twenty two years, and become renowned for no-holds-barred approach to rock. It is no wonder that the band has worked with noted producers Terry Manning (ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Stax Records), Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood). Jim Suhler also plays as lead guitarist with George Thorogood & the Destroyers and is a multiple nominee in the Dallas Observer Music Awards and is a member of Buddy magazine’s “Texas Tornado Hall of Fame.”
Texas-based Jackie Venson is a Berklee College of music trained blues rock guitarist who blows the roof off every venue she plays in, whether it is in the US or on a world Tour. Trained in classical piano, Venson has multi-instrumental chops plus a voice that can drip with emotion or belt with blues. Venson picked up the guitar shortly after graduating from Berklee and made the giant leap from classical music to the raw and gritty blues and never looked back. Enthralled with music since the age of 8, this young singer/songwriter/musician has a vibrant musical soul and precise technical control of her instruments. She blends and bends Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul with her introspective lyrics into music that led to a Jackie Venson Day in Austin.