100 Monkeys are highly driven by their fan base and all of the people who support them. Their last tour, the 100 City Tour was picked by the fans themselves who voted for the band to come to their city. Those cities who had the most votes or pleas to come to their city, were setup to be visited. Two cities picked by the fans that now stand out more than ever are Sacramento, CA and San Francisco, CA, which will be played on the upcoming Summer Tour. Sacramento is a city they have yet to visit on any tour, and was set to be played in January but ended up having to be cancelled. San Francisco is a city they haven’t played since early 2009 and during their last tour also sadly had to cancel.
Their Summer Tour begins on July 20th, 2010, and runs through to August 6th, 2010, and will include the following cities (in order): Hermosa Beach, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Fresno, CA; Reno, NV; Sacramento, CA; and wraps up in Los Angeles, CA.
100 Monkey members, Ben Graupner, Lawrence Abrams, Jerad Anderson, Ben Johnson and Jackson Rathbone (who appears in such movies as The Last Airbender, and the Twilight Saga) are looking forward to visiting all twelve cities, but Sacramento, CA and San Francisco, CA, are ones in which they can’t wait to play as they were skipped the last time around and it will be a chance to hopefully see some new faces.
In an effort to “pack the house” at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA and The Venue in Sacramento, CA, the Official 100 Monkeys Street Team is offering up goodies for those fans and supporters who wish to help make these shows truly sensational. These two cities were picked at random for the “goodie giveaway” which worked out perfectly as they were previously canceled on the 100 City Tour. Fans are being asked to print the flyers and take pictures of where they are posted throughout these cities. Fans who submit five pictures/venues to firstname.lastname@example.org will score themselves a signed flyer by all of the guys (and maybe more since we're feeling generous)! If you need flyers for either of these events, please email the Street Team. For any fans wanting to go above and beyond and live in the San Francisco, CA area, feel free to text your local radio stations Live 105 (Text# 36105) and Alice @ 97.3 (Text# 25423) requesting 100 Monkeys. For those fans living around the Sacramento, CA area, anyone who logs on to http://www.krxq.net/ can also requests 100 Monkeys on the form on their website.
Recently 100 Monkeys was featured in Rolling Stone as one of "Bamboozle 2010's Five Breakout Bands to Watch, their honest and catchy lyrics combined with the fusion of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and even borderline Country, creates a truly eclectic sound; one which the band has coined “onomatopoetic, but for the sake of simplicity, we'll call it funky rock-n-roll,” and a show not to be missed.
Just as unique as the band’s sound, are their live performances, which feature their now patented “Monkey Switcheroo,” in which band members exchange instruments, often during a song. Additionally, fans attending live shows look forward to the nightly "Improv Song,” where the band takes title suggestions from the audience and turns it into a lyrical masterpiece.
Check out 100 Monkeys at their Official website.
We'll actually be interviewing Ben Graupner from 100 Monkeys here in a couple of days, so if you have any questions for him, e-mail them to us or tweet them to us @edwardsmeadow and we can have him answer it!