On Saturday, August 28, 2021, come enjoy the 8th concert in the Eureka Springs “Summer Music Series in Basin Park”, featuring Monk is King with special guest Pat Ryan Key! Free to the public, the show will be held in Basin Spring Park, beginning at 5:00pm.
Soaring through the colors and textures of jazz, fusion, funk, and rock, the Fayetteville AR based Monk is King are an explosive ride. Serene and tranquil plateaus rise seamlessly to incendiary peaks, woven together by ever-present grooves and instantly singable melodies. Shining brightly through, amidst so many styles, is a sound that is unquestionably their own. Soulful, playful, energetic, and intelligent, it is a sound that you simply must see live.
Formed in the Summer of 2017 in Fayetteville, AR, and having established a dedicated following in Northwest and Central Arkansas, the four-piece is poised for success in the 2020 tour season. Monk is King have shared the stage with the 1oz. Jig, Rachel Ammons (Tyrannosaurus Chicken), Goose, Groovement, and Deep Sequence. Staples at the legendary George’s Majestic Lounge, they have also performed at such noteworthy events as Fossil Cove’s Frost Fest, and “The Unexpected Festival” in Fort Smith, AR.
With roots planted in Northwest Arkansas, the award-winning songwriter and record producer is a versatile and passionate vocalist with a wide vocal range that has a smooth-as-silk timbre, can swell into a thunderous, gritty punch and back again with breathy falsetto. Branching out from humble beginnings on the trombone in school band, having reached all regions honors by the age of eleven, his father and close friends introduced Key to classic rock and alternative / grunge music. Pat Ryan developed his sense of rhythm on the bass guitar by listening to Robert Deleo, Mike Dirnt and Tim Commerford. Once he discovered Led Zeppelin and John Bonham as well as Jimi Hendrix with Mitch Mitchell, his passion for arrangement and composition came alive. Which in turn, led to the discovery on how to use a guitar as a tool to write songs. He never looked back.