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May 22, 2014

Are you a Monkeephile? Don't miss this show

DANVILLE — On May 31, join Chris Pick and John Roginski at Brews N’ Bytes, 20 Lower Mulberry St., Danville, for a special night paying tribute to the late frontman of The Monkees, Davy Jones. The event is free and begins at 6:30 p.m.

Pick first came on the music scene in 2000 with a tribute song to John Lennon titled “Thank You For The Music” – a song which premiered in the Holy City of Jerusalem and went #1 on the KAOS FM charts in Australia. His music has charted in both the mainstream and the Christian music genres. His recent project “Tragedies & Miracles” features members of Rich Mullins’ Ragamuffin Band and is available on iTunes. 

Besides having been a Monkees fan since the age of 4, Pick has been involved with several projects for Jones for 15 years: from writing music reviews, to tracking down recordings for compilations, researching info for liner notes, to even running his merchandise table at his concerts.  His recent single “Finally Free” (backed by The Monkeephiles) pays tribute to Jones and it is a free download at www.chrispick.bandcamp.com.

The lyrics of the song will be featured in the soon to be released “Written in Our Hearts Vegetarian Cookbook” to benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation (Davy’s continued rescue horse foundation). Also included will be some of Pick’s personal memories of his experiences with Davy as well as some memories and recipes from former bandmates Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and many others.

Pick performed at Jones’ memorial in 2013 for the unveiling of the Davy Jones statue in Beavertown and will return for the 2014 memorial on June 28 (also present will be Valerie Kairys Venet and The Monkeemobile).

John Roginski met Paul Venturi in 2006 when he was singing “Hold On Girl” under his breath. All of a sudden, he heard someone harmonizing. Shortly thereafter, what was then known as the “Mr. Webster and Mr. Frisbee” project was born.

In 2008, both were at a Micky Dolenz show answering his questions from the front row. They released a CD project in 2013 and performed at the 2013 Davy Jones Beavertown Memorial and the 2014 Monkees convention. He has also backed up The Characters on keyboard and Micky Dolenz’s sister Cocoa.  The Monkeephiles will also be performing at the upcoming Davy Jones Beavertown Memorial on June 28.

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