Great Southern band Monkey Rock hosts community concert to raise money for mental health services

Isabel VieiraAlbany Advertiser
Monkey Rock band, front: Jesse Pieterssen and Carly Russel. Back: Terry Dodd and Gilbert Arlando.
Camera IconMonkey Rock band, front: Jesse Pieterssen and Carly Russel. Back: Terry Dodd and Gilbert Arlando. Credit: Supplied

Four-piece rock and blues band Monkey Rock will perform a charity concert at the Stirling Club next week to raise money for mental health services in Albany.

LBK Entertainment and Money Rock are hosting the charity fundraiser on September 16 to raise funds for the Albany Mental Health Step Up, Step Down Service.

AMHSS is a short-term mental health residential recovery service that offers support for people at risk of being admitted to a hospital or for people leaving hospital that need extra support.

The Great Southern band, featuring Gilbert Arlando, Jesse Pieterssen, Carly Russel and Terry Dodd, was formed in 2016 and have been performing live music ever since.

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Drum and bass musician Arlando said people could expect a night of high energy rock and blues music.

“They are in for a good time that’s also for a good cause which is to support the step up, step down service,” he said

“Carly brings angelic vocals to the mix as the frontperson for Money Rock, with Terry and Gilb delivering soul-nourishing rhythm section on drums and bass, and Jesse applying the art of face-melting shred with lead and rhythm guitar.

“Monkey Rock has an eclectic range of covers from old to new, ranging from bands of the 80s to the 2000s, while bringing their own style, feel and flair to the live performance.”

The band chose to raise funds for AMHSS because three of the members work in the health and community sector.

“Three of us work in the community based sector. . . so the reason for choosing our charity is because we are all working in that area and working with people with mental health challenges,” he said.

“We thought it was a good cause to support.”

Monkey Rock will play at the Stirling Club from 8pm on September 16.

For ticket, visit bit.ly/3ehOEHp.

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