Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Monkeyworks to swing into the Showroom, Bringing Sound to Silent Films

Asbury Park Venue Hosts “Monkeying with the Movies” on July 18

ASBURY PARK (June 30, 2009) – The ShowRoom, Asbury Park’s independent cinema and multi-purpose venue, will host the musical group Monkeyworks, a seven-piece electro-acoustic music ensemble, for a special “Monkeying with the Movies” live event. The group will score music to silent film classics live at the Cookman Avenue movie theater on Saturday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Monkeyworks is known for its unique, interactive performances and impromptu compositions. At The ShowRoom, they will bring improvised, live music to silent film classics starring Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Keystone Cops and Felix the Cat. The group will then take requests from the audience to compose and perform songs on the spot.

“The ShowRoom is thrilled to welcome Monkeyworks to Asbury Park,” said Nancy Sabino, co-owner of The ShowRoom. “Our venue provides a blend of film, music and culture that creates fun, interactive experiences for our audiences. Monkeyworks are the ideal performers to highlight the multifaceted, theatrical experiences that The ShowRoom was designed for.”

Monkeyworks has been together since 1997 and has recently released a second CD entitled “Seeking.” Combining styles such as Jazz, Rock, African, Cajun, Middle Eastern, and Ambient music, the group creates a truly diverse and one-of-a-kind experience for audiences. Monkeyworks’ unique sound and concept has led to performances at famous musical events and venues such as the Guggenheim Museum’s WorldBeat Jazz concert series and the Knitting Factory.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 732-502-0472. Tickets for “Monkeying with the Movies” are $10.00. For more information on Monkeyworks, please visit

About The ShowRoom Opened in April 2009, The ShowRoom is both an independent film theater and a multi-purpose venue located at 708 Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ. In addition to screening critically acclaimed, independent, classic, foreign, family and festival-winning film, The ShowRoom endeavors to provide the community with a versatile space for business meetings, art openings, live performances, book signings and more. Owners Michael Sodano and Nancy Sabino are film-industry veterans with more than 25 years of experience in creative communications for corporate productions. With The ShowRoom, first-rate cinema is becoming yet another component in Asbury Park’s growing downtown arts community. For more information, or to learn about film screenings, please visit or call 732-502-0472.