Making week nights cool: Dutch Monkey

If you go

What: Dutch Monkey, Kissing Club and Yet Cut Breath

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: The Lemon Grove, 122 W. Federal St., Youngstown

Tickets: $3; call 330-301-0282

Place:Knox Bldg

110 W. Federal St., Youngstown

By John Benson

Making week nights cool again may be the impetus for Dave Lynn and his new act Dutch Monkey, which is scheduled to play Friday at the Lemon Grove. However, the Jones For Revival bassist admits there’s an ulterior motive regarding the side project: getting back to the guitar.

“In Jones for Revival, this is the first time I ever played bass,” said 1999 Boardman High School graduate Lynn, formerly the guitarist-singer for Mystic WIP Hustler. “And to be bluntly honest, nobody knows me as a guitar player anymore. I played in (Mystic WIP Hustler) as a guitar player pretty often for four years. We played almost every week in some place around Youngstown, and fast forward to now and nobody even remembers that.”

Lynn has been on quite a journey over the last few years. After moving to New York City in 2007 he eventually joined Jones For Revival in 2009, trekking back and forth between Youngstown and the Big Apple for gigs. Then exactly a year ago he returned to his hometown for good. Musically speaking, his journey is even more interesting, considering the jump from guitar to bass.

So far, changing instruments has proved cathartic for Lynn, opening his eyes to not only playing music on the bass but discovering the mindset of what is perhaps the least heralded member of a band.

“After two years playing the bass, it’s kind of strange,” said Lynn, a 2004 Youngstown State University jazz studies graduate. “I was always blaming bass players for my problems as a guitar player. Every gig it would be like, ‘Oh, that song was so awesome if it wasn’t for bass player X.’ I kind of wanted to redeem some karma points to see it from that perspective.”

He added, “First of all, people don’t talk to the bass player. Here’s somebody who has to play on every downbeat. You can’t miss a note when you’re the bass player. You can’t come in late with a note. And yet there is no glory for a bass player. When I play gigs, it’s just the other bass player. We just acknowledge each other while everybody goes running to the guitar players and the drummers.”

Lynn’s decision to start Dutch Monkey came late last year with the idea of creating an instrumental jazz act. He’s aiming at audiences with discriminating tastes.

“My view of the marketability of Dutch Monkey is we’re going to make a great alternative for a week night for people,” said Lynn. “We’re not going to present the more typical band presentation with the lead singer. We know we’re a little fringe. Hopefully we can make Wednesday nights really cool for some place.”

Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.