Alfonso Velez

Alfonso Velez

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"Instantly addictive..catchy..original...substantive...Their sound is stripped-down and pure and incredibly captivating." -Earvolution

Biography

Globetrotters Alfonso and Rube met while working at adjacent dives on DC's roaring U Street corridor. They called up Tracy and Dave, formed Monopoli and got to work touring the East Coast and the Great White North. They have played to sold-out hometown crowds at the infamous Black Cat and sold-out all merchandise from their debut EP.

Monopoli's music is at once international and urbane, and independent in the most literal sense. Their upcoming record is currently awaiting release, a collection of songs which is sure to convert audiences with every spin. Monopoli's time is now. Are you coming for a ride?

"SO, SO GOOD. MONOPOLI IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND THAT MADE US HAPPY."- JANE Magazine (with Shirley Manson of Garbage)

"STUNNING!!"- Losing Today Magazine

"THE AMBASSADORS OF NEW ROCK & ROLL"- El Diario

"BEST UNSIGNED BAND"- Arrive/Forbes Magazine

"MAGICAL"- CD Baby

"INSTANTLY ADDICTIVE" - Earvolution

"THE FIRST ALBUM LIT THE MATCH... THE SECOND WILL KEEP THE CIGARETTE BURNING" - OnTap Magazine (2007 watch list w/ Bloc Party, Georgie James, the Shins, Mess Up the Mess, Interpol)

Recent shows with:
Robbers on High Street (NewLine Records), Army of Me (Doghouse/Atlantic Records), US-Canadian Tour w/Spookey Ruben (of Beck's band - TVT Records), Ike Reilly Assassination (Universal Records), Bob Mould (Husker Du - Granary Music), Travis Morrison (Barsuk Records, Dismemberment Plan), Judd & Maggie (RCA Records), Hopewell (Mercury Rev), the Meek (Blind Melon, Squirrel Nut Zippers), Aberdeen City (Dovecote Records), the Black Arts (Aus.), Pepper's Ghost (Hybrid Recordings), Paul Michel (SMOD Records), Soft Complex (SilverThree Records), Dex Dubious (DCide Records), Routineers (Dischord Records), Washington Social Club (Badman Recording Co.), Spiraling (Yes), SXSW offers, headliners at Canadian Music Week (sponsored by Rogers Wireless), NXNE, SixPoints, CMJ, etc.

Press: Forbes Arrive Magazine / Washington Post / DC 101 FM/ XM Radio / El Diario / CDBaby.com / JANE Magazine / CNN Headline News / Kinda Magazine / Mudsugar.com / Losing Today Magazine/DC Style Magazine/ DCist.com/RockCreekRambler.com/kindaMuzik(NE)/PopMatters.com/Mudsugar.com/BigYawn.net/On Tap Magazine

Tours: Montreal / Toronto / Ottawa / Kingston / Burlington / Boston / Cambridge / Providence / New York / Philadelphia / Baltimore / Washington DC / Arlington / Richmond / Chapel Hill / Columbia / Atlanta/Pittsburgh, etc.

Discography

Monopoli- Monopoli EP
"Love"- (single) Monopoli
"Earthquakes"- (single) Monopoli
"F.E.T.K.Y""- (single) Monopoli

Set List

BIG MAN
HIT & RUN
FAST ENOUGH TO KILL YOU
ST. MONOPOLI
LADY LIBERTY
I DON'T WANNA BE YOUR LOVER
EVERYBODY ANYWAY
84
KILLING TIME
EARTHQUAKES
LOVE