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About Monkey House, Plovdiv

Monkey House is the name of a musical group founded by Don Breithaupt, a Canadian-born pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger, producer and author. The group got its name from a 1970 book by Kurt Vonnegut. The band formed in 1992, which Breithaupt said started as the songs he had written seemed too jazzy or different for other bands to cover. A number of guest artists have contributed songs and have performed on their most recent two albums, including Drew Zingg, Elliott Randall, Michael Leonhart, and Jay Graydon. Breithaupt has revealed that Steely Dan is one of his biggest influences. The band makes melodic pop with a sophisticated, jazzy twist, with some horn arrangements. The latest release sports a five-piece horn section. Their debut album Welcome to the Club was released in 1992, on the Aquarius label, based in Canada. It included a cover of a song written by Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan) called "Lazy Nina", which was covered by Greg Phillinganes in 1984, but never recorded by Fagen himself. Their second album True Winter, on the Marigold label, released in 1998, found Breithaupt collaborating with Little Feat’s Richie Hayward and David Blamires of the Pat Metheny Group. Then, in 2005 the compilation album entitled Big Money: Singles Remasters Rarities 1992-2005 was released. It contained thirteen tracks from the first two Monkey House albums, plus four fresh tracks including the single "Tough Love". Guests included Kevin Breit (Norah Jones), Mark Kelso (Gino Vannelli), as well as Hayward and Blamires. Their fourth album entitled Headquarters was released in 2012, on the Alma record label, which is affiliated with the Universal Music Group. This album reached a much wider audience, receiving positive reviews and airplay on jazz, pop, Adult Album Alternative, Adult Contemporary, and Smooth Jazz radio and on the internet. Guest artists included Canadian guitarists Kim Mitchell and Rik Emmett, as well as Drew Zingg and Michael Leonhart. An album anthology entitled Retrospective was released in 2013, which includes almost everything Monkey House released over their first two decades, and more. In addition to tunes from their first three albums, the 44-song anthology includes previously unreleased material like "I'm Not That Guy" from the Headquarters sessions, five instrumental tracks and some interviews. A sixth album was released in June 2016, entitled Left, on the Alma/Universal label. The title is derived from the fact that Breithaupt packed up and moved from Toronto to the west coast, or "left coast", arriving in the Los Angeles area by February 2013. The core group of musicians on the album are drummer Mark Kelso, bassist Pat Kilbride, and guitarist Justin Abedin, with Breithaupt contributing on keyboards, and bassist Peter Cardinali guesting on one track. Their previous album, 2012's Headquarters, was an album that attracted other musicians, who wanted to then participate on the new album. Besides Elliott Randall and Jay Graydon, other guests include backing vocalists David Blamires (Pat Metheny Group) Lucy Woodward (Snarky Puppy) on backing vocals, William Sperandei on trumpet, and saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who played on David Bowie’s final album. Drew Zingg and Michael Leonhart also return to contribute solos. The album debuted at number 9 on the iTunes U.S. Jazz chart, number 2 on the iTunes Canada jazz chart, and peaked at Number 24 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart


Overview of Monkey House

Home to Monkey House is the city of Plovdiv in the country of Bulgaria. On your trip to Plovdiv, you can consider a quick visit to Monkey House. Use this comprehensive guide to plan your visit to Monkey House and you'll thank us later!

Monkey House is not one of the most important things to do in Plovdiv like Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Bachkovo Monastery, Ethnographic Museum, Assenovakrepost and Alyosha Soviet Army Memorial.

Monkey House is generally not available on the guided Plovdiv tours, but there are plenty others that are worth visiting.

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Address: 3 Zlatarska St., 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Private Full-Day Cycling Tour in the Rhodope Mountains from Plovdiv
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This one-day getaway that will take you away from the heat of Plovdiv to the mythical Rhodope Mountains. The pristine forests and vast meadows, great number of water sources some of which are hot mineral, together with the mild climate, provide great conditions for recreation. This full-day trip offers you a fine combination of sightseeing, road cycling and SPA all in one.


Plovdiv: Wine Tasting Workshop
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Create a wine at your taste with a Bulgarian native variety Mavrud and an international grape Cabernet Sauvignon.
All guests have the opportunity to bottle, cap, capsulate and label their very own wine blend. Make your very own wine!

Horse Riding Tour in Rhodope Mountains from Plovdiv
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Take up this horse riding tour and meander through the meadows and oak trees. On your way you will stop by a small chapel to enjoy a wonderful view to the Thracian valley with Plovdiv, Assenovgrad and Kuklen in front. 

Wonderful Bridges, Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress Private Day Tour from Plovdiv
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Discover 3 of the most famous 100 National Tourist Landmarks of Bulgaria during this bestselling day tour from Plovdiv. Walk around the 45 m high rock bridges named the Wonderful Bridges, situated at 1450 m. a. s. l. in the heart of the mystical Rhodope Mountains. On the way visit the impressive Asen's Fortress from 13th century and the second largest Bachkovo Monastery, founded in 11th century. Afterwards, visit the main church of Virgin Mary, which was built in 1604.

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  • "Authentic Cuban Mojito" didn't taste anything close to the real thing (and I've been to Cuba!) - no bubble from soda water, no lime wedges and difficult to taste any lime... Quite disappointing

  • Unusual atmosphere with unusual drink you can try! It is favorite place to spend with friends!

  • I loved the atmosphere here plus we were upstairs and a big group of girls around 14 were sitting next to us and were playing the best trending hip hop music on the Bluetooth speaker ( yes you can play your own music there) I was really happy to see girls at this age not listening to "chalga" (no offense)

  • The bartender was extremely rude. I believe he needs to find another profession.

  • Great location, nice beer but lady behind the bar was unbelievably rude which spoilt my experience. Sorry for asking the difference between a freddo capuccino and an iced latte. Will definitely be heading back to pavaj a couple of doors down where the service is fantastic and food/drinks amazing.

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