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MONAKR -- The dark side of pop 

Meet MONAKR, ​a dark RnB / Pop / Electro / Soul / Rock side project collaboration made up of members from Hey ChampGemini Club and myself. If you’ve enjoyed the more “pop” driven side of my musical history, this may be right up your alley. Our first single Diamond is now available! Check it out here:  








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Live EP from The Lyric Theatre

by Matthew Santos

Yours free when you sign up for email list! A live, acoustic EP from a June 2014 performance, courtesy of the fine folks at The Lyric Theatre in LA--showcasing some new songs and old in a stripped down, intimate setting.

Recorded and mixed by André Paxton. Photo by Micheal Mabborang. Featuring violin from Chihsuan Yang.

  1. 1 NVR LKD SO FIN 05:04
  2. 2 Second Chances 04:06
  3. 3 White Gloves 05:51
  4. 4 Under the Microscope 03:48
  5. 5 Field and Flower 04:34
  6. 6 Ojos 04:30

Matthew Santos and Zach Heckendorf

1st Ward / Chop Shop, 2033 North Ave, Chicago, IL, USA 60647


Matthew will be joined by the hyper-handed, super groove machine Jonathan Marks (Hey Champ, MONAKR, Cheap Trick) on the drums, and virtuosic powerhouse Matt Nelson (Lupe Fiasco) on the keys. Of course Emma Dayhuff will be telling you all about that bass as well. Sharing the bill with the ever-talented Zach Heckendorf!

Age limit: 18+

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Matthew Santos Live in La Crosse, WI !

Wine Guyz, 122 King Street, La Crosse, WI 54601


Matthew will be busting out the one-man-band set up for two 60 min sets in the lovely La Crosse, WI. 18+, doors at 7pm. Advanced copies of new CD and t-shirts for sale and for signing.

Age limit: 18+



Schubas Tavern, Belmont and Southport, Chicago, IL, USA 60614


MONAKR is a collaboration born in Chicago from members Hey Champ, Gemini Club, and Matthew Santos. The sound is rooted in dark #RnB / #80's / #synth / #pop / #rock and is meant to fulfill your wildest dreams. https://facebook.com/monakrofficial https://twitter.com/monakrofficial http://instagram.com/monakrofficial https://soundcloud.com/monakr

Age limit: 21+

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Oxbow Art School Annual Picnic Fundraiser

Oxbow Art School, 530 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559


Matthew will be returning to the beloved Oxbow Art School where his creative endeavors were conceived as a student back in 2000, to help raise funds to keep the vision alive and well. Details TBA.

Age limit: All ages